What are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash extensions are synthetic fibers that are adhered to natural lashes. They add length, curl, and volume to your natural lashes, and can be customized to enhance and draw attention to your eyes. Extensions come in a variety of thicknesses, lengths and colors, although black is most common to give the mascara look.
Do Eyelash Extensions Damage Your Natural Lashes?
A properly trained and certified lash artist knows how to select and apply appropriate eyelash extensions based on the length and strength of your natural lash. Your lash artist's first priority should be to preserve your natural lash and eye health. Your eyelash extensions should never hurt or cause your natural lash to break off. It is recommended to never pull or tug on your eyelash extensions so as not to damage the natural lash. Your extension will shed with your natural lash cycle.
How Long do Eyelash Extensions Last?
With proper care, the adhesive will last anywhere from 6-8 weeks. However, people lose 2-5 natural lashes everyday. So after 2-3 weeks, most clients come in for a "touch up" to keep their lashes looking full. There are many factors that could affect the retention of your extensions, including improper home care, not cleaning the lash line, oily eyelids, the use of oil based products on or around the lash line, medications, allergies, thyroid or hormonal issues, lifestyle, seasonal changes, a natural heavy lash shed, and so much more. If you do run into an issue with your retention, please contact us so we can troubleshoot and discuss next steps.
Can I Wear Makeup/Mascara?
The eyelash extensions and the adhesive are both deep black to give the appearance of mascara and often times eyeliner. So makeup is not usually necessary. If you do decide to wear makeup/mascara, avoid oil based and waterproof products, as those will break down the adhesive faster. The most important bond of the eyelash extension and the natural lash is at the base, so mascara may be worn on the tips of the extensions, if necessary. We have oil-free/extension friendly mascara and eyeliner for purchase for your convenience.
How Do I Clean My Eyelash Extensions?
It is necessary to clean and brush your lashes/lash line daily to prevent eye irritation, infection, and other eye health issues. Keeping your lashes clean will also help to maintain longer retention of the extensions. To remove makeup, use an oil-free makeup remover on your lash line/extensions. We retail a foaming cleanser that is specially formulated for eyelash extension wearers that's gentle and safe on natural lashes and extension adhesive.
How Are You Different Than Other Lash Studios?
At Lash Den, we are licensed Eyelash Extension Specialists through the state of Texas. Our primary focus and specialty is ensuring your natural lash health is protected throughout the duration of wearing eyelash extensions. If at any point your lash artist observes that damage is being done to your natural lashes, or it is assumed that the extensions are too heavy for your natural lash, adjustments in the length and/or weight of your extensions will be made. If you are ever concerned about the process or your natural lashes, we invite you to ask as many questions as necessary to feel comfortable and confident in your lash artist's ability. We strive to not only give you great lashes, but an amazing experience that you can enjoy for years to come!
What products, ingredients, or services affect retention?
Products: Waterproof make-up, products that contain oils or alcohol
Other ingredients: Glycolic acid, Alpha and Beta Hydroxides, Retinoids, Retin A
Procedures: Peels (Glycolic, Jessner, TCA), microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, laser, microblading.
Drugs: Optical & Oral Corticosteroids, aspirin, Accutane, blood thinners, NSAIDs
Lifestyle: Smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise, sun exposure, diet that is low in fruits & vegetables, diet that is high in sugar & refined carbs, steam exposure (cooking, saunas, hot tubs, etc)