Written By Tara Conti
Lash extensions are all the rage. In a time where convenience is key and we love instant gratification, you can’t get much better than this. The lash extensions are skillfully adhered to each of your own lashes while you relax. You instantly look awake, refreshed and ready for the day - no mascara. If you’re like us and you like just a little bit more, feel free to put on mascara and eyeliner as you see fit.
As with any new service, knowledge is power. We pulled together some information we thought would be important for your new lash look.
Who are good candidates?
People who want darker and/or thicker lashes and don’t get enough results with mascara
People with short lashes
Who are they bad for?
People with Alopecia
People in chemo/ cancer patients
If you have eyelash loss problems
Allergies or sensitivities to cyanoacrylate- based adhesives
What do they do for clients?
They add length and thickness to eye lashes in a natural to dramatic way with or without the use of mascara.
How to maintain?
Be gentle with them
Do not pull or pick at lashes
Do not use any oil based make-up, make-up remover, eye drops, or waterproof mascara. Oil based products will breakdown the glue and cause extensions to fall out prematurely.
Go to a licensed professional every 2-4 weeks to refill lashes due to the fact that each lash is at a different stage of growth. There are 3 stages of growth, Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. Lashes can only be applied to lashes in the Catagen (transition) phase. This stage lasts 2-3 weeks. Extensions can also be applied in the Telogen (resting) phase, which lasts 4-8 weeks, until the lash naturally falls out. Lashes cannot be applied to natural lashes in the Anagen (Growth) phase. This is when the eyelashes are actively growing. If applied during this stage the lashes will not be long or strong enough to hold the lash extensions and could cause the natural lashed to fall out prematurely, in which those would not grow back for up to 12 weeks.
There is a misconception about natural eyelashes with lash extensions. One being that your natural eyelashes will fall out. This is not true. As long as there is only one lash extension, not more than double the size adhered to only one natural lash, your own lashes will not fall out. The only time the lashes fall out is when they are at the end of the Telogen phase when they would have fallen out regardless.