Things to Know Before You Go
Eyelash extensions are made of synthetic mink or silk, and are each adhered to an individual natural lash with medical grade adhesive. When properly applied, they do not hurt, itch or pull. Lash extensions do not damage your natural lashes and can be removed at any time in a matter of minutes. Real mink has been rumored as “luxurious” but does not hold a curl once it’s wet and is unnecessary.
Lash extensions are 100% customizable, although length and fullness may be limited due to the current state of natural lashes in order to keep them healthy and happy. At your first appointment, we will discuss exactly what look you have in mind and go over options to get there. We all tend to have different definitions of what “natural” or “glam” means to our face specifically, so if possible bring in example photos or wish pics.
Be sure to arrive for your full set with clean lashes, and about 2 and ½ hours to relax. Avoid drinking too much caffeine prior, as coffee tends to make eyes twitch. Be sure toremove any gum you might be chewing (to avoid temple area movement), and turn your phone on silent because this is your time to zone out and get beautified. The average person has about 90-120 lashes on EACH eye. The process of lashing includes isolating through natural lashes, grabbing an extension, dipping the extension, then landing it perfectly on a natural lash x 180-240 times. This takes ninja-like speeds and surgeon-like precision, so your restful cooperation is needed in order to make the most out of the appointment time we have together. Kiddos are welcome as long as they can keep themselves quietly busy and don’t need your attention through the procedure.
Care for your extensions is really easy. Just wash them with lash wash every day if makeup is worn on them, or every 3 days if not. Be sure to fluff lashes with a clean mascara wand (spoolie) after the shower to keep them separated. Lash extensions are totally waterproof. You can wear mascara on classic lashes, but mascara on volume will close the fans and can make them look more sparse. Excess touching (nervous habit?) of the lashes can transfer oil from your hands and break down the glue, so paws off. Also, do not use a lash curler on extensions as this can break or pull out your natural lash. Your extensions will already have a nice curl to them.
On average, each eye sheds 2-3 lashes per day. That’s 21 lashes per week! This is why lash extensions need to be “filled” (think acrylic nails) every 2-3 weeks. Classic lashes usually start needing attention around 2 weeks, and volume lashes can usually get away with being filled every 3 weeks due to the nature of the fans fanning out and filling gaps. At these appointments some grow out is removed and new extensions are placed on bare lashes. These appointments usually run 1 and ½ hours. After 3 weeks fill appointments will take longer due to the natural shed and grow out cycle, and that is when the “extended fill” option should be used in online booking.
In the rare event of an allergic reaction, redness, swelling, puffiness and itchiness can occur. This will unfortunately mean lash extensions are no longer an option as reactions tend to only get worse with repeat exposure to the adhesive. If you are already allergic to adhesives, you are not a candidate for lash extensions. Lash lifts and tints and/or growth serums such as GrandeLash are a good alternative.