The holidays mark the perfect opportunity to splurge…on food, gifts and dazzling looks! Ditch the everyday and say hello to seasonal glam and over-the-top glitz.
Shimmer, Shine and Sparkle
Shimmer isn’t just for ornaments and dreidels. Add some glimmer to eyelids, cheeks and nails to spark holiday cheer. You can’t go wrong with metallic eye makeup tinted with silver, gold or bronze. Combine pinks and silvers for a wintry chill, or opt for reds and golds to simulate the warmth of a fireside hearth and mistletoe.
Fair-toned ladies should bust out the champagne-tinted highlighter, while olive-hued gals benefit from a deeper gold, and dark skinned beauties a kiss of bronze. If you’re feeling extra daring, add some shimmer to berry and violet-hued shadows, especially for flirtier evening parties. Add a touch of glint to the inner corner of your eyes to make them appear bigger.
You can’t go wrong with a metallic finish to manicures and pedicures, and candy reds work for nails or lips!
The Classic Look Never Disappoints
The classic look, as long as it’s topped off with ruby red lips, is always a head turner. Not to mention, there’s something about glammed out sophistication that can put even the most bah-humbug in the holiday spirit. Combine red lipstick with liquid liner drawn on thin and low to the lash line. Thicken liner at the outer corners and draw in the perfect winged tip using scotch tape. Subtle pink cheeks with a hint of shimmer add a pop to classic glamour.
Top It All Off With a Glow
The holiday season is about glitter and glow, and a luminizing powder can light you up from the inside out. Dust a slight shimmer over makeup to set. In the right lighting, the holiday decorations won’t be the only thing sparkling!
| |Long, Long, Long Lashes
If ever there was a time that called for long, out-of-this-world lashes, it’s during the holidays. Don’t depend on your natural lashes to carry you through the holiday season. Amp ‘em up with the reliability of eyelash extensions
or strip lashes
. Depending on your busy holiday schedule we recommend Mink eyelash extensions
for those who would like to take a relaxing break from power shopping, flare or strip lashes for those who desire a quick, glamorous fix. With their easy application and wide range of style options, strip lashes
are the perfect way to add some drama to your holiday sparkle. For a longer lasting lash option, Cluster Flare lashes
will maintain a luxurious look for up to 1 to 2 weeks. Made from human hair, Cluster Flare lashes achieve the perfect balance between a dramatic yet natural impact.
Makeup should be precise and impeccable this season, but why not have a little fun with some casual up dos? Twist up sections of your hair and fasten with bobby pins for an elegant, sophisticated look. Or revamp the classic bun with a more casual French twist roll fastened at the nape of your neck. Braids add a playful look to holiday glam. You can braid hair into a messy up do, and even get away with a single braid looped over to one side. Running out of time? A loose topknot is perfectly acceptable…leave the ends exposed and some tendrils free-flowing and you get extra points as a holiday hottie!
What’s the use of beautiful eyes if your eyes don’t feel good and vision is compromised? Whether your peepers are chronically itchy and inflamed, or you suffer from a vision problem such as macular degeneration or cataracts, acupuncture can offer some much needed relief. The Ins and Outs of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that stimulates blood flow and Qi. TCM practitioners believe that Qi is the invisible life energy that flows through your body. When Qi gets stuck, it creates an imbalance, which can manifest as acne, high blood pressure…even eye disease. Acupuncturists insert thin needles to activate specific points on the body to balance heat and dampness and to get the blood moving. Healing the Eyes
Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of eye conditions, including…
- Hay fever
- Dry eye
- Macular degeneration
Studies indicate that acupuncture can treat dry eye by lowering the temperature of the eye’s surface so that tears don’t evaporate as easily. Other studies have shown that glaucoma, a disease characterized by excessive pressure on the eyes, has responded favorably to acupuncture, as evidenced by a significant decrease in eye pressure. Acupuncture has also been shown to significantly improve the symptoms of allergic and inflammatory eye problems. What to Expect
Acupuncture may look scary (ever seen someone with needles inserted around their eyes?) but is safe and virtually painless. The needles are so thin that it’s common to complete a session without feeling one prick. If you are going in specifically for an eye issue, expect the acupuncturists to work on the following areas:
Jingming (UB-1): This meridian point lies in the inner corner of the eye and is activated for eye issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, conjunctivitis, blurred vision and night blindness.
Zanzhu (UB-2): Located at the inside end of the eyebrow, this point is manipulated for eye pain, blurred vision, headache, redness, tearing, twitchy eye and glaucoma.
Yuyao: Aligned with the pupil and the inner midpoint of the eyebrow, this meridian point cures twitchy eyes, eye strain, droopy upperlids, cloudy corneas, redness and swelling.
Sizhukong (SJ 23): This point sits at the outer point of the eyebrow and is used to remedy eye pain, redness, headaches, blurred vision and facial paralysis.
Tongzilia (GB-1): Thought to rejuvenate and brighten the eyes, this point is especially effective for cosmetic enhancement. It also treats redness, eye pain, headache, sensitivity to light, dry eyes, cataracts and conjunctivitis.
Acupuncture is also being used for “facial rejuvenation.” Proponents declare it can reduce fine lines, firm skin, lift droopy eyelids and lighten age spots. The Journal of Acupuncture
published a study in which 90% of patients reported fewer lines, clearer skin and increased elasticity and firmness. Increased blood and energy flow apparently boosts collagen!
As with any treatment protocol, patience is rewarded. Expect multiple acupuncture sessions over the course of a few months.
Halloween isn’t just spooks and ghouls and all things frightful. All Hallows Eve is a time for the sophisticated glamour girl to take dress up to a whole other level. Whether you design your makeup around your costume or your costume around your makeup, if you’re stuck on ideas, what better place to look for inspiration than the runways? Ditch the everyday, and paint your face proudly with the over-the-top runway look of your pick. Perfect for Halloween!
Blood Red Bonanza
If you’re a nudist (with your makeup that is), Halloween is the perfect opportunity to be bold with blood red. Unless you’re dressing as a drag queen this Halloween, keep the red isolated to one feature. Wash your face white with a soft white powder (no need to go overboard with cakey face paint) and sculpt your lips a deep blood red. Deaden every other feature, including your eyebrows, so that only your lips pop—lash extensions are, of course, allowed. This haunting look works well for a vampire, dead bride or corpse getup. If you want to add a dash of creepy, extend the blood red from your lips to your chin…it may end up there by the end of the evening anyway!
Slightly less sexy and more spooky are red eyes. Mask your lips and eyebrows with concealer and outline your eyes, both the lower and upper lids, with a sinister shade of red. If you can’t quite muster the courage for red, then go for the deadly look with a softer pink.
There is always a slightly futuristic vibe on the runway, with wild, colorful eye makeup and outrageous headpieces you couldn’t possibly get away with…unless it’s for some Halloween razzle-dazzle. You can never go wrong with black eyeliner and cat eyes, but why not get a bit more creative and paint your eyes with every color of the rainbow? If you need some inspiration, copy one of Lady Gaga’s signature eye-makeup looks. Use a paint kit to draw on crystal-studded gems for some out-of-this-world allure.
Or keep it simple. Don a black wig (or go crazy with pink or electric blue), pale up your face, paint your lips black and put in some light contacts for a glimpse into the year 3015. If you’re crazy for hats, opt for a feathery and wide headpiece. And if you’re just not content without a bit of face/body paint, then go all out with glitter paint. You’ll definitely be noticed…and leave a shimmering piece of yourself behind everywhere you go!
Whatever runway Halloween look you choose, do not leave those lashes naked. Halloween is the time to apply those falsies with pride. The longer and more voluminous the better. Heck, eyelash extensions may just be the only costume you need!
Watching the stars sashay across the red carpet in Chanel, Dior and Givenchy Haute Couture during awards season is enough to inspire jealousy in any woman. Why not take that envy by the horns and cultivate your own red carpet look for less? The stores are full of designer knockoffs…and none will be the wiser. You just need to know the red carpet trends, and Glad Lash has you covered! Red Carpet Reds
All shades of red—from tomato, to cherry, to garnet—dominate the red carpet this season, but stars donning bright reds have looked particularly captivating. Emulate the style savvy Naomi Watts and Jennifer Laurence with a sexy, new red frock. Sleek Blacks
Elegant black gowns with a touch of noir and a kiss of chic stand out nicely against the red backdrop. Especially popular is black combined with sheer lace. Check out Julianna Marguiles and Rachel Weisz’s getups from the 2013 Golden Globes. Flirty Florals
It wasn’t all sleek, haute glamour on red carpets this year. Several ladies taunted with flirty floral dresses that were simple and classy. Sienna Miller proved at the Golden Globes that girly is classy, sassy and sophisticated all in one. Dusky Neutrals
Neutrals popped up in virtually every shade from nude to gold to pink. Layered pinks and bejeweled golds decorated the likes of Amy Adams, Kerry Washington and Connie Britton. You can glam up any old dress with a fresh pattern of gems and sparklies! Winter Whites
Whites with no hint of bridal flair, along with shades of ice blue, brightened the red carpet. The most popular dress styles? Full-length ball gowns ruled, quite a few teased with thigh high slits, and even the mermaid gowns made hearts skip a beat. Style Tips
A tested style tip to take seriously is adding a belt at your waist. Jennifer Gardner and Jennifer Laurence showed you how to pull off the look impeccably at the Golden Globes. You’ll look like you got a tummy tuck while flaunting your curves!
You can’t go wrong with the sweetheart neckline, which adds soft sophistication to any dress. Set the look off with some emeralds (costume jewelry will do) and you’ve mastered the red carpet look! The Finishing Touches
The right red carpet dress requires the right finishing touches. Soft, causal curls dominated and are an easy choice for red carpet hair. Tomato red lips stood out on Claire Danes and Christina Hendricks, but if you aren’t that daring, opt for a nude pink with light smoky eyes. Try out a slate grey and forego the liner. Top it off with a pair of strip lashes
from the Red Carpet Collection by Glad Lash!
Roses are more than just eye candy. Turns out a dash of rose oil or a spritz of rose water has the power to turn you into eye candy! Roses are versatile, both cosmetically and medicinally. Rose water drops wash dirt and debris from your eyes, and a touch of rose oil patted on delicate skin can soothe fine lines and dryness. Get ready to prep those eyes for lash extensions with all things rose!
Sensitive and Romantic
Even sensitive skins, or should we say especially sensitive skins, benefit from the gentle, hydrating properties of rose water. While other toners can strip sensitive skins of oils and moisture, rose water delicately wipes away impurities while it refreshes. Rose water isn’t merely a sensual smelling, flavored water. It’s loaded with antibacterial tannins and antioxidant flavonoids that calm irritated skin, tighten skin cells and revitalize skin tissue. Rose water also contains natural sugars and oils that seal in moisture for all-day hydration. When eyelids get heavy with fatigue or dry with fine lines, treat the sensitive skin around your eyes to a rose bath. Apply rose water with a soaked cotton ball, or mist face throughout the day. It’s perfect for setting makeup and won’t cause mascara to run!
There’s a reason the smell of roses simulates romance. Spray the rose water and enjoy the light scent of rose as it follows you throughout the day. Believe it or not, a whiff of rose has been known to alleviate digestive upset by healing heartache and grief. The smell of roses triggers specific healing systems in your body that help stabilize emotions and promote wellness.
Indulge with Rose Oil
Rose oil, which is distilled from rose hips, is even more potent than rose water, which is extracted from rose petals. Scientific research has tracked the anti-aging properties of rosehips, noted for their vitamin C content—up to 7%! (Vitamin C contains a miniscule 0.5% by comparison!)
Rose oil is expensive, and the commercial varieties don’t pack as substantive of a vitamin C punch as 7%, but they are still loaded with essential fatty acids (EFAs) that strengthen cell membranes, diminish scars, rejuvenate damaged skin and accelerate healing. Rose oil must not be applied directly to skin, but diluted in carrier oils like jojoba or almond oils—moisturizing, all natural beauty treatments in their own right!
How to Make Rose Water
When buying rose water, opt for the 100% pure form. Or you can make your own! All it takes is fresh roses, a large pot and distilled water. Place two to three quarts of fresh roses in a pot and add just enough water to cover the rose petals. Simmer until the rose petals lose their color. Every 20 minutes, lift the lid and remove about a tablespoon of rose water. Be sure not to over simmer, as the rose water will lose its potency. While you’re making your rose water be sure to breathe in deeply, healing any pangs of regret or heartache that may be lingering.
Whether natural or extensions, eyelashes require a delicate touch. Gradual wear and tear through the years can leave your lashes parched instead of plush, but when tended to with tenderness, eyelashes remain lush and full throughout your lifetime. Every hair on your body, from the top of your head to the tip of your feet, follows a natural growth cycle. We are born with a specific number of follicles, and that number pretty much remains the same as the years go by. Chances are if you’re blessed with full lashes now, you’ll be enjoying lovely lashes well into your golden years. The Life of an Eyelash
Eyelashes exist for protection. They activate the blink response so that dust, dirt, debris and other foreign objects don’t get lodged in our eyes. And here we thought eyelashes were just to enhance our beauty! The upper eyelid holds about 90 to 150 lashes, while the lower eyelid has about 70 to 80. Each individual eyelash is programmed to reach a certain length (3/8 of an inch on average), fall out, and then re-grow in approximately two months.
An eyelash undergoes a three-part growth cycle: Anagen (the growth phase)
: The first stage of the eyelash cycle lasts between 30 and 45 days. If all our eyelashes were in the anagen phase at the same time, then they’d all be on track to fall out at the same time! Approximately 40 percent of our upper lashes and 15 percent of our lower lashes are in the anagen stage at any given time. Catagen (the transition phase)
: Once the lashes in the anagen phase reach their designated length, they stop growing and the hair follicle shrinks. Should an eyelash fall out during the catagen phase, it won’t begin growing back until the catagen phase has run its course, typically within two to three weeks. Telogen (the resting phase)
: The telogen phase is a hundred day resting cycle before the eyelash falls out and a new lash blooms to take its place.
Since our lashes are in different phases of the growth cycle, it’s natural for a few to fall out each day, so blow on that lash and make a wish! Prevent Eyelash Thinning
It’s not age that has your lashes looking worse for the wear, but the daily abuse you subject them to. All that curling, and rubbing, and tugging can’t be good for them! If you suspect that an underlying health issue has your eyelashes thinning, schedule a visit to the ophthalmologist. Factors such as alopecia—a condition that causes hair loss—eyelid inflammation and chemotherapy could be contributing to eyelash fallout. Here are some simple tips to keep your lashes looking long and lush:
1. Don’t sleep in mascara! Mascara stiffens lashes, which is fine for daytime wear, but during sleep the stiffness can cause the lashes to break.
2. Forego the waterproof mascara! Waterproof mascara tends to dry out the lashes and be too rough for wear. Try our water based oil-free Max2 Mascara
especially formulated for eyelash extensions and gentle on your natural lashes.
3. Use a gentle eye makeup remover like our Glad Lash Oil-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes
. Be sure to dab makeup away, not tug and rub!
Don’t worry if your lashes are naturally sparse. You can always amp up the length and volume with strips
or eyelash extensions
, which won’t harm your natural lashes.
Is your skin looking dull and lifeless? Are you slathering on the latest and greatest skin creams, but seeing no improvement? Chances are it’s an inside job! Your skin reflects the subtlest internal disharmonies. Nourish your inner health with healing teas, and your skin will glow from the inside out.
Get an Overall Glow with Chai
Hot or iced, chai tea satisfies your taste buds and stimulates your senses with a poignant aroma of cinnamon, clove and cardamom. An overall healing tonic for the immune and digestive systems, chai tea has been used in India for centuries as a relaxing and restorative beverage. This exotic black tea is infused with antioxidant rich spices—cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, clove and black pepper. Chai tea gets your circulation pumping, boosting blood flow to the skin for a rosy glow. Certain brands of chai also contain fennel, which is loaded with skin-saving vitamin C.
Rock the Vitamin C with Rosehips
Dried rosehips are one of the best plant sources of vitamins C, A and E. Sip a tea made up of six grams of dried rosehips and you’re getting the same amount of vitamin C as a cup of orange juice—minus all the sugar! Vitamin C activates the production of collagen, a protein that is responsible for skin firmness and elasticity.
Soothe Skin with Chamomile
If you suffer from dry skin, eczema or psoriasis your skin could use some anti-inflammatory help. Chamomile tea is a natural anti-inflammatory that enhances digestion (an ill-functioning digestive system is the cause of many skin irritations). If you aren’t a fan of the flavor, apply chamomile topically as a toner to skin.
Protect Against Free Radicals with Rooibos
Scavenging free radicals accelerate aging and disease. Red tea, aka rooibos tea, is packed with antioxidants that neutralize free radicals before they cause unsightly fine lines and wrinkles. Grown in the Cederberg Mountain Range of South Africa, rooibos is caffeine-free and anti-inflammatory.
Eliminate Toxins with Burdock Root
Burdock root tea eliminates impurities from the skin by purifying the blood and flushing toxins from the liver. When the liver is bombarded with toxins, skin conditions—from acne to rashes—arise. Burdock root tea can significantly improve liver function and transform the condition of your skin.
Clear Acne with Nettle
Stinging nettle tea contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin B-complex and amino acids, as well as ten times more vitamin C than an apple and five times more beta-carotene than a carrot! Nettle tea helps rid the body of toxins and clear the skin of acne. It is also used both topically and internally to increase the shine and thickness of hair.
Guard Against the Sun with Green Tea
Green tea leaves are steamed and dried, and therefore fresher and more potent than those of black and oolang teas. Green tea possesses anti-cancer, antibacterial and antiviral properties. In fact, the primary catechin in green tea has been proven effective against skin inflammation and harmful UV rays.
What better way to show off your eyelash extensions than with clear, flawless skin? What are you waiting for…one, two, three…brew!
Goodbye Botox, Hello Funny Face!
Americans spent approximately $11 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2012 in an attempt to defy aging. Looking young doesn’t have to be such an expensive endeavor. We exercise our bodies to stay fit, firm and flexible beyond our years, why not exercise our face muscles? Some proponents even insist that exercising your face in the right way can prevent wrinkles just as well as Botox and injectable fillers can. Because eyes are our feature of choice, Glad Lash has selected six exercises to lift eyes, banish eye wrinkles and deflate those unsightly eyebags.
Get that Blood Flowing
Massaging specific acupressure points around the eyes opens up the body’s natural energy flow and stimulates blood circulation to the eye area, thereby nourishing eye tissues, cells and skin, increasing collagen levels and improving elasticity.
Eye Exercise #1 Þ Place your thumbs in the corner of your upper eye sockets, cradled just underneath your brows and the ridge of your nose. Keeping your eyes closed, massage with small, but firm, inward circles to boost blood flow around the eyes, nose and center of the face. Twice a day for a minute per session will help minimize eye wrinkles, including crow’s feet, as well as under eye bags.
Eye Exercise #2 Þ Place your forefingers at the outer corners of your eyes, directly in line with your temples. Massage with tiny, but firm, outward circles. One minute, morning and evening, will tackle crow’s feet and under eye wrinkles, as well as firm the skin on the upper cheeks.
Eye Exercise #3 Þ Place your forefingers under your eyes, directly beneath your pupils. Keeping your eyes open, massage with small, firm outward circles in order to diminish eyebags and under eye wrinkles.
Strengthen those Eye Muscles
While random, funny faces can lead to more wrinkles, specific face exercises can actually enhance the production of collagen and elastin, thereby dissolving wrinkles and firming the skin.
Eye Exercise #4 Þ Strengthen your eye muscles with a natural lifting exercise by raising your eyebrows as high as possible for a five second hold. Repeat five to ten times per day.
Eye Exercise #5 Þ Cynthia Rowland, creator of Facial Magic, a program of facial exercises designed to lift and firm face muscles naturally, suggests the following exercise to lift the eyes and smooth the forehead. Rowland recommends wearing gloves in order to create resistance and traction so the muscles have to work a bit harder.
Place your three middle fingers directly underneath your eyebrows, cupping your face gently with the palms of your hands. Push your eyebrows up with your fingertips as high as you can, pushing slightly outward toward the temples. Hold for five seconds. On the next few repetitions, hold for ten second intervals for a total of 35 seconds.
Eye Exercise #6 Þ This is more of an all over facial exercise developed by yoga expert and author of The Yoga Face, Annelise Hagen. Squeeze every muscle in your body tight on an inhale. Exhale, relaxing the muscles, sticking out your tongue and opening your eyes wide. Really stretch out that tongue! Hold for 60 seconds, rest and repeat three times.
‘Tis the season—for bare skin that is! For those of us riddled with hyperpigmentation/sunspots on our face, arms, chest or legs, the summer months can leave us feeling a bit self-conscious. First of all, there’s no reason to be embarrassed by your multi-toned skin. Hyperpigmentation, aka sunspots, can show up as early as your twenties. They aren’t so much signs of age as of sun damage, so try to associate your hyperpigmentation with memories of fun in the sun! In the meantime, you can go to work on sunspots with your choice of the following at-home, natural hyperpigmentation remedies.
The Milk and Honey Trick:
Lactic acid, found in sour milk and unsweetened, natural yogurt, has an exfoliating effect on the skin. As a humectant honey locks in moisture, as an antioxidant it helps defend against oxidative stress, and as a disinfectant it helps accelerate wound healing. Make a paste of milk and honey (or milk and yogurt) and apply to pigmented areas two times a day.
Bleach Spots Away with Vegetable Juice:
Ever used lemon juice as a cheap, at-home alternative to expensive blond highlights? Turns out, lemon juice works the same magic on hyperpigmented skin! Cucumber, tomato and potato juice also contain bleaching properties. Rub your favorite vegetable oil onto sunspots every day and you should notice a gradual lightening of pigment.
For a double whammy, mix vegetable oil with turmeric powder, which is stronger than both vitamins C and E. Apply the paste to affected areas for 30 minutes a day.
Vanish Hyperpigmentation with Vitamin E:
Two sources of vitamin E are especially effective when it comes to fading hyperpigmentation: Avocadoes and almonds. To use avocadoes, mash them up and mix with milk. Apply to skin for 20 minutes a day.
Almonds take a bit more effort to prepare. You’ll want to soak de-shelled almonds overnight, mash them up in a blender, mix with milk and apply for 15 minutes a day.
Hydrogen Peroxide: The World’s Safest, Natural Sanitizer:
Not just a disinfectant, hydrogen peroxide can also fade problematic pigmentation. Combine a 20-volume solution of hydrogen peroxide with dry milk powder and glycerin. Apply the solution for 20 minutes every day. The peroxide can be a bit rough on skin, so be sure to apply lotion after every treatment.
Drink Away Sun Damage:
Natural health practitioners swear by gotu kola steeped as a hot tea and drank daily. Gotu kola is a swamp plant indigenous to India, China and Indonesia that has been used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis. If you don’t like the taste of the tea, combine a liquid extract of gotu kola with a teaspoon of ginseng and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and apply topically to skin.
Hyperpigmentation can also signal a deficiency in selenium or potassium, so fortify your health with plenty of bananas, figs, cantaloupes, apricots and avocadoes! And don’t you dare forget that SPF 15 next time you decide to create a new memory of fun in the sun.
The spa industry is all about helping a woman feel her best through beautifying and enhancing her natural attributes. The art of eyelash extensions is the perfect way to achieve this effect.
In the U.S, eyelash extensions are a relatively recent addition to the makeup and salon repertoire. Because this is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical way to make a woman feel special, the practice has become hugely popular and is in increasingly high demand.
Much like hair extensions, eyelash extensions involve adhering an extension to a natural lash making the lash itself physically longer. Extensions are very popular among celebrities and are fast-growing in the makeup and spa industries. However, there is still a lot of room for growth in this arena, and you can be the first in your area to offer this amazing client service.
One of the greatest things about offering eyelash extensions is that it provides the potential for a brand new stream of income and it is one of the few treatments with an immediate and on-going ‘Wow’ factor. This can be a terrific boost to your client retention and increase referrals!
Doing lash extensions well requires training on both the procedures and the materials available. A technician who wants to become an extension expert will have to learn how to prep the eyes, select the right lashes to extend, and how to choose the extensions which will achieve the best look for the client.
You will want to allow yourself a considerable amount of practice time before offering this as a regular service in your spa. Also, check with your state licensing/regulating board to be sure you know the licensing requirements for this procedure in your state.
Professional eyelash extensions are applied on a lash per lash basis. Once proficient, the process for a full set of eyelash extensions takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on how many lashes are applied. The average number of applied lashes range anywhere from thirty to eighty lashes per eye. A single lash extension is literally attached to a single natural eyelash.
Eyelash extensions have several variables to consider: curl, thickness and length. Lashes can be manufactured from synthetic mink, synthetic silk and 100% real mink. There are several types of eyelash extensions to give your customers different looks and speed up the application process. These include: V, W and Y types.
Adding eyelash extensions to your spa or salon menu can make your business unique among those in your area. Extensions also provide a service that requires maintenance and therefore, repeat business. The appearance of these long, natural, luxurious lashes is so appealing that once your client has extensions, she will want to keep the look going.
The Basic Procedure for Eyelash Extensions
Although you might see variations in tools and materials by some technicians, there really is only one proper procedure for doing single strand eyelash extensions. Prior to performing the treatment, you should discuss with the client the desired look; be it sophisticated, natural, length or density, et cetera. We suggest taking photos and setting up a file for your client to help keep the look consistent over time.
In brief the procedure is as follows: Set up your workstation with excellent lighting. A magnifying glass might be helpful.
1. Lay client down, make them comfortable
2. Cleanse the eye area with oil-free makeup remover and cleanser
3. Apply eye patches or medical paper tape under lower lid trying to capture lower lashes
4. Tape can be applied to the upper lid in a gentle manner to give the eyelid a slight lift
5. Lay out the extensions by length and diameter
6. Set out your glue and your curved and straight tweezers
7. Suggested technique: Start at the outer corner of the eye and go back and forth from eye to eye to keep a balanced and symmetrical appearance
8. Lay in varying lengths and diameters as you move along the eye line, graduating the lengths
9. Check to make sure nothing is adhered to the lower tape or lash line
10. Finally, dry, comb and remove the tape and eye patches
*Additional Tip: Make sure your adhesive is stored upright with a tightly closed cap and in a cool and dry location for longevity.
It is critical to work in an efficient, precautious manner using the utmost care to protect the eyes so adhesive does not get into the eyes. Your choice of glue and materials also greatly impacts the safety and quality of the procedure.
After care instruction is important to help your customers protect their investment. If necessary, your customers should only use water-based make-up around the eyes. They should never rub or pull on their extensions and they should not use a crimping lash curler however, they can use our heated non-crimping lash curler. To allow the bond to cure, we recommend that the client does not get the lashes wet for 24 to 48 hours.
What Type of Spa Professional is Best Suited to Perform Extensions?
The best eyelash extension technician will like detail work, be patient, and possess a creative flare. An artistic person can find this kind of work enjoyable and very rewarding. It is a beautifying treatment that is extremely effective and instant. As soon as the client opens their eyes that ‘Wow’ factor emerges! To become a technician, hands-on training is the best route. Practice is the key.
You would also be well advised to follow the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines for both sanitation and working around the eyes. This is a service that requires maintenance, which makes it perfect for the day spa or medical spa. Typically clients return for fill-ins every two to four weeks. Fill-ins usually take about 30 to 60 minutes, and it is more economical for the client to have frequent fill-ins because as the lashes grow out, fill-ins can take longer.
As you would any new treatment, you will want to get out in your community and market the service. For this purpose, before and after photos will go a long way in drawing new clients. Post the photos on your website, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Encourage referrals and network with other professionals in your area including doctors who offer other types of beauty services such as laser treatments or Botox.
Eyelash Extensions are the perfect way to expand your business while maintaining the beauty industry mission of helping a woman look and feel her best! Happy Lash Loving!