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?