What Are Eyelash Extensions?
Lash extensions are applied with a semi-permanent adhesive to each of your individual natural lashes by a professional lash stylist. Typically eyelash extesnions are only applied to your upper lashes, rather than your lower lashes.
Lash extensions can be applied to your lashes individually, or in clusters. You can also get a full set, which means extensions are applied to all of your individual lashes, or a partial set, where the extensions are attached to your lashes from the middle to the outside of your lash line. It’s all about customization.
Choosing a Lash Extension Material
By far, the most common extensions come in mink, faux mink, silk and synthetic. The material you select will depend on a variety of factors, all of which a lash artist will discuss with you first to perfectly customize your lash extensions for you.
What Are The Different Types Of Eyelash Extensions?
At the most basic level, lash extensions are composed of either man-made materials or animal fur. The animal fur choices are mink, sable and fox. Sound like a dreamy fur coat for your eyes? That’s right, honey.
Mink Lash Extensions
Mink lashes come from the tail fur of Siberian minks and Chinese minks. Siberian minks produce the most premium fur, which is, you guessed it, also the most desirable. If you’re a newbie to eyelash extensions, and you want a natural look, mink might be what you’re looking for. It most closely mimics the look and luster of your own lashes. Mink is lightweight and fluffy. The downsides? If you have an allergy or sensitivity to animal fur, you should not consider mink lashes. Likewise, if you have ethical concerns about the treatment of minks, or using their fur, you may decide against it. Mink is also expensive.
Sable Lash Extensions
Sable is even more fine and fluffy than mink. It’s the lightest possible material available for extensions. Lash stylists really only recommend it for those with the finest natural lashes. It’s also not as readily available as mink, so you won’t find it at all salons. The downsides of mink are the same for sable: Don’t choose sable lashes if you have an allergy to animal fur.
Man-Made Eyelash Extensions
The biggest benefit of man-made lash extensions is that can be shaped, as c-curl or j-curl, unlike mink lashes, which might require perming.
Choosing a Length and Curl Type in Your Eyelash Extensions
Lash extensions come in a range of lengths, between 8mm and 15 mm. The length you and your stylist select will depend on the thickness and length of your natural lashes . If you have naturally long, thick lashes, you can wear a longer extension. Those with sparse or shorter lashes might opt for extensions on the shorter end of the spectrum.
J-Curl or C-Curl?
You will need to choose a curl type. The j-curl is the most natural looking style. The c-curl adds more drama! It is possible to combine your curls types, and maybe use a c-curl on the outer edges.
Asian women typically have straighter natural lashes, and the curl of lash extensions is where you can see a big change in your look and really have some fun.
There is the obvious colour choice of brown or black. However you can also add colour. Maybe you are having your lashes applied for a special occasion, why not think about added a splash of colour?
To extend the life of your lashes, follow these tips & easy care instructions:
Avoid getting your lashes wet within the first 24 hours to allow the adhesive time to dry thoroughly.
Avoid hot steam from the shower and sauna as well as swimming and tanning salons altogether for the first 48 hours. After this period try to keep sauna, steam room & tanning visits to a minimum as the application of constant heat may cause the adhesive bond to weaken.
Avoid using harsh mechanical eyelash curlers as they can break both natural and synthetic lashes. A Heated Eyelash Curler can be used sparingly to help shape and curl lashes on the TIPS of the lashes ONLY. Do not apply heated eyelash curler to the base of the lashes where the lashes are bonded.
Avoid using any oil based cleansers on or near the eye area. Instead, use a water or gel based cleanser. Do not use cotton balls, cotton rounds or swabs directly on the eyelashes as the fibres m ay get caught up in your lashes.
Avoid using oil based or waterproof mascara as the ingredients in it will dissolve the bond of the adhesive.
Avoid using any oil based products on or near your lashes. Oil will dissolve the adhesive bond! Use water or gel based cosmetic products instead.
Avoid Chemical Peels, Alpha Hydroxy, Beta Hydroxy and other highly acidic substances while wearing your Eyelash Extensions. These substances will dissolve the adhesive bond.
The life cycle of an eyelash is 60 to 90 days. Lashes will shed naturally at the end of their life cycle and relashes (fill ins) will be necessary every 2 to 4 weeks to replace the fallen lashes.