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Eyelash Extensions FAQ
Eyelash extensions are individual strands, or fans of several strands, of PBT fibres that simulate natural hair. Each single strand or fan is attached to a single natural eyelash to extend length or increase the density (Or Both!) of the natural lash line.
Eyelash extensions are considered semi-permanent, as they shed with the natural lash they’re attached to, as the natural lash comes to the end of it’s growth cycle.
Each lash extension can last up to 8 or 9 weeks; either shedding with the natural lash it is attached to or as the lash adhesive naturally degrades. Longevity is also dependent on the aftercare of each wearer.
Studio 202 Esthetics proudly offers only Sinful Lashes brand luxury eyelash extension products and aftercare. Eco-friendly, vegan and made to be gentle on even the most sensitive eyes (like Mine!), the Sinful Lashes brand is one of the most respected on the market today.
Before your lash appointment you should avoid waterproof eye products for at least 48hrs.
You should arrive at your lash appointment with clean lashes and eyelids.
You should avoid caffeine for at least 1hour before your lash appointment to prevent eye fluttering and feeling jittery.
Upon arrival, you will consult with your lash artist on the styling you would like to receive. You are welcome to bring pictures of styling that you admire.
After your consultation, it’s time for a quick lash bath and then you can relax and even enjoy a lash nap while your lash artist applies your lash extensions.
During your appointment, you will need to lay quietly with your eyes closed.
At the end of your appointment, your lash artist will inform you when it’s safe to open your eyes. And Voila! You get to admire your fluttering new lashes!
Most commercial mascaras have added oils or silicone to keep them fresh for a long period of time. These substances can degrade lash extension adhesive very quickly. Mascara can also find it’s way into any seams between your natural lash and the extension, harboring bacteria. Mascara can also stick between the strands of a volume fan and cause it to close up and not look it’s best.
Eyelash Extension Safe mascara, that is water soluble, is available for purchase at Studio 202 Esthetics, for use on lower lash line natural lashes.
Our natural lashes shed, just like the hair on our scalp. When wearing lash extensions, those extensions will shed with the natural lash they’ve been attached to.
Just like nail enhancements or hair color, eyelash extensions require fills every few weeks to keep lashes looking their best.
At your fill appointment your lash artist will remove extension from natural lashes that have grown out (just like a root touch up!) and replace them with new extensions. They will also add new extensions onto the younger natural lashes that have grown up enough to support the weight of an extension.
With proper application and proper aftercare, breaks should not be required.
As stated above, each extension is only attached to a single natural lash. As that natural lash grows and sheds, the extension will shed with it or be removed and replaced at your fill appointment.
When properly applied and cared for, No. Damage happens most often when someone attempts to remove their lash extensions themselves. However, poor isolation of individual natural lashes, extension that are too heavy for each natural lash or too long for your natural lashes can also cause damage over time.
At Studio 202 Esthetics, your natural lash health is the top priority. Measurement of the natural lashes is part of your initial consultation and an inspection of your growth patterns is part of the prep process at the beginning of each appointment, to keep you up to date on your visible lash heath.
Allergies are a possibility for anyone, at any time. If you have had adverse reactions to lash enhancements, nail enhancements, skin care or makeup products in the past it is recommended to have a Patch Test at least 48hrs before a full service appointment.
The lash extensions themselves are made from hypoallergenic PBT (polybutylene terephthalate), the same material that toothbrush bristles are made from. Adhesive, lash bath, primer, bonder and eyepads all contain multiple ingredients and the products use can vary from lash artist to lash artist. Please disclose any existing allergies, including seasonal allergies, before receiving a lash service.
While we cannot guarantee that a patch test will expose the existence of an unknown allergy, it can help to ensure your continued eye health if a pre-existing condition exists.
The average eye has anywhere from 80-150 eyelashes. Each healthy and adult natural lash receives its own extension. To ensure each natural lash is properly lashed and that all baby lashes are kept healthy, your lash artist must take great care to isolate each lash and ensure it is adequately dry before moving on to the next.
Lash Artists spend years honing their skills. MJ is no exception, training and updating her skill annually, to bring you the safest techniques and trend setting styles that give each client a bespoke lash set designed especially for them.
Studio 202 Esthetics also strives to bring you the safest and very best luxury eyelash extensions products for both application and aftercare. Studio 202 Esthetics is proud to offer Sinful Lashes Brand luxury lash products that are vegan, eco-friendly and botanical. Only Beauty and Medical grade ingredients are used in the manufacture of these lush products and I know you’ll love them as much as I do.
Studio 202 Esthetics proudly offers both hard and soft waxes made by Berodin, the leader in waxing products world-wide.
Waxing generally lasts longer(up to 6wks) than shaving (4-10 days), threading or tweezing ( both around 2wks).
A consistent waxing schedule also reduces the number of hairs, thickness of hairs and potentially elimination of hair growth from an area that is waxed repeatedly.
Shaving is only removing the hair above the surface of the skin, it also blunts the end of the hair making new growth of individual hairs appear more coarse.
Both tweezing and threading do pull the hairs from the follicle but they do not have the force to consistently pull the root of a hair and often result in breakages that make new growth appear coarse as well as quicker reappearance of individual hairs. Both methods of hair removal are more time consuming and often involve a prolonged pain response as individual hairs are removed.
- Allow hair growth to at least 1/4inch (the length of a tic-tac candy).
- Do not trim longer hairs. Longer hairs grab onto the wax more easily. If there are any hairs that are too long, I will trim them before waxing.
- Exfoliate at least 24 hours before your appointment.
- Showering/bathing should not be done immediately before a waxing appointment. Soaking of hair can make it more prone to breakage, making the waxing less effective.
- For facial waxing, be aware that any makeup will be removed in the areas to be waxed and it is advised not to reapply makeup for at least 4 hours after waxing.
- Please schedule appointments at least 24 hours before important events, after work or on days off.
- Some waxing providers recommend OTC pain relievers either before or after scheduled appointments. This is completely up to you and I will not advise either way, except to let you know that Aspirin is a blood thinner and not advised before waxing.
Everyone’s pain response is different. What is extremely painful to one person may be negligible to another.
That being said, yes, there is always some degree of pain with manual hair removal.
Some tips to make your waxing session less painful include:
- Do not receive waxing services the week before or during your menstrual cycle, when possible. Our bodies go through hormonal changes that do make skin sensitivities more prominent during these times. Even facial waxing can be more uncomfortable at this time.
- Properly prep your skin before waxing. Hair growth should be at least 1/4inch (the length of a tic-tac candy), you are aslo advised to exfoliate at least 24hour before your waxing appointment.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing over areas to be waxed. Friction from tight clothing can cause irritation to the skin, both before and after waxing.
- No heavy exercise/activity right before or 24 hours after waxing. Again, friction, as well as heavy sweating, can cause skin irritation. Additionally, exercise just before a waxing appointment also creates more active blood flow and overheating of the skin that could exaggerate a pain response.
- Ingrown hairs are caused by irritation to the skin, resulting in a thickening over the follicle. This can be the result of any hair removal process, excessive moisture, irritation due to friction, etc.
Yes, it is possible to have ingrown hairs from waxing. Here are some tips to help you avoid them:
Avoid exfoliating products, direct sun/tanning bed exposure, heavy creams and fragrances, deodorants, tight clothing, excessive exercise and excessive contact with the waxed area for the first 24-48 hours.
- After 24-48 hours, DO exfoliate gently at least twice per week, make sure that you are using at least an SPF 30 on the waxed area and if you encounter irritations, lavender oil or tea tree oil are both antibacterial and antimicrobial as well as soothing to the skin.
Double dipping is the practice of using a wax applicator more than once after it touches a client’s skin.
No. I do not double dip. This practice has the potential to spread bacteria or viruses as well as just being gross. Whether you wax with me or another provider, please ask and watch the waxer to make sure that this is not being done on you.
It is your body and you should do what you are comfortable with.
However, waxing weakens the hair follicle so that regrowth becomes thinner and finer. It is recommended to allow at least 1/4 inch of hair growth between waxes (approximately 4-6 weeks).
Shaving reverts this process, potentially returning your hair growth to the state it was before you started waxing. This can lead to more painful waxing sessions as the hairs grow back thicker.
If you find that your appointments are too spaced out, you can schedule your waxes more regularly.
There are different types of bleeding resulting from waxing.
Pinpoint bleeding is a possible result of waxing and one that I always look forward to seeing. Those pinpoints indicate that individual hairs have been pulled from the root and you can expect that it will take much longer for that hair follicle to produce another hair, a good sight for those not looking forward to regrowth.
An inexperienced waxer may not pull the skin taut as wax is being removed and this can cause skin tearing or lifting of the skin that can cause bruising.
Do not hesitate to ask your waxer about their credentials and experience.
You should never be “:surprised” after the fact by any bleeding. A good waxer will notify you of any type of bleeding occurring during your appointment.
Waxing fully removes each hair from the follicle, at the root. This can cause the hair follicle to react and become swollen for a short time after waxing. This is a normal response.
Some waxing clients may experience a histamine reaction to waxing. This is one of your body’s natural defenses working to protect you. A histamine reaction is easily identified by a rash that presents itself as welts or bumps. This reaction may happen immediately after your wax. Histamine response works by enlarging the blood vessels and making them easier to penetrate. The skin may redden or swell as it protects the affected area, in this case your hair follicles.
Clients currently undergoing laser hair procedures should pause their waxing schedule. Laser hair removal requires adequate growth to be effective.
Clients may resume waxing services 3-4 weeks after laser treatments have concluded.
Some medications do cause issues with waxing and are considered a contraindication due to thinning of the blood or skin, heightened skin sensitivity, or increased possibility of bruising among them.
Accutane or Retin-A users should wait at least 6mo from the date you stopped using the medication before being waxed.
Please don’t hesitate to call or email regarding specific medications or medical conditions prior to booking an appointment.
Varicose veins should not be waxed over, but the areas around the veins can be. Please notify your waxer of this condition during consultation.
Pregnancy is not a contraindication for waxing. Many women choose to have full bikini waxes before delivery, rather than have the nurses shave them at the hospital.
Pregnancy does come with hormonal changes that can increase skin sensitivity to pain and irritation that can cause redness to be more severe or long lasting.
If you have other complications with your pregnancy, I would advise seeking your doctor’s approval before scheduling a waxing appointment.
Any sun or tanning bed exposure should be limited 24 hours before and after a waxing appointment.
Your skin will be more sensitive to UV and if you absolutely must be in the sun, please use your sunscreen.
If you’re planning a spray tan, schedule it after your waxing appointment. Waxing will remove the spray tan.
It’s always a good idea to start waxing at least a month before a special event like a wedding, modelling event or a pageant.
You need to know how your skin will react to a waxing treatment.
It’s advisable to do a test run and if you are happy with the results, schedule your event wax at least 48hours in advance of the big day.