Lash Extensions Basics
What are lash extensions?
Eyelash Extensions are designed to enhance your eyes. There are two types of eyelash extensions, Classic and Volume. Classic is a technique where one extension is placed on one natural eyelash giving a natural seamless appearance. Volume is an advanced technique where multiple, extra fine, lashes are applied to give the appearance you have more natural eyelashes than you actually do. This method uses an extremely fine lash and is completely safe when administered correctly.
What are the lashes made of?
Eyelash Extensions are made up of a polyester synthetic mink blend also known as “silk.”
What is the procedure?
During your appointment your lower lash line will be taped and then your eyes will remain closed for the duration of the appointment. Using tweezers, specifically designed for extensions, and a medical grade adhesive, your extensions will be applied one by one. Water is used to cure the adhesive, therefore there is no “down time” where you cannot get your lashes wet. They are completely waterproof when you leave your appointment.
How long does it take?
A Classic Full Set takes 2 hours and a Volume Full Set takes 3 hours. Refresh appointments are half the time.
Is there any preparation?
Make sure the eye area is clean of any oils or makeup and that no retinol was used around the area within the last 24 hours.
How long does it last?
Each person has different individual needs when it comes to getting a lash refresh. Natural eyelashes shed anywhere from 2-5 eyelashes per eye/per day. Because of this refresh appointments are every 2-3 weeks.
What contributes to lash shedding?
One of the most important things to remember is that your eyelash extensions need to be done correctly by a licensed/highly trained professional.
Sleep and Exercise: Sleep patterns and activity levels can impact the outcome of your eyelash extensions. Tossing and turning throughout the night can be stressful to the extensions and can cause premature loss. If you are more active and sweat a lot, just make sure to minimize any sweat dripping into the lash line. Having a lash friendly cleanser on hand can minimize the worry during your workouts.
Hormones and medication: hormone treatments/imbalances, medications, and supplements heavily effect the way the hair behaves on both your eyes and your head. Paying attention to little changes in your routine can help prevent/correct any premature loss.
Personal styling: Everyone has different preferences in what they want their eyelashes to look like and what their natural eyelashes can hold safely. Every full set is customized to ensure maximum results in preference and retention.
How do I care for them?
Home care and hygiene plays an important role in how long your extensions will last. It will be instinctive to not touch your eyelashes at all but keeping your lash line clean will keep it healthy and ensure long lasting results. Minimizing eye makeup and staying away from waterproof or gel eyeliner is ideal however if you choose to wear eye makeup it is imperative you are using an extension friendly cleanser to remove all the makeup completely. Staying away from oil based
Kristen Zachau is a native of Monterey County. After college Kristen decided to pursue her passion of skincare and Cosmetology and became a licensed Esthetician. She worked in makeup and skincare for a few years which led her to pursue her interest in lash extensions. After training at the academy of Garnet Lash and becoming a Lash Artist, she continued her training by taking several courses in Southern California which led her to become an Expert Lash Artist. She is also one of the few in the area to be certified in Volume lash and recently completed her training in Mega Volume. Kristen loves to keep up with the latest trends and to share this with her clients. Her knowledge and expertise is unsurpassed. She truly has a passion for what she does and loves to help people get their lashes on.