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.
Eyelash tinting gives your eye definition without having to use mascara and is perfect for when you are taking a vacation and will be in and out of the water a lot. It lasts until your natural eyelash falls out. But some people have concerns about whether or not it is safe. There are 2 key pieces of advice:
1. Ensure your eyelashes are tinted by an experienced professional.
2. Ensure that the proper dye is used.
At Kelowna Esthetics Studio, we have been tinting lashes for a while and have never had any problems. As with all treatments, there is always a risk of a negative reaction to the dyes used. If you have particularly sensitive skin, we recommend coming in for an allergy test of the products a few days before you want to have your eyelashes tinted to see if you have any negative reaction to the product.
What is the eyelash tinting procedure?
Check out what's involved with eyelash tinting in this post: http://www.kelownaestheticsstudio.ca/education/what-is-eyelash-tinting-what-does-eyelash-tinting-do
What is in eyelash tint?
Eyelash tint is a dye which has been especially designed for use on eyelashes. At Kelowna Esthetics Studio, we mainly use RefectoCil although it is not the only brand available. RefectoCil is a vegan eyelash tint. We have the choice of brown, black or the most dramatic black which is called ‘blue-black’ and results in the darkest shade on the eyelashes - this is what most women choose.
Deciding whether to tint your eyelashes is a personal choice, and there is a risk no matter how small, as with with most beauty services.
Contact us today to book your eyelash tint!
The Brazilian wax is the most popular wax at Kelowna Esthetics Studio (and at $30 you can understand why!). However, what most people don't realize is that, when they are asking for a Brazilian Wax, what they are actually meaning, is a Hollywood Wax.
Different variations of a "bikini wax"
A regular bikini wax ($20 at Kelowna Esthetics Studio) removes the hair outside what would be considered the underwear line - it can be basic, where the underwear isn't moved at all, or it can be more of a full bikini wax where the underwear is pulled in to reveal more hair, without the need to remove the underwear, or expose any potentially embarrassing areas - some women are simply not comfortable with showing that much to their esthetician which is perfectly OK!
From there, the different bikini waxes basically start removing more hair. Traditionally, the Brazilian Wax keeps a small area of hair, often called a "landing strip" (but can also be a triangle, square, oval shape etc).
The Hollywood Wax is the full works, completely bare, nothing left! Sometimes, the Hollywood wax is referred to as a "full Brazilian". At Kelowna Esthetics Studio, we just keep it simple and refer to it as a Brazilian Wax!
Image source: http://blushbeautysalon.co.uk/
Don't Try it at Home!
Whether you're opting for the traditional Brazilian wax, or the full Hollywood wax, it's not recommended that you try it yourself at home. There's a great variety in the quality of waxes available, and the best quality waxes are only available to certified professionals. If it's your first time going completely bare, we will do it slowly, removing smaller sections of hair at a time - once you've had a few waxes, the hair removal gets easier, and not as painful. Whatever you do, follow the before and after care instructions with care!
Contact Kelowna Esthetics Studio today to book your Full Brazilian/AKA Hollywood Wax!
I’ve been waxing for a while now, and have seen lots of ingrown hairs – when a hair grows back into the skin rather than out of the surface. Unfortunately, it’s a common waxing side effect, and can also happen after tweezing or shaving too. Not everyone gets ingrown hairs, but anyone can, and some have a higher tendency toward getting them – those with thick, coarser, and curly hair are particularly susceptible to ingrown hairs.
This isn't the news most ladies have been wanting to hear - after all, the waxing, shaving and tweezing we do down there is to make it look, and feel, nice. Smooth, and comfortable. But an ingrown hair does exactly the opposite! The ugly, red, painful bumps are not exactly what we signed up for when we wanted to go bare!
What Exactly IS an Ingrown Hair?
An ingrown hair presents itself as a small round bump – sometimes painful, sometimes itchy, and sometimes it can become infected – this is because the body is responding to the hair as if it were an unknown object. Don’t squeeze the bumps as it could cause an infection or you could end up pushing the hair deeper into the skin.
Image source: https://dermatology.ca/public-patients/hair/ingrown-hair/
Why Does Waxing Make Ingrown Hairs Worse?
The hair follicle has a bulb that it grows from. When you are waxed, this bulb is often visible in the wax strip once the hair has been removed. On the one hand, it's good, it means the hair has come out right at the follicle and hasn't broken. However, on the other hand, the rapid pulling of the wax can disrupt the lining of the follicle, it's this lining that guides hair, when it regrows, up to the surface of the skin and out a hole that allows the hair to actually exit the body. Waxing over long periods will slow hair growth, which means less waxing, and in turn, fewer new ingrown hairs.
Another cause of ingrown hairs can be dead skin cells blocking a pore that has a hair follicle trying to grow out of it. Since the pore is covered, the follicle cannot escape, and instead grows underneath.
How to Treat an Ingrown Hair?
Usually ingrown hairs will go away by themselves, but if you’ve noticed one for a while, and it doesn’t seem to be going away, you might need to take action.
Here are 5 tips to treat an ingrown hair:
If the ingrown hair gets infected and very painful, go see a doctor immediately.