All About Eyelash Extensions

All About Eyelash Extensions

Let’s talk All About Eyelash Extensions!

FAQs

“Are eyelash extensions worth it?”

We all have busy lives. Lash extensions save you the morning mascara application as well as make you feel you can apply less make up. You won’t have to worry about your mascara flaking, running, or smearing, because with lash extensions you don’t need mascara. If you are going on holiday or have a special occasion, you no longer need to worry about lash strips sliding off and always packing your lash glue. Unlike the temporary lash strips, lash extensions are customizable making them look a lot more natural. Get excited because once you see yourself with eyelash extensions, life will never be the same! 

“How do I know what I want?”

Do not worry – this can all sound too confusing! On your initial full set appointment or patch test if you require one, Katya will examine your natural lashes, eye shape and determine what look you are trying to achieve. After 6 years of lashing, her expertise will be able to guide you!

“Can I wear makeup to my eyelash extension appointment?”

Nope! Please come without any makeup or residue of makeup around the eye area. This includes eyeliner, concealer, eyeshadow as well as eye cream. Anything on your lids or lashes could have a reactive affect. Don’t even curl them! You do not want to waste your treatment time! 

“Do eyelash extensions ruin your natural lashes?”

There is a myth that eyelash extensions may ruin your natural lashes. However, when lashes are professionally applied using high quality glue, products and if you follow the aftercare instructions, natural lashes will actually get healthier and fuller because you wont be doing daily wear and tear to them with curlers or mascara. 

“Can I swim or shower with my eyelash extensions?”

You can, at least 24 hours after your appointment. Our professional lash adhesive takes 12 hours to fully dry. It’s super important that you’re gentle with your lashes and make sure that no water touches them during this time. Swimmers, gym and spa goers may find infills are needed sooner than others. 

“Can you wear eye makeup with eyelash extensions?”

It is not recommended using mascara with lash extensions. Why? Because when you attempt to take it off at the end of the day, you can actually cause your extensions to break from the friction and makeup remover. Russian volume lashes are hand-made lash fans, therefore, eye makeup will close the fan and look like an individual hair. As for eyeliner, avoid using cream-based formulas. They often contain oils and waxes that can break down lash glue.

“Can you clean your eyes with eyelash extensions?”

Clean lash extensions last longer – lashes must be cleaned as part of your home care routine!

Some clients think that keeping their lash extensions away from water will keep them on longer, however this is very untrue and has quite the opposite effect! Your lash extensions will fall off prematurely when you avoid cleansing them. Yes, always avoid water for the first 24 hours or as per your lash technician’s instructions – however this doesn’t mean don’t get them wet forever!

It’s critical you cleanse your lash extensions. Improper cleansing or avoiding cleansing all together will cause problems resulting in your lashes not lasting as long as they should. Not cleansing regularly or correctly also leads to potential infections, irritations, poor lash health/growth and lash mites (yes these are a real thing!).

Dirty lashes causes your lash glue to become weak resulting in extensions falling off your natural lash instead of lasting the entire life of the natural lash cycle and falling out when the natural lash is shed.

You must ONLY use a gentle eyelash cleanser. Other products may contain oils and other ingredients that can weaken the bond of your lash extensions and cause them to shed prematurely.

“If I do wear eye makeup, how shall I remove it?”

A gentle eyelash cleanser is recommended to remove eye makeup. Gently swipe downward, rather than back and forth, to get your lids and lashes clean. And whatever you do, avoid rubbing or tugging at your eyes.

“Should you brush your lash extensions?”

Lashes can get tangled when you’re sleeping or showering, so it’s required that you gently brush your lashes with a clean ‘spoolie’ brush when you wake up, after you shower, and at the end of the day. To prevent unnecessary tangling, try to sleep on your back or side (not your stomach).

A silk pillowcases is recommended too! 

“What is our lash cycle?”

We lose 1-5 lashes a day and on average, a person can lose up to 20% of their natural lashes every two weeks. Natural eyelashes grow in and fall out in cycles, which occurs every 60 to 90 days. A new eyelash has already been growing to replace the lash that falls out and for most of us, we don’t even notice.

If you have ever noticed how your hair sheds more during certain seasons, you’re not alone! This is called “seasonal moulting” and it’s completely natural for lash and head hair!  

“How often should I get fills?”

To keep those lashes looking luscious fills are recommended on average about 2-3 weeks apart. Some people have faster or slower growth cycles. There are several factors that can cause those extensions to shed before their time.

#1 Daily maintenance. What is the makeup routine, use of skincare products, sunscreens?  How about swimming in the ocean, doing hot yoga?  Jogging?  Lifestyle plays the biggest role in the way those lashes are lasting. 

#2 Oils. We know that oils break down the adhesive.  Weakening the bond.  Likely culprits we point fingers at are water proof and cream based makeups, oily cleanser and face lotions, spray tans, exfoliants- – but don’t forget other sneaky sources.  For instance, hair products contain oils too and those will eventually migrate down.

#3 Hormones.  Ok now, we are each unique with different body chemistry. Hormones go up and down fluctuating constantly.  Changes to diet, exercise, stress, new or adjusted medications, supplements, illness, pregnancy and menopause, all play a role. To begin with we all have slightly varied hair growth cycles and our hormone levels effect growth and loss cycles.  It is super-duper important to keep updated on any pertinent changes so lash adjustments can be made. 

“Why Use a Lash Serum With Eyelash Extensions

Most of our eyelashes become thin and weaken as we get older according to Dermatologists.

Lash serums are peptide-infused formulas that stimulate lash growth. They work on improving the health of natural hair follicles, boosting their ability to grow stronger and thicker lashes. Applying lash serum regularly extends the phase of growth (telogen), making your lash growth cycle longer.

The healthier and stronger are your natural lashes, the more flexibility you will have with your lash extensions. You can even experiment with long and thick eyelash extensions or different styles when you have lush natural lashes.

Another advantage of having stronger natural lashes is that your lash extensions will last longer.

Since eyelash extensions are applied individually to your natural lashes, they will fall out gradually as your natural lashes shed.

However, if you can extend the growth cycle of your natural lashes with the use of a lash serum, you effectively gained more time between your lash extension refills!

Keeping your extensions longer means a fuller look and saving money. You can make an appointment with my lash artist in Atlanta by messaging her here.

Jess Cathell

Jess Cathell is an Atlanta based lifestyle and interior creator, designer, and tastemaker. With years of experience in home decor and a portfolio ranging from farm house to the beach, Jess is known for creating balanced spaces with notes of the unexpected. Inspired by the fusion of traditional elements with bold contemporary design, she has developed a clear transitional style. Her most recent work can be found in the Atlanta Magazine as a tribute to the modern home work space. She has collaborated with brands such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and is continually looking to connect with local and sustainable sources.

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