All About Lash Extensions
Q1 // Are lash extensions painful? Do they feel different/heavy like false lash strips do?
- No! In fact, pain is a strong indicator that you have had a poor lash job. Lash extensions, when applied by an educated and trained professional, will feel completely weightless and pain free.
Q2 // Are there different types of lash extensions you can get?
- KM Lash Designs offers two different ways to start your lash journey; the Full Set and the Express Set. The Full Set is going to be your fullest, most dramatic look you can possibly get. During the Full Set, you’ll receive a lash extension on every single viable lash. The Express Set is a little over half of a Full Set, and is a great option for someone who’d like to give them a try without financially committing to the Full Set all at once. After 2-3 fills on your Express Set, you will work up to a Full Set.
Q3 // What are the benefits of lash extensions?
- No more mascara! Lash extensions completely replace your lash makeup and many people no longer need eyeliner as well. They have a permanent curve (so no more eyelash curlers!) and the curl aids as an eye lift. Since you no longer have to worry about your mascara running, it’s wonderful for big events such as weddings, vacations, photo shoots, galas and parties. Lashes are also attractive to any women who want to look beautiful every day, but needs to get up and go.
Q4 // How long do they last and how often do you recommend getting fills? Why is it necessary to have a professional remove them?
- Your natural lashes go through a “shedding” every 60-120 days, causing you to lose anywhere between 1-5 lashes a day depending on how heavy your shed cycle is. Because of the natural shedding, fills are required every 2-3 weeks to maintain a consistent look. It is easiest to have a professional remove them so the integrity of the lash is maintained. KM Lash Designs will remove them for free. If you don’t wish to fill them in, a Full Set will last 3-4 weeks depending on home care.
Q5 // Are they damaging to your real lashes?
- Nope! If they are applied properly, there will be no damage to your natural lashes. However, damage IS possible if your technician is not properly trained! Some damage will fix itself after a shed cycle, and some damage is irreversible. Do your homework on your desired technician and make sure you’re picking someone who will maintain the integrity of your lash.
Q6 // What are key indicators between bad and good lash extensions? How do I know my technician is qualified?
- There are many indicators as to discerning the difference between technicians. One of the most obvious is price. There’s a huge variance in price in the lash industry and there is a reason for that — you absolutely get what you pay for. Those higher prices are set there because it reflects the work and reputation of that stylist, along with the cost of their higher-paid education and their medical grade quality products. You want to find a technician that is certified through a reputable lash company. I strongly recommend going with an Xtreme Lash Stylist — they have the top training program in the country and a glowing reputation to match. Feel free call and ask.
- Before your appointment, call them and ask any questions you might have, including directly asking if they’re certified and if so, by whom. Find them on social media and read reviews. This is a huge investment and a great lash stylist will take the time to educate you as much as you’d like. Pain is also a huge sign that something is not right.
- Lashes are tedious and take time. If your Full Sets are under an hour, and your fills are under 30 minutes, red flags should go up. The look and feel of your lash design is also a big sign. Do your lashes feel hard and prickly? Can you see the adhesive? Do you feel like a “spider” with just a few long lashes immediately after your appointment? Are they the same length all the way across? If you said yes to any of these, you most likely have not had a great lash experience.
Q7 // What do I need to do to prep for my first session?
- Your appointment is very peaceful. You will relax on a bed with your head on a pillow and the option to kick off your shoes and snuggle up in a cozy blanket. You can either chat with your technician or drift off to the gentle music in the background. It’s advised to remove your contacts if your eyes dry out easily. Make sure to come with a clean, make-up free face so that the lashes can adhere to your natural lashes and not the makeup. Avoid caffeine or anything that makes you jittery or anxious.
Q8 // How do you take care of/maintain them?
- Regular fills are needed to maintain the look indefinitely. It’s important to clean them with oil-free cleanser a few times a week if you don’t wear eye makeup, and clean them daily if you do. Stay away from oil! Oil will almost instantly break down the adhesive causing them to fall off. Any excess running and tugging will remove them and potentially cause harm to your natural lashes.
Q9 // How much time does it take and how much does it cost?
- The Full Set takes 2 hours and costs $250 and the Express Set takes 1 hour and costs $150. 2-week fills take 45-60 minutes and cost $90, 3-week fills take 60-75 minutes and cost $110.