How to Prepare for your Eyelash Extension Appointment
What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent extensions applied individually to your eyelashes. They are developed from a variety of sources from synthetics and silks, as well as from minks to beaver. No animals are ever harmed when natural animal hairs are harvested in the creation of lash extensions from organic sources. Each lash extension replicates a natural lash with width at the bottom and tapering at the tip. They are applied one eyelash extension to one natural eyelash, individually. These look and act like completely real eyelashes, not like strips clusters, tabs, or flares.
How long do they last?
The answer to this question largely depends on multiple factors:
Follow your aftercare guide instructions. Upon completion of your first full-set appointment you will receive an aftercare guide. You must follow the care instructions to maximize the life of the extensions. The lash procedure needs a 48 hour time period after the procedure to cure or “set” the adhesive. Excessive touching, contact with oil based products, using an eyelash curler and frequent exposure to heat (moist heat especially such as saunas, steam, etc.) can all cause the adhesive bond to break down and the lashes to fall off. Full aftercare instructions can be read here.
Another factor that determines the life of your extensions is the natural growth cycle of your own eyelashes. All hair grows in cycles, and at the end of its cycle, it sheds. You will shed eyelash extensions when the lash that it is attached to reaches the end of its cycle at which time the natural lash sheds and it’s connected extension along with it. As long as you continue with regular re-fills, you could wear the extensions indefinitely. Re-fills are recommended every 3-4 weeks to replace lashes that have shed.
Other factors include medications (eyedrops), touching and scratching the eye area. Mechanical friction during sleep from face down lying or side-lying on the face and “smashing” the lashes. For those of you who are already back sleepers, Congratulations! You are a great candidate for lash extensions. For those of you that sleep so hard you can’t remember what side you sleep on, if you cannot train yourself to back sleep, you will be coming more often for relash appointments!
Will the extensions damage my natural lashes?
No. As a Registered Nurse and Eyelash Extension Stylist at Lashem-n-Leavem, we will not apply lashes on anyone or on any lashes where the potential for damage to the lash, the face or the person may be a possibility. With proper technique and proper selection of thickness, length and type of lash, your lashes not only remain intact, we also encourage our clients to use a natural lash serum to enhance the health, strength, length and thickness of the natural lash while wearing lash extensions. However, even if a client chooses not to use a growth serum, our procedures are performed so safely that many clients experience that the extensions actually act as a protection to the natural lash since they learn as a matter of course not to rub, mash or pick at the eye area. Conversely, incorrectly applied, cheap lashes, poor quality supplies such as adhesives and poor technique can and do lead to lash damage to the natural lashes. That’s why it’s so important to do the homework and be selective when choosing an eyelash stylist. At Lashem-n-Leavem you have come to the right place for both beautiful technique, safety and hygiene.
How long does it take to have the extensions applied?
For the fullest set of lashes we offer plan 2-2.5 hours for the initial appointment. This includes consultation and before and after photos. Re-fills are case-by-case. Our fee for refills is $75.00/hour.
What is the procedure like?
This is a comfortable and relaxing procedure. You lie on your back on a massage table, with your lower lashes covered by a wrinkle reduction patch, while your upper lashes are applied one at a time. Many clients fall asleep during the procedure. When you arrive for your appointment, it’s very important that your eye area and lashes are clean and bare. If you wear contact lenses, you should remove them and plan on wearing your glasses for the first 24 hours.