Have questions about eyelash extensions?

Have you been thinking about lash extensions? I talk to lots of ladies considering them. I will describe a typical service and also answer the questions I get asked the most.

First-time clients are scheduled for two hours. They should come in with a clean face. No makeup or lotion can be applied that day. Hopefully, any mascara residue has been scrubbed from the lashes. *Never use water-proof mascara!!! It's not good for your lashes!

Next, we have a consultation. I perform two types of lashes, Classic and Volume. Classic lashes are where I attach one lash extension to one of your lashes which I apply with a medical grade adhesive. This is a great service for ladies that want more length than volume. I use lashes that are between .07 and .15 of a millimeter thick depending on the thickness of the client’s natural lash. I charge $160 for this full set. Volume lashes involve a technique where I make fans of lashes (anywhere between 2-5 lashes) in my tweezers and apply them to one natural lash. That's where the name comes from, as it gives the illusion of volume. The lashes I use for this technique are between .05-.10 of a millimeter thick. Aside from the volume look, this technique provides the best retention as well as are the most natural looking. I charge $175 for a full set of these lashes.

The lashes are made from PBT, a type of polyester. These can be referred to as synthetic lashes or synthetic mink or silk. Now you’re going to ask, "But I want real mink extensions like Kim Kardashian has." First, no you don't because allergies are caused by overexposure. Why would you glue an animal’s fur (that you don't know anything about or where it came from) to your eye? Ever see someone who is allergic to cats? Secondly, Mink hair is naturally straight and must be treated to be curled. Lastly, I've read articles that these lashes are made from what is swept up from the floor of a mink coat factory.

Aside from the different widths that I previously discussed; the lashes also come in different lengths, curls, and colors. The first fill is in 2 weeks. A Classic fill is $55 and a Volume fill is $65. The following fills will be scheduled every 3 weeks.

Once we decide on a style, I get started. First I clean the lash. Next, I tape down your lower lashes so your eye doesn't get glued shut. After that, you close your eyes and I get started lashing.

When I'm done you can jump right back into your life. No need to avoid water or steam. There are a few things to remember though. First, you must live an oil-free life. Including makeup remover, moisturizer, and creams. Oils will break down the glue and make your lashes fall out. Second, avoid extreme heat including Hibachi grills, BBQ grills, ovens, and hair dryers. Third, don't sleep on your face, for obvious reasons. It is also suggested that a silky pillowcase is used to reduce any friction while sleeping. Fourth, wash your lashes every day, but avoid high water pressure straight to your eyes. I give all my clients a foaming pump that is filled with diluted baby shampoo. You are not going to wash them off. It actually improves retention! My clients can bring back their bottle and I will fill it or they can make their own. The solution is one part baby shampoo to four parts distilled water. Fifth, no need for mascara or lash curlers. Mascara will not do anything beneficial for your lashes, especially if you choose Volume. A lash curler will only break the glue bonds.

That's it! My ladies love their lashes. They always comment on how great they look when they wake up. Most of them just add blush and lip gloss and they're out the door.

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Stephanie Olson

Stephanie started her salon career in 2002 offering an array of nail services including pedicures and reflexology. She was skilled in acrylic extension, nail art, and natural manicures. In 2012, Stephanie decided to add to her service offerings and completed a cosmetology apprenticeship under Kristan Sayers. Along with learning about cutting and color techniques, this is where she took an exceptional interest in lash extensions.

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