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
The fastest way to get longer lashes is to get professional lash extensions. Once you see the customization that can be offered….you will get hooked.
As lash extensions are becoming more popular, you may find that there may be more options or business to choose from, these days.
With that said,did you know that eyelash extensions have been around since 2005?
I have written many blog posts on the this subject, however, the most important thing to know is that for your comfort and safety,it is best to choice experience first.
Actual Lash Extension Photos
As a photographer, I do know the value of a photograph. I respect and grateful that the manufacturers that I work with give my business the option to use their photographs, however, when I can I choose to post my own work.
How can you tell if a business can deliver REAL results?
It has been my experience when communicating with clients that photographs are the best communication resource.
Lash Extensions Expectations
Lash Extensions services will have you enjoying the benefits of having longer lashes, and all the while experiencing very relaxing treatments.
Your natural lash hair sheds. Your extensions are attached to an individual natural lash hair.
It is a good idea to have realistic expectations when getting this service. READ MORE
Certified Eyelash Extension Stylist –
We are happy to be celebrating 10 years of being certified by both Xtreme Lashes and Bella Lash extensions. With a decade of experience your lashes will be full, long and lush! Our studio specializes in extensions.
Eyelash Extensions Are Customized!
Maybe for you, you are just wanting to get eyelash extensions to make your own natural lashes longer, right?
However, did you know that you can have your lash look customized?
The synthetic extensions come in a variety of lengths, colors and thicknesses. There are two types of applications, too. The types of applications are called Volume & Classic.
Volume Lash Extensions
This type of application is an advanced technique. As the photographs shows, you can experience getting a set of “fluffier” and fuller extensions. This method consists of us making handmade fans out of multiple extensions that are then applied to ONE natural lash.
The type of extensions that are used for this techique are ultra lightweight. Sometimes, cluster lashes are confused with this type of application. However, cheap cluster lashes are not good for your natural lashes at all. They are too heavy, and can cause damage.
The beauty of Volume lashing is that the amount of extensions within the “handmade” fan can be adjusted. The benefit of this type of look is that if you have fine lash hair, and not all that much density then this would be the perfect option for you!
Classic Eyelash Extensions
Classic Application consists of ONE synthetic extensions applied to ONE NATURAL HAIR! You never want to experience this. Extensions do not cause damage. Damage comes from poor application and or poor aftercare.
Proper application is everything!!! As our correction shows, our poor client experienced a poor application, and needed to have them corrected.
If you want to lengthen your lashes, then the classic application will benefit you. If your natural lashes already look great when you wear mascara, then you may find that this application will suit you nicely.
Your Lashes & Extensions will shed….please read.
Realistic Expectations Eyelash Extensions
Realistic expectations about eyelash extensions begins with being educated about many things.
- About your hair growth
- About Aftercare
- Today’s ads in magazines
A Little Bit Of Science
Providing eyelash extensions and receiving them require being educate about the “how, what & why” of “expectations”.
One of the most popular questions is how long will or should they last?
Did you know that your natural eyelash hair sheds? Yes!…it does.
Professionally, I feel this little bit of science will help set up your expectations to be realistic when it comes to getting eyelash extensions for the first time or answering questions about “durability or longevity” after wearing them for a while.
My eyelashes will shed?
Yes, and here is why:
You natural hair for your eyelashes and hair on your head, goes through a life cycle of growth. The cycles are anagen, catagen, and telogen.
What does this mean exactly and how does this affect the longevity of your eyelash extensions service?
Your extensions will be applied to one human hair or attachment site.
(The photo shown give you a close view of a what a classic eyelash extension application looks like. Your natural lash hair actually grows in rows.)
Each one of those “attachment sites” are at a different cycle of life. Everyone’s shed rate or growth rate will be different.
Are My Extensions “PERMANENT” ?
No. They are semi-permanent.
They are going to require maintenance at home and regular visits called either “fills” or “re-lashing” appointments to keep them looking fresh.
How Long Can My Extensions Be?
This is another popular question.
There are safety limits, as your extensionist, that will be predetermined by the natural length of your lash hair.
The artificial extensions come in a whole variety of lengths, thick, curvatures and colors! The customization of your service is endless.
Will My Extensions Always Look The Same?
The “same” is an objective perspective. Given that the natural canvas, your own lash hair, will always be going through its life cycle of growth and shedding….it really is challenging to give a definite answer to this question.
Your own natural lash hair does not stop growing when extensions are applied. If you eyelash hair grows it will be necessary to put a longer extension on it or them.
The look of your design may change over time, and this is perfectly normal.
The purpose of the “fill” appointments is to re-plenish the extensions that have shed with the lash hair that is was attached to.
A fill appointment requires that you have 50% of your extensions left when you come in.
What if I lose extensions days after getting a fill?
This is still “normal” and can happen.
Tips At Home:
Tip: Do your best to sleep on your back.
Why this is so important is that it can take up to 24 hours for the adhesive to completely cure.
Sleep on your stomach with you face more in the pillow? This is the worst for your extensions.
Be kind to your extensionsist because they cannot wake you up when you are at home to correct your head position.
First 24 hour RULE: DO NOT GET EXTENSIONS WET. No water, steam or excessive sweat can come on contact with the extensions for the first 24 hours during the curing time of the adhesive. This rule applies to each treatment.
Showering: Avoid direct water pressure on your face. It is ok to get your extensions wet, and you can even go swimming but take care of cleansing your face when you are in the shower.
Using a little common sense will save you stressing out about your extensions, and help with the longevity. For complete aftercare directions be sure to ask at your consultation or at our lash extension appointment.
Your aftercare will play a huge role with the longevity. You will need to take care of them just how you are instructed.
NO Crying: WITHIN first 24 hours If you are going to be attending an event that you may become emotional, be sure to schedule you appointment accordingly. You need to keep your extensions dry for the first 48 hours.
During & At Your Salon Appointment
You can expect to have all aspects explained to you and subsequently you will be reminding on the “how to” care of your extensions.
This type of luxury service is a “semi-permanent” cosmetic procedure that is extremely precise. Your natural lash hair is isolated with tweezers and the extensions are applied with surgical grade adhesive very close to your eyes.
How will you be prepped for your service?
Tip: It is best not to drink a lot of liquids before your extension service because once your treatment begins you will not be able to get up to use the restroom.
- You will first have a extremely thorough consultation.
- Your design and expectations will be discussed.
- The necessary aftercare products & care will be gone over
- Paperwork signed
Treatment Room Experience:
- You will be relaxed and fully reclined on a massage table
- Your lower eyelashes will be secured out of the way with soothing under eye gel patches.
- Quiet music with be playing
- Your natural lash hair will be prepped by being cleansed & primed
- Your relaxation will now begin.
Can I talk during my treatment?
It is advised that you do not, and the reason being is that your facial area needs to remain still because of how precise this procedure is. It is extremely important that the focus remains on the extension service itself.
Is is ok or will I fall asleep?
It is very common that my clients fall asleep, however if you can just go to that “quiet/happy” place that happens before deep sleep, that will be the most helpful.
Sometimes, when we go into a REM sleep it can cause our body’s or head to jerk. This will make it extremely difficult to be able to facilitate the procedure and will cause repetitive head repositioning to provide the services.
Why will my head need to be moved during my service?
When you extensions are applied, the application will be applied to your lashes on one side or one lash and then the next application site will next being on the other eye. The step of going back and forth on each eye, will ensure that the adhesive dries in that isolated area.
Realistic expectations about eyelash extensions are that you can expect that once you get eyelash extensions that you may never want to go back to your natural lashes.
You can expect to become quickly accustomed to how much the extensions will enhance the look of your eyes or the length of your lashes.
You may quickly forget what your natural lashes looked like, and will definitely be more conscious when they shed.
Also realize that if you are going to get eyelash extensions it is so important to not compare your lashes to those that you see in the magazines, etc. Many times the photographs are enhanced with Photo Shop or if not with that, then the companies will choose a model that has enough natural lash hair for three villages.
Your dietary habits or if there are any changes in medications that your are on can potentially affect your service. You will need to communicate this to your lash stylist.
Having a fun relationship with your lash extensionist is key. (Bella Lash has a great ‘Lash Etiquette’ article)
This service is very artistic in nature and with your natural lash canvas constantly growing & shedding the “look” you want may be an ongoing experience.
Trust your lash extensionist. Experienced ones are hard to find.
To Learn More Or To Book
Thank you for reading.
Ann Marie Walts
Advanced Certified Lash Stylist
Sticky Situation…Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash Extension Corrections?
Eyelash extensions have been gaining momentum for about 10 years now, but what is a bit unsettling is the need for “eyelash extension corrections”.
Are Eyelashes Safe?
Normally, the answer this popular question is yes. However, the answer is a BIG NO…when you get a poor application like the “before” photograph shown.
What is wrong with the before photo? Picture speak 1,000’s words.
What I can share with you is that way too adhesive/eyelash glue was used. This can or will cause irritation. Additionally, her natural lashes were stuck together.
If she was not mindful, and sought out an immediate removal then this poor application could of severely damaged her own natural lash hair.
Avoid a “sticky situation”
Insights From A Client
Beauty treatments are meant to be fun, relaxing and enhancing. My client was on vacation and had went to a “really good salon”.
Eyelash extensions is all about precision, and a professionally applied extensions should never be a rushed service.
Unfortunately, my clients first experience was not an Xtreme experience but an “extremely disappointing” experience.
Tips & Indicators of Experience
One professional tip that I can share with you would be to look on a eyelash directory for a certified lash stylist, in your area or go the distance if you find one.
- Go to the website that you find
- Look and see how much information that is listed
- Does it answer many of your questions without having to call?
Look for ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPHS!!! This tip I cannot stress enough.
Just because a site has beautiful stock photographs and a reputable brand does not mean that you can expect to get a eyelash design that will look something like the stock photography.
Are they posting up to date photos?
Check that websites frequent posts on their:
- Google Plus page
The Loft Salon Studio
Ann Marie Walts
2012 Advanced Certified in Design & Color Theory
2015 Advanced Certified in Volumation
Lash Stylist Of The Month
Click Here To Read About Me
2301 Westfield Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
Salon Phone: (413) 734-6204
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
Saftey With Your Eyelash Extensions
It is so important to be safe when getting eyelash extensions. This popular service has gained so much attention over the last 10 years. Much of my own business does specialize in corrections for more than just eye lash extensions, but it still saddens me when a client needs a correction, and especially with their eyelash extensions.
This procedure consists of the use of sharp tweezers to isolate your natural lash hair, and surgical grade adhesive to attach the eyelash extensions……and so close to your eyes! This service can be costly for your the consumer and very lucrative for a business. Educating yourself is the first investment that you can do for yourself, prior to calling on a business to do this service.
Chose A “Certified” Stylist
Just because a business offers a service, be sure to ask to see actual photos and certifications. If you do frequent my blog & site, I may sound like a broken record, however you are safer to seek out a professional that takes providing extension services seriously.
Advanced Certified By Xtreme Lashes & Bella Lashes
Xtreme lashes for an eyelash extension company has very high standards and very through education. In the state of Massachusetts, the only professionals that can provide this service are:
- Medical Professionals
Nail salons providing this are doing so illegally; unless they have one of the approved licensed professionals on staff. Price will not always determine your results, but they do say, “You get what you pay for”. Be Safe When Getting Eyelash Extensions & Choose Wisely Is it your first time wanting to get extensions or do you need yours fixed? CALL 413-734-6204
The moment finally came.
Whether it was just yesterday, 6 months ago I bet you probably remember every detail of your engagement.
Now the fun begins.
The smallest details will make your wedding day reflect your own personal style, taste and decor.
Where do you even begin?
Who will be in attendance?
Do you want a big wedding or something more on the private side?
To think all he has to do is put on a tux! ( and maybe go play golf or maybe go water-skiing)
Planning today’s weddings are a bit easier, due to the fact that the internet is such a valuable resorce of information.
Maybe you really would like to have a wedding planner take care of all of your details?
Where can you find a wedding planner?
The internet.How about where will you–the bride to be and your groom escape on your honeymoon?
Making a list is a great place to start when it comes to planning your wedding.
Research and locate upcoming bridal expos, in your area.
Bridal expos are a great place to meet all sort of merchants and vendors that will offer you, the bride, everything and detail to make your wedding day perfect.
Once all of the major wedding plans are in place, some serious thought should put on how you will and want to look on your perfect wedding day.
What will you do with your hair?
Begin to look in magazines for various styles that will portray your unique style.
Are you classic, modern,traditional?
Nowadays, the options that brides have are limitless….and I mean limitless!!!If normally, you do not use professional quality hair products; this is a good time to start.
Healthy hair equals very shiney, beautiful, bridal hair!<p> Have a hair analysis done to find out what your specific hair type needs.
With limitless hair options time is not a problem anymore should you perfect wedding day be in only a couple of months, and your hair is not long enough. Great Lengths Hair Extensions are a fabulous, immediate option to achieving beautiful, bridal hair. Great Length Hair Extensions are 100% human hair extensions, and can last up to 5 months.
Perfect makeup,photography, hair, nails, shoes, gowns, flowers, vacation and attendants….what is a bride to do?
Do love mascara, and makeup?
Let’s flash forward….it’s your perfect wedding day and you are at the church.
You are getting out of the limo, and your heart is beating very fast.
You have been waiting, and waiting for this day to come.
The music starts to play and now it is your time to shine, as the picture perfect bride.
Emotions run high and there may be a chance of “tears of joy”….what about that mascara you chose? Is it or will it be waterproof enough??
No room for the littlest detail to stress you out.
Let’s come back to the present moment, and look into you “limitless styling options”.
Limitless styling options no longer just pertain to what hair style you have your heart set on, as the bride.
You know have the option to have your eyelashes styled.
Yes, your eyelashes.Eyelash Extensions are extremely glamorous, as well as very practical.
Extensions are a bridal must-have.
No bride wants anything to stress her out.
When you have your eyelash extensions you can be rest assured that your mascara will not run, on your picture perfect wedding day.
Why and How?
Once you have your full set of Xtreme Eyelash extensions beautifully customized for you….you will love that fact you will not have to wear any mascara, on your wedding day.
How great will that be?
Not to mention, you full set of Xtreme Eyelash extension will make your natural eyelashes look thicker, fuller, longer and extremely glamorous.All eyes will be on you, and as they should be.
After all, you did all of the planning.He asked. You said, “yes”, and next you will say, ‘EYE DO!”