24
Sep

Autumn Lash Loss

autumn-shed

The leaves are falling and so are your lashes, you’re noticing that as the cooler temperatures start your eyelash extensions seem to be falling at a faster rate. No, your lashes aren’t throwing a temper tantrum and throwing themselves on the ground in protest to summer being over. Here’s what is really happening:

  • We grow more hair in the summer to protect our skin all over our bodies to prevent burning. A lay over from our ancestors, the hair growth speeds up and develops stronger follicles to cover the skin. Cave people didn’t have sunscreen so the body had to step to the plate to help out. You may notice that you have to wax/shave more in the summer than you do in the winter. A common myth is that we grow more hair in the winter to keep warm, not true – I think that’s an excuse made by Cave Ladies so they didn’t have keep up with the up keep (wink wink).
  • Adding to that: in the cooler months we don’t get as much exposure to sunlight because it’s chilly, our bodies are covered so the skin is no longer acting like a solar panel transmitting Vitamin D and the hours of actual sunlight is much shorter. Vitamin D is key in hair growth, it helps to develop the iron in our food into the good stuff that helps the hair to grow and stay strong. We suddenly go into Vitamin withdrawal (better than champagne withdrawal in our opinion). The hair follicles went from a buffet of Vitamin D to Vitamin D starvation. It’s a shock to the system and the hair follicles release the hair in protest.

Keep in mind, your lashes aren’t the only hair that sheds during this process – the hair on your head will do the same thing. Don’t panic, this is normal….it’s been going on since the beginning of man.

Here’s the good news: this will level itself out within 4 weeks, or in lash language basically one relash cycle. You will have a big shed…panic….show up for your lash appt certainly more bare in the lash department than usual….exclaim “I don’t know what happened??!!. This is what happened, no biggie and we’ll get you fixed right up. You can also get yourself on a good Vitamin D supplement to help with the absorption of iron and other good stuff you need.

Love & Lashes xo

 

17
Sep

Lash Language

Every industry has their own lingo or words used to describe the service, product, experience etc. The lash industry is no different, lash artists spend so much time working with regular clients that we forget that there’s still some lash virgins left in the world. These poor souls are waking up early to put their mascara on or leaving the house without it feeling less an pretty as they move through the day. Deciding to step into the land of “Instant Pretty” is step well taken but it can be overwhelming when surfing the internet trying to figure out lash extensions. Here’s the basics:

You have to start somewhere, the only place to begin is at the beginning:

HALF SET: a half set is somewhere between to 35 to 50 lashes per eye, spaced evenly across the lid. Although it sounds like a lot of lashes, it in fact is not….this is a very natural look. Meant for someone who does not wear mascara daily but wants to make the peepers pop a bit. It’s also a great place to start if your worried about extensions: “will they look fake?”, “are they for me?”, “what if I don’t like them?”. You can also add the other half of the set in a few weeks or when you Relash (more about what that is later on).

OR

FULL SET: a full set is exactly that –  a full look, a full set of lash extensions replaces the need for mascara. It’s where effortless Instant Pretty was born, every adult natural eyelash receives an extension. The look is designed by the artist and is an individual in design as the client receiving them. FCL is one of the very very few lash studios in Brampton/Mississauga, Burlington and Toronto that does not lash count. Meaning we do not have a max in the amount of lash extensions that we apply. If the mature natural hair is there, then we apply an extension to it regardless of how many that may be.

So now you started at the beginning with either a HALF SET or a FULL SET and now you’re addicted of course. You got’em and now you want to keep’em….now what?:

RELASH: a relash is the now what, a relash is when you come in to get your lashes refilled or in our language: relashed. Most clients relash within 3 weeks, long enough for the hair cycle to get half way through but not long enough that all the extensions have grown off. A relash takes about 45 mins, the baby hair has grown in, pushed the adult hair out where the extension was originally placed. The baby hair matures into an adult – that is what we apply an extension to. We take off the wonky ones, apply extensions to new adult hair, fluff’em up and recreate “the pretty”.

Wading through the internet info on Eyelash Extensions is overwhelming and we hope this helps. Lash extensions were invented to make life easier, once you understand the lash game…getting and keeping “the pretty” is easy.

Love & Lashes xo 

12
Sep

Grandma Glam!

Never too old for "the pretty"

Never too old for “the pretty”

Murle came to see us at the Burlington location last week, this lady knew where it was at when it came to eyelash extensions. From the phone call booking, Murle knew all the right questions: are these single strand? are they silks? how much are relashes (she even used the word “relash”), she had the date she wanted in mind and booked 2 weeks in advance. She wasn’t messing around….

In she came, right on time, no mascara on, had already gone to washroom and turned her phone on silent. Basically the perfect client already, she left it in our hands in respects to design. She said:

” I know it’s silly, I’m 70 years old but I still like to look pretty. When I have dark lashes and my red lipstick on I still feel pretty. I can’t see to put my mascara on and my hand shakes a bit so it’s really hard”.

She thought eyelash extensions might be the answer and she was right! Most women after the menopause notice a thinning of their natural hair, not only does the hair thin, it also becomes much lighter in colour making it even harder to see. Lash extensions take all the work out of making your eyes pretty, come in…take a nap and wake-up pretty. Repeat in 3 weeks… it’s that easy.

And Murle: You’re never too old for the pretty…Amen to that!!!!

Love & Lashes xo