FAQ – Eyelash Extensions

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[acc title=”Who is a candidate for lash extensions?” class=”acc_active”]Anyone who would like to have longer or easy care lashes.  As most lash extensions have a natural curl to them, they thicken and lengthen the appearance of your lash, so anyone who has difficulty applying mascara or curling lashes should consider extensions.  If you have an active lifestyle, play sports or swim you may enjoy the ease of care with lashes. [/acc]
[acc title=”Who is not a candidate for lash extensions?” class=””]Because these lashes are adhered to your natural lash, if you have weak lashes or eyelash loss, extensions will not be able to be applied.  Some people may be allergic to the adhesive. When in doubt, ask for a allergy test at least 24 hours before applying the lashes. If you sleep on your stomach, rub your eyes a lot or are committed to mascara, lash extensions may not be for you. [/acc]
[acc title=”Is the product FDA approved? Is it safe?” class=””]Currently the FDA is not regulating eyelash extensions because eyelash extensions are applied to the natural eyelashes and do not touch the skin. The glue used at Lash Fox contains no formaldehyde and low to no fumes.  However, improper application by an unqualified technician can cause damage to the eyes and eyelids. [/acc]
[acc title=”How much do lash extensions cost?” class=””]Please see the services page for current prices at Lash Fox. [/acc]
[acc title=”Who can apply eyelash extensions?” class=””]In most areas, a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician, can provide lash extension services.  In addition, this person should have been properly trained and certified in proper lash extension techniques and mastered them.[/acc]
[acc title=”What should I know before I schedule an appointment?” class=””]Know the cancellation policy, and know if you will be charged if the service may not be performed on you. Find out what products are used and make sure you are comfortable with them. See if you can schedule a consultation with the technician.  During this consultation you may ask to see before and after pictures of their work and have a patch test done for glue sensitivity.  This should be done at least 24 hours ahead of time. It is easier to know if you are allergic to the glue before having a 2 hour service performed.
[acc title=”What should I know before I go to my appointment?” class=””]When you go to your appointment you should have absolutely no makeup or oil based products on or around your eye area. Remove all eye makeup the night before with an oil free cleanser. Make sure you have no trace of mascara on your lashes. If you are planning a facial, do it before your lashes are applied.  The steam from your facial will weaken your lash bond. Plan your life so that your lashes will be able to fully bond to your natural lashes. If you wear your contacts to the appointment, know that you should remove them during the procedure for your safety.[/acc]
[acc title=”Do lash extensions come in different colors and sizes?” class=””]Yes they do. There are several different lash colors and lengths, thicknesses and degrees of curl. Lashes are available in multiple colors. Because these lashes are semi permanent, most people will select black lashes.  The length that you choose is dependent on the reason you want to have lash extensions. Discuss this with your technician to personalize your look[/acc]
[acc title=”How long do lash extensions last?” class=””]When properly applied, the lashes can last up to 2 months depending on the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes (average about 90-120 days), the expertise of the technician applying the eyelash extensions and your proper care. Touch-ups are recommended after initial full set application to replace any lashes that might have fallen off. These touch-ups should reoccur every 2 – 3 weeks if you wish to maintain the optimum look of your lashes.[/acc]
[acc title=”How will the lashes feel?” class=””]Your lashes should look and feel very natural when properly applied.  You should not feel any difference after your lashes have been applied.   If you do feel a difference contact your professional immediately. Depending on the length of the lashes you choose, your lashes may touch your sunglasses or regular glasses.  If that occurs and bothers you, you may want to have them trimmed or select a shorter length in the future.[/acc]
[acc title=”What do I need to do after the lash extensions are applied?” class=””]The first 24 to 48 hours after your lashes have been applied are the most important.  It is suggested that you follow the Do’s and Don’ts during this period.  The reason for these after care instructions is that the glue must dry completely.  If the glue does not properly cure, your lashes will not hold up properly.  So make sure that your life can accommodate these 24 hours after the application of your lash extensions:

  • Be gentle with your eyes
  • Keep your lashes and eyes dry
  • Wear glasses instead of contacts
  • Sleep on your back for the first night while the glue is still curing. This will prevent lash clumping
  • Check with your technician to see if they have any other restrictions or requirements after application
  • Do Not get your lashes wet
  • Do Not wear your contact lenses
  • Do Not rub your eyes
  • Do Not pull on your lashes
  • Do Not wear mascara of any type
  • Do Not wash your eyes
  • Do Not take a shower or hot bath (24 hours)
  • Do Not use a steam room(48 hours)
  • Do Not exercise as sweat may get in your eyes and prevent the glue from drying completely
  • Do Not swim or use a spa (48 hours)
  • Do not allow moisturizes, eye creams or oily/creamy eye makeup removers to come in contact with the Eyelash Extensions.  Any products containing oils used at any time will break down the bond of the glue resulting in earlier touch-ups

[acc title=”Can I shower, swim, exercise and visit a spa while wearing my lash extensions?” class=””]Yes! After the 24 hour curing time, you are able to take a shower, swim, exercise, sleep and spa worry-free while wearing your lash extensions. You can enjoy these lashes with little need to adjust your lifestyle.[/acc]
[acc title=”Can I use the steam room and sauna?” class=””]After the initial 48 hour period, occasional short visits to the sauna or steam room is fine. However, daily or extensive exposure to steam or intense heat may cause the bond to loosen. If this happens, you may require a lash extension touch up to correct any lashes that may have fallen off.[/acc]
[acc title=”Can I use Mascara?” class=””]Please do not. One of the advantages of lash extensions is you do not need to wear mascara. If you must add some to your lashes, please use a water soluble mascara; however note that constant use of any mascara will shorten the life-span of your lashes. WATERPROOF MASCARA IS NOT RECOMMENDED as it will dissolve the bond with the lashes and cause the lashes to come loose.[/acc]
[acc title=”How may I remove my makeup while I have lashes?” class=””]You may use a gentle, non-oil solution or gel-based cleanser to remove it. Avoid cotton balls and use fingertips or applicator around eyes instead. Talk to you technician about eyelash cleanser for purchase from our aftercare line for best results.[/acc]
[acc title=”What is the best way to maintain my lashes?” class=””]There is the option to purchase a life extension coating that may be applied to the lashes once or twice a week.  Follow all care guidelines, and get regular touch-up every two weeks.  Remember, the better you care for the extensions, the longer they will last![/acc]
[acc title=”What should I do if I decide I do not want to wear lash extensions anymore?” class=””]If you decide that eyelash extensions are not for you, have them professionally removed, or have them trimmed down and allow to fall out with your natural lash. DO NOT PULL THEM OFF. They are glued to your lash not your skin and if you pull out your natural lash there is a very long re-growth period.[/acc]