24
Sep

Autumn Lash Loss

autumn-shed

The leaves are falling and so are your lashes, you’re noticing that as the cooler temperatures start your eyelash extensions seem to be falling at a faster rate. No, your lashes aren’t throwing a temper tantrum and throwing themselves on the ground in protest to summer being over. Here’s what is really happening:

  • We grow more hair in the summer to protect our skin all over our bodies to prevent burning. A lay over from our ancestors, the hair growth speeds up and develops stronger follicles to cover the skin. Cave people didn’t have sunscreen so the body had to step to the plate to help out. You may notice that you have to wax/shave more in the summer than you do in the winter. A common myth is that we grow more hair in the winter to keep warm, not true – I think that’s an excuse made by Cave Ladies so they didn’t have keep up with the up keep (wink wink).
  • Adding to that: in the cooler months we don’t get as much exposure to sunlight because it’s chilly, our bodies are covered so the skin is no longer acting like a solar panel transmitting Vitamin D and the hours of actual sunlight is much shorter. Vitamin D is key in hair growth, it helps to develop the iron in our food into the good stuff that helps the hair to grow and stay strong. We suddenly go into Vitamin withdrawal (better than champagne withdrawal in our opinion). The hair follicles went from a buffet of Vitamin D to Vitamin D starvation. It’s a shock to the system and the hair follicles release the hair in protest.

Keep in mind, your lashes aren’t the only hair that sheds during this process – the hair on your head will do the same thing. Don’t panic, this is normal….it’s been going on since the beginning of man.

Here’s the good news: this will level itself out within 4 weeks, or in lash language basically one relash cycle. You will have a big shed…panic….show up for your lash appt certainly more bare in the lash department than usual….exclaim “I don’t know what happened??!!. This is what happened, no biggie and we’ll get you fixed right up. You can also get yourself on a good Vitamin D supplement to help with the absorption of iron and other good stuff you need.

Love & Lashes xo

16
Sep

Where to find “The Pretty”


Corner of Richmond and Niagara

Corner of Richmond and Niagara

“So here are you exactly?”, we get that question a lot…..and we totally get it. The reason we decided to be located on the second level of a building with double security features is because it doesn’t matter how great the lashes are if staff and clients are not safe. Yes we’re located in the hottest part of Toronto – Queen West, but any hot spot has it’s not so hot activity that takes place after sun down.

Queen West - West Toronto

Queen West – West Toronto

The studio is open until 10 pm and 7 days a week, making it convenient for bookings but also making it necessary to have additional security in place. Artists are heads down and hyper focused on what they are doing – which is your lashes, they are not ┬átuned into the immediate environment. If someone were to enter the studio with a good or bad intent, the artist wouldn’t be able to react in time. So! for that reason we chose 777 Richmond St West as our Toronto home. We’re located on the second level of the Light Form Flos lofts right at the corner of Richmond and Niagara. A big steel door greets you, buzz 2023 and come on up the stairs. There’s a second security door at the top that’s on a time delay, as soon as you open that door Flirt Custom Lash Studio is the loft directly in front.

777 Richmond St West

777 Richmond St West

We swear we didn’t pick this location to make life harder by not being street level, we chose it because the space is all original wood and beyond gorgeous. Plus, it’s safe as heck….come in put your purse down, let out a deep breath and relax knowing you’re in good and a safe place. Randoms walking in?? Ain’t nobody got time for that…..

Love & Lashes xo

 

9
Sep

Open late…it’s a date!

Candle light and cowhide

Candle light and cowhide

Let’s face it, there isn’t enough hours in the day…work, family, health, chores – its a lot. Add it all up and there’s basically no time left to take care of the most important person: YOU!. Maintaining the “pretty” has to be wedged in between everything else on the go, carving the time out to get the “pretty” taken care of is tough stuff. We totally get it, we’re open until 10 pm Monday to Friday. Don’t stress, it isn’t the same artist working from open 10 am to close 10 pm….we do a shift switch at 6 pm. The evening artist is rested and ready to get lashy with it. You no longer have to feel guilty about being late for dinner, helping with homework or not hitting the gym (sorry that’s not longer an excuse). Go home, eat, change into your comfy’s and then head over to take care of the “pretty”.

Love & Lashes xo