Exactly what are Eyelash Extensions?
As previously mentioned, a single synthetic eyelash is attached to each one of your natural eyelashes, repeating this procedure until you have a full set of thicker and / or longer eyelashes or half a set of longer lashes, this is optional and is discussed beforehand.
How do I prepare my eyes before attending my lash appointment?
Best is not to wear any mascara, unless it is special extension mascara, you can consult Liezel about this. Cleanse your lashes prior to your appointment with a mild oil free cleanser. Do not curl your lashes as this makes the application very difficult and less successful.
Can I apply mascara to my lash extensions?
Yes, you most definitely may, I recommend a mascara from MAC, which with experience I have found to work best with eyelash extensions, although mascara is truly not necessary.
How are the synthetic lashes applied?
The synthetic lashes are applied one by one to each of your own lashes using a special bonding agent that lasts through the length of your natural hair growth cycle of each individual lash, which can be anything between 60 to 100 days.
How long does it take to apply a full set of lashes?
The first application of the full set lashes takes 1-1½ hours and thereafter 1 hour for fills/touch-ups.
How often do I need to come in for a fill/touch-up?
As any other hair on our body, our eyelashes has a growth cycle and luckily all our eyelashes never fall out simultaneously! They replenish gradually every day. Approximately four eyelashes from each eye are lost daily. When your lashes are short, it is not as noticeable if a few are lost, because they are all the same length.
If you have your lashes extended, you notice the ones that fall out easily, for there is a great difference in length and colour, as the synthetic lashes are black. This is when you need to make your appointment for the fill/touch-up. Whether you do your fill/touch-up every two weeks or every three to four weeks is your own preference and can be arranged with your therapist.
Could I enhance my lashes further by using my eyelash curler?
The synthetic lash already has a curve to it and it may disturb the adhesion of the bonding agent causing premature loss of lash extensions, therefore, using an eyelash curler is not recommended.
How should I take care of my lash extensions at home?
The most important thing is to be very gentle when cleansing your face and removing eye make-up, do not rub your eyes hard, this will cause lashes to fall out a lot quicker. Avoid any oil based cleansers, lotions or make-up removers, as this dissolves the bonding agent. Gel cleansers are recommended. Use your fingers to rid the lashes of mascara. Eyelash extensions are easily maintained.
Are the lash extensions glued to my skin/eyelids?
Definitely not. Neither the synthetic lash nor the bonding agent ever comes in contact with your skin. The lash extensions are bonded 2 millimeters away from your skin.
Aren't eyelash extensions harmful to my eyes?
No. The special bonding agent is a reliable product that is available in both medical and performance grades and is suitable for hyper-allergic eyes. People who wear contact lenses can safely have eyelash extensions done, although it is important to remove your contact lenses prior to the application of your lash extensions. Allergic reactions to the special bonding agent are rare, one in several thousand, and are easily treated should they act up.
What about allergic reactions to the lash extension bonding agent?
Although allergic reactions are extremely rare, there are individuals who might be allergic to this specific adhesive, as with any other cosmetic product. Should you have an allergic reaction to the adhesive, the reaction will subside readily as soon as the extensions are removed, which can also be done for a small fee in the case that you choose not to maintain your extensions.
If you suffer extreme latex or band-aid allergies, you might be at risk of a reaction. In the case that you have had an allergic reaction to any other eyelash extensions before, such as swollen or puffy eyelids, I do not recommend you have it done again. The odds that you might have an allergic reaction again is great.
This is important, please take note!
Your eyelashes WILL fall out! It always has and constantly will. This is a normal part of the natural hair growth cycle and the lash extension "glued" to your own natural eyelash will fall out along with it. An estimated number of four eyelashes fall from each eye daily. You WILL need to do a fill/touch-up to maintain the appearance of your eyelash extensions every two to four weeks, depending on your own preference. Also remember, for each lash that falls out, the next new lash has already started growing to replace it.
As soon as your extensions appear sparse, they could simply be cut shorter to match the length of your natural eyelashes, should you wish not to do a fill/touch-up.
It is important to not rub your eyes. Hard or extensive rubbing of the eye can cause both natural and synthetic lashes to fall out. Remember to be gentle at all times, especially whilst removing eye make-up.
Keep up the neat and luscious appearance. Liezel will provide you with an eyelash brush, be sure to use it. Gently brushing your lashes will prevent them from clumping or sticking together and makes part of good maintenance in general.
Try to keep your eyes as dry as possible for the first 24 hours after application. Avoid washing/splashing your face in the bath or shower, steam, heavy perspiration and keep tears to a minimal. Swimming or anything else that can possibly involve a great deal of moisture should be postponed for at least 48 hours to ensure adequate bonding time.
And last, but not least a final reminder to steer clear from any oil based cosmetic products, whether it is a moisturizer, eye treatment or make-up remover. Products containing oils WILL break down the bonding agent, resulting in unnecessary early fills/touch-ups.
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