Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Learn About Eyelash Extensions

Beyond hair and makeup, it has become increasingly trendy for
celebrities to enhance their natural look with eyelash
extensions. Whether your salon clients want the look of
thicker, fuller lashes often found through natural materials
such as mink or human hair, or just want a fun, synthetic
glam extension for a special event, you can be sure there is
a product out there to achieve the look your client desires.
These fun and sometimes funky makeup marvels are proving to
be a boon to studio and professional makeup artists, salons,
and aestheticians everywhere.

Understanding the Eyelash Life Cycle

Each human eye has about 200 lashes. The lashes usually grow
in 3 rows and have a lifespan of 60 to 90 days.

Extensions can last 3 to 6 weeks, following the lashes'
natural cycle, and are easily touched up. With proper care,
the lashes should last an average of 4 weeks, and possibly
longer depending on the adhesive. To maintain the lashes,
clients need to return every 3 to 6 weeks for touch-ups to
replace lashes lost in the natural growth cycle.

Natural eyelashes grow in three stages: the short, or Baby
stage, the medium or Teenage stage, and the long, or Mature
stage. Choose to attach extensions to the medium, or Teenage
lashes. They're stronger than the Baby ones, and won't fall
out as soon as the Mature ones at the end of the growth
cycle. If you want to apply eyelash extensions, you will
increase the lifespan of the extensions by isolating lashes
that are in the middle stage of their growth cycle.

Types of Eyelash Extensions

There are many options in eyelash extensions, but the most
common are more natural in appearance, though colors vary
widely. The standard color is black, but there colors to
match the rainbow on the market, including purple, pink,
green and red as well as lash crystals for extra glam. Brown
is available. However, it does not provide the contrast that
clients are seeking.

Short lashes are 6 and 8 mm; medium are 10 and 12 mm; and
long are 13, 14, and 15 mm. The medium lashes are the most
popular lengths. Lashes also vary in thickness from .10 mm
which is thin to .15 mm which is thick and point .020 which
is very thick.

The curl of the extensions falls into a couple of
categories. Narrow or J curls are shaped to look like
natural lashes with a slight lift. The B curl has a slight
curve, and the C curl has an exaggerated curve for a more
dramatic effect. For special applications, there is even a Y
curl.

The number of lash extensions you'll use will depend on what
type of look you're creating. It will also depend on the
quality and quantity of your client's natural lashes.

Because eyelash extensions are placed one at a time, the
more lashes you use, the longer your service will be.
First-time clients can expect a full or complete set to take
up to 1.5 to 2 hours. The time to place eyelash extensions
varies with experience, but typically you should allow one
hour for a partial set, one half to one hour for occasional
touch-ups and fills.


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