Eyelashes – the blinds to the soul’s window?
Life is short, your lashes needn’t be
(Eyelash Extension 101)
If the eyes are the window to the soul, one could argue that the eyelashes, as they flutter away, function as blinds to reveal or not the said soul. Some Q and A about lashes:
Who’s good for lash extensions? Everyone! The type of extension (length, thickness, colour) is customizable to suit to your taste and the condition of your natural lashes. You can choose either just an eyelash enhancement, or mascara-look a like, or even glam up for special events. For most of the time, you don’t even have to wear any makeup at all and you are ready to go!
How does it work? The extensions will be attached to individual natural lashes, with special eyelash adhesive, and they have to be at least 1mm away from the skin. That’s to ensure the comfort, wear and health of your natural lashes. Lash adhesive is available for both normal and sensitive eyes.
What are the main types of lash extensions?
There are two:
1.Classic : A method where 1 eyelash extension is glued to 1 natural lash (1:1). Diameter of the lash is from 0.10 to 0.20 mm in thickness. Classic lashes are perfect for anyone who already has a lot of thick natural lashes but wants to be free from having to apply mascara and curl eyelashes.
2.Volume: also known as Russian volume, when multiple lashes are applied to one single natural eyelash using very thin lashes, diameter from 0.03 to 0.07 mm. They are perfect for ladies who don’t have a lot of lashes, whose lashes are sparse/weak or have bald spots. Because these lashes are super-light weight and use less adhesive, they give a fluffier and more natural look without having to use a thicker, heavier lash. If two eyelash extensions are applied to one natural lash it’s described as 2D, if three eyelash extensions, then it’s described as 3D etc. The D will depend on the desired look and the conditions of your natural lashes.
How long does it last? A set of eyelash extensions usually lasts up to 3 or 4 weeks before needing a refill. During that time, your extension will fall out gradually by itself or sometimes with the natural lashes when they reach the end of their life cycle. The retention also depends on each person’s shedding season as well.
What is The Shedding Season? Just like hair, our eyelashes grow and fall out, just without our noticing it. The life cycle of each lash is about 4 weeks. Our natural lashes fall out at least 1 per eye everyday. During shedding season, it can go up to 4 or 5 lashes per eye a day! Shedding season usually occurs when the weather changes, mostly in spring and fall. However, it can be different for each individual.
What is the lash extension made of? Is it real animal fur? Nowadays, the most common in the industry are Silk and Mink lashes, also known as Faux Mink. They’re both man-made, poly-fiber lashes designed to imitate real hair. They come in a variety of lengths, diameters and curls. Before, Silk Lashes were quite stiff and more fake-looking than Mink. Now, the difference between them is very subtle – the quality is basically the same with just a bit of difference in the shininess. Silk lashes have a semi-gloss finish. They provide a gentle shine for a more noticeable result. Mink lashes are semi-matte and have a velvet finish for ladies who like deep black lashes. These lash extensions look great on their own for both the natural and mascara/glam look. There are also Real Mink lashes, which come from the mink tail. These lashes are good for someone who wants an extreme natural look and, just like Volume, you can apply several Real Mink extensions per natural lash. However, these are not popular since many people are trying to stay away from products involving cruelty to animals. The other down-sides of Real Mink are that they are very expensive and they do not come curled. You will have to perm or curl them at home to maintain the curled look.
Thinking about getting them done?
Consult with an experienced and qualified esthetician before going ahead. For example, you should be advised not to wear eye makeup to your appointment and the esthetician/spa should have a printed sheet of dos and don’ts for post-extension care of your lashes.