Lash extensions are carefully applied one at a time (typically 80-140 per eye) using a specially-formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate or damage the natural lash. The lash is only applied to an existing lash, never to the skin. While the exact process varies from tech to tech, here’s what you can expect:
Evaluation: Prior to application, the technician will go through all the risks and benefits of having eyelash extensions before applying them, and also ask about any conditions you may have that would make eyelash extensions unsuitable for you. Your tech will help to decide on Extension Length and Curl Strength: Your lash artist will start the process by asking you what kind of look you’re going for, whether that be more glamorous or more natural. Based on your desired look, we’ll choose an ideal length and curl strength that suites you.
Cleansing the Eye Area: Your lash artist will have you lie down and ensure that you are in a comfortable position. Then, they will cleanse the area to remove any makeup, oil, and germs from the area. It’s helpful to your artist if you arrive makeup-free to your appointment.
Applying the Tape and Eye Gels: Your eyes are closed for the duration of the process, which typically takes about 2 hours, depending on the number of extensions your lash artist is applying and the amount of natural lashes you have. To prep for the actual application, you lash artist will apply an under-eye gel to your lower lash line to keep your lower lashes out of the way and provide a contrasted background to work against (it’s easier to see your lashes against a crisp white background). Then, the eye gels will be secured with medical-grade tape on both sides of the eye, as well as over any stubborn bottom lashes that sneak out from under the gel pad, again to keep them out of the way and avoid any sticking of the top and bottom lashes.
Application: Using tweezers, your lash artist will dip the end of each extension in the lash glue and then apply it to your individual lash. In the case of CLASSIC lashes, one eyelash extension is applied per natural lash, however, more voluminous looks require multiple extensions per individual natural lash. The application isn’t painful, although you may feel anxious having tweezers operate so close to your eyes while they’re closed; Rest assured you're in good hands. If at anytime irritation or discomfort occurs please inform your tech promptly; this is typically caused by glue fumes as you may have accidentally opened your eye a bit. It can be soothed by a quick spritz with the nano-mister and/or a slight breeze from the fan; it's silly to suffer in silence when we can bring you relief in almost an instant.
Drying: The lash glue dries very quickly, but your lash artist will always have you stay put for 5-10 minutes once all of the extensions have been applied while pointing a small, handheld fan at your extensions to ensure the glue is completely dry; in addition, your tech will spritz your lashes with a nano-mister to whisk away any linger glue fumes to help avoid any irritation or discomfort upon opening your eyes. During this stage, your eyes are still closed.
Removing the Tape and Gels: Once your lashes are completely dry, your lash artist will remove the under-eye gels and tape (this doesn’t hurt at all, but let your lash professional know if you tend to experience sensitivity in this area so they can practice extra caution). Once removed, your lash artist will brush through the lashes with a spooly, then you’ll be asked to slowly blink your eyes open and whaLa, you're now flaunting a whole new look! ((Don't be alarmed, You will probably spend the rest of the day looking in the mirror, this is a normal side affect of looking like a total BOMBSHELL!))
Finishing up: Your tech will explain to you how to care for your lashes & supply you with the necessities for proper after care. Your tech will set you up for your fill appointment. At this time you'll probably go sit in your car and take a selfie or 10, so don't forget to tag us on Facebookwhen you upload them!
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