23 May 2012

Lash Extensions : Singles vs Clusters



Lash Extensions : Singles vs Clusters



Lash Extensions are very popular amongst brides, celebrities, and the average woman who might be “lash challenged”!  There are different techniques to apply the lash extensions.  For a more natural look, single extensions (applied one by one) to each lash can be custom-tailored to your needs.  You can choose the thickness, curl, lengths (by mm), colours and eye design.  Most people regardless of their hair colour usually opt for black.  The thickness you choose depends on how thick your natural lashes are.  Therefore if you have very fine lashes, then using the thinner extensions would be advised.  For most people with regular healthy lashes, the lash stylist will tend to mix the thicknesses to create a natural look/feel.

Single Lash Extensions take usually 1.5 to 2 hrs to apply, since you need to attach an extension to every single lash on your eyelid.  The client is reclined on a comfortable massage bed and enjoying a nice eye treatment at the same time. The eye patches (which provide the eye treatment) are used to separate the top and lower lashes. After the procedure is done, the client is given instructions on how to maintain the lash extensions.  For example, avoid using an oil-based eye makeup remover, etc.

Refills are usually done every 2-4 weeks if the client wants to have lash extensions indefinitely. The refill application usually takes 30mins to 1hr.  If a client gets them done for a one-time event (ie. wedding), they should last approximately 4-6 weeks depending how they take care of them…which should be long enough to last the wedding + honeymoon. Lash extensions are great for weddings because if the bride cries, the extensions are waterproof and will not fall off or smear.

Lash extensions are generally safe for most people. The extensions are applied 1mm away from your eyelid, never touching skin. Medical grade glue is used (same glue they use in place of sutures) that is safe for majority of people.  Cyanoacrylate is the main ingredient, therefore if a client has any allergies to this ingredient should avoid getting lash extensions done. Those that are sensitive can request for glue that is less strong, however the lash extensions might not last as long with a weaker glue.

So what is the difference with Lash Clusters?  Lash Clusters are applied in individual lash bunches. They are more dramatic looking and requires less time to apply – typically 40-45mins. You do not need to be reclined on a massage bed, you can simply sit comfortably in a chair for this procedure. Refills are not applicable, as this is more for a one-time special occasion ie. wedding, party, etc.  They last approximately 2-3 weeks long.  Mascara and curlers are not required as the clusters are dramatic enough without it. Clients can get a new set done once all the lash clusters have shed, but it’s not recommended for long-term use.

Eyes are the window to your soul. Longer fuller lashes does give the look of younger, brighter, bigger eyes.  However, it does require a monthly expense (if getting regular refills) and requires time to get them done. It is recommended clients get lash extensions done by professionals who have been properly trained.  For brides who are getting them done one-time only, they should set up their appointment approximately 3-5 days before their big day.  *flutter flutter*


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