How do I prepare for EVERY lash appointment?
Prior to your appointment, arrive EARLY (cannot stress this enough) and without any eye makeup, do not curl your lashes, and do not wear mascara the day before and the day of your appointment. It will help minimize the cleanup time and more time for lashing.
Will extensions ruin or cause my natural lashes to fall out/get thinner?
Based on the growth cycle of eyelashes, when applying lashes, lash stylist are TRAINED to look for adult lashes to attach the individual synthetic lashes. Young (baby) lashes are left to allow them to fully develop and when it comes times to do a fill. Lash extensions will NOT cause your natural eyelashes to fall out. Remember that your natural lashes have their own life cycle of falling and growing – like the hair found elsewhere on your body. It's hard to notice small lashes falling out, but when attached to a thicker, longer lash they become much more noticeable. Once the extensions are removed, your own eyes may appear smaller, your natural lashes, shorter and sparser because you've been accustomed to a full set of longer, thicker lashes.
(Eyelash Dysmorphia IS a real thing- don't be fooled!)
How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
Lash extensions are applied while you are lying down with your eyes closed on a comfortable massage bed and in a serene setting. Application usually takes about 1.5 hours for a full set of Classic lashes, 2.5 hours for a full set of Volume lashes, and 1 hour for a fill. So, it really depends on the set of lashes you decide to go with. It is a really relaxing, non-invasive treatment and most of our clients take the time to catch up on their beauty sleep! #lashnap
How long will my new lashes last?
Your new lashes will last between 2 to 4 weeks depending on your skincare routine and your own natural lash life cycle. To maintain the full look of your lashes, it will require you to maintain refills every 2-3 weeks. (Anything past 3 weeks/21 days from your last appointment is automatically considered a new full set due to the amount of shed, growth, and correction needed.)
How often should I be coming in for lash refills?
We recommend getting refills every 2 to 3 weeks. If you wait too long, a majority of your extensions will fall out and the next appointment will be considered a full set. Factors such as exposure to humidity, steam or touching your eyes a lot may cause the extensions to fall quicker. Refills can take from 45 - 60 minutes, depending on the state of your remaining lashes. A good sign of when you need a refill is when your extensions are 50% remaining. Volume can be deceiving because it can appear that you are still very full HOWEVER, when a lash tech gets behind your eyes, they will have to peel grown out fans, add fans to those lashes and all of the other hidden lashes. Classic lash application does not hide the openings in the same way that volume does. Just an FYI - Because Volume application provides this 'facade' of fullness even up to the point of a Fill, it will normally cost more at whichever studio you select.
Can I apply mascara to my lash extensions?
NO. Waterproof mascara and any type of oil based mascara dissolves the bonding agent of the extensions and causes them to fall out sooner. Also, take care in washing off all eye makeup. Only use a water based eye makeup remover.
Can I swim, shower or exercise while wearing lash extensions?
Yes. The bonding agent we use is fixated immediately and cured after about 24 hours. It is waterproof and allows you to shower, swim, and exercise. However we recommend that you DO NOT WET your eye area for at least 10 hours after application. This allows the bonding agent to reach a threshold cure and will prolong the life of your extensions. There is a direct cause and effect relationship between waiting to get them wet and lash retention.
How do I take care of my new lash extensions?
1. What are eyelash extensions?
Certified artists applying Classic Extensions glue false lashes, typically one at a time, to your lash line using an adhesive that is safe for the eye area. Lash extensions add thickness, length, and color (mainly black) to lashes.
2. How much do eyelash extensions cost?
Prices range. You can expect the retail value of a full set of classic extensions to be anywhere from $125-$250 and an infill (many variables) to be at around or above $60. You are paying for both the materials and the time it takes for the professional artist to apply them properly.
3. What are lash extensions made of?
Lash extensions come in a variety of materials. The most common are made out of synthetic polyester (PBT), silk and mink, and can range in length from short to very long. PBT- Lycra-esque/flexible thin thermoplastic with chlorine resistance and excellent UV properties.
4. Does it hurt to have done?
No. It is generally not a painful procedure, but some people could have negative reactions to materials involved. If you experience any burning, pain or discomfort, let the professional know immediately. Your technician should be trained in dealing with this potential issue. The adhesive should never touch your skin, much less your eyes. There are measures that the lash artist should have in place to ensure full comfort during your appointment. Some people are more irritated by the lash adhesive fumes and the technician should have a low fume option, when necessary.
5. Do they last forever?
Your natural lashes fall out every 60 to 90 days, but we do not notice when they fall out quite as much because there’s already a new lash growing behind it. False lashes are often thicker and longer than your natural lashes, so when they fall out, you may wind up noticing it more. With lash extensions that are adhered to your natural lashes, they can fall out anywhere from a week to a couple months down the road. Typically, you will need to get them filled every 2-3 weeks or completely replaced with a new full set every 3+ weeks, if you prefer that option.
6. How can I make them last longer?
We have a longer post pertaining to the aftercare, however, a big factor is learning to sleep on your back! I know this is difficult for those who are accustomed to being side (or even face) sleepers but it can help your lashes avoid getting pulled or prodded. Also, even if you really love feeling that lengthy, lovely, lush set of new lashes all up on your fingertips, resist the urge to touch them anyway. Steer away from Oil-based products near your upper and lower lashline, these will break the bonds of the adhesive down faster. Use a sealant/coating product to keep the adhesive bonds safe between fills.
7. Can I wear mascara with eyelash extensions?
You can, but the brush could potentially pull on your lashes and cause them to be damaged, loosened, or removed. Avoid waterproof mascara and only apply mascara at the TIPS of lashes. There are special extension mascaras available and we recommend specific brands in other blog posts. You may find you don’t need any at all once you’ve got these!
8. Can I use eye makeup remover while I have them?
When you remove your makeup, just be extremely careful and do your best to avoid touching the lashes. Use a gentle eye makeup remover with a cleansing wipe rather than cotton balls or Q-tips, which can result in fibers being caught on your extensions. Do not use an oil-based makeup remover, as oil-based products can affect the glue negatively.
9. Who should not get eyelash extensions?
There are a few factors that can rule out eyelash extensions as a possibility. If you have very curly eyelashes, your lash extensions have a higher chance of falling off faster. If you tend to rub your eyes a lot–even in your sleep–then you should probably not get extensions. If you are not interested in the upkeep (like highlights or getting nails) you may not be the best candidate. Nature and Nurture aka Genetics and your deisre to Upkeep determines your level of lash opportunity.
10. How do I take them off?
I strongly recommend going to a professional to have your eyelash extensions removed, as they are trained in the process and know how to do it properly without damaging your own lashes or pulling the natural ones out along with the fake ones. There are special bond reducers to slip the false lashes off and keep your eyes closed/safe. If you are not planning to upkeep and only got a set of extensions for a trip, please schedule your removal before leaving your lash appointment.
Thanks for reading! Leave a comment with a question you might have!
Eyelash Extensions are placed in length (structural) layers. On average, the natural eyelash of a 20-50yr old woman is between an 8mm and a 10mm. Based on your desired outcome, Amplify artists can stay within 1-2mms of your natural lash length OR go 3mm+ for a glam effect. When you are designing your lashline in you mind's eye before you come in, decide on whether you'd like a medium style (some women don't want others to know their tricks but do want there to be questions about "what have they changed") or if you'd like to go longer. We always tell you your natural length when you come in for reference. Going even 2mm above your natural length is a huge addition (and my recommendation on your first visit). We appreciate and ask for photos of want you ultimately want, but just know one thing about pinterest or professional photos from online, most of those women are 13s, 14s and even 15s to get a good photo! At Amplify, we can run the range from 7mms-14mms (rarely do we use the 14mms unless you really want that GLAM level).
But did that really answer why layering matters.... um, not so much. I go off on tangents, Sorry.
Layering is the art of adding length, density and then style structure. After it is determined the look the client is going for, lash artists divide the lashline into ~5+ areas. In each of the areas, the lash artist will add the longest length lashes to give the length. After which, they will go back in at 1mm under the longest length chosen for each area and perform density lashing. Last layer, but not least, they will check each area to make sure that it is the right overall height/slope for the style that was selected by adding appropriate millimeters to each area.
Layering is a unique technique differing from something like doing lash by neighboring lash or doing a lash on the right eye and then one on the left, etc. All techniques require some sort of architectural plan, or they should. At Amplify, we layer and we are proud of it!
Hello beautiful Lash Ladies!
Has it happened yet? If not, it will! You are ADDICTED to your gorgeous FULL, longer lashline. #Addicted
But wait, now you are noticing each and every precious follicle and like a good lash lady, you have questions. At first, having a full lashline meant that you had more than original. And maybe you asked the artist to do something special like a 'Doll' eye or a 'Kitten' eye. You were blissfully beautiful and satisfied. But now, after a few months of sleeping differently and washing your face differently, you are starting to notice Every SINGLE lash fallout. And you lament each lash. Maybe a small ceremony. #Addicted
When you get to this lovely addicted stage please REMEMBER:
-Your lash shedding cycles did not change or end once you received extensions
-Lashes shed Every day
-Shedding is asynchronous (doesn't all happen at one time, that would freak us all out), BUT many lashes can be on the same timeline and can come out in the span of a few days or -eeek- all on the same day.
-Shedding is natural and would happen at its own timeline regardless of eyelash extensions.
-Weather can have a MAJOR effect on lash shedding
If you have had lashes for a few months and notice one cycle (in between RElashes) where you feel that more than a usual amount of natural lashes have shed (taking their long, lush counterpart with them) just know that this is normal. Good thing is, you have your appointment SET and will be fresh and full in no time.
(I think the photo I added is disturbing to look at, but adequately showed the feelings of a lash addict during a heavier shed cycle :)
I will start off saying ALL aftercare that your lash artist recommends IS important. But there are a few things that will really make the difference for YOU and how wonderful your lashes continue to be between fills.
SLEEP: Lay in a way that will not allow your lashes to touch anything! In deep sleep, your eyelids flutter and the constant friction between your lashline and the bed can definitely weaken the bonds. this makes a world of a difference.
BRUSH: Your artist should always give you a fresh, clean mascara wand after each appointment and you NEED to use it daily. Three times a day, actually, if not more! You wouldn't leave the house without making sure your hair is somewhat presentable, you wouldn't get out of the shower without some after attention to your wet hair, you wouldn't get out of the pool without straightening up the craziness, etc etc etc etc. Anytime you would think to brush your hair, brush your lashes. Brush them. Just do it :)
OIL FREE PRODUCTS: The fastest way to lose your new lashscape is to put oils around your eyes- especially before bed when your lashline is closer to the undereye. If you must, put those oils on your undereye in the morning, before your makeup routine. Oily products will break down the adhesive bond and leave you less flirty faster.
As mentioned earlier, follow all lash aftercare for beautiful retention and style! It does become habit, I promise :)
This is an important post that needs to be called out!
"Eyelash Extensions FDA APPROVED?
There is not a single eyelash extension glue or adhesive that is FDA approved. Some manufactures lead you to believe that their glue is FDA approved when really their glue is simply with in FDA guidelines for not having more than 2% formaldehyde as a preservative. It is simple, most cosmetics in the USA contain preservatives and many use formaldehyde. This includes your shampoos, makeup and various other products. Many dry cleaners use formaldehyde. Some people have an allergy to formaldehyde and it could cause a reaction to the eyelash extension adhesive. So, many extension companies manufacture adhesives that do not contain it, but not a single eyelash extension glue has an FDA approval.
Is the lash extension adhesive “surgical grade”?
Eyelash extension adhesives are not used in surgery or used to glue soft tissue on humans. This is another silly marketing tactic. Please ask what medical facility or organisation is using the eyelash glue in a medical procedure if you are told this rubbish. Adhesive produced for medical applications has some similarities and may share an ingredient or two with eyelash extension adhesives but it is doubtful that if the local hospital runs out of surgical glue that they will reach for some eyelash glue. “Nurse Davis! I need your eyelash glue stat!” Yeah right!
Hypoallergenic Eyelash Extension Adhesive:
It must be awesome if it is hypoallergenic! What does hypoallergenic mean anyways? The term “hypoallergenic” is purely a marketing term. There is really no standard of this term. It is not a scientific, medical or government regulated term. Greek prefix hypo means “less” and allergenic means “causing allergies.” The American Food and Drug Administration states, “Hypoallergenic cosmetics are products that manufacturers claim produce fewer allergic reactions than other cosmetic products." Consumers with hypersensitive skin, and even those with “normal” skin, may be led to believe that these products will be gentler to their skin than non-hypoallergenic cosmetics. There are no Federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term “hypoallergenic.” So what this means is that hypoallergenic means absolutely NOTHING.
Allergic reactions are possible no matter how rare they are. This can cause itching, pinching and massive clumping that doesn’t allow the natural lashes to move and shed freely. Using too much adhesive and getting it all over the skin can and will be irritating. This poorly applied extension irritation is far more common than a true allergic reaction.
Bad Glue: Yes there are some bad glues. If it was $5 from China, I would avoid it. Some nail shops are using flair glue from the drug stores and other crummy glues that are not manufactured for eyelash extensions. Yes these should be avoided! If you are getting a full set at your local little salon or got a mobile technician for cheap, you may want to think of why it is so cheap?
Facts: The fact is, eyelash extension adhesive is supposed to be applied to eyelash hair. It is not to be applied to the skin like surgical glue. Any time a technician uses too much glue or poorly applies the extensions so the glue contacts the skin, there are going to be issues. This stuff is strong. It has to be to use so very little of it and still have the holding strength to last as long as it does. It is supposed to be expertly applied so that no glue comes in contact with the skin.
Safe, quality glue is important but no matter how safe the manufacturer claims the glue is, it is the skill of the lash artist that ensures ultimate safety, quality and comfort. Adhesive is important but the best adhesive doesn’t ensure an excellent eyelash experience, that experience is in the hands of the technician."