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Lash Extensions

Before you get started with the lashing procedure, its important to take a minutes to

ensure that you are adhering to health and safety procedures.

1. Make sure your work environment is clean and sanitized

2. Make sure your tools are clean and sterilized (tweezers)

3. Make sure you are using disposable items when necessary

4. Wash and sanitize hands before and after each session

5. Always use clean linens on facial/massage bed between each clients. Use

disposable items where necessary

6. Always use clean eye pads/tape for each client

7. Always drape your client to ensure you do not get glue on the clients clothes

during the lashing procedure.

Contraindications to treatments

But there are certain situations in which the treatment shouldn’t be performed and therefore we won’t be able to do the treatment. These are called “contraindications“.

Contraindications are conditions or symptoms that restrict the treatment to go ahead. So if you have one or more of the below conditions, we will need to re-assess whether we are able to do the eyelash extensions treatment:

  • Contagious or eye infection disorder Eg. Conjunctivitis
  • Hypersensitive skin
  • Stye (an abscess filled with puss caused by staphylococcus bacteria)
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Cancer
  • Herpes
  • Cuts or open wounds in the area
  • Epilepsy
  • Claustrophobia
  • Semi-Permanent make up Eg. eyeliner (healed after 4 weeks)

There are some situations that might need written medical clearance like chemotherapy within the last 6 months or laser eye surgery.

Selecting Lashes

STRIP LASHES

Strip lashes are a pre-made band of lashes that are applied with a removable adhesive.

These are worn for a special occasion or during the day but are not to be slept in. Strip lashes are meant to be an enhancement that can get applied every day, but also must be removed every day.

They can range in volume and length depending on the desired look and material they are made with.

CLUSTER LASHES

Cluster lashes are little sections of a strip lash or a group of lashes that are glued together in a cluster with a thick base.

These can give you more of a natural look compared to strip lashes but are still very heavy to the eyes. These also should not be worn for more than a day and should not be slept in.

Be cautious: some salons will advertise they do lash extensions but will glue cluster lashes to their clients using unsafe adhesives.

LASH EXTENSIONS

Lash extensions are where a professional adheres one extension or a bouquet of extensions to one natural lash.

LASH EXTENSION SETS

Technician often use two sets of tweezers, one set will isolate one natural lash, and the other will grab an extension or a bouquet. Then at a precise angle, the extension will be dipped into the adhesive and applied to that one natural lash. At no point during this service will the client feel anything or be in pain. Lash extension sets are completely customizable and created at the moment.

Lash Extension Aftercare

A fresh, full set of eyelash extensions can change your life! You’ll probably find yourself addicted after your first set, so it’s never too early to learn how to look after them. Here’s our top 7 recommendations:

  1. Avoid getting them wet for up to 48 hours after application.
  2. Do not rub or touch your eyes.
  3. Clean with eyelash foam cleanser every 3 days
  4. Brush through your eyelash tips in the morning
  5. Do not use oil based products around or on the eyes
  6. Do not sleep on your face
  7. Stay on top of your infills (recommended every 2 – 3 weeks)

Avoid getting your lash extensions wet

You should try to avoid getting your new lashes wet within the first 48 hours. The water will react with the eyelash extension glue and cause a flash cure. Basically, water will cause the lash bond to become brittle and break.

After the 48 hour period, you’re safe to shower again. It’s a myth that you should never get your eyelash extensions wet once having a new set, in-fact quite the opposite!

Top tip: When showering, don’t position your head in the full strength of water flow. Let the water instead run down your face.

How to clean fake eyelashes

We’re often led to believe that the less we touch and clean around, the better and longer our eyelash extensions will last. This is wrong, in fact, it’s entirely the opposite! The health of your eyes is really important, and, when wearing lash extensions, it becomes harder to clean around them.

How Do I Clean My Eyelash Extensions?

Using a soft bristle brush and specialist eyelash extension cleaning foam, clean approximately every 3 days. Getting into this habit removes traces of natural oils, dust and make-up. This prevents any build-ups causing pressure on your lashes and breaking down the bond. Ultimately, you need to clean clean clean to avoid premature lash shedding.