ARE LASH EXTENSIONS FOR YOU?
Individual lash extensions can do what only Mascara can dream of…
In a world of beauty, glamour and time-driven success, lash enhancements has proven to be top in the industry due to its’ instant results-driven outcomes with a satisfied clientele.
What is Lash Enhancements?
There are different types of lash products on the market, each with it’s own pro’s and cons.
Advice: Make sure you have your lashes done with a well trained lash technician. Lash extensions do not harm your own lashes. Unfortunately some dangers can arise by using a technician who has a lack of skills, experience and product knowledge. It’s your eyes…you are entitled to ask!
Enhancement of lashes is a time consuming process by which individual lashes are placed and adhered to your own lashes. This one-by-one process takes time as the adhesive also needs time to set in between lash applications to prevent lash clogging and to create a perfect fan effect.
Lashes are not “one-size fits all”. Each client’s eye shape needs to be analysed. We check the lash length and of course, client preference. A trained technician always listens to what the clients expectations are, but will never complete a set which may risk damage to the lashes. All eyes are different, so what works for one client will not always work for the next.
It is an ideal treatment for clients who have eyes which are sensitive to daily mascara. It lasts weeks at a time and it saves hours of ‘face-prep’ in the morning. You wake up and go to bed feeling groomed.
What to know…
- Due to the process and cost of quality products, some lash treatments can be pricey.
- Try to avoid clusters. Even if you feel you have ‘NO’ lashes, avoid them because they weigh down your natural lash which may lead to breakages.
- You may need to adjust your skin care routine. You need to get used to avoiding any oil-based products which will break down the adhesive.
- Don’t pick at your lashes. No rubbing, curling, trimming or pulling. Leave them be. Brush them gently and they will look good!
- Home care is very important. Ask your technician to discuss this with you and even give you a print out of the to-do’s and not to-do’s.
- Cleanse your extensions gently daily using an oil-free lash cleanser.
- Apply a coating sealer to your lashes on a daily basis to maintain the shape.
- Any mascara used on top of the extensions must be oil-free.
How long should they last?
The full cycle of your natural lashes is typically between 60 and 90 days. You will naturally shed an average of 3 – 4 eyelashes per day, believe it or not. When your natural eyelash sheds, the attached extension will shed too. A fill appointment every 2 – 3 weeks is recommended to maintain a full and fresh look.
What to consider…
- Your eye shape and your preferences – a natural look versus a glamorous or dramatic look.
- Do you wear glasses.
- Your eyelids – monolids and hooded eyelids have different considerations than other lid shapes.
- The orientation of your eyes – deep set, wide set, close set.
- The quality of your natural lashes – their length, volume, color and curl.
- Any allergies or sensitivities you may have.
- Your tolerance for up-keep.
- Claustrophobia, High Blood Pressure or ailments that may prevent you form lying down flat for extended periods having the treatment.
- In most cases the adhesive is formaldehyde-free and preferably medical grade. It does however still have a slight ‘odour’ that may irritate the eyes. A slight burning sensation might also be a part of the process, but it will not be long lasting.
- It is important to know the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. This will not potentially lead to blindness.
- Upkeep is important and the lashes will need to be removed at some point.
Fun facts about Lash Extensions:
80% of qualified lash technicians who are active in the eyelash extension industry today say that they are either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their careers. (ABC News)
74% of lash technicians operating in the United States right now are either licensed cosmetologists or an aesthetician. Some states require this licensing before they will permit someone to open a business in lash extensions.
Between 2017 – 2018, sales of false eyelashes grew by over $270 million.
Lashes are fun, long lasting, frames the eyes, cuts make-up time in half and suits every mood.
If you haven’t tried it, we recommend it.
One word of advice: Make sure you go to a trained/qualified technician and even better, a qualified esthetician/ cosmetologist that understands your health and wellbeing.
After all,…they are your eyes.
I love my lashes!
Blog written by Lindi Lourens
Be Cute Wellness in Walvis Bay, Namibia, and franchisee of Beauty Therapy Institute Windhoek.
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