Monday, September 30, 2013

Lash Extensions

Lash Extensions are great way to give eyelashes volume, length, and a smooth curl.  They are also perfect for someone who just doesn't want to do their makeup each morning.  The process of lash extensions involves gluing a synthetic, curved lash to each individual natural lash.  As the natural lashes go through their regular shedding cycle, the synthetic lashes shed with the natural lash to which they are glued.  Every 2-4 weeks (depending on a person's lash cycle) more lashes will need to be added to keep the lashes full.

Supplies needed:
  • 2 Pairs of tweezers
  • Lint free eye patches
  • Lash primer
  • Lash brush
  • One of the following types of Glue
    • U+  - Quick dry time Acrylic-Based
    • B    - Medium dry time Acrylic-Based
    • A    - Slow dry time Acrylic-Based (usually used in training)
    • Q-1 - Medium dry time Latex-Based
  • Synthetic lashes ranging from sizes 7-15mm with one of the following curls:
    • J- Straighter lash used for severely hooded eyes.
    • B- Curls like a natural lash, used for recessed hooded eyes.
    • C- Most typical. Looks like a curled lash.
    • D- Most curly.  Only to be used on naturally curly lashes.
Always use Primer and sterile tools!

You will first discuss with the client what her objectives are.  What look is she going for and why is she getting lash extensions.  You will also look at the client's lashes to see how full, curly, etc they are.  A plan should be made by taking into consideration both what the client wants, and what is possible with her natural lashes.  If she has very straight lashes, an extremely curly lash will not adhere well to her natural lashes.  If she has extremely short lashes, a 15 mm lash would put a lot of weight on the lash and possibly cause the lashes to shed quicker than normal.  Come up with a realistic shape that is acceptable for the client, and then have the client lay down with her head close to you and her chin up.

Carefully place an eye patch under each eye to cover the bottom lashes.  Use tape to anchor pads in place or to cover any exposed bottom lashes.  Use primer to thoroughly cleanse any impurities and remove any product from the lashes.  Pour a small amount of glue on a sterile surface and pull out the sizes of lashes that will be used. 

With one set of tweezers, you will carefully separate the lashes and isolate one lash between your open tweezers.  With the other set of tweezers, you will grab one synthetic lash by the tip, and lightly dip the root in the glue.  Only a small amount of glue is needed.  Rub the bead of glue found on the root of the synthetic lash along the isolated natural lash to create a smooth and tacky surface for the lash to adhere.  Then place the synthetic lash onto the natural lash and hold until the glue is dry enough to hold the lash on its own.  The lash should be placed as close to the eyelid as possible, but with a little space to allow movement. 

Alternate sides to allow glue to dry well.  Also alternate the sizes you use to create a more natural looking lash.  For example, if you are primarily using a 12mm lash, add a few 11mm lashes to create a natural looking blend.  Shorter lashes are ideal for the inside corners near the nose so that the lashes don't poke the eyelid or put too much weight on the short lashes.

When each lash has been properly glued and aligned, check to make sure no lashes are sticking together or to the pad.  If two lashes are glued together, one will begin to tug on the other as they grow and will cause pain or other more serious problems.  Once you have checked to make sure the lashes are separated and straight, remove the pads and have the client sit up and THEN open their eyes slowly.

Instruct the client on proper care and maintenance of her lashes, and set up an appointment for a fill if possible. Your client will now enjoy full, long and beautiful lashes, without the hassle of mascara and curlers!

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