How long do extensions last?
The extension will last the life of your natural lash. Let us explain.
All hair on your body follows a specific growth cycle and will grow to a specific length before shedding. Because each individual lash is in its very own growth cycle, it is perfectly normal to lose 1-5 natural lashes every day.
Your individual lash cycle, combined with how well you care for the extensions will determine how long they last.
Having said that, with proper care and maintenance appointments every 2-4 weeks, your extensions can last indefinitely.
How do I care for my extensions?
The more meticulous you are about caring for your extensions, the longer you can expect them to last
- Do not get them wet for the first 24 hours (unless advised otherwise by your lash artist).
- Use ONLY water based and OIL-FREE products around your eye area.
- Wash your eyes daily with an extensions-safe cleanser to keep your lash line clean.
- Dry thoroughly by blotting (not rubbing) with a towel or blow drying on a cool setting, then spin through with a clean mascara wand.
- Oil breaks down the adhesive bond. Creams and serums should be applied sparingly, and no closer than the orbital bone. Anything that is heavy (i.e. night cream) should be applied approx. an hour before laying your head on a pillow. The lashes will touch any creams when you close your eye so be mindful of this and dap away any excess product from your eye before sleep.
- Avoid using cotton swabs or pads that will leave lint and catch on your extensions.
- Use of mascara or an eyelash curler is not recommended.
- Use only water-based, oil-free makeup around your eye area. Ask your lash artist for suggestions.
- Do not rub eyes or pick/pull at your extensions.
- Sleeping on your back is the best position. Avoid sleeping on your face.
Will the extensions look natural?
With professional application, Xtreme Lashes® Eyelash Extensions look completely real, adding curl, thickness and length, opening up the eye for added definition. You have three thicknesses and three different curls to choose from, with a range of lengths. For the best overall effect, we select the thickness and lash length best suited to the shape and frame of your natural lash line, taking into account the health and thickness of your natural lashes. Designed to move with your own lashes, it will be almost impossible to tell that you are wearing extensions.
Is it safe for my eyes?
Eyelash extensions, when properly applied, are completely safe. The extensions are applied with a surgical grade adhesive and are only extended 2-3 mm longer than your natural lash. This is to make sure the integrity of your natural lash stays the same through out the time you plan on wearing your extensions.
Will it damage my lashes?
When eyelash extensions are properly applied, they will not damage your natural eyelashes. Your natural lashes are always shedding and cycling back, the extensions should simply fall off with your natural lash when it sheds. The extensions themselves do not cause your lashes to fall out or become damaged unless a technician is applying extensions that are too long or thick for your natural lash. Also, if a technician attaches the extension to more than ONE of your natural lashes, and does not separate and isolate properly, it will cause damage to your future lash health. We make sure this will never happen at The Lash Lab, because your lash health is very important to us!
Can I wear mascara?
We do not recommend to wear mascara over your extensions. It can weaken the bond and cause premature loss of the extensions. With that being said we do offer a mascara from Xtreme Lashes® that is formulated to be compatible with your extensions. You may wear a water-based, non-waterproof mascara on the lower lashes, being careful when applying and removing. Waterproof mascara is NEVER recommended!
Can I use a lash curler?
Eyelash extensions do not require additional curling. If you are looking for more curl, ask your lash artist to apply a curlier lash. If a lash curler is used on the extension then the synthetic extension will then crimp and have to be removed by your lash stylist.
How long does it take?
Your initial set of lashes will take between 90-175 minutes. After your first set, your fills will take between 45-60 minutes.
What type of lashes do you use?
We use synthetic lashes. Our Faux mink and X-Wrap lashes are not made of human or animal hair. We prefer using synthetic simply because the method of retrieving the hairs from a mink doesn't keep with our standards and there isn't a way to properly sanitize animal or human hair.
Does the adhesive hurt your eyes?
The adhesive from Xtreme® is surgical grade and is safe to be around your eyes. There should be never enough adhesive on an extension to where it would go in your eye. It should also never touch your skin if the lashes are applied properly. If for any reason you have redness or tenderness around your eye area after a full set or a fill then you should consult your stylist immediately. Even if we are not the salon that applied your lashes we would be happy to look at your lashes and assess what could be happening. Your extensions should feel weightless and not irritate the skin.
How do I know if my stylist is using Xtreme Lashes® products?
If your stylist is using Xtreme Lashes® products then they should have them to use on you during your appointment, as well as have them to purchase for care at home. Everything from Xtreme has it labeled with the brand and everything has the same look. Feel free to ask your stylist to see their lashes, adhesive and cleansers to make sure they will actually be using Xtreme Lashes® products during your service.
Why does the other salon charge so much less?
Don't fall for the trap of using an untrained lash technician to try and save money. Stories abound of women who have got a lot more than they bargained for, ending up with a substandard set of clumpy, painful lashes that are often damaging to their own natural ones. At The Lash Lab we are committed to your well being and will commit to fix any problems you have had with other lash companies. The price of the treatment would depend on the condition of the lashes and would be priced on a consultative basis.
Will I be orange?
In short, no! We only use the highest quality airbrush tanning solutions that we test on ourselves before ever tanning a client.
How long do I leave it on for?
Our 8 hour solution should be left on for at least 8 hours to get the full benefits of the solution. If you shower before the 8 hours then your tan will not get to fully develop and it will appear lighter than the color that was chosen for your skin tone.
Our 1-4 hour solution can be rinsed off with water after at least one hour of being tanned and the color will keep developing without having to wear the bronzer any longer. If you want a light to medium color then it is suggested to shower with soap and water at the 1-2 hour mark, if you want a medium to dark tan then it is suggested to shower at the 3-4 hour mark with soap and water.
My color is gone after I showered and I had the 1-4 hour solution, will I be tan still?
Yes, if you rinse after your 1-4 hour tan then the DHA is still developing but the bronzer has been removed. Don't fret your tan will be there but be sure to not rub your skin because the developing color can still transfer to other areas of your body that you don't want tanned i.e. palms of hands or bottoms of feet.
How do I remove tan from my palms or bottom of my feet?
Sometimes you will get over development of tan solution on your palms or bottoms of your feet if you touch your skin while tan is developing or if you don't use barrier cream during your tanning session. There are a few different ways we suggest and they are as follows:
1. A Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste is a great option for removing sunless tan colour from your hands and probably something that you already have in your house. This can be a cheap go-to option for avid sunless tanners or make for a great backup if you happen to run out of your favourite tan remover product.
To use toothpaste to remove a tan from your hands, simply apply your tanner as you normally would. Once you are finished, squeeze a dollop of toothpaste into your palm and rub as if it was soap, making sure to get between your fingers and around your nails. In most instances, you will need to use more toothpaste than you would for brushing your teeth.
Because the paste can be difficult to spread, you can also add a pump or two of classic hand soap. This should allow you to create a good lather which will probably have a brown tint, allowing you to see that the colour is coming off. Rinse away and re-apply toothpaste and soap, building up a new lather. You should see the tint of the lather becoming less brown and more white with each rinse and repeat you perform.
When the lather no longer has a brown tint, you have effectively removed the tan from your hands. Because this method also removes the tan from the back of your hands and not just your palms, you may want to keep your hands in a downward facing position to ensure parts of your hands you want to keep tan, will.
2. Baby Oil
Baby oil or classic mineral oil is another tan removing option that you probably have lying around your home. Another great benefit of using baby oil is that it is usually an extremely cheap purchase, so it fits well for fake tanners hoping to stick to a budget.
To use baby oil to remove your tan, you will want to cover your palms in the oil. Rub the oil into your skin until your palms, between your fingers, wrists are efficiently coated in the baby oil of your choosing.
Now, you need to wait to let the baby oil do its magic. In most cases, this can take up to half an hour. Because your hands will be covered in oil, be sure to have an entertainment option ready that doesn’t involve using your hands or touching too many things. Catching up on a TV show can be a great option.
Once your time has passed, you’ll want to return to the bathroom and run some hot water in the sink. Using your favourite sugar scrub or exfoliating loofah, you will want to scrub the oil from your hands. You should also see the colour from the tan fade away as well.
This method focuses on removing the tinted skin cells to reveal your natural colour below.
3. Sugar and Lemon Juice
Another classic tan remover is a combination of sugar and lemon juice. This remedy does take a bit of time to prepare, you will want to make it and let it sit for about 10 minutes before applying. While you can still use this method after the tan has set in, you will get better results if you don’t give the colour time to set in.
To begin, you will want a cup of raw sugar and ¾ cup of lemon juice, whether it is squeezed fresh from a lemon or from a store-bought container. Mix these together in a bowl until it becomes a thick paste. Take a small amount of the paste and cover your palms and hands and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
After about five minutes have passed and the lemon juice has been able to sink it, wash your hands under warm water ensuring to get the most you can from the sugar scrub.
You can store extra mixture in the fridge to use if you are a frequent sunless tanner.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda is yet another sunless tan remover that you probably have lying around your home, yet a mixture you will want to create before you begin your sunless tanning job.
To use baking soda to reduce the appearance of sunless tanner on your hands or palms, you will want to take about two tablespoons of baking soda and a bit of water. Mix it together until it creates a sticky paste. It is best to add the water slowly to prevent the mixture from becoming too liquid.
Once you have the right consistency, add the mixture all over your palms and between your fingers. Because baking soda can remove stains and provide a great exfoliator, you get double the tan removing benefits with this option.
Like the sugar and lemon mixture, you will want to give the baking soda some time to work. Wait a few minutes and then wash your hands as you normally would, using soap and hot water.
Any of these options can give you clean, natural looking hands even after a sunless tanning session. For best results, you should aim to use your tan removal as quickly as possible to the time that you notice tan developing on your palms. These methods also will work on your feet should you get over development of tanning.