We're just not all the same in the lash game, there used to be a time when price would indicate who was a professional within the craft. No longer is that the case, people with no experience using SCARY
products are charging the same as professional lash artists who have been trained under a Master (like the owner of FCL). This poor cookie came into FCL Brampton
this week, usually we won't accept the work of other lash studios but as you can see here we had to help. After taking a look I was certain that this was the work of a chop shop. I just about fell off my chair when I found out this was the work of a self professed "lash professional"
in Mississauga. After I recovered from shock, I found out that no only was the work HORRIBLE
. The client paid $80 for a relash, $30 more than a relash at FCL
, AAANNNDDD the "lash professional"
insisted on removals. So, the client every 3 rd relash would have the set removed and then pay to have a full set reapplied at full price - $150. There ain't no shame in the FCL
Lash game but others should be down right embarassed!
Love & Lashes
So you call a phone number to book an appt at one of the FCL locations, the phone is answered by Vicky. Then you arrive at one of the locations and someone else is doing your lashes, while doing your lashes the name Sommer is mentioned. Confusing much ???!!!... here's the deal:
Flirt Custom Lash has 3 operating locations as of right now, Brampton (on the border of Mississauga), Burlington (south of the QEW) and Toronto (Queen West). In December when the Toronto location opened we installed a toll free phone number 1.855.721.7108 to ensure that the clients wouldn't pay long distance to book. Vicky is FCL's business manager, located out of the Burlington location. Vic is the lady that holds it all together, booking appointments, managing the calendars at all locations, trouble shooting and generally keeping us sane.
(Sommer (me) the owner of FCL sitting holding the GIANT FCL lips)
Sommer (me) is the owner of Flirt Custom, I started the business out of my home studio in Brampton in 2009. The Burlington location followed 1.5 years later and at end of 2013 the Toronto location opened. With the addition of the lashette's, it only made sense to hand over the daily organization of the business to someone who could manage it full-time (Vicky) while I was with clients.
(The Lashette's left to right: Shanelle, Lynda, Kayla and Ashley)
The Lashette's work out of either the Burlington or Toronto shops, while I spend most of my time working out of my home studio in Brampton so I can hang with this guy!! :
(Porkchop - Photo Cred Buzzdog Studio's)
So there you have it, the Who's Who in the FCL Zoo....
Love & Lashes
If you follow FCL anywhere online, you'll often see that we shout out for lash models. After receiving some feedback saying that one lash model "expected" a full set we thought we should clarify the training process and what exactly a lash model is. We don't offer training to any other aspiring lash artists other than employees of Flirt Custom Lash Studio. All artists are trained by Sommer, certified with Xtreme Lashes
as a beginner and an advanced artist. Most recently, another certification was completed with in Volume Lashing through The Lash Bible
. We don't just hire anyone, customer service is #1, a client oriented mindset and a commitment to excellence what we need to see. After the L.I.T ( lashette in training) is hired, hours are spent with senior lash artists within FCL understanding cleanliness, infection control and the process in general. Training is like a slow moving train, we build on skills as they are understood and applied. By the time an L.I.T. is taking lash models he/she has the basics and has practiced on family and friends.
( Lynda as an L.I.T. after practicing she is now one of best lash artists in Toronto )
A lash model should never expect a full set of lashes unless they are spending time with a senior artist learning a new skill. A beginner lash model is given 2 hours to apply as many lashes as they can HOWEVER, the focus is on correct application. Clean lines without stickies, moving in the direction of the intended design and away from the lid. As the L.I.T. has more practice the level of comfortability grows and it's very possible the model will leave with a full set. A model never pays for the application or materials used, and if they decide they really like the extensions but want a fuller look we are happy to complete the set with a senior artist for $50. So in short, the model will receive a complete full set of single strand silk extensions for $50 regular cost is $150.00. We offer this as a thank-you to our lash models for helping our L.I.T.'s learn a new skill. Feedback is always always welcome but we ask that is done warmly as our lash ego's can be fragile 😉
Love & Lashes xo
So Flirt Custom Lash Studio has settled right into our new location at 777 Richmond St West. I'm always running around like a lunatic, not to mention I'm not the hippest creature that ever lived. Lovely Lynda keeps me in the know and was sooooo excited when she saw that Bitstrips
was our neighbour across the hall. Of course I had no idea what she was talking about and had to Google to find out that they create instant comic strips starring you and your friends.
Lynda must be finding inspiration from our creative neighbours, her quality of work has always been good. However since the move into the Toronto market, her work has been OUTSTANDING
. Creating texture in her designs using single strand silk extensions has become unique to her as a lash artist. With a natural eye for scale, she is using a mixture of curls, thicknesses and lengths.
Ladies all over Toronto are putting down they're mascara, rolling out of bed in the morning 20 mins later and heading out the door looking like a million dollars!!!
If it's convenient (meaning you don't need an appt) and it's inexpensive then is must be the best thing ever right? Well, not in this case and thank heavens for Lynda at our FCL Toronto location at 777 Richmond St West, these clumps were painful and it wouldn't have been a very Merry Christmas by any stretch. Here's what Lynda's client had to say about her experience with nail salon lashes:
"Notice that the BEFORE picture has clumps of lashes glued together... initial picture was taken after glue had already been removed, so is not a true representation of how bad they actually were.
When the lashes are clumped together, as they grow out at different levels (with different thicknesses/different strengths), the ones farthest from the "clump" become strays and are pulled sideways - horrible. The clumps also grow out and with their weight, grow downwards and poke your eyes; strays break or are pulled out by the glue clump and fall out - bald spots.
I did not realize there is such a science behind the application of lashes.
Lynda did my lashes Thursday. She painstakingly took time to remove the glue, while re-gluing individual silk lashes to each of my own. No clumping, no breakage. They will just naturally fall out with no harm to my own.
Moral of the story: Do your research before going to a lash technician. Don't get caught with a person or place that wants only money -- and won't even fix a stray lash after one single week because she is afraid you will not go back the following week and pay her the $50 she charges for the "re-lash".
Our moral of the story? If you want the job done right, you have to pay the right price to have a professional take care of you.
Last Wednesday we were on and poppin' at our new Toronto location in Trinity Bellwoods, we're one block south of the HOTTEST area's of the city. When Steph from BlushPretty
suggested we needed a larger location we quickly (like in seconds) totally agreed with her. She and Elaine searched the city for an addy deserving of our beautiful client base, there were a few losers to say the least. But then the email came through with a Trinity Bellwoods address - 777 Richmond St West. We share the GORGEOUS space with The BlushPretty
team, with 2 entrance doors both businesses can operate within the studio.
Lovely Lashing Lynda originally trained and working out of the FCL Burlington location at 520 Guelph Line will be working her magic out of the FCL Toronto space. We're super proud of Lynda, she has grown into a true lash professional and decided that this shop is just the right location to showcase her talent.
If you're looking to get lashy with it, give us a holler 1.855.721.7108 or book online
Feeling a little less than Lashtastic? We have the solution for that, single strand silk lash extensions applied one at a time by a professional. Our Brampton/Mississauga location offers full sets for 1/2 price ($75.00 regularly $150) every Tuesday and Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM . . . Same quality, same awesomeness but 1/2 the cost.
You're busy, we totally get it...Book online
or call us on the new toll free number 1.855.721.7108. It's as easy as that and 1/2 price too, high five!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you're plugged into what's happening with FCL (and really why wouldn't you be?) then you've seen a shout out for a "Lash Mob" going up on Twitter
and Instagram. If you have no idea what the heck we're talking about, let us explain. We've teamed up with the BlushPretty
to provide the GTA with a One Stop Glam Shop at our new Queen West location - 777 Richmond Street West. Flirt Custom Lash is new to the neighbourhood and DYING to make friends and fit in. Whats the best way to fit in?? give presents!!!!!!!. Following that way of thinking, we're offering FREE FULL SETS OF LASHES
...How? Where? What? Why?
Stay in touch with FCL via social media and you'll see the graphic go up for a Lash Mob. There will be a few hours notice and the first person to call the toll free number - 1.855.721.7108 gets the appt. We'll ask you to use your social media to tell others in your network that you're about to receive some FREE awesomeness in the Trinity Bellwoods location.
The Lash Mob will always be at the Trinity Bellwoods location shared with BlushPretty
- 777 Richmond St West.
Whats The Catch:
There really isn't a catch other you'll be asked to use your social media to tell others that your at our Toronto location and what you think about your new lashes. If you're using Twitter and/or Instagram we'll ask you (very nicely) to use #777beauty and #fclstyle
Because we want to like us! And we want to fit in with our new neighbours!
We're not at all very good at keeping secrets but we're celebrating something this weekend. This a been a CHORE keeping it under wraps but bear with us cause we're about to totally spill the beans. To celebrate this thing happening that we can't tell you about, we're offering FULL SETS of FAB LASHES for 50 % off this week Nov 28, 29 and 30 only at our Toronto location 313 Queen St West Suite 204. Yes, you heard us correctly : $75 for a FULL SET of FAB SILK Lashes applied by the best professionals in the biz right before Christmas in the heart of Toronto. If ya didn't love us before you might as well now cause this deal is hella awesome !!!!!
" I want my lashes to be thick like yours " and "Is all that hair yours ?", two of the statements I hear all the time. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE compliments so keep'em coming. However, because I think that there really shouldn't be beauty secrets. I'm going to share with you ONE of my hair growth secrets . . . Leafy Green Vegetables - Straight Up. I know what your thinking, your lash extensions look super thick because you like spinach ?. Well kinda, leafy green vegetables are packed with B Vitamins and are an excellent source of iron. Are they my absolute fav ?? hecks no !! if Champagne was going to make my hair and lashes thicker I would be a much happier bitch. Instead, my daily routine includes almost an entire container of spinach a day. Most mornings I make a shake with 4 cups of baby spinach included with a whole bunch of other goodness.
Kale is also part of my day, I can't think about eating Kale that has been cooked - gross doesn't even begin to describe it. I always eat it raw after softening it with some walnut oil, lemon and sea salt. Again, it isn't a bottle of bubbly but it keeps the lashes growing so I keep eating it. I had 2 clients last month who have been with me since the beginning. Both of them had thinning lashes and little regrowth. I pointed it out and busted them for not eating their veggies, both agreed to bump up their eating habits in the name of lash extensions. Last week when they came for their relashes, their hair was replenished and healthy. Increasing their greens, drinking more water and taking a GOOD multi vitamin had worked its magic in 3 weeks. When the family doctor tells us to eat our green veggies, it goes in one ear and out the other. When your lash lady tells you to eat your veggies or you'll need to take a break until the hair is healthy . . . Now that's serious business and that ain't no lie.
Eyelash extensions have EXPLODED
in popularity over the past 2 years, lashes are becoming just as mainstream as getting your nails did. FCL
was in the professional lash game a little before the trend popped off. We wanted to make sure we kept our services affordable and allow our lash junkies to maintain their habit without feeling guilty about it. Full sets at $150 for professional safe silk lash extensions
is reasonable within the industry, relashing costs at $50 every 3 weeks is affordable to those who are committed to these babies. Like any good consumer, most people price check to see how much each studio is charging. Time and time again we hear, when booking-people wonder what the catch is ?? If FCL
really is as good as the internet is saying then why are their prices lower than the rest ?? Because we want you to have the best professional lash extensions in the GTA and we don't want you to have to sell an organ to pay for them. Hey . . . . we get it, times can get tough and when they do it's easier to deal with it while looking FIERCE. So when the going gets tough you won't have to chop your beauty secret from the budget.
To sweeten the deal for our soon to be lash addicts, we are offering full sets for 50 % off for our opening weekend Oct 17th 18th and 19th in Toronto at 313 Queen St W Suite 204. And nope there isn't a catch, you can get lashy with safe professionally designed silk extensions
for a great deal and then maintain them without feeling guilty . . . let's be real, we're sure you have much much more INTERESTING things to feel guilty about.
Flirt Custom Lash Studio is coming to Toronto - finally, we've been getting lashy with it in Brampton for 3 years and in Burlington for 2 years. It only makes sense to open up in such a concentrated area of the GTA. In fact, FCL
made a brief appearance at the Blush Pretty
studio a little over 2 years ago. At the time, I was working out of Brampton 5 days a week, Burlington 1 day a week and then Toronto 1 day a week. This totally wasn't working, I was exhausted and driving all over like a looney. It was time to expand, I hired Tanis in Burlington over a year ago. We had known each other for a few years because Tanis is a self professed lash junkie. Burlington became busier and so we needed another Lashette, I hollered on Facebook, spoke to all my clients, prayed to the heavens and finally posted an ad on Kiiji. It must have been the combination of prayers and a timely placed ad that encouraged the Lovely Lynda to respond with her resume.
I liked her the moment we met, I got the sense that she truly understand my brand and how important it was to me. It is often suggested that I should "franchise", after I explain that isn't my business model and that is met with more pressure to franchise. I simply say " would you leave your child with a babysitter you didn't know ?? " Well, that's how I feel about leaving my brand with someone I don't know or trust. When Lynda approached me about opening the Toronto location at 313 Queen St West, I knew right away that this totally made sense. I trust her with my baby and it's new location, I saw one of her regular clients yesterday and this is what she had to say :
" I have been a client of Linda's at Flirt, since June of 2013. Not only is she personable, and friendly, she is amazing at her job as a lash artist. I never could have imagined having gorgeous naturally curled, long lashes. As crazy as it sounds, its like a dream come true. Working in the styling industry, I have seen a fair share of lash extensions, and am fully confident that Linda does the finest work. If you are an eyelash fanatic like I once was, look no further, you wont find anything better then Flirt. Nothing but the highest recommendation! My lashes are amazing, and I am a client for life! " - Lindsay
So there's so much to be grateful for with the launch of the 313 Queen St W little glam shop. And because we wanted you have something to be grateful for we're offering full sets for 50 % off ( reg $150) is now $75 for Oct 17 th, 18 th and 19 th . . . don't thank me, Lynda wanted you to have the gift of Instant Glam cause she knows you deserve it.
Smooches !! xxoo
If you've booked with FCL
before, we go through the whole conversation ( mostly one sided ) about pre-appointment instructions. Everything is fine until we would say " and it's best to wash your hair before you come because you won't be able to get them wet for 24 hours ". Usually this is met with dead silence, sometimes a small gasp escapes, often the booked appointment is then changed to a different day or time and finally ladies have cancelled their booking. We get it, washing your hair daily is a biggy for a lot of women and really if given the choice between a date with Instant Glam with the potential of a greasy scalp OR fresh clean hair . . . we don't blame you for choosing shiny locks.
How much would you love us if we told you that you no longer have to choose and can have both shiny hair AND instant Glam ??? Well you must love us lots cause Brampton, Burlington and Toronto beauties can wash their hair right away !!!! Wake up made up and clean hair ASAP . . . that's the best.
You're getting married and we're so excited for you !!!! Lash extensions have become so popular among brides for numerous reasons. Many of which being that once they have been applied they are fuss free, a lifting strip lash caught on camera is just not hot. For brides choosing a destination wedding, eyelash extensions are a MUST
have. The bride is hanging around the pool in the heat with her nearest and dearest, she wants to look pulled together but not over done. Most destination brides use a little eyeliner, lip gloss and cultivated tan as their wedding day look. Our Brampton and Burlington brides that are staying local have TONS of events prior to the wedding and the lash extensions are an investment in Bridal Glam AND efficiency.
We're soooooooooooooo excited for you doll and as our gift we are offering brides 15 % off a full set at both our Brampton and Burlington locations ( $125.00 reg $150.00 ). You can book for Brampton at 647.402.8894 and Burlington at 905.333.0880, we're still located on the lower level of Julies Spa
on Guelph Line.
We can't wait to be part of your perfect day !!!!!!!!!! XXOO
Summer took it's sweet time getting here but it's here and lawdy it is hot !!!! Finding ways to beat the heat and take off anything that isn't needed makes sense to us. Taking all your clothes off is generally frowned upon when leaving your home . . . some people are just prudes. If you can't take the layer of clothes off your body, then you'll have to resort to taking the layers of make-up off of your face right ?? Take it off lady !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Likely you have a little sun on your face despite your best efforts to avoid it and if not brush a little bronzer ( NARS Laguna is our absolute fav ! ), slap on some gloss and get your lashes done. A little bit of effort goes a LONG way for effortless summertime beauty . . .
Doll if you're like us you have TONS on the go and getting GLAM can be stressful ! We totally get it and because we love you, we want to make this easier for you. Flirt Custom Lash Studio in Burlington in now open 7 DAYS A WEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's right doll, we are now open Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. If Sundays don't work for you then there's 6 more days too.
Glamour just doesn't stop . . . So why would we ?? Still located on the lower level of Julie's Spa
520 Guelph Line in Burlington. Wake up looking made-up 905.333.0880 . . . Stay FIERCE honey.
"How do I get my eye make-up off ??", I get this question tons and it really speaks to the overall care of your extensions. If we're talking about eye shadow, liner etc then the simple answer is : Oil free eye make-up remover and a Q-Tip, the Q-Tips from the Dollar Store seem to work best as they have very little lint. Most women use make-up rounds or wipes to remove their make-up, still a great option for the face but it's not a good idea to use them to remove liner etc. The little fibers from the make-up rounds or wipes can get caught in the extensions and now you have fluffies ( seems like the best word to describe them ) stuck and try as you might to get them out with a dry mascara wand, they won't budge. So to avoid the "fluffy" look, grab a Q-Tip and dip it into an oil free make-up remover. Gently run the moist Q-Tip over the eye lid to take everything off without disturbing the extension.
See !! it's as easy as that . . .
Christmas season is here and the studio's in Brampton and Burlington are in full swing . . . tweezers are on fire with creative energy. This week some of my clients reasons for Christmas GLAM surprised and delighted me. One of my clients thinks her BF of 4 years will pop the big question under the mistletoe - I hope so !!!!!!!! because then we get to lash her for her wedding. Another client has such a busy social calendar over the next few weeks that the thought of eye make-up everyday just exhausts her ( we feel you sister, it ain't a party unless a glamourpuss is in attendance ). A beautiful new client came to see me because this was the first Christmas without her mom and she wanted a little pick me up. Of course we took the glamour up 10 points and she left here feeling great and knew had her mom been here for Christmas she would have loved her new look. Take a look at some of this weeks beauties ! :
( Hello Gorgeous !!!!!!! )
( Inner beauty is very important but outer beauty can't hurt right ? )
( Curls, Curls and more Curls ! )
If you haven't been to Julie's Spa
in Burlington for your beauty services then you are missing out ! It's located South of the QEW and has tons of parking . . . let's face it Burlington beauties should not be climbing over snow banks in the middle of winter whilst wearing heels. You name it Julie's Spa
has it :Waxing, facials, mai/pedi's ( of course you only deserve the best so only OPI polish and OPI gel is used ). Making sure to stay current, there is a dermal therapist on site offering Microdermabrasion etc. A doctor operates out of the spa providing Botox and fillers ( Shhhhhh . . . your fresh new face is our little secret ). And then there's LASHES ! Flirt Custom Lash Studio
has been operating out of the lower level of Julie's Spa
for ages and the combination of the 2 businesses is FABULOUS !!!! Check out Julie's new website - you'll be so glad you did . . . FYI ladies the prices at the spa are the best in Burlington.
"Am I going to lose my own lashes ?", I get this question TONS !!!!!! and when I answer this I always give the good news, the bad news and the simple facts. Here is goes :
The Good News: If you have your extensions done by a CERTIFIED lash stylist then NO NO NO . . . you will not experience any damage to your natural lashes. Only the adult lash receives an extension and the others are left alone. Eyelashes grow in different stages, think of them like baby hair, teenage hair and adult hair. If the baby and teenager hair is left alone it gives them a opportunity to mature into adult hair. If you choose to relash the extensions to maintain them then again adult hair is used. If you decide that you no longer want to the extensions then they will grow out and your hair remains intact.
The Bad News : To have an application done correctly you are not going to be able to cut corners and save a couple bucks. A CERTIFIED lash stylist has gone through extensive training and is always upgrading his/her skills. We always use the best products on the market and trust me - they don't come cheap. This is why you are paying more to have the service done by a professional. More bad news, most times if the service is super cheap then it's safe to say the person doing the application is not a true lash stylist and might be using a toxic product around your eyes.
The Facts: Lash extensions are not for everyone, it's one of those services that you love or hate. This has nothing to do with pain and allergy but more to do with personal preference. The idea that your habits when around the eyes has to change in order to avoid damaging the extensions doesn't work for everyone. Also, these suckers require maintenance and some people just don't have time to keep them up. Because eyelashes grow at the speed of light compared to the rest of your hair on the body ( a cycle is complete within 35 to 40 days ) your new lashy look will need to be kept up if you love them to look like they did the first time you had them done.
Haven't we all heard " I'm not ready for a commitment " ? that phrase strikes dread in the heart of most of us. This time having commitment issues it totally o.k. and no one ends up with a potential smack in the face. I'm often asked " what if I don't want my extensions anymore, is this something I will always have to do ?". I'm a big believer in that you don't have to do anything you don't want to . . . maybe not the best advice in life. Anyways, the answer to that is NO, if you decide that you no longer want your lash extensions you don't have to keep them. Of course a lot of my clients are lash junkies ( much like myself ) and I see them on a regular schedule for maintenance. However there are a series of other clients whom I only see a few times a year for vacation lashes. Another group of clients I see from May to Oct on a regular schedule for wedding season ( these poor people are attending a wedding or something related EVERY weekend ). At the same time I see a TON of brides that I see once for prior to the big day.
This is how it works: The lashes are applied to adult lashes only and hang out there looking FAB. Within a few weeks you would be due for a relash BUT if you decide you've had enough and your breaking up with your extensions they will just grow off. Because we have only touched adult hair, the baby hair has grown into adults and is healthy underneath ( more accurate is in between ) the lashes that have extensions on them. These babies move with your natural hair growth cycle so once the cycle is complete none of the extensions remain. If you decide you want closure on your break up and want them off right away we can use a remover to gently and safely remove the extensions. In the hundreds and hundreds of applications done at Flirt Custom that has only been requested 3 times. Most clients are fine to grow the extensions off, as the lashes look more sparse clients are using their regular mascara on them. Almost all mascaras purchased at the retail level have oil in them, oil will affect the adhesive and the lashes will come of within a short time.
Saturday Sept 22 nd I hosted the 2 nd annual Flirt Custom Lash Studio
client appreciation party at Brass Bombshells
in Burlington. The shin dig was all about GLAMOUR
so of course I needed to look my very best. I typically clean up well but this was a whole new ball game and I needed to pull out the big guns. Like any entrepreneur, I try to surround myself with other like minded professionals who are the top of their game in their respective fields. In the world of styling TAMIKA AUWAI
the founder of Shop Socials
, is the best in the biz, she is a bounty hunter of style. Meeting on a Sunday at Yorkdale Mall,
I brought my BFF Nykki for support. I know that you are going to find this shocking but I hate shopping at the mall, I find the selections overwhelming and the sizing upsetting. I'm late ( which means, I'm sweating and pissed at myself for taking the Q.E.W ). Tamika is cool as a cucumber and waiting for us with a big smile and an armful of dresses that I would have NEVER picked out for myself. The look on my face must have said it all as both Tamika and Nykki insisted I tried things on before I decided I hated it. We take one more whirlwind around the store, Tamika has grabbed a white sparkly number with a peplum skirt . . . I am certain at this point that she has lost her mind. I want to crawl right back into my comfort zone of a black designer wrap dress and accent shoes. Now I'm standing in the change room and decide I am going to try the sparkly number first to prove that this lady has lost her ever loving mind - did I mention she grabbed a size SMALLER than I would have dreamed of wearing. All of this is sizing up to be a messy tear filled endeavor, on the dress goes . . . and the zipper goes up. I fling the door open to show them that this looks like hell, both ladies gasp " OMG ! I love it " What ? I turn around around and look in the mirror, surprise surprise there I stand white sparkly and peplumed and I look great !!!!!!. My confidence in this process continues to build as everything Tamika has selected fits, looks great and is totally out of my comfort zone. Each styling has a different feel as Tamika explains and requires different support garment. I didn't expect to have a hard time deciding which one I wanted, I expected to have to settle on something I kind of liked.
( Dress BCBG The Bay $348, Shoes Sam Edelman Ebay NWB $48, Earrings Bansri Rose Quartz Hautelook.com $37 )
I decided to go with an "investment piece" as Tamika explained to me that this dress can be paired with a blazer for one kind of feel, a jean jacket for another kind of feel. I was suddenly excited about this party because I was "balling" with my " Six Figure Style". The greatest part of all of this other than my FAB dress etc, is the self confidence that seeing myself outside of my comfort zone and loving it - Thank-you Tamika for that - it's the lift I needed. Ever said " I know what looks good on me so I'm sticking with it ", sister you might be wrong, holla at Tamika and hang on for the " Six Figure Style" ride of your glamour life.
So of course if I tell you not to worry about having sensitivity issues regarding eyelash extensions it might appear a little biased to say the least. Check out what my lovely client Hannah had to say on the subject :
"Growing up I was always fascinated by cosmetics, hair products, clothes, anything “girly”. I would sneak into my older sister’s bedroom at a young age and try on her eye shadows, her mascara, blushes etc., and unfortunately for me, her tweezers (resulting in the ‘Grand Canyon’ of a gap between the left and right eyebrow, and a very unflattering class picture that year). When I reached the ninth grade and was allowed to dye my hair for the first time, I made the unfortunate mistake of having my boyfriend at the time apply a box of Clairol “beautifully blonde” hair-dye to my naturally strawberry-brown locks. It made perfect sense to me: my Norwegian mother had provided my brother and sister with beautiful blonde hair, and I was almost there with fair skin and blue eyes, unfortunately my British father “pissed in my gene pool”(Sorry, Brits! Only kidding!), and I was determined to “make things right”. Someone should really tell you that the picture on the box does not magically appear on your head. That night I hosted a party at my house with what can only be described as florescent orange hair, and should I ever piss the wrong people off, I have friends with photographic proof of this.
This started me on my path of experimenting with hair colours, in search of what I had been naturally given, that I grew to long for. One evening while living in British Columbia, I had a girlfriend dye my hair for me( I know, I know, you would think I would have learned my lesson with DIY hair dye, but this was a straightforward brown hair colour I had used many times before). I spent that night in pain, itching my scalp like a mad woman. From this point things only proceeded to get worse. Every day I would wake up to find my head had grown in size, swelling to the point that I was unrecognizable. It was a full 3 days later before I ended up in the hospital, with a face reminiscent of the Fruit Gushers commercials, where each person’s head turned into a giant fruit…I was the strawberry. It turned out that I had an allergy to PPD, a chemical found in all hair dyes, as well as many different cosmetics. I, like I said, was a frequent user of hair dyes and cosmetics and was baffled by this sudden allergy. I researched the topic like crazy and discovered a whole community of people with the same problem as mine; varying by people with just irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis, which is what I had. Suddenly my favourite things were now my enemies.
One of the other things I inherited from my Norwegian side was blonde eyelashes. Eyeliners and mascaras would seem okay at first, until the morning after when I would wake up with swollen and itchy eyelids. Hair dye had been taken from me, but I wasn’t about to give up on long black eyelashes too. That’s where Sommer from Flirt Custom Lashes comes in. The allergy-ridden girl’s best friend!!! Sommer gave me lash extensions, using medical-grade adhesive, something she has become licensed to administer. I had gotten eye-lash extensions in the past before a trip to Mexico at a nail salon (this was my first mistake- apparently I make a lot of those…?!?), which resulted in tears, “tranny” lashes, and eventually a loss of my own lashes. I was reluctant to try again, but with my allergy to cosmetics, what’s a girl to do? I contacted Sommer and the rest is history! I also use Sommer’s Extreme Lash Mascara and have no problems whatsoever. Two years later I still see Sommer on a bi-weekly basis and should I ever move across the world, I’m moving Sommer with me.
There are a lot of lies out there in the cosmetic world; “hypoallergenic”- a word not regulated by the FDA and can be used without validation on any product, “natural” which simply means there is use of plant or animal derived ingredients (the product I used to dye my hair when I wound up in the hospital was “natural”), “fragrance-free” which can still contain small amounts of fragrance to mask the scent of chemicals, and “non-comedogenic” which means nothing more than it will not clog your pores. It’s not easy to decipher what will and will not cause problems for someone who deals with sensitivities and reactions to various products. I went through all of the trials and tribulations to find what works for me, but if I can save you the time and swollen eyelids, go see Sommer if you have any issues with products or dyes. You don’t have to give up on, what I would consider, the most fun part about being a girl just because you have allergies! "
One of my beautiful brides sent me some of her wedding pics . . . check out her lashes - GORGEOUS !
Bridal season is HERE !!!!!!!!!!!! this is the time of the year that those of us in the bridal services industry (make-up artist, hair artist, lash stylists ect) go into "lock down". My friends at Blush Pretty have been in bridal "lock down" for weeks. Gone are running errands in between appointments or having lunch with your fav person. Eyelash extensions have become a great option for many brides and after the bride gets them done it's only a matter of time before I hear from a member of the bridal party. There isn't a bride on the planet that wants to pull a "Snooki" on the big day. On a hot day filled with stress and activity there's a chance strip lashes can lift and this little upset has nothing to do with the make up artist that applies them. There you are as the bride in front of everyone that is important to you and your lashes are waving at the crowd . . . .NIGHTMARE !!!!!!!!!!!!
I try not to apply a full set of lashes on a bride the day before the wedding especially if this is the first time they have tried extensions. It has nothing to do with the extensions lasting or the overall look. Instead, trying a new beauty service the day before the wedding is stressful for everyone involved. I'm stressed as the stylist because I want to make sure that the lashes are everything my client was hoping for. The client is stressed because she has never had these in most cases and doesn't know what to expect. I always advise that the bride come to get her first full set 3 to 4 weeks before the ceremony and then return for a "relash" a few days before the wedding day. In this way the lashes will be lush and fresh for the wedding day. Let's face it "Snooki" has no place at anyone's wedding ceremony unless she's coming with Pauly D or maybe that's just me.
Flirt Custom Lash Studio is all over the west GTA including Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington. How do all of this awesomeness happen you ask ? I spend 3 days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays) making the city of Burlington lashy. Alot of my client base in Burlington actually come Oakville and Hamilton as well as Burlington itself. The other days of the week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) I am at the Brampton/Mississauga studio. Because this location is right on the border of Brampton it serves the Mississauga area as well as Brampton, Georgetown and Milton. I think I can safely say that Flirt Custom Lash has the longest hours of operation in the business. We are open everyday from 9:30 am until 11 pm and it hasn't been unheard of to find me with tweezers in hand right past midnight. I love gettin' lashy with it and I have the best clients on the planet !!!!!!!
Like most beauty based small businesses, a lot of my new clients come from referrals from current clients. 95 % of the time this is AWESOME and I love meeting friends and family of my client base. Sometimes my current client has lots of natural hair to work with leading to a really full outcome. This can lead to my new client being disappointed with their results after the application is complete if they do not have the same amount of hair growth as their friend or family member. It is important to remember that with a SINGLE STRAND system we can only enhance what is already existing. Meaning, that if you have lots of natural eyelash hair, you will have lots of extensions added to the available adult hair. On the flip side . . . if you do not have much hair to work with from the beginning than your look will not be as full as someone who has more hair than you. Either way, the result will be exactly as promised - it will look like you are wearing fabulous mascara that doesn't wash off or run. Any certified lash stylist will only lash the available adult hair, leaving the immature hair growth alone. Our primary concern is the long term health of the eyelash hair and we will not do anything to harm it. Clusters, semi's or multiples provide a fuller look for those with sparse lash growth but at what cost ?. The cost is damage to the natural hair and the heartache of waiting for it to grow back.
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.
I received a VERY upset phone call from a client last week . . . she needed to come in for an emergency removal right away. Removals are rare but with all the recent "deals" that are being offered on various collective buying sites, frantic phone calls about removals that need to happen NOW are becoming more and more frequent. Back to the lash junkie in need . . . not only did her lashes need to come off, her friend had gone and also had these little monsters applied. She sounded so upset, of course I told her to come in later on in the evening (9 pm was the earliest I could get them in) and I would remove both her lashes and her friends. While I was in the process of the removing the hot mess that this poor girl had on her eyes, she told me about her experience with the lash company that applied them. As a professional I was mortified, not only from what I saw and then removed from her eyes but the horror story I was hearing. After leaving, my new client sent me an email with the details in the hopes that no one else goes through what she (and her friend did). Here are all the deets (the name of the business has been take out), good lawd honey what a nightmare :
Deal junkies beware - eyelashes are not meant to be cheap. I am all for a great deal. Obviously, that's what got me here! But eyelashes... Well...
$39 got me a "full set" from an eyelash extension business. I am into glam and glitz, and everything that being female stands for - so I was so much looking forward to this. I convinced my best friend to join in on the fun too. I called the business several times, either the phones were not being answered or a shady-like man would answer named kam(kem?). He said he was not allowed to book the appointments. What a terrible way to do business! Finally I convinced him I would like them done ASAP, he booked us in together and we were both stoked. We arrived to an area of Scarborough that was making us feel a tad unsure. The location was in a strip mall, next to a barber shop where several shady looking men were standing outside making derogatory comments to a woman who was smoking outside of the nail salon labeled "nails, lashes" or something similar. It sure looked like a nail salon to me. As we went inside kam greeted us. The girl outside smoking was one of the girls doing the lashes. He told her to wash her hands before she started and she gave him a funny look. I'm not sure if she ever did, I didn't see it happen. My friend went into the "back room" so she actually got to lay in the bed where they do waxing. I had to sit in a chair. Where people get fake nails. My neck was SO sore. The lady who did them stood overtop of me and applied the lashes. The two women shared glue. Running in and out of each others rooms every time they needed more. Our eyes mere taped with masking tape, which was also shared. The glue was put on top of a rock that was also taped (easier to access ? I have no idea). My friend was finished in about 20 minutes. My appointment went about an hour or so. When I opened my eyes I looked like miss piggy. All the lashes were the same length which was in itself far too long. My friend didn't even look like she had them. During the process I was interrupted so she could do a Brazilian on another lady.
In a nutshell - it was traumatizing. I came home and trimmed my lashes down in the hopes I would look less like miss piggy. There was slight improvement but it was all downhill from there. They hurt, they were itchy, and I was over it. The lashes were dreadlocked in with the glue, 3 or 4 lashes for each extension. It was becoming unbearable. I immediately googled legit lash places to have these removed - enter sommer. She is literally my hero! Although I was so Traumatized and told myself I would never do it again, I know now that may not be the case. Sommer restored my faith in lash extensions and I hope she will take me in as one of her own someday soon <3.
BOYCOTT EYELASH DEALS! In the name of beauty 🙂
This question comes up a lot . . . and for good reason, what the heck is the difference between at full set or a half set ?. I always explain it like this: a half set is a good place to start if eyelash extensions make you a little nervous. The application includes about 35 to 40 lashes per eye and the design goes from the outer corners all the way along the lash line to the inner corner closest to the nose. A half set is also a great option for ladies that just want a little "kick" to their lashes. Maybe they wear little to no make-up and mascara only on special occasions. A full set is a whole lotta FABULOUS and is meant for those that want to look like they are wearing crazy fantastic mascara all of the time. So how many lashes is that exactly ? That includes as many ADULT eyelashes as the client has . . . that could be any where from 80 to 120 lashes per eye. That is as many as most people have and it's rare to find someone who has more adult lashes than that. Each ADULT lash receives an extension and the design is created based on the shape of the eye along with a few other factors.
In the end, almost all of the lashy ladies that start with a half set end up adding a few more each time they come for a relash. Like anything wonderful . . . you always want MORE !
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.
Most of us are familiar with deal sites, and don't get me wrong I have purchased from these sites and got a GREAT deal on a beer tour of downtown, a helicopter tour of the city and tickets to a show. I would never have thought to try one of these tours and the fact that I paid very little for them tickles me pink !. That being said it doesn't mean that all things should be purchased from deal sites and trust me honey lash extensions are one of them. You have to ask yourself why the lash studio or stylist is selling the lash services for next to nothing. This is how it works - the deal is offered for usually less than 85 % of what is typically valued to be. The deal is offered for say $40, the deal is split 50/50 between the site offering the deal and the lash studio. So that means that they will receive $20 for providing an 1.5 hr service ? The product per customer costs more than that, something isn't making sense here. And this is what isn't making sense . . . . first of all when you read the fine print they are often offering 30 to 35 lashes per eye. That in fact is a 1/2 set - not a full set and I think it would be safe to say that most are not even applying that many if the lashes were counted. Another point is that, if they are offering a deal of that kind, it begs the question what type of product are they using ? If they are using a harmful glue that is cheap to buy then they aren't worried about the overall product cost. The last thing to consider is how long has the lash stylist been working ? or how many people are doing the application ? If they have been in business for over a year they shouldn't have the need to bring in large amounts of new clients all in one swoop because they are steadily booked with RETURNING clients and referrals from their current client base.
I'm speaking from experience, I did a lash deal with Web Piggy in my first 2 months of business. I did it for the exposure but to be honest I used it as an opportunity to practice, I had lashed everyone I knew and I wanted to perfect my craft. Also, from experience I can tell you that I spend much more time removing "deals gone bad" as they have been described. Most times a deal is sweet but sometimes you get what you pay for and then look for someone to fix it.
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 !!