Frequently asked question
CAN YOU SHOWER OR SWIM RIGHT AWAY? ARE THERE PRODUCTS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID?
Keep water away from your lashes for the first 12 to 24 hours after application or touch-ups. Water can weaken the adhesive before it is set and cause lashes to fall off. The after-care varies depending on the glue used. For instance, with glue for sensitive eyes, oil-based products or makeup removers around the eye area are not recommended. Using water-proof mascara on the extensions is not recommended for any type of glue, as it is hard to remove and can actually pull off the lashes prematurely when trying to take it off.
IS IT OKAY TO ALSO WEAR MASCARA?
If you are planning to wear mascara in addition to the extensions, only use it on the tips of the extensions and with a very light hand. This will be enough to give your eyes that "pop" along with the extensions. Using mascara at the base of the extensions will get very clumpy and risk of damage is also a factor to keep in mind.
WILL YOUR NATURAL LASHES GET HARMED OR DAMAGED?
The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out.
The application of eyelash extensions is a very detail process, and should certainly only be done by a trained lash stylist. But training is not enough. Patience, attention to detail, and strong work ethics are also required. Nearly all "lash disasters" we have repaired come from trained, even certified, lash stylist. Just because someone has learned to do this skill, does not mean they have the qualities it takes to do it right.
What are the most common types of lash extensions?
There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Size availability ranges from 6mm to 17mm. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash.
How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
Applying a full set of lashes can take up to two hours, and maintained year-round with touch-ups recommended every two to three weeks. A half set of lashes are an economical alternative to achieve a similarly dramatic effect, applied as filler to thicken natural lashes, or applied outward from the eye for a specialized look.
Everyone has different lashes, and depending on the condition of your own natural lashes, lash experts can only go a certain length or thickness. (This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy.) For example, if your natural lashes are on the shorter, thinner side, you won't be able to get a crazy, dramatic Kim Kardashian look, because it won't last. It's better to start out with a half set (50 to 60 percent of your top lashes) if you aren't sure or it's your first time. It’s easier to add more than to remove lashes!
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY NEW LASH EXTENSIONS?
- do not get lashes wet for 2-4 hours after application
- avoid hot steam or sauna
- do not rub your eyes
- do not perm your lashes
- do not use a mechanical eyelash curler
- do not pull on your lashes (this may cause your natural lashes to come out prematurely)