EYELASH EXTENSION FAQ
WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
Not to be confused with strip lashes or individual clusters of lashes knotted together that are a single-event accessory, these semi-permanent, synthetic extensions are glued one by one onto the natural lash (not the skin) by using a specially formulated glue that last 2-4 weeks. Single synthetic eyelashes are applied to your own natural eyelash to achieve a beautiful full luscious and long set of lashes that are natural; you will not even know they are there.
SHOULD I BE CAREFUL WHO APPLIES THE EYELASH EXTENSIONS AND SHOULD THEY BE TRAINED?
Absolutely, we cannot stress the importance of choosing an eyelash technician who has been taught by a qualified and experienced person. There are many eyelash extension operators who are claiming to have been professionally trained but have been self-taught via the internet and these operators are also using poor quality products bought on eBay. Please do your research thoroughly and ask many questions.
HOW ARE THE EYELASH EXTENSIONS APPLIED?
A single natural eyelash is isolated, and a synthetic lash is applied approximately 1mm from the eyelid so neither the glue nor the lash has contact with the skin.
HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION TAKE?
The procedure will take approximately 2 hours for a full set and approximately 45 minutes for a half set and 1 hour for a re-lash. It is a meticulous procedure that requires patience and concentration so therefore it should not be rushed so that clients can leave with a perfect set of lashes. You relax with your eyes closed and there is no pain as this is a non-invasive procedure. Often clients are so relaxed they fall asleep.
DO EYELASH EXTENSIONS MAKE MY OWN LASHES FALL OUT?
No, definitely not, this is a myth. At Becoming Body Bar many of our clients have constantly had extensions applied with no break and they have never encountered their lashes all falling off. It is important to have your lash extensions applied by a qualified lash stylist who uses quality products. The eyelash has a cycle and are constantly being replaced like your hair. If you pull so hard on an extension lash and pull out your own natural lash there will be no new lash ready to grow to take its place and you will have to wait 6-8 weeks for that lash to grow.
CAN I STILL WEAR MAKEUP?
Yes, but you won't need mascara and you may even find you won't need eyeliner. Eyeliner and eye shadows can be used as usual but remember to remove with a product that does not contain oil of any kind as this will lessen the effectiveness of the adhesive. We recommend removing eyeliner and eyeshadow using a damp cotton ball and a small amount of water-based eye make-up remover and gently running it along the eyeliner to remove it. To remove eyeshadow wet a cotton wipe with eye make-up remover and gently remove eye shadow in a side and upward movement not down onto the eyelash extensions. Wiping down towards the lashes will cause a buildup of makeup on the lashes and may lessen the life of them.
CAN I WEAR MASCARA?
You will not have to. You can roll out of bed looking great and best of all it will make your lashes look like you are wearing mascara 24/7 without the clumping, streaking and smudging look that you get with mascara. No more running and streaking mascara which is fantastic for brides on their special day. If desired, you can wear a non-waterproof on the lower lashes but remember to use an eye makeup remover that contains no oil.
CAN I CURL OR PERM EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
No, do not perm your beautiful new eyelash extensions. Anyway, you won't have to as the extension lashes hold their lovely shape. Using a clamp eyelash curler is not recommended and will lessen the life of your eyelash extensions and perhaps damage them. You can however use a heated eyelash curler but do not overuse it only using it when necessary.
HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
Approximately 2-4 weeks if you respect your new lashes and take care of them. Remember this is a semi-permanent beauty procedure. Do not be duped by those who promise "permanent" extensions or attachments that last for 2+ months. A real lash's life cycle is around 25-28 days, and as yours grow and fall out, so will the synthetic ones that are attached. If your hair and nails grow quickly then that may indicate that your lashes also are growing, shedding and renewing themselves quickly so you may find that your lashes will not last as long as someone whose hair growth is slow. Your lifestyle and what work you do will also make a difference how long they last. All ladies lashes working in the food industry where there is a lot of heat, steam and oil may not last as well as a lady who works in an air conditioned office. Eyelash extensions will not last for three months, this is false advertising by salons and inexperienced people.
I HAD EYELASH EXTENSIONS APPLIED A FEW DAYS AGO AND A FEW LASHES HAVE FALLEN OUT – WHY?
As explained above the lash has a growth cycle and unfortunately it is hard to determine which lash is ready to fall out naturally, so it is unpredictable when applying the synthetic lashes. Each day we can lose 3-5 natural lashes, but often they fall out unnoticed unless they fall into your eye, but when eyelash extensions are applied we are more aware of when they shed as we know the extensions are there plus they are longer, darker and thicker. If you sleep on your stomach with your face squashed into the pillow or you favor sleeping on one side you may notice the lashes may not last as well as the other side.
CAN I OPEN MY EYES DURING THE PROCEDURE?
No, your technician will advise you when the procedure is complete and when to open your eyes as two sharp tweezers are used when applying the lashes. This is your time to relax!
DO THE SYNTHETIC EYELASHES COME IN DIFFERNET LENGTHS AND THICKNESSES?
Yes. Our lash stylist will design and style lashes that will fit your needs, look at the condition of your lashes, eye shape and preference of style and lifestyle. Our lash stylist will then choose the length, thickness and curve of the lash and design an individual look for you. Our lash stylist can create any look from a subtle, natural look to dramatic lashes and everything in between
IS THE EYELASH GLUE AND GLUE REMOVER SAFE?
Yes, in the right hands and having your extensions applied by someone who has been correctly trained it is safe. Beware of untrained people who claim they have been professionally trained with years of experience. Because we specialize in eyelash extensions, we take great care to ensure that the adhesive and adhesive remover does not come in contact with the skin or eyes. The adhesive used at Becoming Body Bar is of high quality and is fast drying which does not give a clumped look. As the adhesive is being used around the delicate eye area it is important to only have eyelash extensions applied by a trained and qualified eyelash extensionist.
ARE EYELASH EXTENSION SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE?
Anyone of any age can have eyelash extensions applied as long as there is a natural lash to glue the extension onto. Ladies who have undergone chemotherapy and their lashes are starting to grow back also love eyelash extensions. Because the eyelash extensions are so natural anyone could be wearing them, and you wouldn't know. They are also suitable for people who wear contact lenses and glasses.
HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE AN EYE INFECTION OR HAVE RECENTLY UNDERGONE AN EYE OPERATION OR COSMETIC EYE SURGERY IT WOULD BE BEST TO WAIT UNTIL THE EYE AREA HAS COMPLETELY HEALED.
- For the first 12 hours avoid getting the lashes wet to allow the glue to completely dry.
- Do not use a steam room or sauna for the first 48 hours to allow glue to cure.
- Be gentle and respect your new lashes. Avoid rubbing your eyes and do not pick and play with your lashes.
- Resist the temptation to touch or pull at your stunning new lashes as this will pull out your own natural lashes.
- Avoid getting them caught on clothes and towels.
- When drying your face do not rub instead blot your face and apply a gently pressure to your closed eyes then allow the extensions to dry naturally. Do not try to dry them with the towel or hair dryer.
- Do not perm or curl the extensions using a clamp eyelash curler.
- Avoid wearing mascara as this will lessen the life of your extensions
- Do not use eye make-up remover that contains any type of oil products such as petroleum
- Do keep the eye area clean. This is especially important. Some ladies love their lashes so much they do not even want to get them wet at all. Avoiding proper hygiene can result in an eye infection whether wearing eyelash extensions or not
- Try and sleep on your back to avoid crushing your extensions in the pillow
IS THERE ANY REASON WHY I CAN’T HAVE EYELASH EXTENSIONS APPLIED – CONTRADICTIONS?
It is suggested that if you are an "eye rubber" due to allergies such as hay fever or if rubbing your eyes is just a habit or in the past you have experienced sensitivity around the eye area after using skin care or makeup or generally having sensitivity around that area the extensions may not suit you. If you use prescribed medicated eye drops or ointment this may coat the lashes and cause them to clump. Becoming Body Bar clients who say their eyes are sensitive but DO NOT experience any reaction or discomfort during or after having eyelash extensions applied. Eyelash extensions cannot be applied to very curly eyelashes as it will be difficult to glue an extension on. However, if you are unsure please contact the salon to discuss it.
CAN THE EYELASH EXTENSIONS BE REMOVED?
Yes, at any time for any reason they can be removed however there will be a removal charge. The extension lashes are easily removed by using a glue remover and is safe.
I HAD MY LASHES APPLIED SOMEWHERE ELSE AND THEY ARE A DISASTER WITH AMOUNTS OF GLUE CLUMPING MY LASHES TOGETHER. CAN I HAVE THE LASHES REMOVED AND NOT GET NEW EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
Sadly, eyelash extensions are being applied by people who have had no training or have not been trained correctly. Becoming Body Bar is always happy to remove lashes that have been applied elsewhere without applying new lashes, however there will be a removal charge. Please refer to Eyelash Pricing.
I HAD EYELASH EXTENSIONS APPLIED SOMEWHERE ELSE AND I AM UNHAPPY WITH THEM CAN THEY BE FIXED UP AT Becoming Body Bar?
At Becoming Body Bar we prefer not to mix their work with our work so it is advised that you either allow your extensions to naturally come off or contact Becoming Body Bar to discuss the options of having the extensions removed before your appointment to have a new set applied. If your eyes are red and sore from the incorrectly applied eyelash extensions that were applied elsewhere, we would advise resting your eyes from extensions for approximately 3-4 weeks before having a professional set reapplied at Becoming Body Bar.
WHAT DO I DO BEFORE MY EYELASH APPOINTMENT?
Preferably arrive with no makeup or at least no mascara and do not perm or curl your eyelashes before your eyelash extension appointment. If you wear contact lenses please bring your contact lens case as your lenses will need to be removed.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY HAD YOUR EYELASHES PERMED EYELASH EXTENSIONS CANNOT BE APPLIED UNTIL 3 MONTHS AFTER THE PERMING PROCEDURE.