Eyelashes are to Twiggy what blonde is to Marilyn Monroe, right? These beauty superstars weren’t exactly born with their now iconic features, but it certainly helped cement their pop icon status, not only in the world of beauty and aesthetics. False eyelashes have fallen in and out of vogue for various reason (some more bizarre than others) over the centuries. Despite many advancements in recent years, applying false lashes on a daily basis still requires a supernatural skill that only few have mastered and some maybe never will. The alternative? Eyelash extensions.
Extentions have the ability to give cleints Beyonce-like eyes without the everyday hassle of applying them. The extensions are made using either silk, mink, or synthetic hair. More and more salons are offering clients this longterm alternative that adds instant volume and length to their clients’ lashes. However many women leave the salon without receiving the proper care instructions to help maintain their new look.
According to therapist, Deanna Yon from the Beauty Therapy Institute, eyelash extensions are not for the faint of heart. It is actually a very pleasant experience for the client and many fall asleep during the procedure. But for the therapist applying the extensions, it requires an intense level of concentration and laser-like accuracy. Even if you have the best therapist applying your extensions it is only half of the battle won as homecare will determine how long the client’s lashes last and guarantee that they return.
- Do you have any particular eye allergies or sensitivities?
- Have you ever had any eye infections?
- Do you wear contact lenses?
- Do you suffer from skin conditions around the eye area such as psoriasis or eczema?
- Do you have any nervous disorders?
- Have you ever worn normal false eyelashes and what was your experience?
For after care, give the client correct advice as it may jeopardise your reputation as a therapist without you even realising.
Here are some guidelines that are helpful to clients and lengthen the lifespan of their eyelashes:
- Picking, pulling or rubbing your eyelash extensions will pull on the adhesive and make them fall out quicker.
- Avoid using waterproof mascaras. You should only use mascara on the bottom lashes.
- Avoid using eye creams or moisturisers at the base of the lashes as the oils in these creams can weaken the adhesive and cause the eyelash to fall out.
- Oil-based eye make-up remover can also have the same effect and should be avoided.
- Refrain from using saunas or steamrooms during the first 48 hours after your application.