Tuesday, 16 July 2013 17:11

How to find a good Eyelash Technician

Comparing eyelash extension services against one another can be as fruitless (love a good pun) as comparing apples to oranges, hopefully the information below can make this less of a challenge:

Questions you need to ask to ensure you're getting quality for your money and the product/service you are paying for include:

How much?
The answer to this question should prompt you to ask further questions to ensure value for money, while the old addage 'you get what you pay for' is easier said than done for many people, as with purchasing a beautiful pair of shoes, if you apply the cost per wear theory, it makes for an 'investment' rather than an expense (sure can pass this article on to the hubby).  So remember that basing your choice soley on this question could be a poor choice.

How many extensions per eye are being applied?
While LASH ME Eyelash Extensions consider a full set to be one extension on every natural lash, totalling between 70 and 120 LPE (lashes per eye), many salons apply between 50-60 LPE and they too label this a full set, so it is really important to delve into how many lashes you receive during your application. Our half set (one extension on every second lash, ultimately 50-60 LPE) is similar to a full set applied by other salons.

What type of lashes are being applied?
There are so many different extension types available on the market these days that you'd be excused for having no clue what material your extension are made from and unless you know to ask, many salons wont offer up this information, they'll just go about applying the extension type that they use.  I hesitate to write a description of each lash type below because I have a particular bias towards natural fibres that reduce the damage caused to natural lashes, so I am just going to list them in my order of preference (least to most favourite)... Clump lashes/knot lashes, acrylic, silk, faux mink, cheveux (human hair) and mink fur.   You may also hear terms like: minkies, coloured lashes, w lashes, y lashes, rapid lashes, xtreme lashes, graft-a-lash, v lashes, crescent lashes... these are all different styles of acrylic lashes... confused yet?

At LASH ME we choose only to stock cheveux (human hair) and mink fur extensions as they ensure optimal lash health and incredibly good looking extensions.

How experienced is the technician who will be applying my extensions?
'Everyone has to start somewhere'... never a truer word was spoken, however it is really important that if you are using an inexperienced technician that a. you're not paying full price and b. they are under the strict supervision of someone far more experienced than them.  Ask as many questions as you like to determine the experience and skill level of the person who will be using super sharp tools and medical grade glue approx 5mm from your eyeball.

Do you offer a guarantee on your work?
We offer a one week fix up to guarantee our work and to ensure that after care instructions have been understood and carried out, we think this is an important part of our service.  This question will just put your mind at ease that no matter how they answer the first question (price) that you are not going to regret your investment a few days after your appointment.

We don't price match because it is hard to compete against salons who advertise 'mink lashes at $69' because ultimately, the hidden fine print is that they only apply 40-50 LPE, the mink is in fact faux mink (acrylic fashioned to look like mink fur) and their technician is most probably not a specialist in eyelash extensions.  So I am hoping that this article will provide consumers with a platform to perform enough research to find the best possible experience that will begin a lifelong love affair with their eyelash extensions.

You should get a real sense of the professionalism and service that you're likely to receive by having a quality discussion like this with your potential service provider and there is nothing like peace of mind before spending a lot of time and money on a treatment that has so many variables and possible outcomes.

Lashing you with Regards

Kat x


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But there is no reason for them to be enemies!!

The simple after care instructions for eyelash extensions become a little bit harder to navigate when you're considering the scheduling of other beauty treatments.  For example, you can't have a spray tan directly before your lashes are applied because the under eye pad used during the application of eyelash extensions will leave you looking particularly panda-esk plus the tanning solution leaves a residue that prevents the lash glue from adhering properly.  Now you can have a spray tan directly after your extensions are applied, but as your tan will be due to be rinsed off 2-8 hours later, that is 14-22 hours short of how long you have to keep your lashes dry for... confused yet?  I told you it was hard to navigate!!

The one treatment that I indulged in over the weekend that has the potential to go really wrong for extension wearers is a facial, so I have some tips on how you can still relax into a relaxing and beneficial facial without worrying about your lashes falling off:

1. Communicate with your therapist:  If you are having your lashes applied by a good technician, your therapist may not even know you have extensions, so don't assume they have noticed or that they know how to care for your extensions during your facial.

2. Oil:  Chances are the skin care range the salon uses will contain oils of some kind, so simply ask your therapist to avoid your eye area (brow bone to the top of your cheek bone) when using these formulations.

3. Steam:  Many facials use a facial steamer as part of the treatment, this opens the pores to give a deep cleansing action.  Generally it is not recommended if you have sensitive skin or skin that is prone to broken capiliaries and definitely a big no no when you have eyelash extensions.

4. Excessive heat:  During my facial on Saturday, I had thought to mention the steam and the oil, but it wasn't until that hot towel was being wrapped around my face to remove my mask that I had a mini heart attack... NOOOO, NO HEAT ON MY LASHES!!!  So just one more thing to mention to your therapist, 'wrap me up, but avoid my eyes please'

5. Skin care: While we will look after your lash health, your beauty therapist is the best person to discuss your individual skin care needs, just make sure that the skin care they recommend for your eye area is oil free and avoid using cleansers containing oil in the shower (as they will wash the oil based product through through lashes).  If you wear eye makeup and want to be completely sure your skin care range is oil and aha free, check out The LASH CARE Co. range in our salons.

So you can have your cake and eat it too, just remember these five simple rules and you will have glowing skin, gorgeous lashes and almost no need to apply a lick of makeup.

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