How long do eyelash extensions last?
There really isn't a set answer to this question as several factors affect how long your lash extensions will last such as how well you follow aftercare instructions, your skin type, the rate at which your natural lashes grow and the set you have (Everyday set, Posh Volume or Luxe Volume). I have some clients with lashes that grow very fast and they need touch ups more frequently. I also have clients who have slower growth and I see them once a month or longer.
So unfortunately, there isn't a definite answer I can provide as it's on a case by case basis.
In general, for my clients that wear an Everyday Set, 2-3 weeks is the average touch up schedule. Volume lash clients are usually every 4-5 weeks.
Can I get my eyelashes wet?
Absolutely! In fact, you have to get them wet in order to keep them clean. On a daily basis, you should be washing your lashes because it makes your extensions last longer than if you weren't keeping them clean. If you sweat heavily during workouts or have oily skin, it's recommended that you clean your lashes twice a day or more. There is a caveat however and that is, immersing your lashes in water for long periods of time can affect how long your lashes last. If you swim or visit the sauna a lot, you will notice more shedding than someone who isn't immersed in water as often.
There's a lot of misinformation out there and I know it can be confusing but anyone telling you not to clean your lashes is either very new to the industry or hasn't been properly educated on adhesive chemistry. The adhesives that are used in today's market requires you to clean regularly in order for your lash extensions to last as oil breaks down the bond.
Can I wear mascara on my lash extensions?
My question to you is, why would you want to put mascara on your lash extensions? Isn't the whole reason why you got lash extensions to eliminate the need for mascara?
Honestly, I don't see a reason to wear mascara with lash extensions. I understand that eyelash extensions are a relatively new service to the public so like me, most women have grown accustomed to applying mascara and the look that it gives. With lash extensions however, you really don't need to add mascara because lash extensions will give you longer, fuller lashes. The goal of lash extensions is to eliminate the mascara so you can enjoy your new professional quality eyelash extensions.
The only way I would suggest the use of mascara is on your lower lashes and ONLY a lash extension friendly mascara which is something I carry. Any other mascara will gunk up your extensions every time you blink and weaken the adhesive bond making them shed prematurely. So if you're one that can't kick the mascara habit, you are not the ideal candidate for eyelash extensions.
How do I take care of my lashes?
Most clients book every 2-3 weeks depending on the set that they have. For the Everyday Set on average, I see clients every 2-3 weeks and for volume sets, every 4-5 weeks.
How often should I get my lashes touched up?
I don't use real mink lashes for a variety of reasons. The main reason is because I saw a video of how those lashes are sourced and I have a hard time believing companies that make claims of cruelty free mink lashes. I don't judge anyone who does use them however what I saw is now deeply ingrained in my mind and I can't bring myself to provide a product or service that blatantly compromises my personal beliefs and values. The other reasons are they don't last as long as synthetic lashes, you're at higher risk for an allergic reaction with animal fur on your eyes and within a short period of time, they go flat and lose their curl.
Instead, I use a faux mink or silk lash which both hold their curls, are rich in color and last.
To see the video that changed my views on using real mink, click here. (Warning: Disturbing content)
Do you use real mink?
Why do Bentley's cost so much compared to a Honda? (smile) Ultimately, it comes down to the quality of the materials used and the skill level of the artist that determines why you pay more or less. With well over 11 years of experience, I'm considered to be a Master Level lash artist that has not only perfected my craft, but I also train and mentor other artists to do high quality lash extensions.
My work has been seen on one of the biggest television shows of this decade as well as countless A list celebrities and my work has been published in magazines. You can expect to pay more for a higher level of quality and you can expect to see a major difference between your lashes vs lashes that cost significantly less. So it's up to you. Do you want the Bentley or do you want the Honda? One is good and the other is amazing but there's an obvious difference in quality that you and everyone else will see.
Why do lashes cost so much?
Allergies CAN happen. At the moment, there isn't a patch test that can accurately assess whether or not you will have a reaction to the adhesive or materials used during the application process. Personally, I've had 3 low level reactions over a span of 11 years and hundreds of Clients. I work very hard to ensure the lash extensions don't touch the skin and that I use a high quality, medical grade adhesive that works great for most people. But if you do experience discomfort, contact me immediately for next steps.
Can I have an allergy?
SHOULD I GET LASH EXTENSIONS BEFORE MY VACATION/WEDDING?
If you've never worn extensions before, I suggest getting a full set of extensions a few weeks prior to your vacation. You want to give yourself time to get comfortable with your new extensions. You don't want to be on your vacation in a remote place or worse on your wedding day with irritated eyes and unable to find an artist to help you. So it's best to get a fresh new set a few weeks in advance and a touch up right before your vacation/big event.