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Lash extensions are synthetic fibers that are attached to the natural lashes using medical-grade adhesive. They come in different sizes and curl width options. Lash extensions are great to make your eyes appear wider and more lifted. These are customizable too unlike lash strips. As your natural lashes shed, usually about six weeks for each eyelash, your extensions will come off as well. To keep your lashes healthy and in place, it is important to clean the lashes.
Avoid wearing any eye makeup as best as you can. You can still wear eyeliner but be careful how you remove it. Make sure to take off all your makeup at the end of the day because letting makeup build up around your extensions can cause them to come off early. Avoid glycerin and oil-based makeup products. This can cause the adhesive to break down prematurely and eyelashes to fall out. Mineral-based, or eyelash extension safe makeup is the best bet when it comes to cleansers. Avoid using non-eyelash approved eyeliners or mascaras because they can add too much weight to the hair follicle and cause them to fall out.
Use an oil-free makeup remover. The true first step in effective cleansing is to use formulas that are specifically made for lash extensions. Other products may contain ingredients that can weaken the bond of your lash extensions and cause them to shed prematurely. If you are making an investment in extensions, you don’t want to see them go to waste. To remove lash mascara, use an oil-free remover, use a few pumps of the remover on a spoolie brush or disposable mascara wand and brush through several; times to help break down the mascara and remove any debris.
Do not use cotton pads or swabs. The cotton can snag and rip out the lashes. So, after brushing through with the makeup remover, dab with a tissue to remove the product and repeat this step until all the mascara is gone.
We carry three different lash cleansers at Joanna Young Skin.
The Global Beauty Gentle Cleanse, the Bella Lash Lash Cleanser with Makeup
Remover, and the cleanLash by Novalash which is a 3 in 1 makeup remover,
cleanser, and conditioner. I recommend using one of these three products as
well as a silk pillow to keep the lashes from snagging while you sleep. Conditioning
serums are great if you are caught in between appointments which will keep your
natural lashes in good shape.
Today we have so many options to enhance our eyelashes: Lash Extensions, lash growth enhancers (serums), Keratin Lash treatments (or perms), false lashes (strip lashes), and mascara. Today I’d like to go over these options and see what suits you best!
Let’s start with my favorite, eyelash extensions. I have been doing lashes for over 12 years now and it has come a long way. You need to be realistic and careful when choosing a lash studio. If the lashes are not applied correctly it could damage your natural lashes and cause irritation to the lash line. Also, the adhesive is very important. I always recommend non-formaldehyde adhesive which allows you to wet your lashes after your lash appointment. If the tech tells you to keep your eye dry for a day this is because water will activate the formaldehyde causing a fume that can get into your eye. Make sure to always do your research when choosing a lash studio and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Novalash is the best brand of adhesive Platinum Bond and Sensitive as well ae the lashes.
Now the fun stuff, picking your lashes! You have options when choosing your lash extensions which come in different lengths, thickness and curls.
The classic extension (1 extension on 1 lash) gives you a natural lash line.
Volume lashes (3-6 very thin lashes made into a fan and placed on 1 of your lashes) are what I wear. This creates a full fluffy effect; it is triple the amount of lashes added to your lash line. It does not have to be a heavy look, can be very natural or very dramatic.
Cashmere lashes are similar to classic though the tips of the lash have been split.
Real mink hair (not to be confused with the brand minky lashes) are a natural thin lash. Although they do not hold their curl long they are real, natural and pretty.
Every person has a different amount of natural lashes on their lash line with different thickness. The application appointment is made for the general lash line. This is where I think women need to be realistic with the outcome. If you want the dramatic thick lash line it may take a longer appointment or possibly 2 appointments. Lash extensions need touch up appointments, as you lose your lashes and or extensions you will want to fill in the gaps.
Lash Growth Enhancers
Lash growth serums can be used while you wear lash extensions. There is a lot of different lash growth serums on the market and I believe they all work to some degree. This is a good option for people wanting the growth for long lashes.
We offer Lash Dr. by Novalsh and GrandeLash.
Yumilash Keratin Lash Treatment
A great solution for woman that have had a reaction to lash extensions or just don’t have time for the maintenance is the Keratin lash lift. This is a treatment curls your natural lashes up, opens your eye and gives you a nice curl for 2-3 months. You can add a few extensions if you need more or wear mascara. Yumilash is the best brand I have found from Paris for this treatment.
Lots of options for mascara now a days. They have primers to thicken up the lash, wands that separate the lash and fibers that add length. I still stay away from mascara due to the raccoon eye, it always makes its way to create a dark circle around my eye
For more information or appointments call 949-355-5482