As some of you have learned through my instagram or through facebook or through knowing me in the flesh--I have been attending NIMA to get my license in Medical Esthetics. I've learned stuff like Facials, Waxing, Microdermabrasion..as well as more advanced treatments like Chemical Peels, laser skin resurfacing for overall skin tone and texture, laser removal of pigment, laser hair removal, fat reduction & skin tightening....fun galore! (I do not do BOTOX or Fillers...only nurses can touch needles here in Utah and most states!) One of my most FAVORITE treatments to perform, however, are Eyelash Extensions.
I was a major believer of the Eyelash Extensions far before I even knew what esthetics were or or how to spell that word or how to pronounce it correctly! (eh-set-ics..for those of you like me;)
I only knew that when I had eyelash extensions I felt like I could conquer the world, I could get ready in like 10 minutes, and look like a million bucks! So I certified in March and have been practicing my tushy off. Since I am now graduated, I'd love to share my work with you!
I'd also like to answer some FAQ's about Eyelash Extensions. I would love to hear some MORE questions if you see I've forgotten anything!
Q: What in the heck ARE Eyelash Extensions?
A:Eyelash Extensions is the procedure in which the esthetician uses medical grade glue to apply one false eyelash (usually made of synthetic mink) to one real eyelash. This type of "set" is called a "Classic Set" (we will cover "Volume Sets" in a bit) They can be any length or thickness, depending on the "look" you desire. (ie: natural to GLAM)
Q: How long do Eyelash Extensions last?
A: They should last anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on how you care for them. You can care for them by avoiding water on your lashes for 24 hours after application, not picking at them with your fingers, or using any make up remover WITH oil in it. (ie coconut oil is a no no) Anything with oil (like your fingers!) will strip the glue quicker and make your lash extension separate from your natural lash. You can also extend your lash extensions by WASHING THEM daily (this is a new trick I learned) with baby shampoo. This will strip your lashes from the natural oils that accumulate from your eyelids. cool huh! Naturally you lose about 2-3 lashes a day. Your extensions will fall out naturally with your extensions.
Q: Can I wear mascara with my Eyelash Extensions?
A: First, you shouldn't want to, as the extensions make your lashes look full already! I would not recommend mascara as (again) there is oil in mascara and will make your extension separate and fall off your lashes! Sad! Plus, mascara is clumpy and the whole point of this is to make your lashes look full with out the clump! This goes along with the question--can I curl my lash extensions and the answer is NO! You will hurt your natural lash and bend the extension and look like a crazy person. just saying.
Q: Can I wear eyeliner and/or eyeshadow?
A: YES! I do everyday! Depending on your eyeliner, there MIGHT be oil in it? Depends on the brand--I haven't see an issue, plus the lashes + make up make your eyes pop!
Q: WILL MY LASHES FALL OUT??
A: This question, I get literally every day. The truth is, everyone has a friend or a sister or SOMEONE that had some crazy horror story of their lashes falling out. This baffles me, because I have had Lash Extensions for 2 years and have NEVER had a problem. The reason why someones lashes would fall out would be
1) The Estetician is a moron and glued MULTIPLE natural lashes to ONE extension. This does not happen when you go to someone GOOD with good references, and great pictures.
Not to go TOO far into it--but your hair has 3 growth phases. Not all of your lashes are on the same growth phase. Therefore, one might fall out tomorrow and the other might fall out in 2 weeks. (a hair growth cycle is about 2-3 weeks). SO, if multiple lashes are glued to one extension, now that entire chunk will fall out as soon as one of them is ready to come out. Does that make sense? This causes Alopecia aka balding spots on eyelashes.
2) You yourself are pulling out your extensions because you hate them, you're irritated by them (again, probably due to poor technique of the esthetician) or you're bored and playing with them. This totally happens, some people HATE having things on their face. One thing I tell my girls is if they HATE their extensions, I will remove them immediately at no charge with a removal creme designed for extensions. I WILL HELP YOU!
3) The Estetician again, is a moron, and glued way way WAY too long or too thick of lashes to your thin lashes. This rarely happens, unless the place you're going to is so cheap (there is always a reason why they are giving you a cheap price!) or unless you are having someone stupid do them, I don't know. Again, I've never seen this, except online, but it happens so look into the esthetician and ask clients how their experience was. I was trained on how to match the right thickness and length to the right lash, but not everyone has. Also, listen to your esthetician. If she says: "Sorry, I can't do that length on you, but I can still do my best to give you full beautiful lashes" LISTEN TO HER.
Q: I've seen some REALLY big, full lashes, what are those? Can you do those?
A: Those are called Volume Lashes. This is a procedure in which an esthetician applies MULTIPLE very very thin lashes to ONE natural lash. This way, you get a fuller look, with out weighing down the lash. Now, some people are not candidates for Volume lashes, as their lashes are too thin and can not handle the weight at all. But MOST are. I have not been trained in Volume lashes YET (I will eventually!), so no I can not, but I would recommend shelling out the 250 bucks if you want them. It's an advanced procedure that takes twice as long as a Classic Set, but it's 100% worth the investment so you get a quality job.
here is a full set on Kiana!
Top right eye is before, top left eye is half way through, and bottom is a full set!
This is Amber's full set--she wanted them long, but natural. This is why they aren't as full a Kiana's!
Any other questions I missed?
If you're interested, email me at Alexandralovinlashes@gmail.com and I'd love to help you with your lash game:) xoxo