Eyelash extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years because we are just too busy nowadays to apply mascara on a daily basis.
There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink but we in Lotus Spa our eyelash extension specialist only using the mink lashes because it is lighter and looks more natural. The benefits of mink lash extensions are that they are more feathery looking and lighter in general, so they put less pressure on your lashes. Mink lashes also come at a higher cost.
THe length ranges from 6mm to 17mm. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash. However, since allergic reactions are possible, we need to perform a patch test at least 24 hours prior to the appointment date.
Our eyelash extension specialist takes about two hours to apply a full set of lashes. You will need to maintain your lashes with touch-ups recommended every three to four weeks. A half set of lashes are an economical alternative to achieve a similarly dramatic effect, applied as filler to thicken natural lashes, or applied outward from the eye for a unique look.
Everyone has different lashes. Our eyelash extension specialist will advice you on the length or thickness depending on the condition of your own natural lashes to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy. We will advise you not to go for dramatic Kim Kardashian look if your only have short and thin natural lashes. It’s better to start out with a half set which is about 50 to 60 lashes of your top lashes if you aren’t sure or it’s your first time. It’s easier to add more than to remove lashes!
Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes, typically six to eight weeks. That said, because each person’s lash growth is somewhat variable (just hair growth), we suggest light lash maintenance every three to four weeks to maintain a full look.
Natural Looking Introduction Set
50 lashes per eye. About 50-60% coverage. Ideal for those who want to try eyelash extensions for the first time or just for events/ parties. Our clients usually progress up to the classic natural looking full set.
Natural Looking Enhancement set
75 lashes per eye. About 75% coverage natural looking lashes. Ideal for those who want to try eyelash extensions for the first time, clients usually progress up to the classic natural looking full set.
Natural Looking full set
100 lashes per eye. About 90-100% coverage. The Natural Looking full set is ideal for clients who want a step up from the Natural Enhancement set, giving a noticeably fuller look whilst still looking quite natural and not too overpowering. Lashes will stay fuller longer than natural enhancement.
Natural Looking Super Full set
120 lashes per eye. 100% coverage. The Natural looking super full set achieves the fullest, maximum volume look using one by one lash application. Depending on the type of lash extension chosen by your technician to suit your needs, this look can go from a soft, full and natural look all the up to a heavy mascara look. This set is determined by the amount and strength of their natural lashes.
Since each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of each lash. Eyelash extension specialist will recommend a touch-up every three to four weeks.
When an inexperienced professional applies lashes, he or she often applies one synthetic lash to three to four natural lashes, causing clumps or the lash to break and fall out. In addition, your lashes might fall out if you pick at them or try to pull them out yourself, which is a big no-no. But if you avoid those two problems, your lashes should stay intact.
Can you shower or swim right away? Are there products you should absolutely avoid?
Keep water away from your lashes for the first 12 to 24 hours after application or touch-ups. Water can weaken the glue before it is set and cause lashes to fall off. The after-care varies depending on the glue used. For instance, with glue for sensitive eyes, oil-based products or makeup removers around the eye area are not recommended. Using water-proof mascara on the extensions is not recommended for any type of glue, as it is hard to remove and can actually pull off the lashes prematurely when trying to take it off.
Is it okay to also wear mascara?
If you are planning to wear mascara in addition to the extensions, only use it on the tips of the extensions and with a very light hand. This will be enough to give your eyes that “pop” along with the extensions. Using mascara at the base of the extensions will get very clumpy.
Will your natural lashes get harmed or damaged?
The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out.
What questions should you ask when searching for a reputable salon or professional?
Because of the sensitive nature of the lashes and the surrounding area, finding someone who is certified to apply the lashes is definitely a must. Professionals use professional products and have been properly trained to apply the lashes without damaging your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes.
Just like you would with a hairstylist, research who you want to go to and how long they have been working as a technician. Look at before-and-after photos, read reviews and always make sure they are licensed and lash-certified.
All new clients are required to carry out a glue patch test a minimum 48 hours before treatment.
Clients who are currently having or had chemotherapy in the last 6 month are not suitable for this treatment.
Pregnant women are not suitable for this treatment unless medical note of approval is provided by doctor or midwife.
Please wash and shower prior to treatment, no water to be used on lashes within first 24 hours
Please remove all eye makeup prior to time of treatment or time will be deducted from treatment time for removal of make up
Please remove contact lenses before treatment
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