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What are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash extensions are silk, mink, or lightweight synthetic lashes applied directly on natural lashes. The extensions are applied using a semi-permanent adhesive by a professional lash artist.
Additionally, the extensions are mostly applied on the top lash line, and they are applied either in “clusters” or “fans” or individually.
When using lash extensions, especially if it’s the first time, you might fear having unnatural results or allergic reactions. This is why it is necessary to consider all the factors before using eyelash extensions to get your desired look.
What is Full-Set / Fill / Fill Plus?
Full Set – A full set is the process where a lash stylist applies synthetic mink lash extension onto a customers natural lash as many as the stylist can for a full look in the allotted time. Hour Lashes does NOT have a lash count unlike other place that offer 25 to 50 lashes per eye with hidden fee upgrades for additional lashes. A person normally has about 80 to 150 lashes per eye. Typically a full set is done when a client does not currently have any eyelash extensions on or below the 50% retention threshold.
FILL – A fill is a service for a person that currently has eyelash extension on. We remove then add lash extensions to lashes that have grown out from the base and have shed. Typically is 2 weeks after last appointment. Client(s) who book this service usually has at least 70% of lash extensions retained . Hour Lashes does NOT have a lash count unlike other place that offer 25 to 50 lashes per eye with hidden fee upgrades for additional lashes. If you do not match the criteria for a FILL, due to percentage of lashes remaining or time since last lash fill by a Hour Lashes location, it is recommended to book a FILL PLUS service due to % of lash extension retention remaining in order to achieve the full look. Otherwise, Hour Lashes will fill your as many lashes in the allotted time. (Up to 2.5 weeks)
Fill Plus - A fill plus is a service for a person that currently has eyelash extension on. We remove then add lash extensions to lashes that have grown out from the base and have shed. Typically 3 weeks after last appointment. Client(s) who book this service usually has at least 50-60% of lash extensions retained . Hour Lashes does NOT have a lash count unlike other place that offer 25 to 50 lashes per eye with hidden fee upgrades for additional lashes. If you do not qualify for a FILL PLUS, due to percentage of lashes remaining or time since last lash fill by a Hour Lashes location, Hour Lashes recommends booking a FULL SET due to percentage of lash extension retention remaining in order to achieve a full look. Otherwise, Hour Lashes will fill your as many lashes in the allotted time. (3-4 weeks mark)
What is Lash Lift?
What Is a Lash Lift?
“A lash lift curls your lash from base to tip so that you can see the full length,” explains Clementina Richardson, celebrity lash expert and founder of Envious Lashes in New York City and Miami. All lashes have a natural shape to them, so this process alters that shape via a tiny curling rod and a lifting solution. (It’s not as scary as it sounds, as your eyes are closed as it’s applied but yes, there are some chemicals involved.) The treatment should always be performed by a licensed professional.
The difference between the two
Difference between Eyelash Extensions and Eyelash Lift
Although both the treatments are used to make the lashes longer, fuller and alluring, however, they work differently. Eyelash extensions involve the bonding of individual lashes to your natural
lashes with the help of a medical grade adhesive by an experienced artist to make them look physically fuller and longer.
On the other hand, a lash lift involves the natural curling and perming of your lashes to make them appear longer and fuller. So, the lash lifts give an enhanced look to your natural lashes while the eyelash extensions can be used for a rather dramatic effect. Ultimately, it all comes down to your preference.
The Pros and Cons
Pros and Cons between Eye-Lash Extensions and Lash lift
Pros of Lash Lifts
The biggest pro of lash lift is that they look absolutely natural as compared to the extensions. Another benefit of the lash lifts is that they help you in sorting the untamed lashes which start to crisscross or get twisted. A great lash lift makes them manageable by straightening them. Another great advantage associated with the lash lifts is that the maintenance every 8-12 weeks vs every 2-4 weeks with extensions and since you are using your very own natural lashes, there aren’t as many associated irritation
Cons of Lash Lifts
One of the biggest cons of the lash lifts is that many people can’t get theirs lifted for being too short. So, there are various limitations as you are helpless about the capabilities of your natural lashes. For instance, if they are too short, you can’t get them curled up to give the effect that you might be looking for.
Pros of Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions if done right are the best thing that can happen to a woman. They give the most dramatic look to your eyes and would be particularly perfect if your wedding is coming up. They make your mornings much more relaxing as you don’t have to worry about putting on makeup and can simply step out without applying any mascara and yet looking fabulous with those popping eyes and alluring lashes.
Cons of Eyelash Extensions
You cannot risk getting them applied from anyone as it is a job for a professional artist to apply them properly as you wouldn’t want your lashes to look clumpy. If not properly applied, they would have to be taken out and in doing so may harm your natural lashes. And the biggest drawback of the lash extensions is their high maintenance as they last for only a month and may also need a touch up in between.
How to choose the right one for you?
In order to choose the best one for you, it is important to know what type of look you want to attain. If you want a dramatic look, go for the extensions while for a natural look, lash lift would be more suitable. Furthermore, if you have short lashes, lash extensions would be the best solution for you.
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Avoid Water, Sweat, and Hot Tubs Within the First 48 Hours
Avoiding water, sweat, and hot tubs helps the glue to set perfectly around the extensions. Waiting for this time allows the lashes to last longer.
You can wash the rest of your face but avoid water coming into contact with the eye area. Additionally, avoid steaming your face, washing your hair, and yoga during this time since it is impossible to carry out these activities without interfering with the extension glue.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
This rule applies during the first 48 hours when the glue has not yet set. Rubbing your eyes could also transfer germs to lashes, leading to infections of your eyes.
After 48 hours, it is safe to touch or rub your eyes. However, as long as you have the eyelash extensions on, you should avoid rubbing your eyes as much as possible to help keep the extensions in place.
Avoid Eye Makeup
Using eye makeup in the first 48 hours after application is not advised.
After 48 hours, as the eyelash extensions make your eyes pop, you can skip the eye makeup altogether. But if you must use eye products, go for oil-free makeup and apply light strokes to prevent the lashes from falling off.
Protect Your Lashes in The Shower
Eyelash extensions should not disrupt your shower routine, especially after the first 48 hours.
Unfortunately, if you are not careful, it is possible to ruin the extensions with water. Consider purchasing a Lashbrella Shower Shield from Amazon, which will help avoid water running into your lashes when you shower.
Get in Touch with your Stylist!
With years of experience in the beauty industry, every single one of us at Hour Lashes can honestly say we love what we do for a living. We only recruit highly- skilled professionals, who posses a true passion for beauty and aesthetics, and always strive to learn more. Our team members will go the extra mile to ensure that clients’ expectations are not just met, but exceeded. Get in touch today to book your next treatment with us.
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