Who Knew Getting Eyelash Extensions Could Be So Personal?

Written by: Evim Flores Date of published: . Posted in Blog

Every so often, there’s a new beauty term (or honestly, just a word) that basically takes over the biz. Ombre, eyebrows, and now eyelashes. OK, we’ll be honest. It’s not like the journey to get longer, thicker lashes is anything new. Tubes and tubes of mascara pile up, as you determine which formulation lasts for more than 3 hours and won’t cause those tiny, delicate fibers to dry out, clump up, or take that spider-y shape. What is catching on more than ever, however, is eyelash extension companies and brands, like Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousselli, who are making the concept of styling your eyelashes super personal and even slashing the time you spend creating a beauty look in half.

The concept of adding on fibers to increase the length and volume of your lashes may seem new, but the process has been around for a bit. The types range from a variety of materials, including synthetic versions and even mink, and with results lasting largely on how much you upkeep (see visiting the salon for touch-up appointments) and how you care for them.

Xtreme Lashes, a company that’s been around for ten years if you can believe it, uses synthetic material to eliminate the chance of allergies and contaminates and just launched a Faux Mink Ellipse HD version that creates more surface area for application, maximizing fullness and volume.

MORE: Your Tell-All Guide to Eyelash Extensions

We had the chance to try these out while visiting their booth at the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas, and we learned that what you can get out of the umbrella trend of eyelash extensions is kind of unbelievable. This genre of beauty has really taken on a world of its own, with certain requests becoming really popular and beauty products made specifically to work with the lashes.

After getting our lashes done by certified lash stylist, Misaki Maeta, Xtreme Lash by Jo Mousselli Lash Stylist in Japan (those applying Xtreme Lashes have to go through an intense and rigorous training program AND be accepted), how much we learned about this booming movement was kind of shocking. From what people are really asking for, to why it’s a good idea in the first place, we compiled some super interesting tidbits of info, below.

Got Long Lashes Already? You Can STILL Get Extensions
“I think when it comes to lashes, no woman can have lashes that are too long, too thick, too dark, or too full. What we do is custom design lashes to fit every woman’s individual physical attributes and her lifestyle,” says founder and CEO of Xtreme Lashes, Jo Mousselli. She is also a former RN who also mentions that she takes a “systematic holistic approach” to ensure all her products are “safe and long-lasting.” So if you have super long lashes, instead of adhering length to the lash, they’ll go in with fullness to create a fan-like effect.

How Many Lashes You Get Totally Depends on YOU
On average, Jo Mousselli says that about 70 lashes are adding to each individual eye but that can also top over 100 depending on your eye shape, how many lashes you already have, and what you want out of your experience.

It’s also based on what’s actually safe for you to be wearing, which is an added plus that that’s even taken into consideration in the first place. “It’s called the lash calculator tool. You put in your clients’ natural criteria and it tells you what you can safely apply—because you don’t want to damage your natural eyelashes. You can extend up to a certain point, and it makes sure you use safe thicknesses and lengths,” notes AnneMarie Lorenzini, Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousselli Corporate Lash Stylist and Product Development Technician.

They carry lashes from 5 mm to up to 17 mm in length, creating a vast difference in looks.

You Can Request a Curvature, Too
Available in four different curvatures, which Lorenzini tells us starts out at a more natural, low curve and grows more dramatic. We tested out the x40 and it made our lashes look like we had used a pretty damn good eyelash curler.

The Most Requested Look Is a Cat-Eye
And having a super dark lash line, which will ease the minds of ladies everywhere who get annoyed by the thought of applying eyeliner. The new faux mink lashes reportedly help with this. When it comes to the cat-eye, Lorenzini says that it consists of having elongations at the corners. With that being said, different size eyelash extensions are used throughout, mimicking the fact that your lashes are all different lengths naturally. We tried out a combo for more of a natural-looking vibe.

She also notes that the ultimate goal is having a lash look that opens up your eyes and makes you look more awake.

Trends in Different Countries Vary
Different looks trump the most-requested lists around the world. For example, Lorenzini notes that in Australia, clients generally ask for a flatter, longer look that has less curvature, while in Europe, the curvier styles are more popular.

Bring Pictures
Or at least know how you do your makeup and what you want from a look. Before each application, you’ll have a sit-down consultation with a stylist to determine what look is best for you, and pictures will help you get to that goal. “You can also ask a stylist if they have a lookbook. We have a ton of pictures online that you can always reference, or the individual stylist should have pictures of their work,” explains Lorenzini.

It Makes Your Routine Low-Maintenance, But They’re a Little Work
We’re going to be honest and say that it does cut down on the amount of time you take getting ready in the morning. You essentially don’t need mascara at all, in fact regular mascara isn’t recommended to be applied on these lashes. If you do use mascara, the Length & Volume mascara is only recommended to be added at the tips of these new faux mink formulations. The brand even made an eyeliner pencil—the GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencil—that’s safe to use with extensions.

MORE: Everything You’d Want to Know About False Lashes

You also are suggested to stay away from things like excessive heat, cosmetics, steam, and contact lenses insertion for the first three hours after applying it. You’ll want to watch how much you’re rubbing your eyes, if you’re sleeping on one side, and try not to apply waterproof beauty products. These things are said to cause your extensions to wear away quickly. The biggest time commitment these guys take up is when you get them on in the first place—one session can take up to 3 hours.

Getting Them Off Is As Simple As… Doing Nothing
You literally don’t have to do anything to get them off. They shed as your lashes shed naturally. Obviously, if you want your look to last longer, you should go in for touch-ups, which are recommended between 2 to 4 weeks.

You Can’t Tell You’re Wearing Them
In fact, these new lashes are said to be 47 percent lighter. The only time you really remember you’re wearing them is when you first get them on, when you go to put on your makeup, which is way less of a hassle, and when you take off your makeup. That step should only be done with the Xtreme Lashes Eye Makeup Remover and Cleanser, which is designed to clean the lashes without wearing them down.
Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/xtreme-lashes/#ixzz4h4Qp7V9B

Taking Off Your Makeup Has Never Been More Important
Like REALLY important! You want to clean off your makeup with suggested products so dirt and oils don’t clump onto your lashes. They also recommend using a tiny mascara-like wand brush that will help you gently shape your lashes on a regular basis. If you’re getting a look that’s way longer than your natural lashes, you’re going to appreciate this.

Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/xtreme-lashes/#ixzz4h4QtAn7R

Source: http://stylecaster.com

Everything You Need to Know About Eyelash Extensions

Written by: Evim Flores Date of published: . Posted in Blog

There are about a dozen and a half makeup tricks out there, but for people with very short or sparse lashes, all those mascara wands and eyelash curlers can get a little overwhelming. One dramatic, ultra-effective alternative that lasts way longer than your mascara: eyelash extensions.

Eyelash extensions allow you to add volume and length to your existing lash line using false lashes, typically applied one at a time. They’re glued on, so they last longer than typical falsies — and, when done properly, they feel just like your normal lashes. But before you add falsies to your look, here’s what you need to know.

1. There are multiple kinds of lash extensions.

There are three popular types of lash extensions: synthetic, mink, and silk. Depending on the length and thickness of the lashes, you can achieve different “looks.” For example, adding a few extra millimeters to your outer lashes gives you a cat eye style, while consistently long lashes across the eye is more of a “showgirl” look. Some places even offer lash extensions in different colors, if you’re feeling extra adventurous.

2. It’s so (so!) important to have them done by a pro.

Just because one of your friend’s friends swears she knows how to perform eyelash extensions with a DIY kit she bought on Amazon doesn’t mean you should let her touch your face. “The wrong technique can cause side effects such as irritation, losing your eyelashes, and gaps or spacing between applied lashes and natural lashes,” says aesthetician Olga Mozgovoy of Skintology Skin and Laser Center in New York City. Be sure to read reviews on Yelp or Google of salons in your area so you can find the best one for you.

3. A patch test is a must.

Remember that woman whose eyelashes fell out because she had a horrible reaction to lash glue? Don’t let that be you. So before you start, make sure your lash technician does a patch test to determine if you’re sensitive or allergic to the glue she’s using.

4. The application process isn’t quick, but that’s a good thing.

First of all, going to a pro who uses proper techniques limits your risk of damage. A full set of lashes takes approximately two hours to apply, with each lash being dipped in a semi-permanent glue that’s safe for your eyes, then applied to the lash line while your eyes are closed. As someone who’s had them done before, I can tell you that it doesn’t hurt if you go to a person with lots of training — in fact, I fell asleep while having mine applied.

5. Proper aftercare keeps your lashes looking fresh.

Now that you’ve got long, pretty lashes, you need to take care of them — and that may mean switching up your routine. First of all, you can’t expose your eyes to heat or water for the first 24 hours. If you do, the glue won’t be able to set and all that time you spent having your lashes applied will be for nothing.

After the first day, Mozgovoy recommends sticking to lukewarm water when you wash your face. You should also avoid rubbing your eyes with a towel (or sleeping face down on a pillow); otherwise, you can pull the lashes off. Yikes!

Another tip: Be really careful about which beauty products you’re using on your face while you have lash extensions. As much as you may love your daily cat eye, beware that your love of liner could affect your new look. “Oil-based foundations, makeup removers, mascaras, and liquid eyeliners are not recommended since they can ruin the bonds between lashes,” warns Mozgovoy.

6. They don’t last forever.

Your lash extensions will last approximately as long as your natural lash cycle — about six to eight weeks or so. To maintain your desired look, you should anticipate getting your lashes filled every three to four weeks.

Source: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com

Lash Extensions Myths Busted!

Written by: Evim Flores Date of published: . Posted in Blog

Today’s Q & A is from my good friend, student, and customer Angela Chandler who owns and runs Lash Out Loud! I’ve known Angela for years and this morning she tagged me on Facebook and asked

Q: “We have a client in the salon getting a fill right now. Before she laid down she told her technician that her husband read an article about the dangers of lash extensions and wants her to stop getting them. She then asked if we could print off an article that she can bring home to her husband that proves they are not dangerous. He is specifically concerned about the eyelash adhesive.”

A: As someone who has made an amazing living in this industry and helped thousands upon thousands of women feel their best with lash extensions, it’s important to me that the record is set straight on the top myths in our industry. These myths have been perpetuated by media, and unfortunately make many potential customers nervous. But, have no fear – I’m here to set the record straight and bust these myths wide open!

 

  1. Kristen Chenoweth’s Allergic Reaction to Eyelash Extensions (WATCH)

The morsel of truth: A very small percentage of clients can develop sensitivities to products used during the eyelash extension procedure which can cause swelling that will reside once the lashes are removed. Reactions/Irritations/Sensitivities are possible with any beauty procedure you can imagine like: manicures (nail polish), facials (natural ingredients that can cause reactions), hair treatments (perm solutions and hair colour reactions), makeup services (cosmetic ingredients you are applying to skin) etc.

The reality: Did you know allergies are most commonly caused by natural substances? Venom, Pollen, Metals, Foods, and Organic Substances. Any ingredient you put into or onto your body can cause a reaction and your body may respond to this substance as a dangerous invader reacting with effects like swelling, redness, and irritation. Sometimes with synthetic materials the body gets confused and thinks the substance is a dangerous natural substance and will defend against it.

The important thing to note is that eyelash extensions, when done properly do NOT touch the skin. And accordingly to Doug Schoon (Cosmetic Scientist), allergic reactions are very very rarely caused by vapours alone (which is what the eye area is subjected to when getting lashes applied). The culprit of allergic reactions or skin sensitivities are way more likely to be an ingredient actually touching the skin (such as: latex tape. gel pads, or cleansers during a lash application). Because the skin under our eyes is the thinnest skin on the human body it is most susceptible to become irritated.

Schoon says Irritations we see as Lash Artists are often times too quickly passed off as allergies, and could also be irritations, or possibly even infections from improper home care (read more on this below).

 

The formaldehyde MYTH: Formaldehyde is NOT contained in Cyanoacrylate (the main ingredient in lash adhesive). It is a dry gas so it cannot be added as an ingredient. Formaldehyde however, can be released by Lash Adhesive as a by product of product breakdown – but it would need to be MONTHS of breakdown on the natural lashes to cause any effect. Lash technicians know the maximum an extension will be on the natural lashes will be 60-75 days (the total lifespan in the growth cycle). With this said, to minimize any breakdown of lash adhesive lash technicians should be using a new bottle of adhesive every 45-60 days.

Formaldehyde is a dry gas. It has never ever been a cosmetic ingredient. It is a 100% naturally occurring substance. In fact we exhale formaldehyde. It is contained in organically grown food. Our bodies make formaldehyde and it is used to create proteins and other substances in our bodies. With this said, we can be exposed to minimal amounts as a by product of adhesive breakdown but the amount we are exposed to in a lash lounge is extremely low and Schoon says we should not be worried even as technicians working with it all day.

Is it a carcinogen? There is a science that shows that being exposed to large amounts of high concentrations of formaldehyde can cause a very very rare nasal cancer (but that is nothing to worry about as a lash technician as we work with such little amounts — if you’re a mortician though? Maybe.)

What else could be causing irritations? Stabilizers. Particularly hydroquinone or MHQ. These stabilizers slow down the cure rate of lash adhesives so they don’t instantly harden on the lash, so lash artists have a second or two to place the lash extension first. However in lash adhesive there is less than 0.01% of hydroquinone and it does not touch the skin during a lash application — and to put it into perspective hydroquinone is also used in some skin creams (for lightening purposes) that are applied topically, and also in box hair dye in concentrations up to 3%. So the risk is still extremely low that lash adhesive is going to set off a reaction.

The bottom line: There are risks with any cosmetic procedure, and lash artists are lucky to have a very very small percentage of clients become intolerant to the service. If your client is ever starting to experience any itchiness, redness, or swelling after their lash application – be very cautious proceeding. Try silicone eyepads opposed to gel, ditch the primer and opt for a simple saline prep of the lashes, and cure your client’s lashes with a LashCure mister throughout the application as well as the end. Lastly finish the appointment with having your client wash their lashes with LashPure cleanser before they leave.

Note: I learned much of this info from Doug Schoon (cosmetic scientist) at the Global Lash Summit which is put on by my lash friends Jill, Eva, and Loreta! They have dates coming up in Canada, USA, and UK and I highly recommend lash artists go and learn more about our industry! Don’t miss out, sign up here! http://www.lashsummit.com

 

2. Cosmopolitan Magazine (READ)

The claim: “Even the most careful technique can lead to a brittle (or sparse) natural fringe. Blame the weight of faux hairs plus heavy-duty adhesives that fuse semi-permanent extensions for a month. Every 3 applications, take a month off and use a growth serum”

The morsel of truth: Improperly applied lash extensions will cause damage, but when done properly lash extensions actually can assist natural lashes to be stronger and healthier than before.

The reality: This article really hit home for me – because I was personally contacted by Cosmo to be included as a lash expert on this article. At first when they told me they were doing a lash extension safety article I was thrilled! But they only wanted to know two things “How often should people take breaks from lashes?” and “What can you recommend to rehab the natural lashes during the break?”

I was floored. I thought “How could the beauty editors at Cosmo be so misinformed? Do they not receive the best of the best for beauty services?” Clearly not. Despite responding to them with a whack-load of research showing that properly applied lashes do not cause any damage – they wouldn’t hear it. They simply told me to align myself with their story or that I wouldn’t be included. I obviously passed up the publicity.

With daily mascara applications the routine goes as follows:

-grab a lash curler and pull, tug, and yank natural lashes upwards to get them lifted (this causes follicle stress, and can actually pluck lashes out)

-coat lashes in mascara (which often times is full of bacteria from applying to your lashes, and putting the brush back in the bottle daily  for months at a time)
-wear mascara for the day (often times fiddling with them or reapplying mascara). Natural lashes are usually clumped and gathered together, caked in mascara.
-remove mascara at the end of the night (cleansing involves scrubbing the lashes harshly to get off the mascara from the day often times causing more shedding)
-OR worse: Leaving mascara on while you sleep causing the natural lashes to be clumped and caked, which can affect the growth cycle.

Now let’s compare this to properly applied eyelash extensions.

-Eyelash extensions should have one bond per natural lash which allows the natural growth and shed cycle to stay healthy and regular. -A natural lash has a lifespan (on average) of 60-75 days. Not all of your natural lashes will be at the same stage of lash growth at the time they are extended so its normal to lose 1-3 lashes per day (some days you won’t lose any, and some days you may lose up to 5). This would happen regardless of wearing eyelash extensions or not.
– Its important to note that the lash extensions (provided they are appropriate length and weight for your natural lashes) are not pulling out your natural lashes, but are instead shedding out attached to the natural lash that is in it’s growth cycle.
-Each time you lose a natural lash, it’s because a fresh lash is growing in behind it and is essentially pushing the old lash out.

When you are wearing lash extensions, there is no need to tug on them with a lash curler, or scrub the daylights out of them to get mascara off. You have curly, black, full lashes 24/7 because of the lash extensions. This is what actually makes your natural lashes become stronger and healthier with extensions vs wearing mascara. (note: it’s important to clean and brush your extensions, which we will discuss next).

 When your lash provider tells you that your natural lashes are needing a “break” it is for one of these reasons: 

  • They are applying “cluster” lashes which are big flares of 5-7 lashes with a big knot at the bottom of them. These cannot be applied individually to each natural lash and instead are laid across multiple lashes. This interrupts the growth cycle of the natural lashes, causing follicle stress and traction alopecia.
  • They are using individual lash extensions but are not isolating the natural lashes properly to get a single bond to each natural lash. Sometimes these lash extensions are called “express lashes” which are simply a “coat and drop” type of application and essentially adhere large chunks of natural lashes together, causing the issues listed above.
  • They are using lash extensions which are either too long, or too thick (or both). There are SO many varieties of eyelash extensions. Sugarlash alone carries over 500 varieties of eyelash extensions: 7 different diameters (thicknesses), lengths 5mm-16mm, and 6 different curl types. Just like the hair on our heads has varieties like thin, fine, coarse, thick, straight, curly, oily, dry… so do your natural lashes! This is why each application of lashes needs to be individually assessed and applied by a service provider who is properly trained and knows the limit your natural lashes can handle. Can everyone handle Kim K’s lash look? Not if you don’t have a strong lash base. Be realistic – and if a lash provider tells you that your lashes can’t maintain a certain lash look, take their word for it. Fact: You WILL be able to find a lash provider that will give you the look you want and will not care about your lash health – but you will end up with damaged lashes. It’s always best to find a provider who holds up safety and industry standards as priority.

3. Cosmopolitan Magazine… again (READ)

The claim: “Their warning echoes a Consumer Reports story this month, which said that lash extensions can cause bacterial and fungal infections.”

The morsel of truth: Lash extension wearers are more likely to develop eye infections if they don’t wash their lash extensions properly. This is because of added surface area that bacteria and debris roam on/get caught in.

The Reality: Washing your eyes and lashes is something most women are used to as part of their daily routine before eyelash extensions. Often times though, after they get eyelash extensions, clients are scared to touch their extensions as they want them to last as long as possible.

The bottom line is once you have eyelash extensions, washing your eye area is more important than ever. This not only keeps your lash extensions lasting longer by keeping natural oils off of the bonds (an enemy of eyelash adhesive), but it also ensures your eyes stay happy and healthy while you have extensions on. Once extensions are applied, bacteria has more room to breed and party on – and it’s the extension wearers responsibility to take proper care of the extensions at home on a daily basis.

Lash Extensions don’t cause bacterial infections, but improper home care does. 

To wash eyelash extensions we recommend LashPure Cleanser which is developed specifically for use with lash extensions, and keeps pH balanced, bacteria levels in check, and even takes care of peskier problems like Demodex (something that most cleansers won’t handle).

I realize there are more articles out there, but I think this covers the 3 main myths that the media has been feeding potential clients and lash lovers alike. Heck, I even have Lash Artists come to me concerned if they have chosen the wrong career to get into! The Lash Industry is an amazing one – with many passionate technicians who take lash health seriously. And as with any industry, there are providers with improper training giving the industry a bad rep. If clients do their research, and find a certified Lash Artist with plenty of good reviews, an awesome portfolio, they will absolutely love their lash extensions and can enjoy them for years to come if they desire! Share this article on your lash pages, or have a copy in your lounge for when you get grilled with questions! Let’s let people know lash extensions are safe!

Happy Lashing all!

Courtney Buhler

Feature Image: Pinterest

Source: https://www.sugarlashpro.com

6 Things You Need to Know About Eyelash Extensions

Written by: Evim Flores Date of published: . Posted in Blog

In her Meet The Team profile, Glossier’s Digital Designer Nadine Head-Gordon had this nugget of wisdom to share: “I used to get eyelash extensions, when you essentially get synthetic eyelashes semi-permanently glued onto your real eyelashes. I wanted to look like Bambi. I was on a date with a guy and one of them fell onto my cheek, and he told me make a wish. So I made a wish on a fake eyelash. That was when I decided to get them removed.” In our book, this makes her the office expert on the topic. So we coerced her to write us all a guide to share with the world. Because who doesn’t want to have semi-permanent Bambi lashes, too?

Despite working at a beauty company, I am the laziest of the lazy when it comes to getting ready in the morning. In my ideal world, I would wake up looking exactly as I did the day before—this is why, for most of 9th grade, I slept in my makeup. That doesn’t work and I don’t recommend it.

Then in 2012 came the answer to my prayers: eyelash extensions. Similar to the ones you can get on your head, eyelash extensions are individual lashes, made of silk, mink, or something synthetic, that are attached to your existing lashes semi-permanently. If you’ve ever dreamt of waking up with Bambi lashes but without that ring of leftover mascara dangling a foot under your eye, this is your solution. Curious? At least a little? Good, so get off Google search—here’s everything you need to know about getting eyelash extensions:

1. It’s a very luxurious process.

Really—it’s enjoyable. You lie down in a bed and close your eyes for an hour and a half while calming music plays in the background and a technician attaches little feathery nothings to your lashes. It’s the most socially acceptable naptime a working adult could ask for. And if you’re not already sold, most salons offer a complimentary massage while you’re on the operating table.

2. Every lash extension experience is customizable.

When you’re done, you will not end up looking like you just got a permanent strip lash attached to your lid. First, you can choose the length. Most salons will carry extension lengths from 9 to 15mm (or, from natural to Kardashian length). The sweet spot for most is 10-12.

After you pick your length, pick your curl. A “J” curl is for a more natural, awake look, while a “C” curl is a more dramatic, “I never leave home without my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler” look. If you want to get creative, you can do “J” on the inner corners of your eyes and “C” on the outer edges for a more cat eye look.

Now, in terms of material, you have a lot to choose from: Faux Mink, Faux Fox, Silk, Real Mink, and last but not least, Real Human Hair. The differences between these looks are negligible so opt for the Faux Mink since it’s the most affordable.

3. Eyelash extensions last longer than you think.

With proper care, I can get my extensions to last up to a month and a half. Most places recommend you come back every 2-3 weeks for a touch up, but if you’re looking to save a bit of money, you can prolong their lifespan. Just be careful not to get water on your lashes and don’t use oily products near your eyes.

4. Yes, you can wear makeup with them.

If you can’t stand the thought of ditching your smoky eye, don’t worry, you don’t have to. Only liquid-based eye products can be damaging to the extensions, but you can get away with a tiny wing of liquid liner as long as you’re not dragging it along the lash line. Make sure to carefully remove the shadow or liner with oil-free makeup remover and Q-tips for precision. Most importantly, stay away from mascara entirely as it leaves the extensions crusty and damaged. It’s only acceptable if you’re at the end of your cycle and will be getting a fresh set in a few days.

5. Extensions can ruin your eyelashes—but they don’t have to.

That is, if you don’t play by the rules. I am one of the many people who have made the mistake of pulling out the extensions myself–not only is it extremely painful but it leaves you with few to no natural eyelashes left. However, after what I like to call the intense “eyelash rehab” program of applying Vaseline to my lashes every night, my natural eyelashes were back to normal after a month and a half.

6. The only way to get rid of them is to get them professionally removed or have them fall out naturally.

Having the extensions removed is as easy as having them put on–painless and relatively quick. Every salon will have this service available. If you’re not looking to spend any more money, however, the extensions do fall out with the natural shedding of your lashes. This is a much slower process, but it is $free.99, so there’s that.

—Nadine Head-Gordon

Photo via ITG.

Source: https://intothegloss.com

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