Sunday, July 24, 2016

What to know before getting eyelash extensions

If you haven't already tried lash extensions, you should at least once in your life. Seriously, I speak from experience when I say they are amazing. And with wedding season in full swing, you have the perfect excuse to make the splurge (even if you're only a guest, I say go for it). But before you give them a whirl, I've got some great advice for you. My advice for lash extension newbies: DO your research. "Choose a reputable salon, spa or eyelash extension only establishment. The lash artist should be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist and the consultation should be free of charge. Ask what type adhesive is used (it should be non-formaldehyde), and if they have a variety of lashes for customizing. Always make sure they are not applying cluster lashes as lash extensions are one single lash applied to each one of your own." DON'T get your extensions wet for 24 to 48 hours after application. "Avoid working out, steam rooms or hot yoga. The adhesive will reactivate and may cause the lashes to stick together and look like caked-on mascara." DO resist the urge to pull. "If you pick, tug, twist or excessively touch or brush your extensions, it could damage your natural lashes. If at any time you don't wish to continue, always have them professionally removed." DON'T let moisture-rich products get onto your lashes. "Shampoo, conditioner, heavy creams or anything oil based will eventually loosen the bond. Tilt your head back when washing your hair or take a bath to avoid getting them wet. Some of my addicted clients use swimming goggles while showering!" DO reshape your extensions after you shower. "Gently comb your lashes to fan them out or use a blow dryer set on "cool" to fan them back in place.  Hold it arms length away from your face." DON'T neglect your own lashes. "Maintain the health of your natural lashes with an eyelash conditioner or growth serum. They help the hairs to stay in the follicle longer resulting in stronger support for the extensions." DO have fun. "Flaunt! Flirt! The best thing about lash extensions is that they are versatile and can be styled differently at every touch up appointment. For example, if you're going to an event, ask your lash artist to glam 'em up!" If your keeping them for years go more natural and don't wear mascara. Now your eyelashes can get healthier from proper eyelash extensions. Last but not least check your eyelashes with a toothpick and comb it through the lashes if it gets stuck your eyelashes are glued together. I'll admit, some of these tips sound a bit high-maintenance, but if you're going to spend $200 bucks or more on your service, you want to make sure it lasts. Are any of you thinking of getting lash extensions? Or have you already been there, done that? Details, please.

Women turning to eyelash extensions to enhance look

Los Angeles,CA. - Lash extensions not only can change your look. "They can reshape your eye. They can open up a small eye, make a small eye look bigger, just really define your lash line," Lash extensions can also shorten your morning routine. "You can just wake up in the morning and get ready to go," said Christine Reed "It cuts my time in half." "It is really convenient to just get up and have a fresh look," Many women have made lash extensions a part of their beauty routine for years. However, the popularity of the beauty product is increasing. In order to create that fuller and longer look, lash artists take synthetic fibers and glue them, one-by-one to a person's natural lash. "A lot of people are candidates for the lashes, as long as you have healthy eye lashes. The only people who wouldn't qualify for the lashes would be the people who have severe eye allergies or if you have really bad dry eyes," said lash artist Christine Reed with Platinum Image Services. Platinum Image Services and The Green Nail are just two local salons that offer lash extensions. Artists at both businesses have gone beyond the minimum requirements to offer the service to their clients by completing additional training and certification programs. "If you have a cosmetology or esthetician license in many states, you can just YouTube it and start lashing tomorrow," said Christine Reed who owns Platinum Image Services. "That is scary because we are dealing with people's eye area." Eyelash extensions and lash glue are not regulated by the FDA. The American Optometric Association warns lash extensions can break off and scratch the eye. Lash extensions have also been reported to cause damage to the natural lash and adhesives, some of which contain formaldehyde, have caused allergic reactions and irritation. The owners of Platinum Image Services and The Green Nail recommend clients do their research. They recommend clients ask for a salon and artist's certifications, check the cleanliness of the salon, ask questions, check social media pages and websites for client reviews and consult a doctor. Lash extensions cost about $200 for the initial set. Fills are needed every two to four weeks, which are less expensive. Lash strips or clumps, which are applied daily are a cheaper alternative. However, they can also cause irritation.