by Koren Barry
I recently completed my training for Lash Extension Certification. I received my training through a recognized training provider and my instructor is NALA Certified. NALA stands for National Association for Lash Artists.
When thinking about getting lash extensions there a few things you should consider before having the procedure.
Do your research.
Is your Lash Artist trained by a Certified Lash Association Artist? Do they comply with sanitary standards? Do they have past reviews? Are they available for a consultation? Do you have an allergy to any adhesives or reactions with your skin? Do you have an autoimmune disease?
All questions above will play a large part in being a suitable candidate for eye lash extensions. The eye area is very sensitive. If you feel apprehensive about trying lash extensions, your lash artist could put a few extensions on each eye to see how you react.
What are Lash Extensions?
Lash Extensions are individual lashes that are applied with adhesive to your natural lash. One extension per lash. To suit your own lashes, your artist will look at the thickness and curl of your natural lashes.
If you have short and fine natural lashes, the artist will opt for a thinner lash extension. A heavy extension should be avoided being applied to this type of lash base because you are risking damaging the natural lashes. This could cause permanent damage.
Your first session with a lash artist can take up to three hours to apply the lashes. The lash artist is working with a clean slate. The artist is isolating one lash at time. You do not want to rush this process. If this process is rushed, you could risk improper placement of lashes or the adhesive not adhering properly. After your first session avoid getting your lashes wet for 24 hours.
Lashes will need to be filled two to three weeks after the initial appointment. Why? Your lashes have a natural shed pattern that is different for everyone. We lose natural lashes daily. The lash extensions are applied directly to your lashes therefore will fall out with your natural lash pattern.
To improve the longevity of your lash extensions, all face products should not contain oil. Oil will break down the adhesive weakening the bond of the extension to the natural lash.
Your extensions need to be cleaned! This is very important. Use a lash cleanser with a small dense brush. Eyes do not get infected from extensions. It is the lack of proper cleaning that will lead to infections.
DO NOT remove lash extensions yourself. Contact your lash artist and they will remove them for you. If you try to remove and pull the lashes off, you will pull out your own lashes and damage the lashes. You are risking permanent damage and may not have your lashes grow back.
The ideal work area for a lash artist is a room with a bare floor that can be cleaned easily. A spa bed or table that can be wiped down between each client. If a lash pillow is used, it should be covered with a clean towel that is laundered. A new towel is applied after each client. Any linens or blankets used go straight to laundry and a new set for each client.
Your lash artist will be using metal tweezers, isolation tools and a mirror. These tools will be soaked in a medical grade disinfecting solvent. After the instruments are removed from the solution, they are
washed. All tools are wiped down with an alcohol swab.
Your experience should be pleasant. Your lash artist has invested financially and many hours preparing for a career in lash artistry. On arrival to your appointment, you and your lash technician should complete a questionnaire and address any concerns that you may have.
Your end result are fuller longer lashes. Most people do not need to apply makeup because they are satisfied by the look that is achieved after having a full set of extensions.
I hope this answers any questions regarding extensions.