Eyelash extensions are any number of enhancements designed to add length, thickness and fullness to natural eyelashes. They may be compared to hair extensions for one’s eyelashes. They can be separated into two types: temporary and semi-permanent.
Eyelash extensios are an exciting product and technique for thicker, longer, and naturally abundant looking eyelashes. Eyelashes are made thicker and longer through professional application of an individual eyelash directly attached to the natural eyelash with a specially formulated bonding agent.
TYPES OF LASHES
Temporary false lashes are any lashes designed to be worn for a short period; i.e. a day or less. They can be made with human hair, or with synthetic materials. They are not designed to be worn when showering, sleeping or swimming. They are applied with lash glue designed specifically for temporary lashes.
Permanent lashes, also known as eyelash extensions, are lashes applied with a stronger adhesive. Generally, a single lash is applied to each natural lash; when applied properly, neither the extension lash nor the glue should touch the eyelid; however, slight irritation and watering of the eye may occur if the glue does come into contact with the eye. The bond is designed to last until the lashes naturally fall out, though the extensions may fall out faster if one uses oil-based eye makeup remover or rubs eyes regularly, as oil weakens the bond between the glue and the lash.
For both types, eyelashes come in various lengths, colors and thicknesses, from natural-looking to outrageous.
A set of new eyelash extensions can run anywhere from R350,00 to R1000,00 in South Africa, depending on the type and number of lashes used, the skill of the Lash Technician and the venue where extensions are performed. It usually takes about two hours to attach a full new set. An average person might have anywhere from thirty to eighty lashes per eye. The variance in the number of lashes accounts for the difference in how long it takes to apply them. At Jouvence, we offer repair options, where one can come get the fallen extensions added about every 2-3 weeks from the initial application, at a lowered cost.
The lashes DO’S and DON’TS
DON’T get your extensions wet for 24 to 48 hours after application. “Avoid working out, steam rooms or hot yoga. The adhesive will reactivate and may cause the lashes to stick together and look like caked-on mascara.”
DO resist the urge to pull. “If you pick, tug, twist or excessively touch or brush your extensions, it could damage your natural lashes. If at any time you don’t wish to continue, always have them professionally removed.”
DON’T let moisture-rich products get onto your lashes. “Shampoo, conditioner, heavy creams or anything oil based will eventually loosen the bond. Tilt your head back when washing your hair or take a bath to avoid getting them wet. Some clients use swimming goggles while showering!”
DO reshape your extensions after you shower. “Gently comb your lashes to fan them out or use a blow dryer set on “cool” to fan them back in place. Hold it arms length away from your face.”
DON’T neglect your own lashes. “Maintain the health of your natural lashes with an eyelash conditioner or growth serum. They help the hairs to stay in the follicle longer resulting in stronger support for the extensions.”
DO have fun. “Flaunt! Flirt! The best thing about lash extensions, is that they are versatile and can be styled differently at every touch up appointment. For example, if you’re going to for a night out, ask your lash artist to glam ’em up!”