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Let’s talk about Eyelash Extensions

Updated: Oct 13, 2019

I bet many of you have seen someone with an awesome lashes and can‘t resist to compliment how great they look. I know I have because I’m One of those type of females who can’t resist to acknowledge someone’s beauty. It’s nice to give compliments because for the biggest reason... you’re putting a smile to someone’s face and giving them confidence. We all should try to do that everyday. Anyways let’s get back to the main subject. Eyelash Extensions are great!!!! They make you feel great and you don‘t need to wear mascara. However, it does require an upkeep every 2 weeks.

Why? We’ll see, every hair on our bodies, including our eyelashes follow a natural growth cycle. We are all born with a specific amount of hair follicles and they all pretty much remains the same as we age. Our eyelashes has a role just like everything else. our lashes are not there to just enhance our beauty. lashes are there to protect our eyes. They activate our blink response to protect our eyes from debris, dirt and dust. It is really important to take care of our lashes so they continue to grown and remain lush and full. Our upper eyelids hold 90-150 lashes and bottom holds 70-80 lashes. Everyday you will lose 2-5 lashes because they have reached their growth cycle Of 30-45 days. Each lashes are programmed to reach its cycle, fall out and grow new ones.

Now, I bet you have many questions about lash extensions. I will try to answer them the best that I can. If you have more question, feel free to shoot me a message.


What's an an eyelash extension?

Eyelash Extensions gives length and thicken your own natural lashes. They are single strands of synthetic eyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural lash. They are applied to each individual eyelash with a bonding agent designed for natural lash to give it a natural, flexible, soft, beautiful and luscious look.

Eyelash Extensions are perfect for a special occasion or for day-to-day wear. They are virtually weightless and will not damage your natural lash so you can choose to wear them permanently.


Does the installation hurt?

Absolutely not, it’s actually very relaxing, however it does take up to 2 hours of laying there with your eyes close. I suggest you go to sleep and take advantage of the 2 hours of relaxation because life as I know is full of activity. I beg for a couple of hours just to unwind In peace.


Does the extension ruin my natural lash?

No at all!! it doesn’t ruin your natural lash. The only possibility of your natural lash to get ruined is caused by you. Be gently with your lash. Do not pull on your lashes and even if you didn’t have lashes, you shouldn’t pull on it. Do not attempt to remove the extension on your own and it will be fine. Eyelash extensions are applied to your natural lashes one by one ( without touching your skin ) With a bonding agent made exclusively for natural lashes. The glue dries very fast and soft for your comfort And flexibility. It is natural to have lash loss as we shed on a daily and the loss is most likely because that lash has reached its growth cycle.


When correctly applied by a professional your eyelash extension may make you feel like a Disney princess, but when it is not applied correctly, it may cause you discomfort, or infection. There are some things that you and your lash artist should discuss before continuing with the procedure.


RISKS OF EYELASH EXTENSIONS

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the main risks associated with eyelash extensions are:

swelling

temporary or permanent loss of eyelashes

skin irritation of the eyelid

infection of the eyelid or cornea


Side effects on the skin and eyes

The glues used to adhere eyelash extensions to your lashes include chemicals and ingredients that may be irritating or harmful. If you have a reaction to a chemical used during the process, you may experience side effects within two to three days.

These side effects include:

bloodshot

eyes burning

itching

rash

redness and inflammation of the eye or eyelid swelling, which can be severe


Some ingredients commonly found in eyelash extension adhesives include:


Some ingredients found in eyelash extension removers include:

  • formaldehyde

  • propylene glycol

  • geraniol


Different people have different sensitivities to chemicals. The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology recommends never using adhesives that contain formaldehyde, a potentially toxic irritant.

Some of the other ingredients can also irritate skin or cause allergic reactions. If you’re new to eyelash extensions, or have sensitive skin or allergies, ask your technician to give you a patch test first to see how your skin will react.


Side effects to the lashes

Eyelash extensions can also cause your eyelashes to break or thin out. This can largely be avoided if you don’t pull or tug at your eyes, or rub them. The gentler you treat your eyelash extensions, the less likely you’re to hurt your lashes.

Keep in mind that, during the procedure, your lower eyelashes and lash line will be covered by a pad that may also have adhesive on it. Your technician will be working on and around your eyelids. While not a side effect, it’s worth keeping in mind for your comfort.


Treatment for side effects

If your eyes feel mildly irritated after having lash extensions added, there are several things you can try at home to relieve the discomfort. These include:

When to see a professional

If your symptoms are severe, and last longer than 24-48 hours, it should be evaluated. See your doctor if you have extreme swelling, pain, or itching on either your eyelid or eye.

It’s important to get the right treatment for your eyes. If you’re having an allergic reaction, your doctor will prescribe eye drops that can help reduce your symptoms. If you have an infection, you may need antibiotics.

Both infections and allergic reactions can have similar symptoms. Seeing a doctor will ensure you get the right treatment.

If your eyes are very uncomfortable or you’re having an allergic reaction, you should probably remove your lash extensions. The safest way to remove them may be to have a professional do it.

Many salons and technicians will remove lash extensions for no charge or small fee. You can also take them off at home by very gently steaming your face and using oil to remove the lashes.



How are eyelash extensions applied?

Eyelash extensions take around two hours to apply. The procedure will take place in a comfortable,relaxing environment. You’ll either sit or recline back.


Here are the general steps of the process:

  • Your clinician will gently cleanse both your eyes.

  • To avoid gluing your natural lower lashes to your upper ones, your lash technician will tape your lower lashes to your skin with surgical tape.

  • Your natural eyelashes will be isolated, typically with a tweezer or other device.

  • An artificial lash will be adhered to the top of the isolated lash with a tiny drop of glue. This process will be repeated for both eyes.

  • The eye receiving lashes must be closed for the procedure.


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