I did it! I got eyelash extensions. I’m now in the club with Kim Kardashian, J.Lo, and whole bunch of other beautiful celebrities! But before embarking on some extra-long lashes there’s a few things you should know (don’t want to risk going to a hack and getting an eye infection!). I sat down (well, technically I was laying down) with Eye-Lash Expert Deneen Marcel. She’s a certified Lash Extensionist, trains people in the lash art, and also gave me my stunning lashes on live TV! (click here to watch!)
Explain the process of getting lash extensions.
You arrive with a clean, product free face. If it’s your first time, I will chat with you about the look you’re going for and the available lash options. The lash extensions are applied with two pairs of tweezers and adhesive. Your bottom lashes are taped down with a collagen-gel eye pad and medical tape in order to conceal your bottom lashes. I will prime your lashes, ensuring they are clean, then I apply your lash extensions one at a time.
How does it work?
Lash extensions is a process by which one strand of synthetic hair is attached to each lash one at a time. They are bonded with a medical grade adhesive, extending your natural lashes, resulting in a look that makes your eyes pop!
What’s the upkeep at home?
You can’t get them wet for the first 24 hours after application. Keep your lash line clean with mild cleansers. Fluff your lashes after a shower using a mascara wand. Avoid pulling or twisting your lashes. Don’t use eyelash curlers and avoid waterproof mascara.
Do shower just before your appointment. If that is not possible, thoroughly cleanse your face and eye area to remove any dirt, make-up and/or oil, so the adhesive isn’t compromised.
Don’t wear water-proof mascara or products containing high amounts of Polyethylene glycol, Hexalene glycol, Butylene and Propylene glycol, these can break down the eyelash adhesive and shorten the life of your extensions. If you feel the need to wear mascara after getting your lash extensions, L’Oreal Full Definition Voluminous mascara is a great choice. It’s water-soluble and glycol free, making it easy to clean off with a gentle cleanser. You may also use baby oil or olive oil to remove your makeup.
Don’t shower or get your eyelash extensions wet for 24 hours. This includes working out and saunas for the first 24 hours, as this will allow the adhesive to fully dry.
Do wait at least six months before getting lash extensions if you have used Latisse.
Do make sure you go to a certified professional who is licensed and certified as a LASH EXTENSIONIST. Do not accept any type of lash service from an untrained stylist.
Don’t attempt to apply lash extensions yourself. “I don’t care how many DIY videos are on YouTube,” Deneen quips.
Don’t remove lashes yourself. If for some reason you are overwhelmed by all the attention you are getting with your fabulous new lash extensions, don’t pull or try to force them off, go back to your technician to have them professionally removed.
Don’t use an eyelash curler. Doing so can cause serious damage to your natural eyelashes. If you want a curlier lash, ask your professional for them, you have options.
How much does it cost to get lash extensions and refills?
$275 for full set. Refills depend on how many weeks since your last visit: $50 after two weeks, $65 after three weeks, $75 for four weeks, and $85 after five weeks.
How long does it take to refill?
Refills take 60 – 75minutes
What to watch out for when looking for a place to get eyelash extensions? Make sure they are certified lash extensionist. You can as to see their certification.
To contact Deneen Marcel
525 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107