Can you imagine: no more mascara! No more lash curlers! No more daily strip lashes! With lash extensions, most people don’t feel the need to apply eyeliner or eyeshadow. Many cut their morning beauty routine in half! In the last year, eyelash extensions have become just as popular as nail services.
When I first started getting lash extensions, I lived in San Diego, CA. I was fascinated by the look they gave. I had a newborn at the time so anything that made me look refreshed and put together effortlessly was right up my ally.
Types of Lash Extensions
Lash extensions are extremely customizable and are not a “one size fits all” service. You can customize:
Lash extensions have two categories; Classic and Volume.
- Classics are 1:1, meaning 1 natural lash connected to 1 eyelash extension.
- Volume lashes are 1:many, meaning 1 natural lash connected to multiple eyelash extensions.
- Hybrid style. This, is a combination of classic and volume lashes (50/50) to create a customized look.
If you’re not sure which style is best for you, I recommend making a consultation with your lash specialist to discuss your desired look and what style is best to achieve that.
Lash Extensions Maintenance
How much effort will you need to put into the care of your lashes?
Our lashes grow out of a pore, and just like the pores on our face, our lash pores also secrete oils, sebum, and even shed dead skin. It’s important to make sure we’re keeping our lashes fresh, clean, and free of any build-up. So how difficult are lash extensions to maintain?
Let me ask you this: Do you wash your face or take a shower? If yes, then caring for your lashes is going to be a breeze!
- You can wash your lashes in the shower.
- If you’re someone who wears eye makeup with your extensions then you will need to first apply an oil-free makeup remover. This really helps to break down all makeup, dirt, and oils before going in with your lash cleanser.
- A lash cleanser is vital! It’s not the makeup remover’s job to cleanse your lashes, so be sure to use both to make sure your lashes are as clean as possible.
- Keep all products that contain oils away from your lashes. Any under-eye serums or moisturizers that go under the eyes need to be oil-free. Clean them, avoid oil, and rebook your appointments.
Finding a Lash Artist
Lash extensions have been around since the 1800’s. Our modernized, semi-permanent way of doing lashes today involves attaching a single, hair-like extension to the natural lash with a medical grade adhesive.
Not all lash artists are the same. You have to do your research, just like you would for nails or hair. The benefits of having beautiful lashes when you wake up are so worth it. Here are the questions to ask your lash artist:
- Are you a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist?
- Are you certified in eyelash extensions?
- Is your place of business humidity and temperature regulated? (This is extremely important. The medical-grade adhesive we use is CURED by higher levels of humidity and lower temp settings. If it’s not controlled, the adhesive will not cure. This causes your lashes to stick together and can ultimately cause lash damage over time.)
How often should you get your lashes done?
At about the same rate that you get your nails done. For most people, that may be around three weeks, but for some, it can be every two weeks.
Make sure you support your local lash service. Female entrepreneurs run many of these businesses!