1. What are eyelash extensions? Eyelash extensions are synthetic, mink, or silk fibers that are individually applied to your natural eyelashes using a special adhesive. They enhance the length, thickness, and curl of your lashes, creating a more dramatic and expressive look. 2. How long do eyelash extensions last? Eyelash extensions can last anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on your natural lash growth cycle and how well you care for them. Regular touch-up appointments are recommended to maintain the fullness of your lashes. 3. How are eyelash extensions applied? A certified lash technician will carefully isolate each natural lash and attach a single extension to it using a safe adhesive. The process is meticulous and can take 1 to 2 hours for a full set. It's essential to keep your eyes closed throughout the procedure. 4. Are eyelash extensions safe? When applied by a trained and experienced professional, eyelash extensions are generally safe. However, it's crucial to ensure that the adhesive and materials used are of high quality. As with many beauty procedures, there are risks involved with eyelash extensions - the risks are small, but there are still risks! For that reason, we provide the opportunity for all new clients to undertake a patch test to check for allergies to any of the products used. Very rarely, people may experience a reaction to the glue - red, watering, itchy eyes - even after using it without any negative effects several times before. Failure to follow post care instructions may also lead to undesired results, complications or effects. If you have sensitivities or allergies, discuss them with your technician before the application. 5. Do eyelash extensions damage natural lashes? Properly applied eyelash extensions should not damage your natural lashes. It's essential to avoid rubbing, pulling, or tugging on the extensions to prevent any potential damage. 6. Can I still wear makeup with eyelash extensions? Yes, you can wear makeup with eyelash extensions, but it's recommended to use oil-free and water-based products. Avoid waterproof mascara and oil-based makeup removers, as they can weaken the adhesive and cause premature shedding of the extensions. 7. Can I swim, shower, or exercise with eyelash extensions? Once the adhesive has fully cured (usually within the first 24-48 hours), you can resume normal activities, including swimming, showering, and exercising. However, excessive exposure to steam, heat, and water can weaken the adhesive, so it's still advisable to be cautious. 8. How do I care for my eyelash extensions? To maintain the longevity of your extensions, avoid rubbing your eyes, sleeping on your face, and using oil-based products near the eyes. Gently cleanse your lashes daily using a lash-safe cleanser and a soft brush. 9. How often should I get touch-ups? Most lash professionals recommend touch-up appointments every 2 to 4 weeks. During these appointments, the technician will fill in any gaps where extensions have shed and ensure your lashes continue to look full and even. 10. Can I remove eyelash extensions myself? While it's possible to remove eyelash extensions at home, it's strongly advised to have them removed by a professional. Incorrect removal can damage your natural lashes and cause discomfort. 11. How do I choose the right style for me? Your lash technician will help you choose a style that complements your eye shape, natural lashes, and desired outcome. Feel free to bring pictures for reference and communicate your preferences clearly. 12. Can anyone get eyelash extensions? Most people can get eyelash extensions, but individuals with certain eye conditions or allergies may not be suitable candidates. Consult with your technician and disclose any relevant medical information before the appointment. At Kelowna Esthetics Studio anyone 16 or 17 must have parental consent and parental presence for the appointment. Anyone under 16 cannot get eyelash extensions. 13. What glue do you use? We use glue from SugarLash PRO. It is low in fumes and registered for sale in Canada by Health Canada.