What are the most common types of lash extensions? There are two types of lash extensions that we use at LashTechPro Studio: synthetic mink and synthetic silk. ALL synthetic lashes are made with a plastic fiber called PBT, Polybutylene Terephthalate. PBT is a thermoplastic (semi-) crystalline polymer, and a type of polyester, that is heated, molded into the desired lash shape and set as it cools. Lash Extensions come in various sizes, curls, thicknesses and colors witch allows us to customize each set to perfectly fit our clients. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash. However, since allergic reactions are possible, there are different types of glue based on one’s sensitivity.
How long does it take to apply lash extensions? Applying a full set of lashes takes anywhere from one hour and a half to three hours depending on your natural eyelashes health and density and the desired look. Lash extensions can be maintained with touch-ups recommended every two to four weeks. Everyone has different lashes, and depending on the condition of your own natural lashes, our lash techs can only go a certain length or thickness (This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy). For example, if your natural lashes are on the shorter, thinner side, you won’t be able to get a crazy, dramatic Kim Kardashian look, because it can be too heavy for your natural lashes and it could collapse under their weight and damage the hair folilcule. We will never lash you with more extensions than your natural lash can comfortably carry. We always try to meet and exceed ours clients expectations but the health of the natural lashes is our priority.
What happens if glue gets in my eyes? Since your eyes are shut the whole time lash extensions are being applied, no glue will ever get into your eye. Additionally, it’s important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. A licensed and experienced lash technician will not let an infection occur, but if you’re allergic to the glue, you’re still going to be allergic, this doesn’t mean the glue is inherently harmful.
Can I go blind? No, your professional technician should be trained properly to apply the adhesive and lashes in a way that is completely harmless. Your eyes are closed the entire time of the procedure, no matter how bad an allergic reaction may get, you will never go blind. The worst case scenario is that you need to go to the eye doctor to get specific eye drops to treat an allergic reaction.
Will my natural lashes get harmed or damaged? The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out. Getting eyelash extensions does not affect the natural growth cycle during or after you decide to stop getting them applied. Many people feel that their natural lashes get thinner or shorter afterwards, but it’s an optical illusion. You get used to waking up every day with thicker, dark, curled, longer lashes, so, understandably, you think your eyelashes are thinner and shorter after the extensions have ended. In reality, that is not the case and getting extensions has no chemical effect on the thickness or length of your natural lashes in fact we witnessed a lot of our client's lashes actually getting healthier after they stop using mechanic curlers and waterproof mascara and start applying our recommended serum. We do recommend the use of Lash enhancing or vitamin serums to just give your lashes a healthy boost in order to be able to support any look you might desire.
How often do I need to get lash extensions redone? Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes (please note that we don't shed all lashes at once), typically six to eight weeks. That said, because each person’s lash growth is somewhat variable (just hair growth), we suggest light lash maintenance every two to four weeks to maintain a full look.
I’ve got eyelash extensions from a different salon and I’m in pain or they look terrible, I need them removed, can you help? Come visit us immediately so we can remove your old extensions! We’ve rectified work by other salons many times, often when a client is in pain or discomfort from improper application. We will happily remove your old lash extensions, and if you wish, apply a new set.
Do I need to prep my lashes before the appointment? Yes, please! Make sure your eyelashes are squeaky clean, no traces of eye makeup, prior to your appointment. Use an oil-free make up remover if possible, and rinse well. Any traces of oil or makeup (especially mascara!) will create a barrier between the adhesive and your natural lashes, causing your extensions to drop off prematurely.
Can I have eyelash extensions attached to my bottom lashes? No. Applying lash extensions to the bottom lashes would require clients to keep their eyes open. For safety reasons, we do not condone this practice.
Is it okay to also wear mascara? Most clients don’t find it necessary to wear mascara with eyelash extensions. However, if you must wear mascara, we advise using a water-based formula. DO NOT USE OIL-BASED OR WATERPROOF MASCARA! If you are planning to wear mascara in addition to the extensions, only use it on the tips of the extensions and with a very light hand. This will be enough to give your eyes that “pop” along with the extensions. Using mascara at the base of the extensions will get very clumpy.
Can I shower or swim right away? Keep water away from your lashes for the first 12 to 24 hours after application or touch-ups. Water can weaken the adhesive before it sets and cause lashes to fall off.
Are there products I should absolutely avoid? The aftercare varies depending on the glue used. For instance, with glue for sensitive eyes, oil based products or makeup removers around the eye area are not recommended. Using waterproof mascara on the extensions is not recommended for any type of glue, as it is hard to remove and can actually pull off the lashes prematurely when trying to take it off.
Can I have eyelash extensions if my lashes are sparse, short, fine, or curly? In the majority of cases, most clients’ lashes are good candidates for lash extensions. However, there may be limitations to the type of look achievable if your natural lashes are particularly sparse, fine or curly. For example, a healthy strong straight host lash is needed in order to attach the extension properly and lashes that have severe bends may not be viable for extensions.
What is your cancellation policy? We have a 24-hour cancellation policy, so please call ahead if you need to reschedule.