When and how often should I book my Fills? This depends on your preferences. Normally, when you feel like your eyelashes don't have as much volume as you like, it's time for a Fill appointment. There needs to be at least 40% of false eyelashes left to qualify for a Fill appointment, as opposed to a Full set. Consider the nail analogy again- If your natural nail has grown more than 60% out (if your fake nail isn't popped off by then), the nail tech will have to start over on a new set. On average, Amplify clients go 2-3 weeks between Fill appointments. The procedure involves cleansing your existing eyelashes, removing some of the false eyelashes that are about to fall or look twisted/misplaced, and re-applying lash extensions filling the gaps.
How long does it take for an Fill procedure? Fills are 1 hour from the start time of your scheduled appointment. ***You are no longer considered a Fill if you have waited more than 3 weeks (21 days from last appointment) and/or have less than 40% of your previous extensions remaining.***
Will eyelash extensions damage my eyelashes? Eyelash extensions can be damaging IF incorrectly applied, therefore it is essential to use a professionally trained and qualified lash artist. Eyelash Extensions must be applied with precision and should never be stuck and clumped together as this is damaging to the eyelashes, preventing natural growth, and resulting in natural lash premature shedding. Carefully choose your eyelash extension artist and ask to see before and after pictures of their work. At AMPLIFY, we care about your natural lashes and always take time to apply eyelash extensions with precision and careful isolation. Natural eyelashes are also more susceptible to damage if the client tends to pick or play with the lashes. This transfers oils, dirt, and other things to the lash line where it can have a big effect on the adhesive's bond. In short, eyelash extensions are not damaging in and of themselves if you are going to a trained artist.
Can I use mascara with my eyelash extensions? No, regular mascara should NOT be used on the eyelash extensions- Classics or Volume. Most likely, you will not want to use mascara at all, but if you do there are specially formulated mascaras available for use with the eyelash extensions (see the LashBlog for my mascara recommendation). If you do apply mascara for a special event or a few hours, it need only be applied to the tip end 1/3 of the eyelash extensions. Never apply any makeup/mascara to the bottom/middle of the extension length near your lash line. Retention will suffer.
How long will my eyelash extensions last? **IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND** Your eyelash extensions should last until your natural eyelashes shed, with the false one attached, due to a natural hair growth cycle between 4-8 weeks. However, your lifestyle, your skin characteristics, and aftercare you provide play the most important role in the durability of the eyelash extensions. If you take part in active exercise, swimming, or use sauna or any other heat services, the lashes may not be as durable. If your skin is naturally oily or if you use oily skin care creams/lotions, oily make-up, mascara or eye drops this will affect the bond of the adhesive which can result in de-bonding and shedding of the false eyelash. Fill appointments can be booked to replace the lost eyelashes. It is most common to have a Fill appointment every TWO - THREE WEEKS. Natural shedding and growth will be noticeable at about 2 weeks and that is when you need to be touched up. The 4-8 week time frame from above only specifies a natural lash's life, from just forming in the follicle to fully grown about to shed. hair still forming in the follicle and then sprouting to a immature baby hair cannot be lashed for safety reasons. This will shorten the overall time an eyelash extension, applied in a day in your natural cycle, can expect for the adhesive to remain bonded to the synthetic lash. We shed 3-5 natural lashes PER DAY and therefore will not have a full lash line at 4 weeks. (Cluster lashes DO hold on longer than 4 weeks BUT ARE INCREDIBLY DAMAGING to your natural lashes. Make sure you are not having clusters applied! A certified tech concerned with maintaining natural lash health will NEVER apply cluster lashes.) The analogy here is nails- if you wait longer than 3 weeks for a Fill, the nail tech is going to have to start over because there will has been too much growth in between appointments. *In conclusion, this, by no means, means that you can wait 4 weeks + to get a Fill.*
What will decrease retention the most? Excessive steam and excessive forms of friction will lower lash retention dramatically. With regard to steam, think along the lines of: dishwashers, overs, grills, dryers, hot showers, and saunas. With regard to friction, think along the lines of: sleeping on your face/side, rubbing, pulling, picking, trying to remove mascara/waterproof makeup.
How can I remove my eyelash extensions if I no longer want them? Do not attempt to remove eyelash extensions yourself – pulling the false lashes will also pull out natural lashes. Those natural lashes may not have been ready to shed and prematurely pulling them out could leave gaps in your lash line for a longer period than you would like. Eyelash extensions must be removed professionally using solvent designed specially for dissolving eyelash adhesive to ensure no damage is caused to your lashes or your eyes.