Here's an interesting fact: A lot of my current regular clients started as vacationers looking to pull together their look while taking it easy in the tropics or shooting down the hills. There seems to be a misconception that salt water will eat away at the bond of the extension. The answer to that question is pure and simple - NOPE . . . your extensions are just fine in the salt water. Tons of my clients dive and snorkel with these babies and emerge from the sea like beautiful streak free mermaids (I could be pushing it here). However the fact remains that lashes are suited for vacations and really after sun block extensions should be next on your vacation "To Do" list.
If you've spent any time around me during an event for Flirt Custom Lash Studio, you can also answer this question. I'm laughing here thinking about Lindsay Daw from Dawlface Make-Up Artistry. We did a Pretty Committee event at LA Fitness Oakville last week and after spending a few hours around me, she was answering this questions for emerging lash addicts. And here is the answer, there is in fact two answers to that question depending on how you end of feeling about your extensions. If you choose to maintain the extensions (relashing) every few weeks, the extensions will last indefinitely. As long as you return for regular maintenance your look will remain lush. How the heck does all this goodness happen ? Because the integrity of the hair is important to me, I only lash adult lashes leaving the immature alone and giving them a chance to grow into adults. On the other hand, if you decide that you no longer want to maintain them they will grow out in about 5 weeks or so. Anytime you hear the words "growing out" it leads to visions of bad hair cuts, perms gone bad or maybe lash extensions that were a horror show. Not this time ! this is a single strand system so as they grow out they look less and less full until one day you look in the mirror and they're gone. Worst case scenario there might be one or two left in place and simply putting mascara on them will lift them right off. Remember honey . . . these babies require TLC and how long they last is directly related to how you take of them. Think of them like your fav purse or shoes, love them and they will love you back.
I've had the opportunity to meet TONS of lovely ladies that are just on the verge of falling in love with lash extensions. The same few questions keep popping up so I thought I would do a series of blogs answering those questions . . . smart ladies asking smart questions !! One of the first questions that comes up is . . . does this hurt ? The answer to that is a flat no, in fact that is a HECKS NO. Your eyes are closed through the entire process after the under eye patches are applied. The extension is applied next to your natural lash using medical grade adhesive. I think there might be the impression that the eyelash is plucked out and then replaced with an extension. Not at all, all your lashes remain intact and the extension is "wiggled" next to it while the adhesive wraps both the natural lash and the extension. A lot of my clients use the time they are getting their lashes done to nap, others are total lash junkies so I see them every few weeks and we chat about what's changed in their lives since I saw them last. I'm sure we've all heard "there is no beauty without pain", not in this case lashes are all about the GLAMOUR and NONE of the pain.
Lashes come in a variety of different curls . . . . insert confused look of a new client here. Sometimes I take for granted that new clients understand what the heck I'm talking about when I discuss the design of their look. Because each of my clients are fantastic in their own unique way I make sure that each person's lashes are designed to suit them. The design of lashy look is based on the shape of the eye, length of the natural lash, lifestyle of the individual, density of the hair and finally the expectation of the client. In order to ensure that all of these things are taken into account a design has to be created. The design usually involves 5 to 6 different lengths, thicknesses of 2 to 3 types and then the cherry on top . . . THE CURLS. Single strand eyelash extensions come in 4 types of curls, that's another one of the many advantages of using a single strand system. Clusters in addition to being damaging do not come in different curls. It's a one size fits all design with the lengths and curls being the same for everyone. Let's get curly with it !, here is breakdown of the different curls: J Curl: Just as it sounds it's shaped like the letter "J" with the long shaft and a slight swoop at the end. B Curl: Little curlier than the "J" curl, this is called the universal curl. It's a fav of most lash stylists. It's shaped like the round part of the letter "B" and packs a little more punch than the "J" curl C Curl: This one is my favourite, I use this curl along the bridge of the lash design and it pops right up to attention making the eye appear larger and giving the overall design the impact that most clients are looking for. Because the shaft is short these guys tend to be the first to come off. D Curl: The newest of all the curls, it's just been released and I think it already has a fan club created in it's honour. This is the curliest of all lashes on the market and stands right up along the lash line. I use D Curls to create drama along the bridge for events like weddings and parties. The shaft is super short so it isn't suited for long term wear and after the event, I'll return to the original design used on the client for everyday wear. At the end of the day, it's all about the curl baby !!
It's no secret that the reason I started Flirt Custom Lash Studio is because I have a love affair going with my eyelash extensions. I've had my lashes on for going on 2 years and have had them with me on a few vacations. Of course I loved having my lashes and it made the everyday process of getting ready a breeze. Well . . . then I went to an all inclusive resort with them a few weeks ago. And I'm not just saying this because I own a lash business, I say this because I mean it when I say " Why doesn't every woman going away to the sun and sand have eyelash extensions ?". Up in the morning and right down to the beach without a lick of make-up. No longer was I doing the sunglass shuffle at breakfast and lunch. Come one ladies, you know what I'm talking about - sunglasses on while out in the sun and then keeping them right up until you get to the table. Removing them to order a drink and hoping no one looks directly at you as you circle around the buffet. Scooting to the bathroom before you enter the restaurant to make sure that your waterproof mascara actually is waterproof. Heading out for the evening couldn't be any easier. By that time of the day you've been out on the sun all day, maybe had a few cocktails and are very likely sun brunt. The last thing you want to do is apply make-up and do yourself up. None of that with your gorgeous lashes, comb them through, a little lip gloss and bronzer if you like and you are GORGEOUS honey. Swim, suntan, party like a rock star and generally misbehave and look fab while doing it. These babies last a few weeks so don't be scared to stay on the resort a few more days . . . . . you deserve it !
If you've ever thought about lash extensions and looked into it, you have come across all kinds pricing. Listen doll, I'm all for a good deal but some things are worth paying for and lash extensions are one of them. The cost of the lash extension is a sure fire way to tell if you are getting the good stuff or not. In the interest of saving a few bucks many ladies have chosen to get their lashes done at the local nail shop. Here's the truth . . . these are not extensions at all. Usually they are clusters of lashes or sometimes even strip lashes cut into pieces. These are applied with a type of crazy glue or sometimes even NAIL GLUE ! Yup, that's right . . . . the same product that's used to glue nails tips is bring used on your skin and eyelash hair. I have been into so many nail shops claiming to do lash extensions by asking to see their certification. Of course they claim to have one but "it's at home", no problem "can I see the lashes you would be using on me ?" they present me with clusters everytime . . . BUSTED !. No Xtreme Lashes certified lash stylist will ever use a cluster, it's against our ethics to damage the hair and clusters do just that. Once I asked to see the glue they would be using and was presented with a tube of CRAZY GLUE . . . again BUSTED. I have been into every nail shop in my local area and not one of them is doing actual "eyelash extensions". How can you tell if the person is certified ? An easy way is price . . . if a full set starts at $150 then you usually dealing with someone that is certified. Another resource to check if the person doing the application has taken the time to learn the process is to check the Xtreme Lashes websitewww.xtremelashes.ca.
Totally unrelated lashes but 100 % related to customer service, gotta tell you about my experience at Bikini Bay. Bikini shopping is no fun for most of us and strikes dread into the hearts of the average women. Now let's add 30 additional pds on that - yup thats right I've gained 30 pds this year as a result of no longer smoking and a total lifestyle change. So, when I booked a vaca with a friend I knew that at some point I would have to make a trek to the mall. Off I go with my fiance in tow to Yorkdale Mall, after a visit to another Bikini store where I was ignored until I had to ask for help. Left in the change room without any help at all - I took a look at the price tag of the only bikini that I liked . . . $120.00 for the top and $89.00 for the bottom. WHAT !!! hecks no, I'm not spending that on a bikini I don't intend on wearing next year if the gym and I get along. Leaving Yorkdale in tears - now what was I going to do ? I gathered my nerve and went to Bikini Bay at Shopper's World Mall. Greeted as soon as I walked in and then a flurry of suggestions of items I would never have pick up on my own, off to the change room we went. The person helping me was right there with me the entire time, helping to tie up the tops and making suggestions about matching bottoms. She selected colours that suited me and styles that flattered (or as flattering as they could be considering the present situation). I went into the store to buy 1 and left with 3 BUT because I bought mix and match I actually have close to 9 combinations. Because the person helping me was a sweetheart - she informed me that when the bottoms are too big next year ( such faith she has in me !) I can keep the tops and only have to invest in new bottoms. After my visit to Bikini Bay, My faith in customer service has been restored and I'm looking forward to rocking my new bikini's in Punta Cana. If you live near Shopper's World and have a need for a swim suit - this place is a MUST. Or even if you don't live close, it's worth the trip.