Since we’re now offering lash EVERYTHING, we thought it was only right that we give you the 411 on our new services: Lash Extensions, Lash Lift & Tint.
If you’re into the idea of waking up every day to thick, wispy, long, dark lashes, you need to look into these procedures. Not without researching a bit first, of course… That’s why we’re here. We want to educate you on all the aspects of having selfie-ready lashes, without makeup or curlers!
First things first, Lash Extensions!
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent lashes that are hand-glued individually (unlike strip lashes) on top of your natural lashes, they’re super customisable and look super natural.
Do eyelash extensions damage your natural lashes?
Don’t stress, there is no evidence showing that lash extensions affect the health or length of your natural lashes in the long-term. The only thing you should be aware of is that there’s a small chance of developing traction alopecia, which is when your natural lashes fall out as a result of the constant weight of repeated eyelash extensions. But this isn’t common. It usually takes years of bad application and improper care for long-term lash damage to happen. You’re lucky that Arch Angels has the best lash experts with years of experience, here to answer any of your doubts with complete honesty.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Depending on how you take care of them, eyelash extensions can last anywhere from six to eight weeks, until they naturally fall out. Although we recommend getting a refill every 3 weeks to keep them looking perfect and without gaps, if you want them in indefinitely.
Now, how do you take care of eyelash extensions?
If you notice your lashes are flaking off after the procedure, there’s a good chance that something has interfered with the adhesive. It’s important that you avoid getting water on your lashes in the first 24 – 48, this is one of the things that can weaken the glue before it sets. Stay away from oil or cream based eye products, eyeliners and also waterproof mascaras. These products can be hard to remove under normal circumstances, and the removal can be a little too rough on the lashes. Also, never use a cotton pad or swab, which can snag the extension, pulling it out. Another extra measure you could take is, if you usually sleep on your stomach or side, consider a silk or satin pillowcase along with a nightly application of a lash topcoat.
How to clean eyelash extensions:
To clean your lash extensions, we recommend you use an oil-free lash cleanser formulated specifically for eyelash extensions, some products contain ingredients that can weaken the glue bond and cause extensions to shed before time.
How do you know what size eyelash extensions to get?
The type of lashes you can get depends a lot on the length and strength of your natural lashes. You must ask our Arch Angels lash experts what the best size is for you, depending on what your dream lashes are.
What are the different types of eyelash extensions?
Lash extensions are often made of mink, sable, faux mink, silk, cashmere or synthetic acrylic, and they come in a wide range of materials and curl options. At Arch Angels we personally prefer silk and faux mink, since they hold the curl the best. The application process is an art, it is important for the extension to follow the curl of your natural lash, so finding the right curl for each person is essential. Our licensed specialists will help you make that decision and advise you on the best options for you.
Now a bit about Lash Lifts and Tints
If your lashes are stubborn, short, straight or fall downward, you might want to consider getting a Lash Lift, forget about fancy curlers or expensive mascaras that in the end, don’t fix the problem. Eyelash extensions are of course an option, but, if you don’t want the fuss of not being able to rub your eyes, sleep on your side, use a sleeping mask, use mascara.. A lash lift is what you’re looking for.
An eyelash lift can give you the best of both worlds: You get the semi-permanent lift and curl of extensions while keeping your natural lashes damage-free. Makeup will only take a couple of minutes, and you’ll never want to touch those lash curlers again.
How does it work?
A lash lift is similar to a classic hair perm. It sets the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution. There’s no need to prepare for the procedure, although we do recommend using a lash serum to help keep your lashes healthy and stimulate growth, giving the curl more length. During the session, your lash artist will consult with you about what results in terms of style you wish to have. Things like whether or not you wear mascara everyday, what your priorities are, to have high upwards lashes that touch your brows or to have more fanned out lashes, etc. Based on your answers, your technician give you the desired results, choosing the right curl size for you.
First, your lashes will be glued down to a silicone shield. Lashes will then be combed up to take their shape, and the eye-safe perming solution is applied. The solution also acts as a softener to make the hairs more moldable. This is left on for a few minutes, depending on the hair type. Then, a setting solution and oil are applied. The setting solution will hardens everything back up and restructure the bond, locking in the shape.The setting solution is followed by a nourishing lotion, to add moisture back to the lashes. It’s kind of like dyeing or bleaching your hair, then following it with a conditioner.
A lash lift can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. And one of the benefits is that, because it’s just your natural lashes being curled, you’re free to use whatever eye makeup you wish. You only have to wait 24 hours.
And now on to Lash Tints, the happy medium between mascara and extensions, giving you a bolder, wide-eyed look. First we match the color to the client’s natural hair coloring and once the right shade and type of dye are selected, the dye is applied to the length of each individual lash, then left to tint while the client keeps his or her eyes closed. About 15-20 minutes later, the service is complete. It’s super easy and the benefits are immediate. The result is beautiful, darker looking lashes without the use of mascara. While those with thicker lashes will likely see more dramatic results than someone with fine lashes, the color should last about four-to-six weeks if properly cared for. To get the most out of your fresh tint, avoid getting them wet and any eye makeup for at least 24 hours. Also, staying away from oil-based products altogether, they can strip away the tint.