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Are Eyelash Extensions Safe? Do Eyelash Extensions Ruin Your Natural Lashes?

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Yes, they are safe, if they are carefully and skillfully applied by a qualified professional lash stylist. When safety becomes a concern is when they are incorrectly applied, you experience an eye reaction or allergy that gets ignored or you do not properly care for your natural eyelashes and extensions.  If you do not cleanse them regularly, play, tug or fondle your lashes you risk lash loss, infections, breakage and weak natural lashes.  But if you follow your lash artist’s instructions, use the recommended products to care for them, handle them carefully and respectfully, you can have luscious, gorgeous lashes for many years.

 

A correct application will never result in natural lash fallout; more often it is an issue with an inexperienced lash technician.  Asides from being gentle and kind to your extensions and keeping them clean, you also need to ensure the extensions are not too long or heavy for your natural lashes, and if you do all of this, then your natural lashes will be fine.   If your extensions are too heavy, if you tug or play with them all the time, you risk loosening your natural lash, and the oils from your fingers will cause the natural lashes and the extensions to fall out prematurely.  If you put makeup on them and do not wash it off, if you rub them, if you cry frequently, sleep on them or if you do any of the things your lash artist specifically tells you not to do, you will damage your natural lashes and it will take a couple of months or longer for them to grow back to normal.  Also, go to lashresource.com for helpful tips and videos on how to properly maintain and cleanse your eyelash extensions.

 

In some cases, lash extensions can harm your natural lashes. For example, an inexperienced lash technician may attach one synthetic lash to three or more natural lashes, which can cause clumps or the entire cluster of lashes to break and fall out.  Continually having someone inexperienced do this repeatedly will cause baby lashes to be pulled out prematurely, and eventually could lead to damage to the hair follicle and no lash growth.  Also, not cleansing your lashes will also clog the hair follicle and cause lash dandruff or blepharitis, which can also damage your natural lashes.  That is why we cannot stress enough to keep your lashes clean.  It is also important to remember that your natural lashes grow in 30 to 60-day cycles and are prone to fallout at the end of this cycle, so the timing can also be coincidence.

What are the Eyelash Extension Licensing Requirements by State for the U.S. & Territories?

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What are the Eyelash Extension Licensing Requirements by State for the U.S. & Territories?

Laws regulating eyelash extensions are set at the state level, rather than federal level.  If you are not sure what is required start by looking up your state’s requirements.  As a convenience we have provided a list, by state, to get you started.  From here you can determine if your lash artist is complying with your state’s laws.  It is up to you to dig further into your specific state on what is required by your state.  Your eyes and lashes are worth taking the time to ensure you are in the hands of skilled and professionally trained lash artist.

As of January 3, 2018 the information listed below was correct.    If you find some of the contact information is no longer valid, please send us an email (info@lashresource.com) and we will update the blog and our book.  Thank you so much!  Consider buying our book on Amazon ($27.77), or get our book for FREE on this site by taking our quick quiz here.

 

A’s

Alabama

Requirement(s): No Requirements

Website(s):  http://www.aboc.state.al.us

Phone(s): (334) 242-1918 or (800) 815-7453

Email(s): cosmetology@aboc.alabama.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Alaska

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing.aspx

Phone(s): (907) 465-1158 & (907) 465-2547

Email(s): Last names A-K: alexa.adelmeyer@alaska.gov & Last names L-Z: cynthia.spencer@alaska.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

American Samoa

Requirement(s):  Tradesmen license, Cosmetology

Website(s): http://www.asbar.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=911&Itemid=294; http://doc.as.gov

Phone(s):  684-633-5155 Ext 253 Alex or Saeu

Email(s): alex.zodiacal@doc.as

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

 Arizona

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.boc.az.gov

Phone(s): (480) 784-4539

Email(s): board@azboc.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Arkansas

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/cosmetology

Phone(s): (501) 682-2168

Email(s): cosmo@arkansas.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

C’s

California

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/; http://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/forms_pubs/ib_lashbrowserv.pdf

Phone(s): (800) 952-5210

Email(s): barbercosmo@dca.ca.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Colorado

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Barber_Cosmetology

Phone(s): (303) 894-7800

Email(s): dora_barber-cosmetology@state.co.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Connecticut

Requirement(s): No Requirements

Website(s):  http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388878

Phone(s): (860) 509-7603

Email(s): dph.hairdresserteam@ct.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

D’s 

Deleware

Requirement(s): No Requirements

Website(s): https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/cosmetology/; http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title24/5100.shtml

Phone(s): (302)744-4500

Email(s): customerservice.dpr@state.de.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

District of Columbia

Requirement(s): Esthetician

Website(s): https://www.dcopla.com/bbc/

Phone(s): 202-442-4428

Email(s): cynthia.briggs@dc.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

F’s

Florida

Requirement(s): Facialist Specialist (aka Esthetician), Cosmetologist, or Full Specialist (includes nails)

Website(s): http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cosmo/index.html; http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/division/servicesthatrequirealicense_cosmo.html

Phone(s): (850) 487-1395

Email(s): http://www.myfloridalicense.com/contactus/ (use their contact form)

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

G’s

Georgia

Requirement(s):  Master Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/16; http://sos.ga.gov/plb/acrobat/Laws/28_%20Cosmetology_and_Barbers.pdf

Phone(s): (844) 753-7825

Email(s): http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/email.asp (use their contact form)

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Guam

Requirement(s):  Cosmetologist

Website(s): https://www.dphss.guam.gov/content/guam-board-barbering-and-cosmetology; http://www.guamcourts.org/CompilerofLaws/GCA/10gca/10gc018.PDF

Phone(s): (671) 735-7404

Email(s): Heather.Narcis@dphss.guam.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

H’s

Hawaii

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, Esthetician or Barber

Website(s): http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/barber/; http://files.hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/boards/barber/board-meeting-minutes/2012-barbering-and-cosmetology-meeting-minutes/barber_cosm_120411_min.pdf

Phone(s): (808) 586-3000

Email(s): barber_cosm@dcca.hawaii.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

I’s

Idaho

Requirement(s): No requirements

Website(s): https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=cos; https://legislature.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sessioninfo/2017/legislation/H0139.pdf

Phone(s): (208) 577-2619

Email(s): cos@ibol.idaho.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Illinois

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1351&ChapterID=24; http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1351&ChapterID=24

Phone(s): (217) 785-0800

Email(s): https://www.idfpr.com/profs/Email/prfGrp01.asp (use their contact us form)

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Indiana

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.in.gov/pla/cosmo.htm

Phone(s): (317) 234-3031

Email(s): pla12@pla.in.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Iowa

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician, and must be performed in licensed salon

Website(s): https://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Cosmetology-Arts-and-Sciences; https://ibplicense.iowa.gov/PublicPortal/Iowa/IBPL/common/index.jsp

Phone(s): (515) 281-4416

Email(s): plreceptionist@iowa.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

K’s

Kansas

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.kansas.gov/kboc/Cosmetology.htm

Phone(s): (785) 296-3155

Email(s): kboc@ks.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Kentucky

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): https://kbhc.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx

Phone(s): (502) 564-4262
Email(s): https://kbhc.ky.gov/Pages/contact.aspx (use their contact form)

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

L’s

Louisiana

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.lsbc.louisiana.gov/default.aspx

Phone(s): (866) 257-7901

Email(s): ashley.cade@la.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

M’s

Maine

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Aesthetician

Website(s): http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/barbers/index.html)

Phone(s): (207) 624-8579 or 207-624-8603

Email(s): barbercosm.lic@maine.gov or prof.lic@maine.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Maryland

Requirement(s): No requirements

Website(s): https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/cos/

Phone(s): (410) 230-6320

Email(s): barbers.cos@maryland.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Massachusetts

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): https://www.mass.gov/lists/statutes-and-regulations-cosmetology-and-barbering;

Phone(s): (617) 727-9940

Email(s): cosmetologyandbarberingboard@state.ma.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Michigan

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-72600_72602_72731_72864—,00.html; http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-72600_72602_72731_72864_73174-141902–,00.html; http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/BPL_board_activities_FY2015_Annual_Report_525800_7.pdf

Phone(s): (517) 373-1820

Email(s): bplhelp@michigan.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Minnesota

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Eyelash Technician Operator License (if eligible) & Eyelash Technician Salon Manager License (if eligible)

Website(s): https://mn.gov/boards/assets/2017-07-31%20Eyelash%20Technician%20Licensing%20Information%20v3_tcm21-298564.pdf; https://mn.gov/boards/cosmetology/

Phone(s): (651) 201-2742

Email(s): cosmetology@state.mn.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Mississippi

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.msbc.ms.gov/Pages/Licensing.aspx

Phone(s): (601) 359-1820

Email(s): lvestal@msbc.state.ms.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Missouri

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://pr.mo.gov/cosbar.asp

Phone(s): (866) 762-9432

Email(s): cosbar@pr.mo.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Montana

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist or Esthetician

Website(s): hhttp://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/cos#1

Phone(s): (406) 444-5711

Email(s): DLIBSDLicensingUnitB@mt.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Nebraska

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/pages/crlCosmCosiEsthAppsReqsFees.aspx

Phone(s): 402-471-3121

Email(s): susan.chocholousek@nebraska.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Nevada

Requirement(s):Cosmetologist, or Aesthetician

Website(s): https://sites.google.com/nvcosmo.com/nevada-board-of-cosmetology/home; https://sites.google.com/nvcosmo.com/nevada-board-of-cosmetology/license-services/limited-license;

Phone(s): (702) 486-6542

Email(s): licensing@nvcosmo.com

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

New Hampshire

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): https://www.oplc.nh.gov/cosmetology/; https://www.oplc.nh.gov/cosmetology/laws-rules.htm

Phone(s): (603) 271-3608

Email(s): john.crowley@nh.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

New Jersey

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist

Website(s): http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/cos/Pages/default.aspx; http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/cos/Pages/regulations.aspx

Phone(s): (973) 504-6400

Email(s): N/A, they prefer you call

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

New Mexico

Requirement(s): Esthetician, or Cosmetologist

Website(s): http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/barbers_and_cosmetologists.aspx

Phone(s): (505) 476-4622

Email(s): barbar.cosmoboard@state.nm.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

New York

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): https://www.dos.ny.gov/; https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/esthetics/esthetics.html

Phone(s): (518) 474-4429

Email(s): licensing@dos.ny.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

North Carolina

Requirement(s): No requirements

Website(s): https://www.nccosmeticarts.com/

Phone(s): (919) 733-4117

Email(s): nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

North Dakota

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.legis.nd.gov/information/acdata/html/Title32.html; http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t43c11.pdf

Phone(s): (701) 224-9800

Email(s): info@ndcosmetology.com

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

North Marianas Islands

Requirement(s): No requirements

Website(s): http://cnmibpl-hcplb.net/sec.asp?secID=15

Phone(s): 670-664-4809

Email(s): cnmi@cnmibpl-hcplb.net or esther.fleming@gov.mp

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

O’s

Ohio

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4713

Phone(s): (614) 466-3834

Email(s): ohiocosbd@cos.state.oh.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Oklahoma

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Licensed Facialist (aka Esthetician)

Website(s): https://www.ok.gov/cosmo/documents/2012%20rule%20book.pdf;  

Phone(s): (405) 521-2441

Email(s): https://www.ok.gov/triton/contact.php?ac=191&id=167 (use their contact form)

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Oregon

Requirement(s): Esthetician, or Hair design license (cosmetology equivalent)

Website(s): https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2013orLaw0082.pdf

Phone(s): (503) 378-8667

Email(s): hlo.info@state.or.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

P’s

Pennsylvania

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Cosmetology/Pages/default.aspx; http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Cosmetology/Documents/Board%20Documents/COSMETOLOGY%20LAW.pdf

Phone(s): (717) 787-8503

Email(s): st-cosmetology@pa.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Puerto Rico

Requirement(s): No requirements

Website(s): http://www.estado.gobierno.pr

Phone(s): 787-722-2122 Ext 4314 (Assist Sec for Serv.)

Email(s): belleza@estrado.gobierno.pr

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

R’s

Rhode Island

Requirement(s): No requirements

Website(s): health.ri.gov

Phone(s): (401) 222-5960

Email(s): website@health.ri.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

S’s

South Carolina

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.llr.sc.gov/POL/Cosmetology/index.asp?file=laws.htm

Phone(s): (803) 896-4588

Email(s): boardinfo@llr.sc.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

South Dakota

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician, and service must be performed in a licensed salon, plus 16 hours of education

Website(s): http://dlr.sd.gov/cosmetology/default.aspx; http://www.sdlegislature.gov/sessions/2003/bills/HB1046enr.htm

Phone(s): (605) 773-6193

Email(s): cosmetology@state.sd.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

T’s

Tennessee

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Aesthetician

Website(s): https://www.tn.gov/commerce/regboards/cosmo/licensee-applicant-resources/how-do-i-get-an-individual-license/cosmetologist-license.html;  https://www.tn.gov/commerce/regboards/cosmo/licensee-applicant-resources/how-do-i-get-an-individual-license/aesthetician.html

Phone(s): (615) 741-2515

Email(s): cosmetology.board@tn.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Texas

Requirement(s): Eyelash Extension Specialist, Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmetlaw.htm

Phone(s): (512) 463-6599

Email(s): CS.Cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

U’s

US Virgin Islands

Requirement(s): No requirements

Website(s): dlca.vi.gov/boardcertifications/steps/barbers

Phone(s): 340-718-2226

Email(s): nathalie.hodge@dlvca.vi.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Utah

Requirement(s): Esthetician

Website(s): https://le.utah.gov/

Phone(s): (801) 530-6628

Email(s): doplbureau2@utah.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

V’s

Vermont

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/online-licensing.aspx; https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/list-of-professions/barbers-cosmetologists.aspx

Phone(s): (802) 828-1134 (Ashley Cota)

Email(s): ashley.cota@sec.state.vt.us

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Virginia

Requirement(s): Esthetician, or Cosmetology

Website(s): http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/

Phone(s): (804) 367-8509

Email(s): barbercosmo@dpor.virginia.gov or BCHOPLicensing@dpor.virginia.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

W’s

Washington

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, Esthetician, or Master Esthetician

Website(s): http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/cosmetology/docs/laser-rules-and-requirements.pdf

Phone(s): (360) 664-6626

Email(s): plssunit@dol.wa.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

West Virginia

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): wvbbc.com

Phone(s): (304) 558-2924

Email(s): Danielle.J.Cordle@wv.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Wisconsin

Requirement(s): No requirements

Website(s): https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/Professions/Cosmetologist/Default.aspx; https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/Aesthetician/Default.aspx

Phone(s): (877) 617-1565 or (608) 266-2112

Email(s): dsps@wi.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Wyoming

Requirement(s): Cosmetologist, or Esthetician

Website(s): cosmetology.wy.gov

Phone(s): (307) 777-3534

Email(s): betty.abernethy@wyo.gov

Last Confirmed: 1/3/2018

Eye Shapes & Our Eyelash Extension Recommendations for Them

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Eye Shapes & Our Eyelash Extension Recommendations for Them

Although we have recommendations listed below, in no way are artists limited to what they can do with extensions. Something that needs to be taken into consideration is personal preferences along with lifestyle, bone structure, eye shape and the length and density of one’s natural lashes.

Although we can give our clients any look they want, we will provide alternate recommendations when we believe what they are requesting could harm their natural lashes.  For example, if someone wants to have 15mm long super thick cat eyelashes, but their lashes are too thin to support a standard thickness (.15mm) and too short to support 15mm, we may suggest using a thinner lash (.10mm) on the outer corners or going shorter at the outer corners.  First, the client must decide, is it more important to them to have longer or thicker extensions, because the hard truth is sometimes you just cannot have both.

There are no hard and fast rules or definite styles, but our recommendations below compliment most of the eye shapes described.  The other things that need to be taken into consideration are how close set the eyes are, how wide or narrow the face is and if the face is long or short.  All these factors determine what the outcome will be.  So, although you may love your BFF’s lashes and want the same exact look, that may not be possible depending upon (1) your natural lashes thickness, length, density; (2) your face shape; (3) eye shape and how close set they are; (4) how much makeup you wear; (4) whether you wear eyeglasses/sunglasses or not; and (5) whether you cry a lot or have allergies and many other factors.

Most people do not have a symmetrical face. By adjusting the lengths of the extensions on each eye differently, one can achieve more symmetry for persons that have noticeably different sized eyes.  Sometimes it is not noticeable until you get extensions applied because there is so much more emphasis on the eyes.  It is good to know which eye is your smaller eye and position it towards a camera when having photos taken for more facial balance (Sylvia learned that trick from a photographer).

 

Almond Eyes

The cat eye, kitten, natural, squirrel or longer lashes in the center looks great.

Close-Set Eyes

This shape looks best with the longer extensions placed at the outer eye for a cat eye effect.

Protruding Eyes

Natural is better, a shorter 8-10mm, softer curl “J” will result in a more natural look.  The style (emphasis on center or outer) would depend on the how close set the eyes are, whether they have a heavy eyelid or not.

Downturned Eyes

Downturned eyes look best with the longest lashes in the center to ¾ of the way on the outer (open eye and natural).  If you put the longest lashes in the outer corners the eyes will look heavy and appear tired.

Wide-Set Eyes

Wide-set eyes look great with baby doll effect. Too much length emphasized at outer would make the eyes appear even further apart.

 Hooded Eyes

Looks best with longer lashes in the center (open eye, baby doll, kim-k, feathered) and if they are close-set, then extend the length to the outer.

 Upturned Eyes

Length at the outer with softer J curl – kitten or cat-eye.

 Round Eyes

Typically look best with the longer extensions placed at the outer eye for a cat eye effect. Placing the longest in the center will make them appear to protrude.

Monolid Eyes

Cat eye with length J curl at the outer and curlier lash CC or D in the center will balance them.

 

Eyelash Extension Curls, Thickness & Lengths

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Eyelash Extension Curls, Thickness & Lengths

The image shows the differences between the curls, thicknesses, and lengths, although they are not to scale, it will give you an idea of some of your choices.  The curl, as well as the length, will dramatically change the overall look of your eyes.  It is important to note that not all curls or thicknesses will have the same retention or longevity.  Please take that into consideration if longevity is more important to you than the length or thickness of the lash.  The curlier the lash or the thicker the lash, the less retention it offers because there is less of the natural lash for the base of the extension to attach to.

Eyelash Extensions Curls

J

Are the softest natural curl, can appear longer because it does not curl much but offers the best retention.

B

Are a soft curl, standard for a natural enhanced lash appearance with good retention.

C / CC

This appears to be the most popular curl, it is glamorous and opens the eye.  CC is between a C and a D for an added lift, and is considered super glamorous, and offers good retention, but not as good as compared with J or B.

D

One of the curlier curls, retention may not be as good as with J or B or C/CC, but adds drama and opens the eye more, making it great for heavy eyelids.

L / L+

Is just what it says “L” shaped extensions similar to using an eyelash curler a little too much, where the lashes are bent upwards.  It offers a super dramatic effect.  L+ is slightly curlier.

 

Eyelash Extension Thicknesses range from .03mm to .30mm

.03mm, .05mm and .07mm

Extremely thin and extremely lightweight and used mostly for Volume 2D-6D lashes, or to fill in gaps, and used on very thin/very fine natural lashes.

.10mm

This thickness can also be used for Volume 2D (depending on the natural lash thickness and length) or as Classic 1D on thinner very fine natural lashes.

.12mm

Used on thinner lashes (Classic 1D) or for a softer wispier look and feel.

.15mm

This is the average lash thickness, creates a natural thicker look (Classic 1D).

.20mm

This lash extension thickness creates a natural mascara look.

.25mm

Creates a more striking glamorous look, this lash may be too heavy for most people’s lashes.

.30mm

For healthy, strong, thick natural lashes. Creates an extreme look – again, may be too heavy for most people’s lashes.

 

Eyelash Extension Lengths

Most lashes come in lengths from 5mm-17mm.  The majority of clients want their longest extension length to be around 12mm or 13mm.  Of course, everyone wants the longest lashes, but it is important to keep in mind that the length of your natural lash, the density of your natural lash, your lifestyle and how you care for your extensions all play a major role in the safety of your natural lashes and longevity of the eyelash extensions.  It is recommended that you start with the least amount of length to get the best results as far and longevity for your extensions and to preserve the integrity your natural lashes.

Understanding Your Lash Growth Cycle

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Understanding Your Lash Growth Cycle

Each person typically has about 150 to 200 natural hair lashes per eye on the upper eyelids and between 75 to 100 on the lower eyelids with the average natural eyelash length being around 8-10 mm long (about 3/8 of an inch or less).  Your natural lashes go through a shedding process on a regular basis.  Although it is unsettling to wake up in the morning and notice an eyelash or two that has fallen out, your eyelashes are like every other hair on your body, replacing themselves as they perpetually move through a natural growth cycle.

This hair growth cycle is broken down into three phases:  Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.

Typically, the whole cycle averages about 60 days.  When your natural lash falls out there is one waiting to take its place.  Consider the following if you feel you may be losing too many lashes.  Depending on your lash growth cycle, you can lose anywhere from 1 to 5 natural lashes per day.  Let us average the loss of natural lashes to 3 per day on one eye.  If you lose 3 lashes per day, you will lose 21 per week, 42 in 2 weeks and up to 63 lashes in a 3-week period on one eye alone.  Again, this is (more or less) lash loss based on your natural lash cycle.

Sometimes the higher your metabolism, the faster you will shed.  Drugs, alopecia, hormones, playing with, pulling or constantly touching your lashes and your general overall eating and health can all play a part in your shedding cycle as well.  So, try not to freak out when you see a lash extension or two or your cheek or your pillow when you wake in the morning.  Instead, understand that it is part of the natural growth process and seize the opportunity to make a wish with your fallen lash!

Anagen (Active Growth Phase)

The Anagen phase is where the hair is still attached to the dermal papilla/blood supply. In this phase, the lashes are in active growth and it lasts between 30-45 days.  About 35%-40% of the upper lashes and about 15% of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time.  Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.

Catagen (Transition) Phase

The second phase is the catagen (transitional phase) where the eyelash stops growing and the follicle shrinks (lasts about 2-3 weeks).   If a lash falls out or is plucked out during this phase the lash will not grow back immediately because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next phase.

Telogen (Resting) Phase

The third phase is the telogen (which is the resting phase). This phase can last up to 90 days before the eyelashes fall out, and a new lash begins to grow.

Live with Stacey Bourn

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Make-up artist extraordinaire, Stacey Bourne, talks about all things Eyelashes and shows some love for our book.

What is Demodex and Blepharitis?

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We hate this topic, but we feel it is important to bring up because not everyone knows that there are tiny mites called Demodex that live in or near the hair follicles of your eyelashes.  They are also found on facial skin especially the forehead, cheeks, sides of the nose, eyelashes and external ear canals.  There are two species that live on almost every human: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, both are referred to as eyelash mites.  These Demodex are not something you get, you already have them on your face and lashes (at least 2 per eyelash).  They are believed to be there to help clean your lashes and follicles and remove dead skin cells and bacteria. An infestation of Demodex can cause blepharitis.  That is why it is vital that you take care of your eyelashes and eyelash extensions, cleanse your eyes daily and never sleep with your eye makeup on.  For more information regarding Demodex see:

  1. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150508-these-mites-live-on-your-face
  2. https://cliradex.com/myths-and-facts-of-demodex-blepharitis/
  3. http://optometrytimes.modernmedicine.com/optometrytimes/content/tags/blephex/different-approach-treating-demodex-blepharitis

Do I Ever Need to Take a Break from Eyelash Extensions?

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This depends on the condition of your lashes, and your lash artist’s recommendations.  If your lash artist sees that the health of your lashes is being compromised, then you should take a break.  However, if you are following protocol and have a good lash artist, you should not have to.

Your lash artist should at least give you the option to purchase a cleanser and brush.  The aftercare kit should have everything you need to protect your investment.  It is crucial to your lashes to cleanse them daily, even if you do not wear eye makeup.  Cleansing and using a protective coating/sealant twice a week will make your extensions wear better, last longer and keep debris from breaking down the adhesive. More importantly, cleansing your eyelashes and eyelash extensions will keep your natural lash follicles from getting clogged with debris and keep them healthy.  Not cleansing makes your lashes finer, weaker and shorter and can lead to blepharitis.

Your aftercare kit should include: 

Cleanser/eye makeup remover.  You may consider trying our eye makeup remover intended to be used with most extension adhesives.  It is own oil-free, gentle, free from harsh preservatives, and instead contains a natural preservative.

Latex-free Sponges (do not use cotton balls, cotton pads or gauze)

Lint Free Applicators (do not use cotton-tipped swabs)

Protective Coating

Lash Brush

Eyeliner (optional), but you can use a liquid or cake liner that is specifically formulated to use with eyelash extensions.  You can also use eyeshadow smudged along the lash line.  Never use a waterproof liner.

Mascara (optional), we strongly advise against mascara because your lashes are already volumized, lengthened and curled, but if you choose to wear it, it must be water-based (not waterproof) and you may only apply it to the very tips of the lashes, do not stroke it through the entire lash.  Using mascara will compromise the longevity of your eyelash extensions.

Handheld fan to dry your lashes (optional)

Eyelash Eye Mask (optional), but a firm eye mask will help protect your lashes while you are sleeping.

How Do I Choose the Best Lash Stylist or Salon & What Are Some Red Flags, or Things I Should Look Out For?

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Lash extensions should only be applied by a professional.  Because the lash industry is so poorly regulated you will need to do research to help you decide.  You most likely would not just walk in, sit down and have your hair cut or colored without first consulting with the hair stylist, so why would you do that with your lash stylist?  You also would not go to someone who was not licensed to do hair or someone who trained themselves to color or cut.  So again, why would you do that with your eyelash extensions?

When choosing a salon or lash artist, you might also do it in the same way that you select a hair salon or hair stylist or colorist.  You research the salon, check out their website, see photos of their work, get a consultation, make sure they are licensed and properly trained, find out how long they have been in the business and find out what products they use.  You might also go by word of mouth or get a referral from a friend or family member.  Look at before and after photos, read reviews on Yelp and Google and ask questions.

Again, you get what you pay for, so make sure you are not basing your decision solely on the price because it is inexpensive.  Never take chances when it comes to the work that is being done around your eyes.  Be certain that you have chosen someone who is certified, qualified, experienced and licensed in your state if you are in a state that requires it.  You can get an easy to follow checklist and contact info to find out if your lash person is qualified to do extensions from our book.  Get it NOW by taking our fun quiz here.

Lash artists are just that… artists. Just like hairstylists, some are good in the industry and others are, well, not so good.  Research their reputation, their style, and technique.  It takes time to get good at anything… practice makes perfect and lashes are no exception.  It takes a solid 2 years to become a skilled lash artist and even longer to master it. This profession requires extreme precision, an artistic eye, a steady hand, someone who is meticulous… this is not a business that a lash artist can build overnight.  It takes about a year or longer to build a lash business and have a client base that will allow the lash artist to at least break even.

  • If they are not licensed and insured by the state … Red Flag.
  • No professional training by a reputable eyelash extension company… Red Flag. Be sure to ask what education they have received. A skilled lash artist has been trained by a professional eyelash extension company and has probably paid upwards of $1,500 to $2,000 for their initial training class and in addition may have also paid a substantial amount of money for their advanced training, certification training and volume eyelash extensions training.  Someone who has paid that much for their eyelash extension training is going to be more dedicated to their career and take their profession more seriously.  They will also have been trained in safety and sanitation practices.  They may also regularly attend lash conferences, expos, and other courses to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and industry advancements. Going to someone who has not gone through professional training or going to someone who is inexperienced can have severe consequences.
  • Someone who is not dedicated to this profession and only doing them here and there from home should be a Red Flag. You cannot guarantee that they are licensed or using safe and sanitary protocol and the state is probably not regulating anyone working from home.
  • Are they advertising their services through Groupon or another discount company? If they are using Groupon that usually means no client base, no client base most likely means no experience or expertise… Red Flag.
  • Ask them which company they get their eyelashes and adhesive supplies through. They should be getting their supplies from a reputable eyelash extension supply company. If not… Red Flag.
  • Do they guarantee their work? If not… Red Flag.
  • No photos of their work… Red Flag. Great lash artists should have plenty of photos of their work available for you to view along with their pricing on their website, Yelp, Google, Facebook or Instagram. A HUGE Red Flag is if the artist or technician is using stock photos instead of photos of their own work!  Also, check out their reviews on Yelp, Google, Facebook and look at their other social media accounts… Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Hopefully, you will find more information and reviews there too describing the clients’ experiences.
  • Ask for a recommendation, if the client says their eyes itch or the lashes fall out with more than one extension attached… Red Flag. There are times when lash work can initially look pretty, but after a day or two when the natural lash starts to grow out there can be pulling, tugging, itching, and wonky lashes. This is caused by the lashes not being applied individually to each lash, lashes being stuck to baby lashes, lashes that are too close or too far in placement from the base of the natural lash or if there is too much or too little adhesive used.
  • If your eyelash extensions have blunt ends or you hear her cutting your eyelash extensions… Red Flag. The lash artist should NEVER cut your extensions… no exceptions. EVER.

Finally, cleanliness is a virtue.  Ask yourself these questions after visiting your lash artist.

  • Does the work area and treatment room look clean and uncluttered?
  • Is the work area free from food and beverages (water is fine)?
  • How are the tools sanitized?
  • Is there a disposable cover on the headrest?
  • Are the disposable items disposed of after each use?
  • Did the lash artist wash their hands in front of you prior to starting their service on you?
  • In Washington State it is required for an esthetician to have a sink in their treatment room, does your lash artist have a sink in their treatment room and is it required by your state?

I Had a Reaction to Eyelash Extensions in the Past, Can I Still Get Eyelash Extensions?

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First, you need to be specific as to where the reaction was.  Was it all over your eye?  Was it both eyes?  What kind of reaction was it? Was there both edema and erythema present?  You must first determine if the reaction was caused by the adhesive or if it was caused by the eye pads or cleanser used during your procedure.  You could try a patch test, have the artist apply 10 lashes to one or both eyes and see if you react. Some clients can tolerate Xtreme Lashes Flex Fusion adhesive, which is formulated specifically for sensitive and reactive eyes with no reaction.  Some clients will still have a reaction to Flex Fusion and the only way to find out is by doing a patch test.

You can also try a few of these suggestions:

Prior to your appointment take an antihistamine, continue that for 3 days after your application.  You can also use allergy eye drops to alleviate itching, but be careful when applying the drops so that they do not get on the eyelash extensions.  Doing so can cause the extensions to fall off prematurely.

For a day or two before and a few days after your appointment use Claritin and Pepcid AC.  Claratin blocks histamine receptor site H1 and Pepcid AC block receptor H2.  See if that makes a difference for you in how your eyes react.  This information is in no way meant to take the place of advice or recommendation from your physician.

Ask your lash artist to avoid using eye makeup remover, cleanser, primer or anything other than eyewash around your eye area and lashes.  You may consider trying our own eye makeup remover intended to be used with most extension adhesives, it is oil-free, gentle, free from harsh preservatives, and instead contains a natural preservative).

 We recommend using mineral powder eyeshadow or a mineral powder that matches your skin tone on your eyelids to absorb excess oil.  Also, some lash companies offer a protective coating that also helps to prolong lash life, the coating is intended to fill in any little crevices in the adhesive, seals the bond between the adhesive, the extension and your natural lash and keeps the adhesive from breaking down.

Your lash artist should go through care and maintenance with you at the end of your service.  Do not be afraid to cleanse your lashes, after your initial 48-hour cure period.  It is extremely important to keep the eye area free of debris, excess oils and makeup while wearing extensions.