Ask an Esthetician Part One: Lash Extensions
Now, the day has come. I get to discuss my favorite topic: Eyelash Extensions! My goodness, these little hair fibers make my life insurmountably better. If you have never had them, you'll think I'm being dramatic. If you have had them, you'll know I'm actually UNDERSTATING their greatness. Ask me about my life, waking up every day, straight fabulous. I'll tell you, it's the best! I pop out of the bed like, "hey, what's up, hellooooo."
I even changed my entire sleep game for these bad boys. My entire life, I slept on my side. Now, I sleep on my back to make sure I lose the least amount of lashes possible. It might sound "extra," but I cherish every last strand like it's my child. I baby them, making sure they stay attached as long as humanly possible. For the record, I have an obsessive personality. I am also extremely particular. Other people may be able to have lash extensions and not be as insane. As for me, I am on level 100 of my lash obsession.
With such a glowing review, you are probably pretty curious about them. I sat down with Board Certified Esthetician and Lash Specialist, Antoinette LeDuff.
V: Thank you so much for taking the time to sit down and speak with me! Let's get right into it! What are some important things you want people to know about lash extensions?
A: Clients should know they require ongoing maintenance. You want to make sure you are ready for the commitment. You will need touch-ups every 2-4 weeks. The environment and your lifestyle will determine how often you require a lash fill. Make sure to budget for those touch-ups because lash extensions are definitely addicting!
V: What should people do before they get their lashes done?
A: Make sure you have a consultation done. During the consultation, you can discuss what type of look you want. You will also want to ask the lash specialist what type of glue they use, what their process entails, and how touch-ups are done at their salon.
V: What are some aftercare recommendations?
A: No steam or water for the first 24 hours. Do not rub your lashes too hard and make sure to brush them with a spoolie on a daily basis. Make sure you do not use mascara and only use oil-free products.
V: What are some common misconceptions?
A: Many people, mistakenly, believe lash extensions break off your natural lashes or that they hurt. If done properly, you should not lose any of your real eyelashes and the process should never be painful.
Another common misconception is you can't get them wet. After the first 24 hours, feel free to get them wet, go swimming, wash your face... Enjoy them!
Lastly, if for some reason you no longer want the extensions, have them removed by a professional. Ripping them out (yourself) will result in a loss of lashes.
So there you have it! For reference, I have C-curl lashes in 13mm. My natural lashes are curled like the C-curl extensions, so they lay perfectly.
If you live in the Orange County area, you can visit Antoinette at LeShay's Salon & Spa (Irvine).