People often ask what Hybrid Lashes are? The answer? They’re a mix of volume fans and classic 1:1 lashes.
In the top picture here you can see that fans have been applied to the lashes. In the second picture the classic lashes are added to fill the gaps! The bottom picture is the finished look!
Hybrid lashes are a great alternative to those who want fuller looking lashes without the cost of full volume lashes!
Women often ask if they can put mascara on over their eyelash extensions.
Why? You’ve just spent a significant chunk of money on lash extensions, you shouldn’t need to put mascara! That’s the beauty of eyelash extensions! You just wake up in the morning and you’re ready to go. However, it’s still something we are often asked.
Our response is NEVER apply mascara to hybrid or volume lashes, and to try to avoid it with classic lashes.
The reason for never applying to hybrids or volume lashes is that you have fans applied to your lashes and applying mascara will close the fans and leave your lashes a clumpy mess.
We always warn that while you can wear mascara with your lash extensions, it can shorten the life of extensions dramatically and it’s not recommended. The brush can also potentially pull on your lashes and cause them to be damaged, loosened, or removed.
However, if you have very light eyelashes, and it’s almost time for a fill but you have an event, or need to add a bit of drama your lashes, you might decide to put mascara onto your natural lashes that are exposed. Be aware that this will mean your lash tech will have to take extra time at your fill to remove the mascara which can reduce the amount of time filling your lashes.
If you do decide to opt for mascara over your lash extensions, DO NOT use waterproof mascara as it requires an oil-based make-up remover which will break down the glue adhering the lash extension to the natural lash. Use a water-based mascara. Mascara absolutely can be worn on your bottom lashes.
If your lash extensions have been applied properly, there should be no need to add mascara over the top of them as there should still be plenty left come fill time!
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
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!
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