& # 39; A week ago I found myself at an appointment where more than a hundred small pieces of his are permanently glued to my face. I get extension extensions, like I've done it a dozen times, and I get it for all the usual reasons: it makes my life easier and they look good. Nothing – not mascara, or discoloration or lifting – comes close to how good they look. In urban folklore, you will believe that extensions make your natural lashes more easily fall out, but the truth is that a good set is like a protective style for the lashes you already have – you will be softer with them and under the extensions, lashes can get longer and stronger. The fact that they will look absolutely incredible is a welcome side effect.
I sang the praises of my extensions a month ago, and it turned out you had questions. Actually too much to answer in one comment. That's why I enlisted the help of Jasmine Imani, the Soho-based eyelash artist favored by beauty inspectors Ashley Graham, Rio Viera-Newton and Julie Schott. The result is everything you need to know about eyelash extensions – where to go, what to ask for, and how to keep your lashes in the longest, healthiest way possible.
Before you go
See if you're a good candidate for extensions."Extensions should not be used to cover your damaged lashes," Jasmine says. & # 39; You may not get it if your lashes are not strong and healthy. & # 39; Doing so can make your natural lashes fall out faster, due to the extra weight of the extensions. If your lashes are weak or sparse, Jasmine recommends starting with the lash serum regimen until they are strong enough for enlargements.
Veterinarian your esthetician. Referrals from friends are always helpful, but they are not always easy to reach. On your own, it can be difficult to determine if a salon is safe – and a tempting Groupon deal does not make it easier. For a service that includes chemicals so close to your eyes, it is better to spend a few extra dollars than to experience the effects of a slim lash application. The most important thing, Jasmine emphasizes, is that your eyelash technician is a licensed esthetician. (To comply with state law, their license must be visible or available upon inquiry.) If you do lashes in your home or your technician's home, it's even more important to ask – some people try to work around the licensing laws by offering extension services at home. & # 39; Other certification and training doesn't mean much, and unless your technician wants to tell you what products they use, there's no way to tell. & # 39; Imani tells me that new products are constantly coming out – she searches for new products every week. But one thing she says hasn't changed much is price. & # 39; Your glue should be the most expensive thing your artist buys, & # 39; she explains, which means cheaper extensions can mean less money to ensure that the glue used is safe and effective. & # 39; If someone is lower than the market rate, maybe I think twice about having them work close to my eyes. & # 39; While the market rate varies from place to place, in New York it is no less than $ 100.00 per set.
Prepare your lashes. Stop using waterproof mascara and oil-based makeup removers 48 hours before your appointment. & # 39; Certain products can spoil with the pH of your lashes and therefore with the glue. The chemical difference can cause it to not get stuck properly, ”explains Imani. She also suggests throwing the lash curlers around that mark: the kinks they leave behind can make it harder for your technician to apply extensions clean to the natural lash. On the day of your appointment, there will be no eye-makeup. And Imani also suggests you wash your hair this morning because you can't get your fresh lashes wet or steamy for 24 hours.
Choose your lashes
After arriving for your appointment, you will be asked to make a series of choices about your extensions. Here you choose the best set for you.
Lash length: You want longer lashes, but how long is it too long? This can be difficult to see when you look at a worm length diagram. Imani recommends that I do not do a length of 13 mm. & # 39; Using different lengths, the extensions look more natural – the small lashes closest to the inner corners of your eyes are shorter than the ones in the middle of your lash, and your extensions should repeat the effect. The length you choose is entirely dependent on personal preference. I like to keep a 13mm eyelash, because when I pay for my extensions through the nose, I want them to be long.
Curl Form: After choosing your height, decide on a curl shape. Lashes usually come in four different levels of curl: J, B, C and D. The subtlest is & # 39; a J curl – this curl slightly at the end and adds more than curl. If you are hesitant about eyelash extensions, or are worried that they look too intense, a J curl is the easiest place to start. On the other hand, a D-curl is the most dramatic lash shape. But don't let that scare you off of them – again, depending on your other choices, more curls can looks completely natural. A D is actually my favorite lash. You can't curl your eyelashes once your extensions are applied, so if you're after a permanent curl, you'll be happiest with a C or D.
Lash amount: While Imani attributes each of her expansion designs to her clients individually – without counting the lashes – most saloon price extensions are based on how much you want. JJ Lashes, a popular New York eyelash salon, offers sets of 80, 100 and 120 eyelashes per eye. For natural extensions, you'll be happiest with 80 lashes or less (I get a set of 60) per eye. The reason you want to choose more is a special occasion, such as a wedding or photo shoot.
material: The most popular options are synthetic, lace and mink – which are surprisingly all kinds of synthetic lashes. Imani makes clear that some synthetic lashes are better than others – instead of referring to animal products, “she” and “mink” are just ways to distinguish different grades of synthetics. Synthetic silk and mink lashes hold their curls better than the real thing, and have the added bonus of being cruelty free and hypoallergenic. Between them, the decision comes down to budget (in most eyelash salons, mink is usually more expensive) and personal preference. "Silk lashes give more shine, while mink is more matte," says Imani. She cites skin color, natural hair color and opportunity as factors to choose what is best.
Round or flat lashes: Recently, some eyelash salons started offering flat eyelashes. Instead of rounding off at the base, they have a more elliptical shape that helps them sit closer to the natural lash, but looks wider and fuller at the lash line. & # 39; It gives & # 39; a heavier look that is more dramatic and not very natural, & # 39; explains Imani. This one comes down to personal preference, but Imani is not a fan.
color: Most people who get extensions want to forfeit mascara; so you want extensions that are dark, ink black. And although black is the most popular, "eyelash extensions come in all colors," says Imani. & # 39; For someone who is very blonde and wants a natural look, it is nice to go with dark brown. & # 39; You may also want to consider & # 39; a few days before getting extensions, consider coloring your lashes. For those with light or red hair, color cell will fit your extensions with your natural lashes (and under lashes!) Much better.
Wimperspatroon: The usual options are natural (lashes follow your natural lash pattern), round (longer lashes in the middle of the eye), and cat eye (longer lashes in the outer corners). You choose based on the shape of your eye and what you want to emphasize, but the most natural option is always … natural.
The lashes take at least an hour to apply, so be sure to bring your headphones along and keep your favorite podcast in line. Your technician will cover your lower lashes, and you must keep your eyes closed for the duration of the appointment. You may feel that your technician is separating and brushing your lashes, but the process should not be painful. (If you feel pain, burn or sting, tell your technician immediately.) At worst, it's boring and, at best, relaxing – I've probably fallen asleep sometimes.
Do not use oil-based makeup removers or eye cleansers as this will dissolve the glue; you can wear eye care, but you should remove it gently. Imani also recommends using an eyelash serum while wearing extensions, and brushing your lashes with a spoolie every day. Most lashes will fill up every two to three weeks, but I've found that a well-applied range of extensions for a month may look good. People in this forum thread recommend glasses to protect your lashes when cleaning or showering, but extreme measures are unnecessary. I've had it before beach holidays, and even in the sea or in the chlorine pools they didn't drop any faster. I still use eye cream and facial oil from time to time, and even oil cleanser, but make sure I don't rub the oil in my eyes. Lash extensions are meant to make your life easier—I live as usual.
Remember, your lashes fall off naturally – it's easy to panic when long, curly lashes suddenly scatter your pillowcase, but you only see it more because they're more visible. If most of them have fallen out, or the lash has grown and the extension is no longer at the base, then it's a sign to go back to a new set. & # 39; The lashes should get a break while wearing extensions, & # 39; emphasizes Imani, which means no curls, no mascara and NO PICKING.
If you are not satisfied with your lash kit, go back to the salon and have a pro player pull it out. No exceptions! If you do not trust the place you are going to work for, you may want to go to a pro to do so – but you may be charged a fee. Even if a bad decoration (undercoat glue, improper application technique, you all put it off) leaves you with sparse lashes, Imani stresses that this is not the end of the world. & # 39; Fortunately, & # 39; she explains, & # 39; your lashes replace themselves every six to eight weeks. & # 39; And there's always mascara.
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