Ready to Up Your Lash Game? Tips and Tricks That Lash Technicians Want You to Know
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Looking for long, voluminous lashes that increase your confidence and make you feel more beautiful? Aren’t we all! Lash extensions have become increasingly popular over the years and are used to accentuate the eyes and can improve an overall look- but are they worth it? Everyone should try them at some point because they can add easy convenience and beauty to your normal routine. We’ve compiled some of the best lash extension tips and tricks from professional technicians, along with reasons why it’s worth it to join in on this trend that’s here to stay!
Eyelash Strips Are So Yesterday
The days of attempting to glue on lash strips to your eyelids with shaking hands and waning patience are over! Anyone familiar with this process knows how painstaking it can be as you try to glue the strip on as straight as possible. It never goes as well as you hope.
While eyelash strips can be convenient if you’re in a bind and need a quick fix, many acknowledge that they are typically lower quality, and look more artificial or dramatic. Running out to your local drugstore to pick up some lashes, you are faced with fewer options and more of a “one size fits all” approach.
An Investment That’s Worth It
Today, people are prioritizing having long, natural looking eyelashes by investing more time and money in lash extensions. Similar to getting your nails done, lash extensions need to be filled or replaced every 2-3 weeks. While this can seem like a rather large commitment for yourself and your wallet, once individuals try lash extensions it’s hard to go back to their old ways.
According to certified lash technician Asako Ito, “eyelash extensions are designed to semi-permanently enhance the face and eyes” which decreases the need for everyday makeup application. You heard that right; you can ditch the makeup and still look like you’re wearing it with eyelash extensions! Many will still sport foundation or concealer, but you can kiss the need for all other eye makeup goodbye.
Another benefit is that eyelash extensions come with a pre-set curl. Not only can you stop using your old school eyelash curler- which by the way can cause serious damage- but you can also save a significant amount of time in the morning. Many clients rave about their lash extensions because they feel like they don’t have to wear as much makeup, or spend as much time getting ready. Asako Ito also shares online that “some of my clients say they’ve saved up to 20-30 minutes per day. If you do the math, that’s about 182 hours per year!”
As you may have guessed, many celebrities rely on eyelash extensions to stand out on camera and upkeep their look. You can view some before and after photos here. It’s exciting to know that their looks are more obtainable thanks to lash technicians! Besides, we believe everyone should have the chance to feel beautiful 24/7.
Lash Extension Tips And Tricks
First and foremost, before getting extensions do your research and confirm your technician is properly certified. While it’s easy to find lash horror stories online, a majority of the time these instances can be avoided through taking the time to vet each technician and make sure they’re a good fit for you! Always go with your gut and choose someone that makes you feel comfortable. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask questions about hygiene or cleanliness protocols.
On your end, plan to arrive at your appointment with clean, brushed lashes as a courtesy to your technician or stylist. Many professionals prefer that talking be kept to a minimum since they are focusing and working hard to achieve seamless application in an efficient manner. Your technician wants your lashes to be the best they can be, and talking is distracting. Plus, one of the other perks of getting extensions is that it provides a “built in nap” for clients. This refers to how relaxing an appointment can be as you’re lying down with your eyes closed during the approximately hour-long service.
Lastly, every client is different when it comes to lash retention. When it comes to lash extension tips and tricks, arguably the most important is to receive proper education from your technician and apply it diligently in order to have lasting results.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or completely new to the lash extension world, share your thoughts or advice with us in the comments below!