Ultimately, some people’s lash extensions last longer than others, and even on the same person sometimes they will last longer than others. It really comes down to a few things:
Ultimately, the better care you take of your lashes, the longer they will last. Check out these lashes that are three weeks old and still looking damn good!
I am often asked this question and I regularly have people book online as an existing client with the reasoning that "you have that time slot available why can’t I get a fill?". I know for a lot of people it’s frustrating when you can’t find a new lash technician to fill your work if you’re on vacation or have moved to a new city but here is my reasoning why!
First it seems like a lot of people aren’t actually aware of whether they have classic lashes or volume lashes and there’s a big difference so I have had people coming to me telling me that they are wanting a classic fill and when they show up it actually turns out they have volume lashes which is a far different process and takes longer!
Secondly with my own work I know exactly what to expect. I know that I placed the lashes correctly, I also know that I used correct amounts of glue, my lashes and glue are top quality, and I know that I use the proper technique. Other people are not as thorough.
The pictures you see here are from somebody who came to me telling me they had classic lashes, unaware that they had volume lashes. The volume lashes were held together with humongous amount of glue. It was impossible to separate them so I ended up taking off most of the lashes. Bear in mind that a fill appointment is usually an hour and 15 minutes. Luckily I had 2 hours available and it took me that long to do this ladies lashes - 2 hours for a simple fill on somebody else’s work.
Ultimately the reason I don’t fill other people’s work is that A) I have enough clients of my own and my time should be available for them first before I have time for other people’s clients, and B) It’s incredibly rare that I am able to fill somebody else’s work in the same time that I can fill my own work. When someone wants a fill and it’s not my work, I don’t know how much time to leave available. I am a bit of a perfectionist so I don’t want to do a half-ass job, but I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to do a proper job
If you have lashes that need filling the chances are I will recommend you come in and have them removed and a new lash that applied by myself. If you’re in town on vacation and need a fill, I MAY be able to fit you in depending on how much time I have available to fit in around my own clients.
I know it is frustrating as a client to not be able to find someone to fill your lashes when you're in town for a short space of time, or looking for a new lash technician, but I wanted to share my reasons why I don't fill other technician's work.
One of the questions we get asked most often is ‘how do I clean my lashes?’ Cleaning your lashes is the number one thing you should do once you get lash extensions, and here's why:
But sometimes the dirt, dust, debris, dead skin and oil is not visible to you.
How to clean your lashes
There’s a myth that if you’ve had lash extensions for a while, you should take a break every now and then and let your natural lashes have a chance to grow back healthy and strong. But this is just a myth! In most cases, there is absolutely no need to take a break from lash extensions if they’re being applied properly. This is one of my lovely clients who has had lashes for almost 2 years now. You can see the natural lashes are still looking very strong and very healthy.
This client comes in every three weeks for a fill. As I conduct the fill I place bolder, heavier lashes onto the thicker natural lashes, and lighter lashes onto thinner natural lashes. Sometimes, a fill will be made up more of lighter lashes as her natural lashes are looking a bit thin. My clients trust me and know that I am going to do what is best for their lash health. Sometimes that means a fill with lighter lashes, and sometimes it’s a more dramatic fill as I can use thicker lashes. This rotation, and ensuring I never use thick extensions on weak natural lashes, means that there is rarely any need to take a break from lash extensions!
This is one of the most common questions I am asked, and the answer is no. Not if lash extensions are applied properly. One of the things I pride myself on is that I put lash health first. I will only apply a lash that is not going to damage the natural lash.
Clients often come to me and have an idea of the type of lashes they want. Sometimes it’s possible to recreate that look, and other times it’s not. I simply won’t apply lashes that are too long and too heavy that can cause damage to the natural lash. I’ve lost a couple of clients this way. They want very heavy, very thick lashes, and aren’t happy with thinner lashes that I apply to protect their lash health. I’m OK with that! My reputation is at stake, and I never want to cause damage to a clients lashes, even if it means that client chooses to go elsewhere.
This is one of my lovely clients who had to go away for some time, so wasn’t able to come in for a fill until after all her extensions had fallen out. She has had lash extensions for over a year and her natural lashes still look thick, long and healthy!
This is how your natural lashes should look 4 weeks after your extensions have come out...no damage, just beautiful natural lashes!
...plus using the right quantity of glue.
I’m all for women supporting each other, so this is not intended to bash other lash techs, however, it’s SO important to check out their previous work, and ask the right questions before getting lash extensions.
Earlier this week a new lady came to see me wanting the same extensions she had on already.
From what I could tell they were a 0.25 thickness, and 15 or 16mm length. I don’t carry 0.25 thickness because of the damage they can cause natural lashes and I rarely even use 0.2 these days. Most of my lashes use 0.15 thickness, and around 13-14mm length.
Because it keeps the natural lash healthy and that is the #1 most important thing about lash extensions.
I completed this lady’s fill but with much lighter, shorter lashes and she is coming back in 3 weeks for a full removal and new set.
On the first picture you can see that her lash extensions are 3-4x the length of her natural lash and it’s causing so much damage! Lash extensions should double the natural lash length, no more!
On the second picture you can see there is simply too much glue. The glue, plus the extension is again 3-4x the thickness of her natural lash. This strain on the lash will make them fall out or break.
Finally, the third picture is of one of my existing clients, 4 weeks since a fill. The lashes are straight, healthy and no large clumps of glue in sight!
Before you get lash extension, do your research, as not all techs are the same!
A good lash tech has the health of your natural lash as their top priority!
That's right...you can go to any salon and spa in BC and be treated by an esthetician who has NO formal training. Education is not required to perform waxing, lash lifts, lash extensions, manicures, chemical peels or operate a laser. How scary is that?! It's on the client to investigate and find out if the esthetician is qualified and/or has received formal training.
What can clients do to make sure they are being treated by a trained esthetician?
Certification is not mandatory to work as an esthetician so do your due diligence and your own research when choosing where to get your esthetics services - this is your body and you don't want to ruin it!
Some lashes are stubborn. They might point down. They might be flat, or they might go in all sorts of directions! If this sounds like you, a lash lift might just be the solution you’re looking for! But even women with regular lashes love lash lifts for the effect it can have on their face! A lash lift is like a perm for your lashes, and who doesn’t want bigger, curlier lashes?!
But aren't lash extensions better?
Well, lash extensions aren’t for everyone. If you don’t like the feel of extensions on your lashes, then a lash lift and tint might be the better option. If you react to the lash extension glue, then consider a lash lift. If you don’t like the idea of not being able to rub your eyes, a lash lift is probably better for you! Simply put, some people prefer to work with what they’ve got!
The lash lift is especially good because, if done properly, won’t cause any damage to your natural lashes (although lash extensions shouldn’t damage natural lashes, if the right size and weight are used, but you can never be 100% certain, especially if your lash tech isn’t experienced).
There is no preparation necessary for a lash lift, but if you want to get the most effective lash lift, consider using a lash serum to grow your lashes as much as possible beforehand. I love the Refectocil brand of lash serum.
Your lash lift technician will ask you several questions before getting started, and assuming all is well, will get you to lie down on the bed and get comfortable. The procedure takes about an hour so you want to make sure you’re hydrated and have used the bathroom prior! You can read all of the steps involved in the lash lift here.
What are the benefits of a lash lift?
There are many great features of the lash lift:
1. You can wear mascara!
Because it's just your natural lashes being curled and no other substance is being applied, you're free to use whatever eye makeup you wish. You just have to wait 24 hours. If you’re not a big mascara fan, get a tint with your lash lift for a more glamorous look, which is equally low maintenance. Adding a tint can really add extra depth and darkness. Just keep in mind the tint lasts about three weeks, so you might want a tint redo in between lash lifts.
2. Lash lifts are low maintenance.
While lash extensions require you to be extra careful doing almost anything, like showering, washing your face, sleeping etc, lash lifts require none of that. You wake up, apply mascara and you’re good to go.
The only thing you really need to do it condition your lashes every night to keep them conditioned and nourished. Any kind of facial oil works great.
3. You’ll get a lot of compliments.
People will be asking you what you did differently. A lash lift is such an easy, affordable, only hour-long service that will have a huge impact on your face. With bright, open eyes, everyone will be wondering what you did differently...and how they can get it done too :) Come see why women all over the world are obsessed with lash lifts! You’ll be hooked too :)
Lash lifts at Kelowna Esthetics Studio are $50, or $65 if combined with a tint. I am a trained lash-lift technician, having conducted training at The Esthetics Institute in Alberta. I use the B-Lash system that uses a combination of safe, FDA approved creams to achieve the lift.
Learn more about the lash lift procedure!
Your hair should be at least a ¼ inch long which is about the length of a grain of rice. The reason for this is so that the wax is able to fully coat the hair. To get the desired length, stop shaving 1-2 weeks before your appointment, and feel free to trim down to this length - the shorter the hair, the less the pain.
24-48 hours before your appointment
On your appointment day
After your appointment
Book another one for 3-4 weeks time! Once your first wax is out of the way, each time gets easier and easier as long as you don’t shave. If you shave, the next wax will likely feel just like the first.
Post-wax hair growth
After your first wax, hair might grow through quicker that you'd think. This is because hair has 3 stages of growth, spread over a 12-14 week span. If you want to know the technical names, the stages are Anagen (hair actively growing from the bulb, rooted deep in the follicle - this is what we are try to get out when waxing for the smoothest finish), Catagen (intermediate stage - the hair has detached from the bulb, and starts shedding), and Telogen (resting/shedding stage - the hair is shedding, and usually comes out painlessly). After one wax, hair that is in the growth stage will be waiting to pop through the skin - new growth in the Anagen phase. After a couple of waxes, hair will end up on the same growth cycle, resulting it completely smooth skin for a few weeks :-)
Eyelash tinting is an alternative to eyelash extensions that is a) cheaper and b) less maintenance! Eyelash tinting involves applying a dye to the lashes, and allowing it to set. Eyelash tinting is a great service to have prior to a vacation where you may not want to be applying mascara every day.
What's involved in eyelash tinting?
When you come to Kelowna Esthetics Studio for an eyelash tint, you will be asked to fill out a form to ensure there are no problems or concerns with conducting the lash tinting service.
Next, you will lie on the warm, heated bed, and your lashes will be completely cleaned to ensure no traces of makeup remain. Vaseline will be applied around your eye to ensure the tint does not stain your skin. An eyelash pad is placed under the eye, underneath the lower lashes and the eyelids are closed.
Next, the tint is mixed with the developer, and applied to the lashes. The tint develops for up to 15 minutes - some ladies have sensitivities to the tint/developer and can find it a little uncomfortable after 8-10 minutes, in which case the tint is removed. It will still tint the lashes in 8-10 minutes, but the longer it stays on the lashes, the darker it will be and the longer it will last!
Once the 15 minutes have passed, your eyelashes are rinsed with warm water until completely clean, and voila! Beautiful, tinted eyelashes!
Here is a before and after picture (of tinting myself!) where one eye has had the eyelashes tinted (left) and one eye has not yet been tinted (right).
Contact us today to book your $22 West Kelowna eyelash tint - combine with an eyebrow wax and tint for $40.