The defintive answer to “Do eyelash extensions damage my natural Lashes?”

The Question asked by women all over the world considering Eyelash Extensions. The answer is NO and if you go to a properly trained lash technician he/she has been taught techniques that follow these guide lines to avoid damage:

Proper hygiene Protocol

Every Lash technician has been taught how to sterilise their work area and tools to minimise the risk of infection which can cause damage to the lashes, conditions such as Blepharitis can cause your lash line to become swollen,weep and lashes to become weak and fall out prematurely. Your tech should also give you after care instructions for cleaning your lashes that will prevent build up of bacteria, shed skin, make-up and oils.

Choosing proper lengths and weights for the natural lash

This is a vital step in avoiding damage to the lashes by choosing lashes that will be too heavy for the natural lash. Your technician should have a range of lengths, weights and curls to suit your natural lashes. The thinner or smaller the natural lashes are, the lighter the extension should be. A general guide to correct maximum length is to go two sizes above the natural lashes longest length. However an experienced Technician may be able to give you more length if a lighter extension is used. Many clients want a look that is the total opposite of what they have and in order to avoid damage, they need to readjust their expectation. Lash techs can work wonders but we are limited to what you actually have. Be wary of a lash tech that will give everyone crazy long lashes using the heaviest extensions possible, you will be able to tell a lash techs style by their photos, look out for spidery long, clumpy looking or too thick lashes that look “wrong” for the eye.

Lashes should be applied in a minimum of four to five lengths throughout the set. Watch out for sets that look like they are one length all the way through. This is improper technique.

Correct Lash application techniques

Here is where a lot of things can go wrong for an untrained Lash technician.

Eyelash extensions should be adhered to the natural lash approximately 1mm from the lash line. Never onto the skin nor touching it. For one a lash extension that is touching your eyelid will prick, scratch or itch, secondly the adhesive is not meant for delicate skin in the eye area and can burn or cause an allergy.

By far the biggest cause of damage to your natural eyelashes with badly applied extensions is over use of adhesive causing extensions and lashes to stick together and improper isolation of one natural lash before the extension is adhered. An eyelash extension should to be adhered to one natural lash. Every lash on the lash line is growing at a different rate which means that if a bunch are stuck together with one extension, as they grow out, the faster growing lashes will pull out the slower growing lashes, resulting in loss of lashes, gaps and even possible damage to hair follicles. If this has happened, you will feel pain, pulling, itching and inevitably you will end up trying to pick at the extensions thereby causing further damage.

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly true for eyelash extensions. Salons offering very cheap sets offset the cost by not training employees, using low quality products, only stocking a small range of extensions, and working so fast on a set that any proper technique goes out the window or was never applied in the first place. Your eyes are important and they really are not an area to” scrimp” on. Clients who are concerned with their lash health would already understand this but there are many so-called techs out there giving eyelash extensions a bad name.

The above mentioned guidelines will ensure you do not have damage from extensions, I have had clients for 3 years now who’s lashes are actually in better condition with eyelash extensions than before due to overuse of eyelash curlers and not cleaning make-up off well, others have maintained the same lash health and density they had. I like to call myself a “lash nurse” sometimes as well as a Lash Technician. I hope readers are now more informed, do their research and find a tech that makes their lash health a priority to avoid damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eyelash Extensions V’s Lash Lift

Eyelash Extensions are a Lash enhancement procedure that is suitable for women who want to add length and volume to their lashes in a design that they choose. See What is a custom designed Set of Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash Extensions are maintained with an infill every two to three weeks or can last 4-6 weeks when a new set is then needed. This means that there is a higher level of maintenance and a higher cost than a Lash Lift but the results are usually dramatic and stunning. The beauty of Eyelash Extensions is that you can choose a very natural look with Classic extensions or a very Glamorous look with Volume Extensions as both come in various lengths and curves. See EYELASH EXTENSIONS

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Length, volume

Lash Lifts are suitable for long or short lashes but use the natural lashes only. The natural lash is “lifted” from the root and opens up the eye, creates uniformity in the lashes and gives a gorgeous curl which can be adjusted to your taste and eye shape.

Another feature of a Lash lift is that “kinky”, crisscrossed or too curly lashes can be set to a lovely uniform curl which can make applying mascara in the mornings a breeze. A Lash Tint compliments this procedure wonderfully by coating the lash to the tip which is usually lighter naturally and if you like mascara, this will take a Lash Lift to the next level. Tinting makes the lash look longer and more noticeable and it enhances the Lash Lift. See ELLEEBANA ONE SHOT LASH LIFT

A lash lift is very low maintenance and less costly than EyeLash Extensions, it lasts from 8-12 weeks thereby reducing the amount of appointments needed to maintain the look.

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Enhanced natural lashes with beautiful long-lasting curl

What is a custom designed Set of Eyelash Extensions?

Eyes are unique and beautiful. The shape of your eye and its varied features can guide your lash technician in choosing the best design when planning your set of eyelash extensions. Extensions can range in lengths, curves and weights and a good lash technician will always use your natural lashes, eye shape and features as a guide when choosing which type of extensions to use in your set.

Every set of eyelash extensions should use at least 4 – 5 lengths of lashes to achieve a symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing look no matter what design you choose.

Eyelash technicians usually work with the following most common designs (and various techniques) and apply them to different eye shapes and features. They may even have some of their own original designs up their sleeve as well! The looks can range from as thick or wispy as your natural lashes combined with your lash tech’s skill will allow.

Eyelash Extension Designs

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Styling different Eye shapes

 

Round Eyes

A cat eye with lengths ranging from shortest to longest suit this eye shape immensely. adding a little sweep at the end by changing the direction of the extensions gradually elongates the eye rather than opening it up further

 

Almond Eyes

this eye shape suits every design for eyelash extensions, whether it be a cat eye for a sexy look, a doll eye to open up the eye, a natural eye that follows the natural lash line or an open eye which makes the eye look larger.

 

Cat Eyes

This eye shape of course is most flattered by the cat eye design. you can play it up by tightening the curl at the end to emphasise the lift of the corners, or use a softer curl to soften the look a little if you wish

 

Asian eyes

This eye shape can look beautiful with a cat eye but is lovely with a doll eye or open eye look that has length in the middle to open the eye so that it appears larger. Sometimes the hood may begin close to the inner eyelid and in these cases its better to start the extensions just after this point to prevent irritation. A tighter curl, while opening the eye further, can help with straight down pointing lashes which are usually a feature of Asian eyes.

 

Styling Different Eye Features

You may have any combination of these features with any eyeshape so they have to be considered also.

 

Hooded Eyes

This eye shape can be tricky, the best designs are cat eye or doll eye using a tighter curl that covers the hooded area and opens the eye. Both designs can cover where the hooded area is heavier.

 

Downturned Eyes

This eye shape suits a cat eye design and  requires the use of a stronger curl and longer length towards the outer eye but at the end tapering down quickly at the very corners to prevent droopy looking lashes and lift the corner of the eye. This variation of the cat eye is sometimes called kitten eye.

 

Close-Set Eyes

This eye shape suits a cat eye or kitten eye where all the length is on the outer edges to draw attention to the ends of the eyes. By sweeping the extensions toward the outside corners we also add emphasis to that area.

 

Wide-Set Eyes

This eye shape suits a natural eye look with longer lengths beginning quickly at the start of  the eye for an effect that draws attention to the inner corners rather than the outer.

 

Small eyes

Small eyes can be made to look larger with a doll eye  or open eye design as the length is all in the mid section of the eye which opens  it up beautifully.

 

Deep Set eyes

This eye feature requires tighter curls and longer lengths to lift the lashes and hide the sunken areas.

 

Protruding Eyes

This feature need a softer curl to close the eye a little with length towards the ends to create a longer eye rather than a wider one.  A wispy Cat eye or kitten eye would flatter most.

 

As you can see, good well-trained lash technician is a must. We are really artists who with skills and techniques (an artistic eye doesn’t go astray) create an optical illusion that enhances your eyes giving every client a customised, beautiful set of Eyelash extensions.