Two beauty buzzwords du jour? “Extension” and “perm.” No, we aren’t talking about hair. We’re talking about eyelashes! Whether you’re going for long and luscious, or crave a bit of curl in your life, here are two mascara-free ways to pump up your lashes quickly and safely.
If you’re looking for length and thickness, plus a quick and easy beauty routine, eyelash extensions may be for you! We got the scoop on this lashtastic procedure from Ria Hountas-Pagliara of Lashtique in New York City
How are eyelash extensions applied? Eyelash extensions are made of synthetic or real mink hair. They’re attached to your natural lashes, one-at-a-time, using a medical grade bonding adhesive. Application is painless, totally comfortable, and relaxing. Most clients fall asleep, giving new meaning to the phrase beauty sleep!
Application can take between one and two hours depending on the expertise of the lash stylist, as well as how many lashes are applied to each eye.
How long do extensions last? How about maintenance? Eyelash extensions shed naturally as your lashes shed, and become wispier as time goes on. The amount of time they last depends on how well you take care of them and how fast your hair grows. Six weeks is a safe bet. However, extensions can last indefinitely with touch up appointments every 2-4 weeks. You can also have them professionally removed.
As far as maintenance, it is very important not to rub or pull on the lashes. Careful cleansing is necessary for overall lash hygiene and wellness. Avoid using oil based products around the lashes to preserve the bond. They are so easy to take care of and feel completely natural. Swim, shower and exercise worry free!
What types of results should gals expect to see? Lash extensions can be styled to be anywhere from subtle to dramatic. Depending on the condition of the natural lashes, one could expect to have as much as a 50% increase in both thickness and length. There are many different options in length, thickness and curl degree.
What questions should be asked before hand to make sure you are going to a reputable aesthetician? Ask the lash stylist about his/her training, certification and experience. Be sure to check out before and after pictures of the stylist’s work. It is also important to ask what steps are taken to ensure sanitary application, as well as double check that the lashes are applied one-by-one. Beyond that, ask for a consultation. This is an important part of having a great overall experience.
How much do extensions typically cost? The initial application can range anywhere from $250-$600+ , depending on geographic region and how many lashes are applied to each eye. Maintenance typically ranges from $75-$200 per session.
Are eyelash extensions harmful to my lashes or eyes? Not at all, IF: 1.) Lashes are applied properly and are the appropriate length and thickness. Improper application can cause temporary or permanent damage to natural lashes, as well as corneal abrasions and eye irritation. 2.) Lashes are maintained properly (no rubbing, pulling, tugging, picking.)
Are you about ready to throw your lash curler right out the window? It may be time to try an eyelash perm! The solutions used are similar to those for traditional hair perms, but this treatment is a lot more modern! Licensed Aesthetician Alicia Hunter says it’s a great service for gals who are looking for a little less lash drama. Here’s the 411:
How is the treatment done? First, lashes are cleaned of any dirt or oils. A thin paper is placed under the eye, and a pre-curling solution is gently applied using a swab. Next, a thin layer of lash glue is placed on a tiny roller. Lashes are literally "curled" around the roller, starting at the base of the lash line. A perming solution is carefully applied, and after several minutes, the solution is removed using a swab and water. The roller is then gently unfurled, leaving a permanent curl! Both eyes are done at once.
How long does a perm last? Is there any special maintenance? Depending on the technique and expertise of the aesthetician, a perm can last up to 2 months . The natural lash cycle is generally 60 days, so shedding and re-growth will occur during this time. As new, natural lashes grow in, you will start to notice less curl. There is no special maintenance required, other than re-perming when you notice less bounce in your lashes.
What kind of results should people expect to see? Lash perms leave the top lashes with a nice little upturn ! It's a great way to have the effect of a mini "eye-lift," without the down-time.
What questions should be asked before hand to make sure you are going to a reputable aesthetician? Make sure they specialize in lash perms and all things lashes! It's a tricky procedure, especially gluing the lashes properly around the curler. If they're not straight, they will perm crooked and crazy-looking! Ask how long they have been doing lash perms, and how frequently they perform them (not just for technique, but also to ensure the perming products are not outdated). Ask to see before and after pictures of their work.
How much does this treatment cost? It usually costs anywhere from $40 - $80, depending on location and the salon.
By profession, Ria Hountas-Pagliara is a registered nurse with a background in pediatric hematology-oncology, as well as private family practice. She has always had an avid interest in aesthetics and a desire to pursue her interests.
After having her own eyelashes extended and seeing the wonderful difference but more importantly the need for safe, hygienic and truly skilled lash artists she decided to obtain training in performing eyelash extensions, quickly becoming a noted eyelash extension expert in NYC featured by CBS, VOGUE and other web media. Ria’s talent and expertise has gone beyond NYC and Long island, destination brides and other private clients have had her travel to them both domestically and internationally. She is the owner of Lashtique in NYC.
Alicia Hunter, an aesthetician based in Palm Beach, Florida, launched her own beauty business 7 years ago after leaving the law field to pursue her true passion. She added an Advanced Certification for NovaLash Eyelash Extensions to her services about 5 years ago, and now travels from Miami to NYC to lash for fashion shows and other media goings-on. She counts VIP's, socialites, celebrities and models among her clientele.
A few years ago, after losing almost 60 pounds, thus ending a life-long weight battle, she added a certification as a weight-loss coach. She has been a guest on TV shows and talk radio, speaking about her businesses, and has been featured in several national magazines, including the cover story article of June 2010's Good Housekeeping. Alicia has been named Lash Artist of the Month internationally by NovaLash, and is invited by NovaLash to attend many of their top events, including Richie Rich's 2010 Miami Funkshion Fashion Show and the 2011 Superbowl. Check out her website at AliciaHunter.com.