So you’ve decided to treat yourself to some eyelash extensions, but you don’t know where to start. We are here to help, this is your guide to everything and what you’ll need to know before taking the plunge and starting your new addiction.
– What are lash extensions & are there different types?
Eyelash extensions are tiny synthetic fibres called PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate) they are the lashes that are glued to the base of your natural eyelash to give the illusion of longer, thicker and curlier lashes. These can be tailored and styled specifically to each individual and what their personal preferences are. In order to achieve each style the first question needed answering is; What style are you looking for?
If the answer is something along the lines of a natural or mascara look the Classics are your go to. This consists of one synthetic lash at the diameter of 0.15mm being placed at the base of one natural lash using a cyanoacrylate based adhesive to secure it in place. Essentially just exaggerating the amount of natural lashes each client already has, thus creating the natural mascara look without the hassle of panda eyes in the morning.
Should your answer be the complete opposite and you’d like to leave the treatment being able to fly out, or the words big, black and bold leave your lips then Russian Volume lashes are the ones for you. To achieve this kind of look we create a fan out of synthetic lashes with the diameter of 0.07 to 0.03 mm, this could have anything from 2 lashes to 20 lashes within the fan. This will be decided once the clients’ style preferences and natural lash health has been taken into account. This method of lashing helps to create the illusion that an individual has more lashes than they actually do, it also fills the space between the natural lashes and creates that fluffy, bold and sometimes ‘strip lash’ look. This can be adjusted and tailored to each person which is why Russian Volume eyelashes tend to be the most popular choice.
The final choice are the Hybrid eyelash extensions, these are for those people who would like a light fluffy set of lashes – the inbetweeners, or the Goldeylocks kinda people (not too big but not too small). This style of eyelash extensions are created using a combination of the Classic lashes and Russian Volume lashes. As a result we are able to tailor how light or full each set will be, we have found that clients will usually use this as a testing style, asking for more or less fullness so they can gauge what style best suits them and their lifestyles.
– How long do they last & what are infills?
Often one of the most burning questions our clients ask when booking in is how long will their lashes last and are infills needed and how often to book in for those. As a general rule, the life-cycle of your natural eyelashes is anything from 30 to 45 days. Within this time your eyelashes will go through 3 phases. The first is called
– How much do eyelash extensions cost and why?
Every salon or lash artist will have their own price list based on location, overheads and skill set. It is important to know lashes are not a cheap treatment to get, as you are paying for a lash artist’s time and skill, anything too inexpensive would personally ring alarm bells.
Genna Rose Salon prices are as follows;
– Full set of Classic Lashes: from £60
– Full set of Hybrid Lashes: from £70
– Full set of Russian Volume Lashes: from £80
– Classic Lash Infill: from £36.50
– Hybrid Lash Infill: from £45.50
– Russian Volume Lash: from £50.00
(Prices are correct at time of writing 20/7/2021 and subject to change without notice)
– What is the aftercare procedure?
When looking into getting a treatment done, personally I think it is important to do your research before to figure out whether or not the aftercare is something you could manage or add to your daily routine. This is for a couple reasons; if you are going to commit to having a treatment done that requires a regular infill such as eyelash extensions, it’s important that you are able to pay for this up-keep but also that you are able to keep on top of the cleaning inorder to make your infill treatments worth the money. I say this because, if you are not looking after your lash extensions in between your appointments, your lash artist will only ever be playing catch up. This is because they will only ever be on damage control rather than making the most of their time creating something fabulous for you.
Therefore, with eyelash extensions, the most important aftercare tip is to KEEP YOUR LASHES CLEAN. Personally within our salon we would only recommend water or specifically made lash cleanser; which is offered within a full kit (bottle, cleanser and brush) for a reasonable price. This helps both with the retention of the lashes – makes them last longer and also with the health of your natural lashes.
Another point to make clear is when it comes to eyelash extensions, Cotton is not your friend. It will react with the chemicals in the adhesive we use to apply the lashes and cause irritation to your eyes, so stay away from cotton.
– How to pick the right lash artist for you?
As for basically any treatment you can get, it is important that you find someone you trust to do your lashes. In order to find the right person for you, you’ll need to figure out what your deal-breakers are. For example; it is a personal dealbreaker for me if I cannot find pictures or videos of a person’s work as i don’t like to go into something completely blind. However, this is something that is absolutely subjective. In terms of things you should definitely be looking out for is, qualifications, a working knowledge of lashes and natural lash health and cleanliness.
-Can you feel them?
Short answer, no. Or at least you shouldn’t be able to feel them, due to the positioning of the eyelash extension on your natural lash, you shouldn’t ever be able to feel them being applied or once the treatment is over. If you are ‘feeling’ your eyelash extensions it should only ever be because a massive gust of wind has hit you in the face and your lashes moved with it. If you feel any pulling when you blink or just everyday then they have not been applied correctly and you will need to go back to your lash artist to get them to look at your eyes and rectify the problem.
– Will they ruin my natural lashes?
Again, no. If both you and your lash artist are keeping up with their end of the bargain; the lash artist is applying them correctly and providing you as the client with the knowledge of how to look after them so you can keep up on your end, then there should be no problem or damage caused to your natural lashes by getting eyelash extensions done.
– How long does the treatment take?
Each treatment takes a different amount of time, getting eyelash extensions is not a quick treatment. In our own salon, timings are as follows;
– Full set of Classic Lashes are 2 to 2 & a half hours
– Classic lash Infills are an hour and a half
– Full set of Hybrid Lashes are 2 and a half hours
– Hybrid infills are 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours
– Full set of Russian Volume Lashes are 3 to 3 and a half hours
– Russian Volume infills are 2 hours
The reason it should not be a quick service is before we as lash artists even begin to apply lashes we need to complete a consultation to confirm we can go ahead safely with the treatment, confirm what style and look the client is wanting then we will proceed with cleaning and drying your lashes, apply eye pads and tape to secure the lower lashes to avoid them being stuck to the top lash line and check that everything is comfortable.
During the actual application of the eyelash extensions we will be isolating every single natural lash so we can attach the extensions safely without sticking more than one natural lash together. As each eye contains something like 80 to 100 natural lashes you can see how it would take at least a couple hours to complete a full set of lashes.