Where were you in 2007, and what birthday were you celebrating?
It’s a funny question, right?
If we do the math, together, 2007 was
14 years ago………..
I was taking my first, and not my last Xtreme Lashes certification.
New To Lashes?
I understand if you are excited, and maybe confused about who to work with, how much to spend?
Please allow me to help you with that.
No Mascara Needed!
Luxury eyelash extensions have many benefits.
First of many, are the fact that you will not need to wear any mascara! Eyelash extensions come in a variety of colors, lengths and thicknesses.
Eyelash extensions will require maintenance. The maintenance treatments are known as “lash fills”.
With regular maintenance you will experience getting pampered within a “spa-like” experience. The obvious benefit is that you extensions can be maintained indefinitely if you choose, but is the relaxation benefit that you will enjoy the most.
It is your special “time out”. If you have every gone for a facial or a soothing massage, then the quiet time is very similar to that.
Learn More about Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions
Stay In the Know -Do your research!
Not all eyelash extension services out there are created equal. If you find yourself a bit confused as to why prices are all over the place, then you are not alone.
What we can share with you is this.
First and most importantly….do your research. As beauty trends become increasingly popular, you will find that everyone wants to offer the “it service”, and unfortunately, yes, there can be price wars.
Do not get us going about Groupon, however, with that said; you have to understand that this very relaxing service is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure.
If you want to save on the price of a slice of pizza or a movie ticket then there is very little to lose, compare taking the chance when you choose the cheapest option.
Different Types of Applications
Did you know that there is two distinct types of professional applications?
The most common type of application is called Classic. The “classic” technique is the application of one synthetic eyelash extension to one human hair.
It is sometimes referred to as a 1:1 ratio. They “typical” full set can average 75 to 90 added extensions per eye.
The extensions are individually applied….ONE AT A TIME. As the very close up photograph will show, you can see that the extensions are not touching the skin.
You can expect the extensions to shed when your natural hair sheds, because the extensions adhere to the side of your natural lash hair.
Don’t Fall For Clusters OR Very Cheap pricing!
If you come across businesses offering lash extensions for as little as $75, then they are more than likely offering “cluster lashes”.
Cluster lashes are not only cheap, but they are very damaging to your eyelash extensions. The weight of that type of application is too heavy for natural lash hair.
They are very bulky and can put strain on your natural lash hair’s follicle.
The last thing you want to do is the damage the hair follicle of your natural lashes, because if that gets damaged then your run the risk of your natural lashes not growing back.
That is not worth any deal or coupon.
Advanced Russian Volume
2 TO 4 HOURS!
ONE HAIR AT A TIME…..It’s not a race!
The beauty of this advanced technique is that you can really achieve a fuller look.
Russian Volume, like clusters, offer multiple extensions to a single application, however the point of differences are many.
Your natural lash hair will be analyzed. The luxury Russian Volume fans are handmade with extremely lightweight extensions. You never want your extension to be heavier than your natural lash hair.
The hand made fans can vary in the amount of extensions. They can range from 2 to 6 within one fan. So, remember when we said that an average set of extensions can range from 75 to 90 attachments?
VaVaVooom!!! The other technically terms you may hear are 2D, 3D, 4D, 5D or 6D. What is referring to are the amount of extensions within the fan.
So, can you image the impact you will get if you have 75 attachment sites times a 4D Fan? Wozer!
All of the customization and working with an educated lash stylist is what will affect the cost of a full set. Who you choose to do business with is your choice.
All professional lash stylists would agree, then you are best to choose wisely. Lash extensions are luxury, and you deserve the best!
*If you struggle with gaps, then you will truly benefit from choosing the Advanced Russian Volume. The multiple fans can correct that versus the Classic application.
LASH EXTENSIONS…CLOSE UP!
Pictures have are better able to communicate, what is the difference between “classic lash extensions” versus “volume or ‘Russian Volume'”.
Providing eyelash extensions has very intricate nuances. If you are new to deciding to get lash extensions, then you are in for a treat.
Did you know?
Eyelash extensions come in different:
Classic Eyelash Extensions Versus Volume
Classic eyelash extensions –
This technique option is good for someone that may already have great lashes and density.
What can you get and expect? The classic application you will only get one extension per natural lash hair.
Volume Eyelash Extensions:
This eyelash extensions technique is an excellent choice if you want to maximize your customization options!
What can you get and expect?
The Loft Volume technique will provide you with multiple extensions per natural lash!!!!
It is important to remember, that as common as lash extensions have become, that this is definitely an extension service.
Thank you for reading,
Ann Marie Walts
Fuller Looking Eyelashes
To often you forget to take time out for yourself, and how often do your feel a little guilty spending money on yourself?
There are many benefits to getting lash extensions and the best benefit is the relaxation factor. The winter months can be so cold, dreary and cold. How many times is it sometimes hard to get out of bed because the covers are so warm and toasty?
Well, when you come in for your eyelash extensions, you will get to get tucked in, pampered and your cushioned massage table is heated. Once you are tucked in, then you will drift off to sleep as you listen to very soothing music.
Beauty sleep at it’s finest. Maybe, you are not one to fall completely sleep, however, if you have gone for a facial, then you know about that place that right between sleeping and awake. It is the best place.
Whether experience getting eyelash extensions is just a special occasion treat or it becomes your regular “mini-vacation experience routine” you will leave feeling refreshed……and of course with longer lashes!
Eyelash extensions popularity has really grown. Our studio has been certified for 10 years.
It is really, really important that you work with someone that is certified.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions can last up to 4 weeks without maintenance and indefinitely with “lash fills”.
Your natural lashes will shed, and the attached extension will shed with it. Having realisitic expectations when wearing extensions is the best way to enjoy them.
Customizng your look
Eyelash extensions come in a variety of thicknesses and curvatures. So, once your get to see the extensions up close, you will be simply amazed at how they are designed…just for you.
3D Volume Extensions
Classic 1:1 Extensions
Tips and Advice About Aftercare…
Protecting eyelash extensions is very important to understand how and why to properly take care of them.
Are They “Lashes” Or Extensions?
It has been my professional experience that you can quickly forget that your are actual wearing extensions. Extension for both eyelashes and or hair extensions require a little bit of aftercare to ensure the longevity of the service(s).
3D Volume Extensions
Classic 1:1 Extensions
What do I do after I my eyelash extensions?
The single most important aftercare responsibility that you will have will be to properly cleanse your lash line with only the recommended Xtreme Lashes® products.
Why Xtreme’s® Makeup Remover Is A Must
It is sometimes misunderstood……
As a serious professional lash extensionist , most recently I called Xtreme Lashes® and asked that they add “lash extension cleanser” to their fantastic product that is their “Eye Makeup Remover”.
Client says, “I do not wear makeup…..& I do not need it…”
It has been my experience that some clients do not wear makeup and do not see the value or need to purchase this item that is truly meant to clean your lash line.
Properly Cleaning Eyelash Extensions
Protecting and caring for your extensions will save you money in the long run because premature extension loss is usually caused by improper aftercare.
Close Up Look At Extension Attachment & Why Cleansing Is A Must
Avoid Oil Buildup or Blepharitis
Your eye lash extensions are adhered with surgical grade adhesive to your natural eyelash hair.
Your natural eyelash hair is attached to a hair follicle and there are glands that secret oils. To much oil build up from not cleaning your eyelash extensions, can result in blepharitis.
“Meibomian glands are glands that are arranged vertically within the eyelid near the lashes. The force of an eyelid blink causes oil to be excreted onto the posterior lid margin. The oil is the “staying power” of the tears that helps prevent rapid tear evaporation. In a patient with Meibomian gland dysfunction MGD), vision is affected because there is too much or too little oil in the tear film.”
Are Eyelash Extensions Safe To Wear?
Yes, with a precise & professional application and followed up with responsible at home aftercare. You can experience wearing Xtreme Lashes® Extensions for a very long time.
Thank you for your time.
The Loft Salon Studio
Ann Marie Walts
2012 Advanced Certified in Design & Color Theory
2015 Advanced Certified in Volumation
Lash Stylist Of The Month
2301 Westfield Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
Salon Phone: (413) 734-6204
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Eyelash Extensions Gone Wrong
Poor eyelash extension applications are so uncomfortable and costly.
It pains me as a professional lash artist to have to break the news to a client that they have to have their extensions removed or listen to their disappointment.
The actual photos show some real but scary “before” up close of what a “poor application” looks like.
The Story… Double Disappointment
My new guest was very new to getting lash extensions, and it was time for her to get a “re-lash” which is also called a “lash-fill”.
She had explained that she was on vacation out of the area, and was super excited about trying this service for the very first time.
Working On Others “Work”
Upon a visually inspection and taking the “before” photos, I had to let her down very gently about two things……
First was the fact that I would not be able to give her a “re-lash” and the other was that her lash extensions had to COME OFF!
As I have been certified since 2007, it has been extremely rare that I am able to “fill” someone else’s work.
Her poorly applied lash extensions were gently and professionally removed. Next, I designed a 3d Full Set.
What is 3d? I made customized hand made fans.
Va-Va Voom is what my client chose.
Choose Wisely & Safely
Not all “lash stylists”, I say that loosely….are educated or certified.
Professionally, I sought out the extra education with Xtreme Lashes to seek separate certifications.
Tweezers, Glue & Your Eyes
Once a trend hits the “main stream” many times everyone want to get their hands on either providing the service or receiving the service, however it is important to be mindful that if such a complicated and detailed service is too cheap or your are not expected to get a consultation first…….then I would suggest looking for business that reflects that this is a service that they do specialize in and not simply offer.
Need a correction or a beautiful set of eyelash extensions.
Thank you for your time,
Ann Marie Walts
Xtreme Eyelash® Extensions & Customization
Eyelash extensions & customization are what makes me get so excited about providing eyelash extensions!
Getting eyelash extensions is a very detail oriented and precise service. It is not a “cookie cutter”…one size fits all, either.
Once you see how fine and delicate that the Xtreme Lashes® eyelash extensions are, you will quickly see and understand that it is extremely important to find a lash stylist that is proficient in providing this semi-permanent cosmetic procedure.
How long can I be extended?
Your own natural lashes will be analyzed and measure. Xtreme Lashes has built sophisticated Lash Calculator that will determine the customized eyelash extension parameters, for your design.
Eyelash Extensions can be worn safely, and with proper care you can look forward to your “re-lash/maintenance” appointments to ensure that your extensions stay very full looking.
Once you experience wearing eyelash extensions, you will not need to wear mascara, because that is the point of getting extensions. Additionally, not having to apply and continually removing your eye makeup will reduce stressing your delicate eye area.
Mascara has its limitations and the mascara ads only promise what you can truly get by getting Xtreme Lashes.®
Ann Marie Walts