Eyelash Extensions Information & How They Work
The Eyelash application process is quite simple and straightforward. For more on how refills work, how to care for your lashes after your appointment, and other frequently asked questions see the information below.
How Do Eyelash Extension Refills Work?
The natural eyelashes are continually growing and shedding. The lash extension is bonded to the natural lash, therefore the extension grows out with the natural lash. It is recommended every 2-3 weeks to get a lash refill to achieve a consistent full set of lashes, keeping the lashes looking there best. Any lash extension that has grown out or fallen off will be replaced at this time.
How do I expand the life of my extensions?
Maintaining healthy eyelashes is ideal for long lasting eyelash extensions. Eyelash growth serum in conjunction with eyelash extensions promotes strength and support to ensure the health of the natural lashes. The serum conditions the lashes, enabling the lash to stay in the catogen phase for a longer period of time. The lash sealant is an additional product sealing the area between the natural lashes and the lash extension, creating a protective barrier against oil, perspiration and debris. These products will maximize the life of your lashes and furthermore your lash extensions. Different types of eyelash extensions have various lifetimes, for example mink eyelash extensions last twice longer than the average lash extension.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Shower prior to your appointment, as you cannot get your lashes wet for 24hrs after your appointment allowing the adhesive to fully dry. Also make sure that all eyelash and eye make-up is removed with an oil-free product prior to arrival. If applicable, contact lenses need to be removed prior to your appointment. If an eyelash perm was recently performed, you will need to wait 4-6 weeks until scheduling your appointment. It would be preferred to set aside at least 2 hours to ensure a full application of lashes.
Note: For blonde/fair lashes it is advised getting a lash tint to your natural eyelashes. This is a semi-permanent dye specifically used to darken the natural lashes, having a lash tint will make for a seemingly noticeable blend and depth to with your lash extensions.
Eyelash Extension After-Care
After getting your extensions, there are a list of things that need to be taken into careful consideration. If these things are not adhered, it could cause irritation. As long as you abide by the following instructions and requirements you should not run into any issues.
Avoid getting your lashes wet for 24 hours after application allowing the adhesive bond to fully dry.
Use only OIL –FREE products on and around the eyelashes(including make-up remover, mascara and eyeliner).
Use special care around the eye area applying gentle and light pressure when washing or drying the face.
Avoid touching your lashes, picking, pulling or rubbing your lashes can potentially damage not only your lash extensions, but your natural lashes as well.
Avoid extensive exercise the day of application.
Avoid saunas and steam rooms 48 hours after application. The heat will cause the bond to weaken.
Avoid extreme variations of heat, humidity, and extremely cold weather.
Do not perm or curl your extensions, this would damage your extensions and natural eyelashes.
Use your mascara wand to brush out and tame your lash extensions.
Tip: Use a blow dryer on “cool” to fan out your lashes into place keeping the blow dryer arms-length from the face.
More Information About Lash Extensions
Knowing the phases of the hair growth cycle will give you a better understanding of lash refills. There are three phases: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.
Growth Phase. Hair is synthesized and can last anywhere from 30-45 days, 40% of the upper lashes and 40% of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any given time.
Transitional phase. The hair follicle is separated from the dermal papilla(Base of the hair follicle) and shrinks to 1/3 of its anagen size. This is the shortest phase, lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Resting phase. The dermal papilla is now separated from the hair follicle and attached only by a thin cord of epidermal cells. After childbirth, stress or illness can cause an increase in the number of telogen hairs. This phase can last anywhere from 3-4 months.