Eyelash Extensions have grown in popularity over the last few years and it is a treatment that most ladies have heard about, and or may be curious about. There are many stories, some good, some horrific regarding eyelash extensions and so I wanted to fill in the blanks and tell you everything you might need to know when considering this treatment.
What are Eyelash Extensions?
They are synthetic fibres that are attached to your own lashes, one by one, by means of a medical grade adhesive for the purpose of adding length, curl and volume to your natural lashes. They are soft, lightweight, flexible and comfortable to wear.
Why would I want Eyelash Extensions?
If you want to add length and volume to your natural lashes (and lets be honest, who doesn’t want that) then eyelash extensions are for you. There are a variety of lengths and thicknesses to choose from and each set of extensions is tailor designed to the natural lashes and desired look of the client. Whether you have short and thin, or long but straight lashes, you can wear extensions.
Eyelash extensions are also perfect for people who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup or their lifestyle means that mascara doesn’t quite work.
What does the application process involve?
Applications of your extensions can take anywhere between 1 – 2 hours. It is quite a relaxing treatment as you will be laying comfortably on a beauty bed with your lash stylist seated behind you. Your eyes will be closed for majority of the treatment so listen to the tranquil spa music and enjoy a snooze. You will open your eyes at the end of your session to a new you.
How do I choose what style is right for me?
The two main styles of eyelash extensions you may have heard of are Classic and Volume. At Beautique Love we offer a classic style of extension which means that one extension is attached to one of your natural lashes. Volume lashes can see 2-5 extensions attached to one eyelash which creates a fan effect. Volume is a more dramatic, high impact style of eyelash extensions.
You lash stylist will discuss with you what look you might like and will choose the appropriate extensions that your natural lashes can accommodate
Classic extensions are offered in a Full Set or a Half Set (only ever on the top lid).
At Beautique Love a full set takes up to 90 minutes, with approximately 100 extensions being applied to each eye.
A half set takes up to an hour with approximately 60-70 extensions being applied to each eye, focused on the outer 3/4 of your eye to created a tapered effect.
What do I need to know about wearing eyelash extensions?
We are all constantly shedding and growing new eyelashes. This is something people may not be aware of until they notice their extensions falling out. Everyone’s retentions rate is different but on average you will loose 2-4 eyelashes a day. This is why we attach so many to start with, your extensions will fall out as your natural lashes shed.
Extensions will last up to 4 weeks and with better care you may get even longer wear. If you want to maintain your look then refills are recommended every 3 weeks.
So what care is required?
Here are some Do’s and Don’ts you need to remember when looking after your eyelash extensions.
- For 24 hours post application avoid water, facial services and steam from cooking. After 24 hours, resume your lifestyle.
- Rinse with water or cleanse your lashes daily. Cleansers need to be oil free as oil degrades the adhesive bond. Baby shampoo diluted in water is a recommended way to gently cleanse your lashes.
- Be gentle with the lashes. Excessive touching and rubbing of your eyes can cause premature shedding of your natural lashes.
- Brush your lashes daily with the clean spooly your lash stylist has given you. Lashes can cross over while you sleep so brushing keeps them straight and looking their best.
- While mascara is not required when wearing extensions. If you really want to wear it, please only wear mascara formulated specially eyelash extensions.
“I’ve heard horror stories about bad eyelash extensions…”?
Unfortunately we have all heard or seen the result of eyelash extensions gone bad. When worn and applied properly, extensions will cause no harm to your natural lashes. Horror stories often result from clients visiting an unexperienced stylist or “price shopping” their lashes.
For most things in life you pay for quality and this is 100% the case with eyelash extensions. A friend of yours may have scored an amazing set at a cheap price but this is rare. It is important to ensure your therapist understands the treatment they are performing and has been trained properly. They should be able to answer any questions you may have confidently and be happy to show you images of their previous work.
Eyelash extensions should be as individual as your lashes without clumping together. Excessive use of glue by your stylist can cause lashes to stick to each other forming large clumps. This is when damage can occur. If you are ever unhappy with a set of eyelash extensions it is important to talk to your stylist and have them professionally removed. NEVER PULL YOUR LASHES OUT… This will cause damage that can take months to repair.
What is the cost?
At Beautique Love our lash stylist Caitlin has been performing eyelash extensions for 6 years. Originally trained by Xtreme Lashes in 2009, Caitlin now sources her extensions products from American brand The Lashe.
- Full Set “Classic” Eyelash Extensions – $150
(Approximately 100 lashes per eye. Please allow 90 minutes for your appointment.)
- Half Set “Classic” Eyelash Extensions – $110
(Approximately 60-70 lashes per eye. Please allow 60 minutes for your appointment.)
- Refills – 2-3 weeks – $70
- Refills – 4+ weeks – $100
- *Please note, if you come to a refill appointment with less than 5 lashes remaining per eye, you will be charge the price of a new set.
The most important thing to remember about Eyelash Extensions is that they look amazing and you will love them. They look natural, feminine, fluttery and will enhance anyones face. They will open your eyes, making you look more awake and will give you the appearance of wearing mascara 24/7. The perfect accessory for anyone looking to pamper themselves and add a little beauty for an event, holiday or just everyday!
Examples of Caitlin’s work…