What are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent eyelash extensions comprised of individual synthetic eyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural eyelash. The eyelash extensions are thicker at the base and taper to a fine point. They are applied to individual eyelashes, one extension at a time, for a natural, elegant look to lengthen and add fullness to the existing lashes.

What are Eyelash Extensions made out of?

Eyelash extensions are crafted from synthetic polyester. Synthetic lashes respond better to wear and tear than other materials. In addition, synthetics have the least possible chance of allergic reactions with human skin. Testing has shown that there are higher percentages of people who will have adverse reactions to contact with lash extensions created from animal hairs, such as mink.

What do they look like and how do they feel?

With proper application, Eyelash extensions look and feel completely real. Each application is customized to suit the individual. Varying individual synthetic lash lengths are chosen to carefully replicate the shape and frame of a natural lash line. The overall effect is added curl, thickness and length, opening up the eye for added definition.

Eyelash extensions are designed to be indistinguishable in size and weight to human lashes. They are flexible yet crimp-resistant, and they move with your natural lashes. As long as you keep up with touch-up applications, it is almost impossible to tell that you are wearing the extensions.

Because Eyelash extensions is an exact replica of an eyelash, it weighs about as much as a natural lash: practically nothing. You will not notice the addition of the extensions to your lashes and they will not cause your natural lashes to fall out ahead of their natural cycle as other enhancement methods can.

What are the benefits of wearing Eyelash Extensions?

Most women choose Eyelash Extensions to lengthen their natural lashes while others want their lashes to look fuller. A number of women with naturally light coloured lashes choose Eyelash extensions to darken their existing lashes.

Eyelash extensions can create a younger appearance on many clients. Eyelash extensions create the appearance of a brighter, more open and rested eye, thereby creating a more youthful and rejuvenated look.

Above all, the main advantage of Eyelash extensions is how much time you can save during your beauty regime. Eyelash extension allow you to spend less time with makeup; mascara is certainly no longer necessary. Because Eyelash extensions are bigger at the base, they create the same effect as eyeliner so that step can be avoided as well. Overall, Eyelash extensions will five you the appearance of having put significant effort into your eye makeup when, in reality, you spent no time at all. No application of eye makeup and no need for removal at the end of the day. Say goodbye to the application of mascara, stained tears and mascara raccoon masks around the eyes. With Eyelash Extensions you can look and feel gorgeous from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep with little to no effort.

How long do Eyelash Extensions last?

The look can be maintained indefinitely with refills. When properly applied, an Eyelash Extension will remain in place until the natural lash on which it rests falls out. This can be as long as two months or more.

Natural eyelashes grow in and fall out in cycles (every 60 to 90 days). When a natural lash matures and falls out, a new lash has already been growing and quickly replaces it without the turn over being noticed. This process is constant and at any given moment our many natural lashes are at different stages of maturity. Some are just growing in, while others are ready to shed. People typically shed between 1 and 5 natural lashes each day, depending on their individual growth cycles. On shorter natural lashes, this growing and shedding cycle is virtually unnoticeable.

When eyelashes are extended with Eyelash extensions, it will be more noticeable when then lashes shed because they are longer and darker than natural lashes. Please keep in mind this is a perfectly normal occurrence, with or without extensions. Hollie, your Eyelash Extension Technician will apply Eyelash extensions primarily to those lashes that are in the middle of their maturation cycle to maximum the amount of time they will last, without jeopardizing the health of ‘baby’ lashes. The Eyelash extension will fall out with the natural lash is is attached to when it reaches the end of its growth cycle. A few Eyelash extensions may she within the first week because the attached natural lashes are at the end of their growth cycle. Most will remain in place for approximately two months.

With proper care and maintenance (see Care and Maintenance FAQ), touch ups are typically only needed once every 2 to 4 weeks to replace the lashes that have shed. Hollie will add extensions to the newest mature natural lashes to maintain a full, lush appearance.

How long does the procedure take?

Depending on the number of lashes being applied, it generally takes between 90 to 150 minutes to apply a full set of Eyelash extensions. Touch-ups can be done in as little as 15 to 60 minutes.

Can you describe the application process?

You will be comfortably reclined with your eyes closed while the Eyelash extensions are being applied one at a time to your own natural eyelashes. There is no discomfort of pain involved in the procedure. In fact, most clients find it so relaxing and comfortable that they fall asleep.

I have no lashes at all, can I wear Eyelash extensions?

Because Eyelash extensions are applied to existing natural lashes you must have some natural lashes to receive the procedure. Eyelash extensions should not, and in many cases cannot, be applied to clients who have Alopecia, are undergoing chemotherapy or those who suffer from Trichotillomania, unless and until the individual has received effective treatment and normal lash growth has resumed.

Can I apply Eyelash extensions to my own eyelashes?

No. Only a trained professional will be able to safely apply Eyelash extensions. Unprofessional application or self-application may cause eye injury, lash damage or unnatural looking lashes. Eyelash extensions are applied one lash at a time to your individual natural eyelashes to achieve long, thick natural looking eyelashes. The procedure involves bonding the synthetic extension to your own natural eyelashes and should be performed only by professionally trained Lash stylists.

How much does it cost for an application of Eyelash extensions?

The major investment in Eyelash extensions consists of the initial full set, typically between 40-60 lashes per eye. This can run anywhere from $90-140, depending on how many lashes are applied. The application of Eyelash extensions is an art form, and just as with hair styling and cutting, it can cost a bit more to have your lashes styled by the best. Once the initial set has been completed, touch-ups are nominal by beauty industry standards.

A typical Eyelash extensions touch up application consists of 20-40 lashes per eye and costs substantially less than the initial application, usually ranging from $75-100. Given this, the cost of maintaining your eyelash extensions indefinitely is really quite comparable to the cost of fills on acrylic/gel nails or highlighting your hair.

One note of caution: Privé hears countless stories of individuals who go to an untrained lash technician because the cost is low. They receive a substandard set of lashes that is clumpy, painful and often damaging to their lashes. A proper application of lashes is not painful during or after the procedure. Eyelash extension application is an exacting process that takes skill and time. If the cost is very cheap, you should certainly question the training of the technician as well as the quality of the product. Ultimately, most have realized from experience that the old adage “you get what you pay for” is often true.

Heath + Safety FAQ

Is the product FDA approved? Is it safe?

At this time, the FDA does not regulate Eyelash Extensions since they are solely applied to the lashes and do not touch the skin. The primary ingredient in the adhesive is the same ingredient used by plastic surgeons for suture-less wound closure (to close skin wounds without stitches).

Do Eyelash extensions damage natural lashes?

Eyelash extensions cause no damage to the natural lashes. Privé’s adhesive has been developed to exacting specifications. Privé’s top priority was ensuring a thoroughly safe product that follows the standards set by the Medical Industry and top Surgeons. The main ingredient in the adhesive is the same ingredient used for suture-less wound closure. The adhesive is a perfect blend of safety, longevity, flexibility and strength.

Is there anyone who cannot or should not have Eyelash extensions applied?

Because Eyelash extensions are applied to existing natural lashes an individual must have some natural lashes for the procedure. Eyelash extensions should not, and in many cases cannot, be applied to clients who have alopecia, are undergoing chemotherapy, or those who suffer from Trichotillomania, unless and until the individual has received effective treatment and normal lash growth has resumed.

Cancer/Chemotherapy Recovery: Cancer patients can begin having Eyelash extensions applied once chemo has completed and lashes are beginning to grow-in again. During this initial growth stage the lashes are weaker and thinner than they originally were. As stronger lashes start to grow Eyelash extensions can be added. For cancer patients whose lashes are growing back sporadically, there are special techniques to compensate for any gaps.

Alopecia: Eyelash extensions should only be applied once lash growth has resumed. As with Cancer recovery patients, special techniques can be used to add additional fullness during re-growth period and to compensate for any gaps.

Trichotillomania: Individuals with Trichotillomania (an impulse disorder characterized by the urge to pull eyelashes and other hair out) do not make good candidates for Eyelash extensions unless and until they have received effective treatment. Extensions may provide a stronger urge for these individuals to pull at their lashes if they are not undergoing treatment.

Skin Sensitivity: Although the adhesive is developed to be safe for use on the skin, Eyelash extensions are never applied to the skin, therefore allergic reactions due to contact with the adhesive is rare. Individuals with allergies to other cosmetic or fragrances may experience some sensitivity to ingredients in some of the other materials used to apply Eyelash extensions such as medical grade surgical tape.

How do other lash enhancement options compare with Eyelash extensions?

There are several other methods for enhancing lashes available today. Be sure you read the following information to make an informed decision.

False Strip Lashes: Traditional false lashes are made up of numerous human or synthetic eyelashes attached together in one pre-made strip. Strips are adhered with a temporary adhesive on the skin above the upper lash line.

Although readily available and relatively easy to use, strips are the least natural-looking and possibly most damaging of the eyelash enhancement options. They should not be applied frequently or worn long term. Doing so can lead to infections, blocking glands, premature lash loss and even permanent lash baldness due to follicle damage from the adhesives. The adhesives used can also loosen from perspiration or contact with water causing potentially embarrassing situations.

Flares or Lash Clusters: Occasionally misrepresented as lash extensions, Cluster lashes, or flares, typically consist of groups of 5-8 blunt-end lashes knotted together. They can be applied either directly to the skin (between natural lashes) or on top of a grouping of existing lashes.

They are more natural in appearance than strips but carry many of the same concerns (the same skin adhesives are used when attaching to the eyelid) as well as few additional ones. Several natural lashes are typically glued together to support the weight of a single flare. If left in place for a period of time, this will cause faster growing natural lashes to prematurely pull out slower growing lashes from the root because they are adhered together. This can result in permanent damage and lash baldness if done repeatedly.

Individuals: Often misrepresented as lash extensions,Individuals’ are synthetic lashes that are stacked one on top of the other and attached at the base, often with a knot to allow for fast and easy adhesion. Typically there are three lashes in each grouping with the longest on the bottom and the shortest on the top. Like flares, individuals can be attached to either the skin, if they are knotted, or the natural lashes. Individuals have the same concerns as clusters or flares (see above) with regards to weight when applied to the lashes and skin irritation when applied directly to the eyelid.

Care + Maintenence

How do I take care of Eyelash extensions?

Though Eyelash extensions are easy to maintain, the first twenty-four hours are crucial for a strong bond. You should keep your lashes dry and avoid touching them. After twenty-four hours, care is fairly simple: avoid oil based products, cleanse your lashes regularly and be gentle with the lashes. They are resistant to water, sweat and tears.

Hollie will provide you with easy After Care Instructions following your procedure. In general, to maintain your new look and extend the life of your lashes, follow these simple guidelines:

DO NOT EXPOSE LASHES TO WATER. For the first 48 hours after application the lashes should not be exposed to water or steam to allow the adhesive time to fully bond. It is recommended to avoid swimming and the spa for 48 hours after lash application for best results.

BE GENTLE WITH YOUR EYELASHES. Do not pull on the extensions or rub the eyes excessively.

AVOID THE USE OF OIL-BASED PRODUCTS.  Do not use oil-based products on or around the eyelashes and do not use waterproof mascara. Water-based mascara and water-based mascara remover may be used if desired. Apply the mascara sparingly and remove it gently with a water-based eye makeup remover. It is recommended getting a touch up every two to four weeks to maintain maximum fullness of your Eyelash extensions.

DO NOT CURL WITH AN EYELASH CURLER. There is no need to curl your eyelash extensions with an eyelash curler as they will always hold a natural curl. Doing so will crimp the eyelash extensions permanently.

Can I swim, shower, exercise, or visit a spa while wearing Eyelash extensions?

You can enjoy these eyelashes with little need to adjust your lifestyle. Provided you follow the simple after care instructions and are not excessively exposed to heat or moisture, they will last through the natural lash cycle and fall off with the natural lash, not before. You can swim, shower and spa as usual so long as these activities are not engaged in excessively. (Please do not swim or spa for 48 hours after the procedure to allow the adhesive to fully bond.)

A competitive swimmer who is constantly in the chlorinated water may lose some lashes earlier than the average person as may someone who gets very frequent facials (weekly) or goes into the steam room daily. Doing an above average level of activities related to heat or constant water exposure may weaken the adhesive bond, causing some early lash extension loss.

Do I need to use any special products on my Eyelash extensions?

There are no products that are required to be applied to the lashes.

Can I apply mascara to Eyelash extensions?

Indeed, one of the main advantages of Eyelash extensions is that you never need mascara again. However, if you must have the mascara-look, only water based mascara can be used. Waterproof mascara along with any type of oil-based mascara will dissolve the adhesive and cause your Eyelash extensions to fall off. If you choose to wear a water-based mascara, apply it on the tips only.

How often should I get touch-ups?

A natural eyelash typically sheds every 60 to 90 days and is replaced with the growth of a new eyelash. Since Eyelash extensions are applied one by one to each individual hair, after 2-4 weeks, approximately 1/3 of the lashes will have cycled out. At this point, touch-ups are required to replace the lashes that have completed their life cycle. Touch-ups generally take a short time and are relatively inexpensive.

What do I do if I want them removed?

As the natural lashes cycle out and shed, Eyelash extensions will shed with them. However, if necessary, Eyelash extensions can be professionally removed using a specially formulated adhesive remover. The removal process takes approximately 15-30 minutes for a full set. NEVER TRY TO REMOVE LASH EXTENSIONS ON YOUR OWN. Damage can be caused by pulling the extensions off with the natural lash, removing the natural lash before it is ready to shed.