By Kim Taylor
Of all the services available in the world of beauty, the ones that render immediate results are the favorites. In October 2018, we added eye lash extensions to our service offerings and clients are loving it! In fact, we spend a good amount of time describing and explaining the process, so I decided to write about it this month. If you have ever been curious about having amazing lashes without the daily chore of strip lashes and/or mascara, the following may be of interest to you…
What are lash extensions?
Lash extensions are single strands of synthetic eyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural eyelash. They are applied individually to each natural lash to lengthen and thicken your own lashes creating a beautiful lash line that allows you to go mascara-free. Extensions are great for everyday wear, vacations, and special occasions because they can be customized in length and thickness to achieve just about any desired look. A classic look is achieved by adhering one synthetic lash to each natural lash while a full and voluminous look is achieved by adhering a ‘fan’ of three synthetic lashes to each natural lash. Understated and natural or full and flirty- you choose. Perhaps you normally prefer your lashes to look very natural but desire a more glamorous look for an upcoming event? Not to worry; a different look can easily be achieved with each touch up because of the way your own natural lashes grow and shed.
What is the process?
The first application process for lash extensions takes 2-3 hours depending on the look you desire. You will relax comfortably on a facial table with your eyes closed. Your lashes will be cleaned and primed to ensure a strong bond, and extensions will then be applied to each individual eyelash on a hair by hair basisuntil the desired look is achieved. With proper application, the look and feel of lash extensions can be weightless, natural, and completely believable.
How long do they last?
Applied correctly and cared for properly, your new lashes will last the length of your natural lash growth cycle. Each client’s experience will differ based on how the lashes are cared for and a few lifestyle factors. Maintenance should be scheduled every 1-3 weeks. These appointments take about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how long it’s been since your last visit and how diligent you are with homecare. On average, a person loses around 20 natural lashes per week that are replaced with the growth of a new lash. Varying growth patterns keep lashes from shedding all at once. The lash extension is adhered to the natural lash, lasting until the natural lash sheds. Maintenance pushed out to four weeks and beyond is not considered ‘maintenance’ and a full set will be scheduled.
Am I a good candidate?
Lash extensions require a simple daily maintenance commitment that consists of cleansing with oil-free cleanser and brushing to keep them looking and feeling good. Added to your daily skin care regimen, this should be a breeze.
There are many reasons why people choose to get lash extensions, and just about anyone can be a good candidate for them. If you have light colored, thinning, or short lashes extensions may be a great option for you! Many women who don’t wear makeup due to allergy or sensitivity issues find that they can in fact wear lash extensions. If you have allergies or known sensitivities, a patch test must be done before committing. This is done at a complimentary consultation prior to scheduling your lash extension appointment.
I personally enjoy the freedom from wearing mascara as it always transfers to under my eyes. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so I prefer a very natural, classic lash look. I feel my eyes look bigger and brighter and less tired with extensions. I schedule my maintenance appointments every two weeks, and I am absolutely hooked!
How do I prepare for my first appointment?
Arrive to your appointment with clean, dry lashes and makeup free eyes. Do not use waterproof mascara for at least 3 – 4 days before your appointment as it leaves a film on your lashes and prevents the extensions from adhering properly.
About our lash specialist-
Lindsey Loya joined Essence in September, 2018. She holds her certification in lash extensions through Lash Savvy. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a lash specialist in California. Her calm demeanor and meticulous nature make her an excellent choice for your lash extensions.
In addition to her amazing work as a lash specialist, Lindsey has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2016. She spent 6 months working and learning with our veteran hair stylists to hone her skills. In February, 2019, she completed her in house training and transitioned to a Rising Star hair stylist position at Essence.
Lindsey’s passion for hair and all things beauty combined with her ability to master new trends and techniques quickly sets her apart from others with similar experience. She loves bright edgy colors and styles, yet also appreciates the beauty of classic natural looks.
A native of Southern California, Lindsey recently made her lifelong dream of living in Colorado a reality. While she is new to the Rockies, she is no stranger to the mountains and snow! She loves being outdoors and finds joy and inspiration both personally and professionally through nature.
How much are lash extensions?
Classic Lash Set (2 hours) ~ $180
Classic/ Volume Lash Set (2.5 hours) ~ $200
Volume Lash Set (3 hours) ~ $225
1 week (45 minutes) ~ $45-$55
2 weeks (60 minutes) ~ $65-$75
3 weeks (75 minutes) ~ $85-$95
So, what are you waiting for? Call today to schedule your lash extension consultation and/or appointment with Lindsey Loya! We look forward to being part of what makes you look and feel beautiful.