I haven’t wore any mascara or used my beloved “Shu Uemura” lash curler since June!! The reason? I have been obsessed with my LASH EXTENSIONS!! Sadly, while I offer lash extensions to my clients I can’t apply them on myself (can you imagine LOL) I currently get my lashes done with my friend Terri from iCilium! Check out her insta!! (iCilium). Terri is amazing!! She is a talented Certified Advanced Xtreme Lash Stylist with about 8-10 years of experience in the lash industry! I trust her immensely as she always exceeds my satisfaction.
I can’t say enough about how much I am in LOVE with my lash extensions!! I been get ready lighting fast these days (and my husband is not complaining!!) Literally, it is a immediate confidence boost! Also not having to deal with coating on mascara, applying false lashes and the act of removing mascara the end of the night, is just amazing!! It has actually simplified my daily makeup routine and life!
I don’t have to curl my lashes (lash extensions come in different weight and curvatures)
I don’t coat on any mascara (Really no need to as the extensions are black)
I don’t have to apply eyeliner (The extensions darken your lash line making eyeliner a option)
I get to sleep in a little (LOL very important)
I get a lot of inquiries and interest about lash extensions! So, I’m here to answer some FAQ.
Q:Does it damage your natural lashes?
A: yes and no. There are many levels of expertise, depending on who you see. Do your research! An experience lash stylist, should look at your natural lashes and determine the appropriate frame,weight,length,and curvature to compliment and not overwhelm. Often times lash damage is due to, too much adhesive, attached to too many natural lashes (wrong isolation, causes dreading and discomfort) Extension should be apply to ONE natural lash hair! Lastly, inappropriate weight of extension applied to natural lashes (you wouldn’t put a long, extra thick lash on someone that naturally has thin lashes, that is a sure way to get damaged lashes!)
Q: Is it high maintenance?
A: I see Terri every two weeks and I recommend my clients to come on a two week bases sometimes close to three weeks, really depending on your retention and aftercare. Because you lose about 1-4 natural lashes a day and each hair is on a different growth cycle (Anagen,Catagen,Telogen,Exogen) you need to come in for relashes. Otherwise you are going to feel bald and sparse. :(
Q: Can i still have a active lifestyle?
A: YES! You can Shower, Sweat and Swim in them! BUT after the “curing” phase. For best results for retention I recommend 24 hours before showering, tanning(spray or bed), and any steam. I always try to shower and wear no makeup when I get my relashes! The cleaner they are the more lashes your stylist can get on. (Less time spent on making sure they are clean before application)
Q:Can i rub my eyes?
A: No, Any additional friction to the extension might cause premature shedding and fallout. Personally, I remove my face makeup first and then use “targeted cleaning tools” to get in the small spaces in between your lash line! Very important to do this as you don’t want build up and debris around you lash line.
Q: Can i use the same products that i am using?
A: You want to use lash extension safe products! Make sure you don’t use anything with oils in it as it can break down the bond of the extension. No waterproof eye makeup and no lint or cotton.
If I missed anything, please comment below and I will answer your lash questions! One more thing! I use and wear Xtreme Lashes! Terri puts X50’s and X90’s Hybrid (classic and volume) 0.15 X 7mm-11mm.