Classic Eyelash Extensions
What are classic eyelash extensions
Classic eyelash extensions are simple, beautiful, natural-looking eyelash extensions. They are applied on a 1:1 ratio, which means one extension is attached to one natural lash. This allows you to achieve a natural enhancement. Classic eyelash extensions come in a range of materials, thicknesses and styles, and part of our training covers the specifics. Classic eyelash extension application typically takes 1.5 to 2 hours and the results should be soft, natural-looking lashes. Classic lashes won’t add much volume but will add length. Classic extensions offer an even lash line that opens up the eye.
What are volume eyelash extensions?
Volume eyelash extensions vary from a natural look which adds some length and volume, to a very dramatic and full look. The lashes range from 2D-6D and anything over a 4D is going to appear that your client is wearing a strip versus a natural look that classic and hybrid extensions would give. This technique can be done with pre-made fans or the fans can be made by hand using a special tweezer. The fans are still attached to natural lashes but they come in .03, .05, .07 which are lighter than classic extensions. It typically takes 2-4 hours depending on whether or not the technician uses pre-made fans.
What are hybrid lashes?
Hybrid lashes are a 70-30 mixture of both classic lashes and volume lashes. Choosing hybrid extensions gives your clients the best of both worlds. The look is achieved by mixing classic lashes and volume lashes placed strategically to frame the eyes. Hybrid extensions offer a variety of texture and more volume, but without the sometimes-unnatural look of volume lashes. For the clients that want a lash line with a bit more volume but not quite as full as volume extensions, then this is the route to go.
Which Style is Suitable for You?
Well that depends on many factors that have to be considered, such as your natural eyeshape, the desired look that wants to be achieved, natural lash condition, etc. Each style varies in technique and requires the work of a highly skilled lash therapist. Best to speak to our awesome lash therapists that will assist you.
Russian Volume Lashes
Russian Volume is the latest craze in eyelash extensions. The end result is far fluffier, more believable and safer for the natural lashes as there is less weight placed on the lash.
How are Russian Volume Lashes done?
Russian Volume Lashes consist of applying multiple lash extensions to each natural eyelash in a fanned shape. This can result in having 200- 500 eyelash extensions applied to each eye, rather than the regular 80-100 extensions per eye with the classic 1:1 eyelash extensions. The extensions used are even lighter, and finer than Siberian Mink Eyelash extensions, which means multiple lashes can be applied without damaging the lash, looking “clumpy”, or feeling too heavy and unnatural. When multiple volume lashes are applied, they create a full and natural feather-effect look. 2D = approximately 200 lashes per eye, 3D = approximately 300 lashes per eye this can continue upto 5D. This technique can be done up to 8D, but anything over 4 D can be quite over dramatic and damaging
How long do Volume Lashes take?
This technique contains a lot of patience and requires a significant amount of skill compared to classic eyelash extensions. As a result volume lashes can take a little longer than other services, roughly 2 hours for a full set.
How long do Volume Lashes last?
As there are significantly more lashes per natural lash (between two and five, depending on the service), Volume Lashes will last much longer before you will notice that you require a refill. Volume lashes are known to last 3 to 4 weeks if maintained with refills.
Caring For Your Lashes
Eyelash Extension Care – Please note, many after care factors can have a negative effect on the retention and health of your lash extensions and eyes.
1. Always arrive timeously for your lash appointment with clean washed lashes/eyelids. Free of mascara, foundation and eye makeup. Your lash appointment has to end at the allotted time no matter what time you arrive. To receive fuller lashes then you need to be on time, with squeaky clean lashes (or the extensions won’t last very long) When faced with a reduction in treatment time the therapist will not be able to apply as many extensions leaving the lashes sparse. This is a disappointment to the client and a waste of money as the original charge still stands. We apply 5 – 7 lashes or fans per minute. 10 Minutes of basin time = 50 to 70 missing lashes!
2. Do not wet them for 8 hours after your application or fills – the glue needs to set (no water directly splashed onto them – you may use a facecloth to wipe around the lashes without touching them)
3. Do not use cotton wipes, pads, towels or anything containing lint/fluff on the lashes –as they will hook. We sell a special yellow lint-free lash cloth
4. Do not use oily makeup remover, makeup, creams, eye gels on or near the lashes as it seeps onto them – oil breaks down the glue bonds and they will slide off (Enquire about our oil-free remover + lint free cloth)
5. Do not roughly pull on them or keep touching them as they will compromise your natural lashes if they pull out prematurely – oil on fingers breaks down the bonds
6. Use an oil free foaming face cleanser DAILY on a wet face in the shower and wash the lashes with both ring fingers gently massaging the lash line in a downwards motion to remove makeup then use the oil free makeup remover and lint-free cloth (stocked by us) It is a myth that they should not be wet, failure to wash them with a product daily could attract eyelash mites and infections. We have experienced an upsurge in lash mites and infections purely related to hygiene. Please remember however, do NOT wet them directly after a fill, wait 8 hours.
7. Use the disposable mascara brush provided to gently comb them, rather than using your fingers to position them. Do this in the morning as part of your makeup routine
8. Remember, the following factors affect lash retention: oily skin type, heavy use of makeup (removal process pops lashes off) residue left on lashes on your fill day (glue cant adhere, wash off all mascara properly till the yellow cloth shows no more black) picking, rough sleeping, allergies (eye rubbing in your sleep)
9. VERY IMPORTANT: book each fill when you have 75% of the lashes remaining – this differs from client to client so you have to monitor. Usually between 2-3 weeks. Please note that its essential that you book your appointments in advance to avoid disappointment
10. Anything after 4 weeks is considered a FULL set and will be charged at the full set price. Having regular maintenance is more cost effective to you
11. If you arrive for a fill and there are less than 30% remaining (this is not the norm) more time will be required. This will be considered a full set and charged accordingly. We may have to reschedule or split up the appointment
12. Excessive tearing during the lash application will greatly affect the glue – we have no control over this
13. Everyone loses an average of 4 lashes per eye, per day. Often you could experience a fallout phase and you can expect more
Q. Where did lash extensions originate?
A. The art of eyelash extensions originated in Korea around the early 90’s and became very popular in Japan.
Q. What are the lashes made from?
A. Eyelash Extensions are crafted from synthetic polyester PBT (Polybutylene terephthatate) synthetic that is very light. Its the same material as toothbrush bristles only softer. Synthetic lashes respond better to wear and tear than other materials. In addition, synthetics have the least possible chance of allergic reactions with human skin.
Q. What is the lash cycle?
A. Natural eyelashes grow in and fall out in cycles (every 60 to 90 days). When a natural lash matures and falls out, a new lash has already been growing and quickly replaces it without us noticing the turnover. This process is constant and at any given moment our many natural lashes are at different stages of maturity. Some are just growing in, while others are ready to shed. People typically shed between 1 and 5 natural lashes each day, depending on their individual growth cycles. On shorter natural lashes, this growing and shedding cycle is virtually unnoticeable. When eyelashes are extended with eyelash extensions, it will be more noticeable when these lashes shed because they are longer and darker than natural lashes. Please keep in mind this is a perfectly normal occurrence, with or without extensions. Lash Stylists will apply extensions primarily to those lashes that are in the middle of their maturation cycle to maximum the amount of time they will last, without jeopardizing the health of ‘baby’ lashes. The lash will fall out with the natural lash it is attached to when it reaches the end of its growth cycle. A few extensions may shed within the first week because the attached natural lashes are at the end of their growth cycle. Most will remain in place for approximately two months.
Q. How many eyelashes are needed?
A. Approximately 60-80 eyelash extensions will be used per eye.
Q. Do the eyelash extensions damage or pull out your natural lashes?
A. It is important to understand the lash growth cycle. Eyelashes naturally grow and fall out, therefore the extension will fall out with the natural lash. This is only true when the extensions are CORRECTLY APPLIED, individually and neatly and not weighing down the natural lash. Therefore because new lashes grow every couple of weeks, the extensions don’t damage the natural eyelashes.
Q. What are Eyelash Extensions?
A. A synthetic eyelash is attached to each one of your own eyelashes repeating this procedure until you have a full set of thicker and / or longer eyelashes or a half set of longer lashes. You could go without wearing any mascara and still look amazing for weeks.
Q. How is the procedure performed?
A. The synthetic lash is applied hair by hair to each of your own lash using a special bonding agent that lasts through the length of your natural growth cycle of each lash, which is between 60 to 100 days.
Q. How still will I have to sit during the session?
A. Please note that during the treatment, any fidgeting, eye scrunching, deep frowning or even small changes in position of your arms/legs will cause disruption to the lash application process. This will potentially cause injury and will prevent us from applying as many lashes as possible during the time limit provided. Please inform us if you need to move at all during the session as tiny body movements slow us down. Often clients “talk with their heads and hands” whilst having a conversation, small movements will affect the final result and may end up costing you a fuller lash set! This causes disappointment for the client and frustration for the lash therapist.
Q. How long does the application take?
A. The application of Eyelash Extensions is painless and takes 1.5 to 2 hours to apply for the first full set, 1 hour for fills/touch ups.
Q. Then why do I need to come for fill every 3 or 4 weeks?
A. Good question. Normally, not all of your eyelashes fall out at the same time. They replenish gradually day by day. You lose 4 lashes each day per eye but when your lashes are short, you don’t notice it because they are all pretty much the same length. But when your eyelashes are extended, when a few lashes fall off, you notice them right away because now, there is a length difference. Don’t worry; when some lashes fall off, there are plenty of new ones that have come out ready for the eyelash technician to refill. That is when you need to come in to be beautified again. Some people like the full look all the time and come in every 2 weeks, some prefer coming every 3 or 4 weeks. You can come as often as you want depends on your finances and time limits.
Q. How do I take care of them?
A. Eyelash extensions are easily maintained. Just don’t rub your eyes too hard when you clean them. Avoid any oil based cleansers, lotion or make-up remover. Gel foaming cleanser is recommended. Use your fingers
Q. Can I use eyelash curler?
A. This isn’t recommended because the synthetic lash already comes with a curve to it; also it may disturb the adhesion of glue causing the premature loss of lash extensions.
Q. Can I use mascara?
A. It should not be necessary to wear mascara as these naturally add volume, length and curl up nicely!
Q. What do I do before I come in for the eyelash appointment?
A. You should clean your lashes with mild cleanser very thoroughly. Don not use oily makeup remover to clean your lashes prior to the application. Don’t curl your lashes. Don’t put on any mascara.
Q. Is the lash extension glued to my skin?
A. No, the extension lashes are glued about 2mm away from your skin. Neither the synthetic lash nor the glue ever comes in contact with your skin.
Q. Is it safe?
A. The bonding agent is a remarkable product that is available in medical and performance grades and is suitable for hyper-allergic eyes, which means contact lens wearers can safely get Eyelash Extensions done. Contact lens wearers need to remove them during the procedure. Allergic reactions to the adhesive are very rare (1 in several thousand) and when they do present, are easily treated. Reactions to the soft anti ageing eye patches used are even more rare but present in few a people with hyper sensitive skin.
Q. Can you be allergic to eyelash extension adhesive?
A. Like all cosmetic products, there are some individuals who may be allergic to this particular adhesive. Allergic reactions are extremely rare however, and subside normally as soon as the extensions are removed. If you have extreme latex/band-aid allergies, you may be at higher risk of a reaction. If you have had an allergic reaction to any eyelash extensions before (swollen, puffy eyelids and under eye area) we do not recommend getting lash extensions again -as you will be allergic to most adhesives. If you do have an allergic reaction, we will need to remove the extensions as soon as possible. If you do not wish to maintain your lashes you can either: Come back and for a small fee we can remove the lashes easily; or, once the eyelash extensions start to look sparse to shorten the remaining extensions by cutting them closer to the length of your natural lashes.