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My relationship with my eyelashes has always been a love-hate relationship. While hate is such a powerful word, I might consider it a "disappointment". Look, I know it's not my face's fault that I haven't had plenty of lashes. They were always sparse and straightforward.
All of that changed when I was diagnosed with glaucoma at the age of 23 and had to take eye drops daily. While glaucoma is a serious issue, a silver lining was that my eye drops were the same formulation as Latisse, the drug that makes your eyelashes grow. For the next seven years, I had the eyelashes I had always dreamed of. They were thick and long and just perfect. People even complimented me and wanted to know what my secret was.
But like most good things in life, my eyelashes ended about a year and a half ago when my eye doctor took me off the drops. It was like Cinderella's car was turning into a pumpkin again – in just a few months I was back to my normal-looking eyelashes. I have since tried to recreate the magic, experimenting with eyelash serums, and even trying to create fakes.
So far, the serums have done the job, but I wanted to do a little more research and it was in the process that I discovered eyelash extensions, which I considered as one of my first post-quarantine beauty treatments. To learn more about her, I reached out to Beverly Hills artist and owner of D & # 39; Lashes Luxury Lash Spa, Dionne Phillips, who worked with celebrities like Zoë Kravitz, Serena Williams, Victoria Beckham and Mary J. Blige has worked together.
I always thought eyelash extensions were the same thing as fakes, but that's not the case. Extensions are much more complicated. "Eyelash extensions are thin fibers that are individually attached to a natural lash," says Phillips. "Eyelash extensions are usually made of synthetic material, silk, mink or similar fiber material and come in a variety of lengths, curl patterns, and colors. Sizes range from 6mm in length to 18mm and more. The width of a single eyelash extension is tailored to the desired appearance of the Customers of different lengths. [Lash artists usually use] a strong liquid cyanoacrylate, safe adhesive for individual application of the eyelash extensions. "
The extensions usually take up to two to four weeks, depending on your care and your hair growth rate. Your eyelashes are constantly growing, Phillips says, and new hair should grow every 90 days. "There are three hair growth cycles, so any natural hair must rotate based on the growth cycle," she explains. "The three cycles are anagen stage (new growth), catagen (hair roots begin to degenerate) and telogen (growth stops completely and falls out). This cycle starts over for all natural hair, so it is important to get touchups between them two to three weeks. "
The cost of the beauty service depends on the location, the skills of the eyelash artist, and the materials used. Phillips suggests searching for various eyelash artists in your area and researching their work and prices. She says the Beverly Hills service is usually $ 250 depending on the type of lashes you get. In her salon, extensions start at $ 200 and go up to $ 375.
The different types of eyelash extensions available depend mainly on the eyelash artist. "All of the lashes look from the natural hair and shape of the client's eye," explains Phillips. "A style does not look the same for every person because our eyes have different shapes and sizes. It is up to the eyelash artist to adjust and assess the wishes and shapes of the customer's eyes."
While the types can vary, here are three of the most common, according to Phillips.
Classic eyelash extensions: This is a natural series of extensions that usually match what the client has on their own natural lashes. It's just a tapered, natural look. It usually consists of a single hair attached to a single natural eyelash hair.
Hybrid eyelashes: These consist of a classic eyelash style mixed in with some abundance of mixed curl patterns, usually a C and D curl pattern, to give the client a more wispy and natural look.
Volume lashes / full lashes: These consist of three or more individual eyelashes that are gathered into a single natural hair and fanned out to give the eye a fuller, darker and denser look. The single extension hair has a larger width to create a fan. These types of eyelashes look like cluster-type eyelashes.
"I think eyelash extensions are recommended for anyone looking for a natural or fuller look, or who wants the convenience of waking up fresh and ready to go," says Phillips. ""[And they’re good for] Anyone looking for the convenience of not wearing mascara. Mascara is not recommended with eyelash extensions because the lashes clump together or do not last as long. "
Since eyelash extensions require maintenance about every two weeks, you might want to reconsider if you can't commit, Phillips adds. Other people who may not be good candidates for extensions include people with tenderness around the eyes, people who have difficulty pulling or pulling their eyelashes, and people who may not tolerate the adhesives. Phillips also recommends that cancer patients who have lost their eyelashes from chemotherapy wait for their treatments to complete.
When receiving eyelash extensions, the chances are that you will first consult with the eyelash artist to discuss the type of look you want. "It's important to make sure your whip artist understands your needs and points of view when it comes to explaining exactly what you want," says Phillips. "If you are not sure, I always recommend going for a natural, classic look first. If you want more at the next appointment, we can always adjust the look. In my experience, customers usually come back always You want more eyelashes. "Make sure your eyelash technician or esthetician is a federally licensed professional so you can make sure they are following the correct guidelines, especially when it comes to hygiene.
As for the process itself, Phillips says you will lie down and the technician will first clean your natural lashes and put a gel plaster on your lower lashes. The artist will apply the desired lashes to your natural ones. Service usually takes up to two hours, depending on the technician's experience. Phillips says that most of their clients fall asleep doing it, and honestly, it sounds so relaxing to me.
Because the process is so complicated, it is recommended that you purchase extensions from a salon. "Most people cannot see the tiny hair extensions that need to be applied to an individual hair unless you are using store-bought cluster lashes with a safe glue / glue. These are usually not lash extensions because the hair is too small are to apply them on yourself unless you are experienced, "says Phillips.
If you decide to upgrade your lashes at home there are clusters, strip lashes, and individual ones, but they're not like the extensions you get in a salon. Phillips says these typically last 24 hours if your skin doesn't secrete oil, which normally falls off as the day progresses. You can also reuse some of these depending on how you take care of them.
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