Long Luscious Eyelash Extensions
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With eyelash extensions, great lashes are only a day spa away!

Unlike false lashes that are applied all in one strip, semi-permanent lashes are customized for each client and applied one at a time directly onto each natural lash. The process was invented in South Korea and brought to the U.S. market about seven years ago. It didn’t take off at the time because the adhesives contained toxins that many people were allergic to. Then, about three years ago, the adhesives were reformulated and improved and they've grown in popularity ever since.

Most false eyelashes come in strip form. The strip contains a sticky adhesive that you apply to your upper eyelid. All of the lashes are arrayed on this strip and then attached to the lid. An eyelash extension, in contrast, comes individually. Each extension is made to look identical to a natural lash, and each is placed on top of the natural lash it is meant to extend. A special bonding solution is used to hold the extension in place. It should not touch the skin of the eyelid. Because each lash extension is precisely placed, it requires a professional to apply extensions, and it is not a procedure you can do yourself.

Unlike false lashes, eyelash extensions do not feel heavy on your eyelid. False lashes can tire your eye lid and feel heavy. Eyelash extensions are an exact replica of an eyelash, it weighs about as much as a natural lash: practically nothing.

Eyelash Extensions

If applied properly, you will not notice the addition of the extensions to your lashes, and they will not cause your natural lashes to fall out ahead of their natural cycle.

False eyelashes should be removed nightly, eyelash extensions will remain in place until the natural lash on which it rests falls out. Additionally, there are many activities that you cannot do while wearing false eyelashes: swimming, heavy workouts, sometimes even sleeping. With lash extensions, however, it is possible to do any activity that you would normally do. The special adhesive creates a waterproof and sleep proof bond that will not break no matter the level of your physical activity.

Eyelash extensions look remarkably natural and move with your natural lashes. As long as you keep up with the applications, it is almost impossible to tell that you are wearing lash extensions.  After seeing and feeling the differences between false eyelashes and eyelash extensions, you will know that choosing the eyelash extension will help you more effectively and naturally enhance your eyes and their natural beauty.

Eyelash extensions are made from a pliable, durable synthetic material available in various lengths and thicknesses. Each synthetic lash is bonded to an individual natural lash with what should be a formaldehyde-free glue that is medical grade. Lash extensions should never be glued to the eyelid, and the surgical adhesive should not smell bad or make eyes sting.

Most of us average over 100 lashes per lid, so technicians artfully intersperse 30 to 80 extensions on each lash line to create a natural, lush look appropriate for your facial structure.  The initial process should take between 90 – 120 minutes.  Putting on extensions is time-consuming. If you find someone who claims to be able to do it in less than an hour you should be skeptical. With the right application you can’t even tell they are not your own lashes!

There are many brands of lash extensions and each has their own adhesive glue.  Not all lash extensions are made the same.   You should review the website of the eyelashes extensions that you are considering to have applied to insure that they will work for you and review the training of the person who will be applying your lashes.  

Some of the better known lash extension companies are:   3D Lashes, Xtreme Lashes, Lavish Lashes, Novalash, LuxLash.  The lashes I choose were 3D Lashes, their lashes are tapered like a natural lash and they have several choices for size, shape and length.  I feel that their glue gives a great bond, and the black color of their glue blends in with the lash.  I have seen great results with some of the other brands as well.  The biggest factor is the skill level of the person applying the lashes.   They need to have great close up vision, a steady hand and use the correct procedure to adhere the lash to your own lash and seal the two together.  The lash extension should be above the root of your lash and not touch the skin of your lid or poke into your eye. 

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Disclaimer: Information on this web site was gathered from many sources in public domain such as published books, articles, studies and web sites. Please check with your local Board of Cosmetology and the FDA website to see what products and services are approved and authorized in your area.




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