27
May

Grow Baby Grow!!!

eyelash growth serum

Fuller!! Longer!! More more more!! eyelash extensions are an addiction – we totally get it, after getting a Full Set of lashes done the addiction is born. Like any addiction, it has to be fed – this is where the problem begins. We offer single strand aka classic eyelash extensions, so we ENHANCE what you already have, we cannot create what isn’t there like strips lashes or volume lashes. Almost 100% of the time clients want to see more and more lashes as they continue along their lash journey. The immediate POP! of the first set of lashes has long been forgotten and the client has become used to seeing the same old same old. We can’t add anymore extensions if the hair isn’t there to help us out, we need that hair to be present in order to attach the extension. So what’s the solution?? GROWTH SERUMS!!!!!!!! growth serums are put along the lash line like eyeliner and accelerate the eyelash hair growth process. It is a misconception that the growth serums make the hair grow longer, what it does is shortens the length of time from baby hair to adult hair. That process usually takes 21 to 26 days from baby hair to healthy adult hair, growth serums half that amount of time. With more adult hair available, the lash artist has more healthy hair to apply extensions to. Making the overall look appear much fuller and sometimes longer if the hair is strong enough.

growth serum

If using a growth serum, relashes should be done within 2 weeks instead of 3 weeks. The hair growth process has accelerated and baby hair is growing in much faster, the adult hair is growing out and dropping off with the extension attached to it. Also, most growth serums has a soy bean based oil that used as its base to mix the growth medication – this will affect the bond of adhesive causing it to become weak. The good news is after a few weeks of using the serum your relash will make your lash dreams come true bringing back fond memories of the day you fell in love with your extensions.

Some of our favourite growth serums are: Grandlash MD, it can be purchased online or at Costco in packages of 2 for a really affordable price. This is the one the owner of FCL uses with no side affects and great growth. Eyenvy, this one can be found at any beauty supplier and sometimes at nail salons as an add-on.

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 

1
Jul

Tips for the Bride to Be…

Here comes the bride and her fuss free awesome silk lash extensions! Weddings are no joke, days filled with events and just about everyone you know will be there. Sleep is at a minimum and stress at a maximum. More and more brides are turning to eyelash extensions as a solution for appearing bright eyed and pulled together for the days leading to the big day and to kick off the honeymoon.

 

 

 

(Henna, one of FCL’s stunning brides)

Here’s the big question: Should you get your first set of lash extensions right before the wedding day and if so how many days before your trip down the aisle? The best advice and something we pretty much insist on is having your first set done 3 weeks or so BEFORE the wedding day. Why? If lash extensions are a new service for you, then you have no idea what to expect or how to care for them. Some brides are a ball of stress before the wedding, things may not be according to plan and/or just a straight up case of nerves.

(Tara, one of FCL’s beautiful brides)

Rather than adding more anxiety, it makes more sense to come and have the full set done 3 weeks before the wedding and book a relash a few days before your set to work your goodies up the aisle. Congratulations on your upcoming and with your extensions…you are FIERCE honey!

Love & Lashs

15
Jun

We’re not all the same in the Lash Game

We’re just not all the same in the lash game, there used to be a time when price would indicate who was a professional within the craft. No longer is that the case, people with no experience using SCARY products are charging the same as professional lash artists who have been trained under a Master (like the owner of FCL). This poor cookie came into FCL Brampton this week, usually we won’t accept the work of other lash studios but as you can see here we had to help. After taking a look I was certain that this was the work of a chop shop. I just about fell off my chair when I found out this was the work of a self professed “lash professional” in Mississauga. After I recovered from shock, I found out that no only was the work HORRIBLE. The client paid $80 for a relash, $30 more than a relash at FCL, AAANNNDDD the “lash professional” insisted on removals. So, the client every 3 rd relash would have the set removed and then pay to have a full set reapplied at full price – $150. There ain’t no shame in the FCL Lash game but others should be down right embarassed!

Love & Lashes

21
May

99 Problems but Raccoon Eyes Ain’t One

Hot fun in the summer time! Well almost, anything above zero is considered balmy after the winter we’ve had. Warmer weather means longer days and even longer nights in Toronto, from the office to the closest patio. After 8 hours on the grind a cocktail is in order, dab on a little lip gloss and off you to go! Only if you have lash extensions dollface…more coats of mascara on your peepers will only make you look clumpy. The mascara from the morning has settled into the creases under your eyes making you feel like Rocky The Raccoon. So you use the pad of your finger to wipe along the bottom of your eye…blackness still there. Out comes the make-up compact and a careful application of powder…now you have make-up and mascara settled in the creases. There’s only one solution to feeling fresh to death on the Toronto summer patio scene – Lash Extensions..Straight Up! After work fluff and gloss consists of just the gloss, you are FIERCE honey. Now work that patio like a runway, maybe wear a pair of flats to avoid a face plant.

Love & Lashes, xo

 

16
May

Biology 101

You don’t know what you don’t know until you know…I’m a poet and didn’t know it! Anyway, here’s a fun fact: eyelashes grow in stages just like the hair on your head. Growing, falling out and then replenishing. When some people are looking into the idea of getting lash extensions, they see the word “semi-permanent” and think that means the extensions will last for 1/2 of the rest of their life. Uhhhhh no, not the case at all  and I agree for those outside of the industry that word can be misleading. When extensions are advertised as “semi-permanent” what it being referred to is, the extensions will stay in place for 1/2 of the length of the Catogen (adult) hair cycle (20 to 25 days).

Hair grows in 3 stages: Anagen (baby/teenager hair), Catagen (adult) and Telogen (senior citizen).

When applying eyelash extensions they are placed on natural eyelashes when they are in the Catagen phase. We never apply eyelash extensions while the lashes are in Anagen phase as they are still too delicate and not strong enough to hold an eyelash extension.

FCL clients come back for relashes every 2-3 weeks. At this appointment we find hairs that have gone from the Anagen phase to the Catogen phase, which are now ready and strong enough to hold an eyelash extension. The 3 stages of growth is happening all at the same time depending on the blood supply feeding the follicle.

Class Over!!

Love & Lashes xo

15
Apr

Who’s Who in the FCL Zoo

 

So you call a phone number to book an appt at one of the FCL locations, the phone is answered by Vicky. Then you arrive at one of the locations and someone else is doing your lashes, while doing your lashes the name Sommer is mentioned. Confusing much ???!!!… here’s the deal:

Flirt Custom Lash has 3 operating locations as of right now, Brampton (on the border of Mississauga), Burlington (south of the QEW) and Toronto (Queen West). In December when the Toronto location opened we installed a toll free phone number 1.855.721.7108 to ensure that the clients wouldn’t pay long distance to book. Vicky is FCL’s business manager, located out of the Burlington location. Vic is the lady that holds it all together, booking appointments, managing the calendars at all locations, trouble shooting and generally keeping us sane.

(Sommer (me) the owner of FCL sitting holding the GIANT FCL lips)

Sommer (me) is the owner of Flirt Custom, I started the business out of my home studio in Brampton in 2009. The Burlington location followed 1.5 years later and at end of 2013 the Toronto location opened. With the addition of the lashette’s, it only made sense to hand over the daily organization of the business to someone who could manage it full-time (Vicky) while I was with clients.

(The Lashette’s left to right: Shanelle, Lynda, Kayla and Ashley)

The Lashette’s work out of either the Burlington or Toronto shops, while I spend most of my time working out of my home studio in Brampton so I can hang with this guy!! :

(Porkchop – Photo Cred Buzzdog Studio’s)

So there you have it, the Who’s Who in the FCL Zoo….

Love & Lashes

9
Feb

“I’m a Model Ya Know What I Mean”….

If you follow FCL anywhere online, you’ll often see that we shout out for lash models. After receiving some feedback saying that one lash model “expected” a full set we thought we should clarify the training process and what exactly a lash model is. We don’t offer training to any other aspiring lash artists other than employees of Flirt Custom Lash Studio. All artists are trained by Sommer, certified with Xtreme Lashes as a beginner and an advanced artist. Most recently, another certification was completed with in Volume Lashing through The Lash Bible. We don’t just hire anyone, customer service is #1, a client oriented mindset and a commitment to excellence what we need to see. After the L.I.T ( lashette in training) is hired, hours are spent with senior lash artists within FCL understanding cleanliness, infection control and the process in general. Training is like a slow moving train, we build on skills as they are understood and applied. By the time an L.I.T. is taking lash models he/she has the basics and has practiced on family and friends.

( Lynda as an L.I.T. after practicing she is now one of best lash artists in Toronto )

A lash model should never expect a full set of lashes unless they are spending time with a senior artist learning a new skill. A beginner lash model is given 2 hours to apply as many lashes as they can HOWEVER, the focus is on correct application. Clean lines without stickies, moving in the direction of the intended design and away from the lid. As the L.I.T. has more practice the level of comfortability grows and it’s very possible the model will leave with a full set. A model never pays for the application or materials used, and if they decide they really like the extensions but want a fuller look we are happy to complete the set with a senior artist for $50. So in short, the model will receive a complete full set of single strand silk extensions for $50 regular cost is $150.00. We offer this as a thank-you to our lash models for helping our L.I.T.’s learn a new skill. Feedback is always always welcome but we ask that is done warmly as our lash ego’s can be fragile 😉

Love & Lashes xo

 

11
Nov

Eat your Veggies doll . . .

” I want my lashes to be thick like yours ” and “Is all that hair yours ?”, two of the statements I hear all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE compliments so keep’em coming. However, because I think that there really shouldn’t be beauty secrets. I’m going to share with you ONE of my hair growth secrets . . . Leafy Green Vegetables – Straight Up. I know what your thinking, your lash extensions look super thick because you like spinach ?. Well kinda, leafy green vegetables are packed with B Vitamins and are an excellent source of iron. Are they my absolute fav ?? hecks no !! if Champagne was going to make my hair and lashes thicker I would be a much happier bitch. Instead, my daily routine includes almost an entire container of spinach a day. Most mornings I make a shake with 4 cups of baby spinach included with a whole bunch of other goodness.

Kale is also part of my day, I can’t think about eating Kale that has been cooked – gross doesn’t even begin to describe it. I always eat it raw after softening it with some walnut oil, lemon and sea salt. Again, it isn’t a bottle of bubbly but it keeps the lashes growing so I keep eating it. I had 2 clients last month who have been with me since the beginning. Both of them had thinning lashes and little regrowth. I pointed it out and busted them for not eating their veggies, both agreed to bump up their eating habits in the name of lash extensions. Last week when they came for their relashes, their hair was replenished and healthy. Increasing their greens, drinking more water and taking a GOOD multi vitamin had worked its magic in 3 weeks. When the family doctor tells us to eat our green veggies, it goes in one ear and out the other. When your lash lady tells you to eat your veggies or you’ll need to take a break until the hair is healthy  . . . Now that’s serious business and that ain’t no lie.

10
Nov

Call for a good time !!

 

With locations in Brampton/Mississauga, Burlington and Toronto, we wanted to make sure that you could call us from anywhere anytime. You are too fierce to be spending money on long distance charges, those funds can be spent on much more important things – like eyelash extensions ! So we went ahead and got us a new toll free phone number . . . we’ve said it before, you only deserve the best honey. Looking for safe eyelash extensions ? Give us a call for a good time :

1.855.721.7108

 

7
Oct

Thats the best !

If you’ve booked with FCL before, we go through the whole conversation ( mostly one sided ) about pre-appointment instructions. Everything is fine until we would say ” and it’s best to wash your hair before you come because you won’t be able to get them wet for 24 hours “. Usually this is met with dead silence, sometimes a small gasp escapes, often the booked appointment is then changed to a different day or time and finally ladies have cancelled their booking. We get it, washing your hair daily is a biggy for a lot of women and really if given the choice between a date with Instant Glam with the potential of a greasy scalp OR fresh clean hair  . . . we don’t blame you for choosing shiny locks.

How much would you love us if we told you that you no longer have to choose and can have both shiny hair AND instant Glam ??? Well you must love us lots cause Brampton, Burlington and Toronto beauties can wash their hair right away !!!! Wake up made up and clean hair ASAP  . . . that’s the best.

 

16
Jul

Here Comes The Bride AND . . . She’s Getting a Discount !!

You’re getting married and we’re so excited for you !!!! Lash extensions have become so popular among brides for numerous reasons. Many of which being that once they have been applied they are fuss free, a lifting strip lash caught on camera is just not hot. For brides choosing a destination wedding, eyelash extensions are a MUST have. The bride is hanging around the pool in the heat with her nearest and dearest, she wants to look pulled together but not over done. Most destination brides use a little eyeliner, lip gloss and cultivated tan as their wedding day look. Our Brampton and Burlington brides that are staying local have TONS of events prior to the wedding and the lash extensions are an investment in Bridal Glam AND efficiency.

We’re soooooooooooooo excited for you doll and as our gift we are offering brides 15 % off a full set at both our Brampton and Burlington locations ( $125.00 reg $150.00 ). You can book for Brampton at 647.402.8894 and Burlington at 905.333.0880, we’re still located on the lower level of Julies Spa on Guelph Line.

We can’t wait to be part of your perfect day !!!!!!!!!!  XXOO

15
Jul

It’s Getting Hot in Here !!

Summer took it’s sweet time getting here but it’s here and lawdy it is hot !!!! Finding ways to beat the heat and take off anything that isn’t needed makes sense to us. Taking all your clothes off is generally frowned upon when leaving your home . . . some people are just prudes. If you can’t take the layer of clothes off your body, then you’ll have to resort to taking the layers of make-up off of your face right ?? Take it off lady !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Likely you have a little sun on your face despite your best efforts to avoid it and if not brush a little bronzer ( NARS Laguna is our absolute fav ! ), slap on some gloss and get your lashes done. A little bit of effort goes a LONG way for effortless summertime beauty . . .

 

 

21
Jan

How do I get my eye make-up off ??

“How do I get my eye make-up off ??”, I get this question tons and it really speaks to the overall care of your extensions. If we’re talking about eye shadow, liner etc then the simple answer is : Oil free eye make-up remover and a Q-Tip, the Q-Tips from the Dollar Store seem to work best as they have very little lint. Most women use make-up rounds or wipes to remove their make-up, still a great option for the face but it’s not a good idea to use them to remove liner etc. The little fibers from the make-up rounds or wipes can get caught in the extensions and now you have fluffies ( seems like the best word to describe them ) stuck and try as you might to get them out with a dry mascara wand, they won’t budge. So to avoid the “fluffy” look, grab a Q-Tip and dip it into an oil free make-up remover. Gently run the moist Q-Tip over the eye lid to take everything off without disturbing the extension.

See !! it’s as easy as that  . . .

8
Dec

Happy Lashing Elf’s !!

Christmas season is here and the studio’s in Brampton and Burlington are in full swing . . . tweezers are on fire with creative energy. This week some of my clients reasons for Christmas GLAM surprised and delighted me. One of my clients thinks her BF of 4 years will pop the big question under the mistletoe – I hope so !!!!!!!! because then we get to lash her for her wedding. Another client has such a busy social calendar over the next few weeks that the thought of eye make-up everyday just exhausts her ( we feel you sister, it ain’t a party unless a glamourpuss is in attendance ). A beautiful new client came to see me because this was the first Christmas without her mom and she wanted a little pick me up. Of course we took the glamour up 10 points and she left here feeling great and knew had her mom been here for Christmas she would have loved her new look. Take a look at some of this weeks beauties ! :

( Hello Gorgeous !!!!!!! )

( Inner beauty is very important but outer beauty can’t hurt right ? )

( Curls, Curls and more Curls ! )

19
Nov

Am I going to lose my own lashes ?

“Am I going to lose my own lashes ?”, I get this question TONS !!!!!! and when I answer this I always give the good news, the bad news and the simple facts. Here is goes :

The Good News: If you have your extensions done by a CERTIFIED lash stylist then NO NO NO  . . . you will not experience any damage to your natural lashes. Only the adult lash receives an extension and the others are left alone. Eyelashes grow in different stages, think of them like baby hair, teenage hair and adult hair. If the baby and teenager hair is left alone it gives them a opportunity to mature into adult hair. If you choose to relash the extensions to maintain them then again adult hair is used. If you decide that you no longer want to the extensions then they will grow out and your hair remains intact.

The Bad News : To have an application done correctly you are not going to be able to cut corners and save a couple bucks. A CERTIFIED lash stylist has gone through extensive training and is always upgrading his/her skills. We always use the best products on the market and trust me – they don’t come cheap. This is why you are paying more to have the service done by a professional. More bad news, most times if the service is super cheap then it’s safe to say the person doing the application is not a true lash stylist and might be using a toxic product around your eyes.

The Facts: Lash extensions are not for everyone, it’s one of those services that you love or hate. This has nothing to do with pain and allergy but more to do with personal preference. The idea that your habits when around the eyes has to change in order to avoid damaging the extensions doesn’t work for everyone. Also, these suckers require maintenance and some people just don’t have time to keep them up. Because eyelashes grow at the speed of light compared to the rest of your hair on the body ( a cycle is complete within 35 to 40 days ) your new lashy look will need to be kept up if you love them to look like they did the first time you had them done.

17
Oct

Commitment Issues

Haven’t we all heard ” I’m not ready for a commitment ” ? that phrase strikes dread in the heart of most of us. This time having commitment issues it totally o.k. and no one ends up with a potential smack in the face. I’m often asked ” what if I don’t want my extensions anymore, is this something I will always have to do ?”. I’m a big believer in that you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to   . . . maybe not the best advice in life. Anyways, the answer to that is NO, if you decide that you no longer want your lash extensions you don’t have to keep them. Of course a lot of my clients are lash junkies ( much like myself ) and I see them on a regular schedule for maintenance. However there are a series of other clients whom I only see a few times a year for vacation lashes. Another group of clients I see from May to Oct on a regular schedule for wedding season ( these poor people are attending a wedding or something related EVERY weekend ). At the same time I see a TON of brides that I see once for prior to the big day.

This is how it works: The lashes are applied to adult lashes only and hang out there looking FAB. Within a few weeks you would be due for a relash BUT if you decide you’ve had enough and your breaking up with your extensions they will just grow off. Because we have only touched adult hair, the baby hair has grown into adults and is healthy underneath ( more accurate is in between ) the lashes that have extensions on them. These babies move with your natural hair growth cycle so once the cycle is complete none of the extensions remain. If you decide you want closure on your break up and want them off right away we can use a remover to gently and safely remove the extensions. In the hundreds and hundreds of applications done at Flirt Custom that has only been requested 3 times. Most clients are fine to grow the extensions off, as the lashes look more sparse clients are using their regular mascara on them. Almost all mascaras purchased at the retail level have oil in them, oil will affect the adhesive and the lashes will come of within a short time.

 

 

31
Aug

Sensitivities ?? Nothing to worry about

So of course if I tell you not to worry about having sensitivity issues regarding eyelash extensions it might appear a little biased to say the least. Check out what my lovely client Hannah had to say on the subject :

“Growing up I was always fascinated by cosmetics, hair products, clothes, anything “girly”.  I would sneak into my older sister’s bedroom at a young age and try on her eye shadows, her mascara, blushes etc., and unfortunately for me, her tweezers (resulting in the ‘Grand Canyon’ of a gap between the left and right eyebrow, and a very unflattering class picture that year).  When I reached the ninth grade and was allowed to dye my hair for the first time, I made the unfortunate mistake of having my boyfriend at the time apply a box of Clairol “beautifully blonde” hair-dye to my naturally strawberry-brown locks.  It made perfect sense to me: my Norwegian mother had provided my brother and sister with beautiful blonde hair, and I was almost there with fair skin and blue eyes, unfortunately my British father “pissed in my gene pool”(Sorry, Brits! Only kidding!), and I was determined to “make things right”.  Someone should really tell you that the picture on the box does not magically appear on your head.  That night I hosted a party at my house with what can only be described as florescent orange hair, and should I ever piss the wrong people off, I have friends with photographic proof of this.

This started me on my path of experimenting with hair colours, in search of what I had been naturally given, that I grew to long for.  One evening while living in British Columbia, I had a girlfriend dye my hair for me( I know, I know, you would think I would have learned my lesson with DIY hair dye, but this was a straightforward brown hair colour I had used many times before).  I spent that night in pain, itching my scalp like a mad woman.  From this point things only proceeded to get worse.  Every day I would wake up to find my head had grown in size, swelling to the point that I was unrecognizable.  It was a full 3 days later before I ended up in the hospital, with a face reminiscent of the Fruit Gushers commercials, where each person’s head turned into a giant fruit…I was the strawberry.  It turned out that I had an allergy to PPD, a chemical found in all hair dyes, as well as many different cosmetics.  I, like I said, was a frequent user of hair dyes and cosmetics and was baffled by this sudden allergy.  I researched the topic like crazy and discovered a whole community of people with the same problem as mine; varying by people with just irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis, which is what I had. Suddenly my favourite things were now my enemies.

One of the other things I inherited from my Norwegian side was blonde eyelashes.  Eyeliners and mascaras would seem okay at first, until the morning after when I would wake up with swollen and itchy eyelids.  Hair dye had been taken from me, but I wasn’t about to give up on long black eyelashes too.  That’s where Sommer from Flirt Custom Lashes comes in.  The allergy-ridden girl’s best friend!!!  Sommer gave me lash extensions, using medical-grade adhesive, something she has become licensed to administer.  I had gotten eye-lash extensions in the past before a trip to Mexico at a nail salon (this was my first mistake- apparently I make a lot of those…?!?), which resulted in tears, “tranny” lashes, and eventually a loss of my own lashes.  I was reluctant to try again, but with my allergy to cosmetics, what’s a girl to do?  I contacted Sommer and the rest is history!  I also use Sommer’s Extreme Lash Mascara and have no problems whatsoever.  Two years later I still see Sommer on a bi-weekly basis and should I ever move across the world, I’m moving Sommer with me. 

There are a lot of lies out there in the cosmetic world; “hypoallergenic”- a word not regulated by the FDA and can be used without validation on any product, “natural” which simply means there is use of plant or animal derived ingredients (the product I used to dye my hair when I wound up in the hospital was “natural”), “fragrance-free” which can still contain small amounts of fragrance to mask the scent of chemicals, and “non-comedogenic” which means nothing more than it will not clog your pores. It’s not easy to decipher what will and will not cause problems for someone who deals with sensitivities and reactions to various products.  I went through all of the trials and tribulations to find what works for me, but if I can save you the time and swollen eyelids, go see Sommer if you have any issues with products or dyes. You don’t have to give up on, what I would consider, the most fun part about being a girl just because you have allergies! “

16
Jul

Not hot !!

( Full set on the right , no extensions on the left . . .  seamless application)

 

As I have always said, single strand eyelash extensions are very natural. Of course they will length and volume but they will never look like you should heading to the club in the middle of the afternoon. If the application is done well ( and of course at Flirt Custom that is always the case) others will not be able to tell that these are not yours. Eyebrows will raise and some people in your life will wonder what’s different about you. But never will they holler out ” Did you get lash extensions !!! “. Ladies  . . . this is what you want, it is not hot to look like you are heading to the bar on a Sunday afternoon. Less really is more, use less dark eye shadow or high light with a pretty shimmer on the lid and watch these babies POP !. If you are wearing a lot of dark eye shadow, the extensions can get lost and the impact isn’t as great. Make’em guess at what your beauty secret is  . . .

13
Jun

Lashing Brides !

 

One of my  beautiful brides sent me some of her wedding pics  . . . check out her lashes – GORGEOUS !

Bridal season is HERE !!!!!!!!!!!! this is the time of the year that those of us in the bridal services industry (make-up artist, hair artist, lash stylists ect) go into “lock down”. My friends at Blush Pretty have been in bridal “lock down” for weeks. Gone are running errands in between appointments or having lunch with your fav person. Eyelash extensions have become a great option for many brides and after the bride gets them done it’s only a matter of time before I hear from a member of the bridal party. There isn’t a bride on the planet that wants to pull a “Snooki” on the big day. On a hot day filled with stress and activity there’s a chance strip lashes can lift and this little upset has nothing to do with the make up artist that applies them. There you are as the bride in front of everyone that is important to you and your lashes are waving at the crowd  . . . .NIGHTMARE !!!!!!!!!!!!

I try not to apply a full set of lashes on a bride the day before the wedding especially if this is the first time they have tried extensions. It has nothing to do with the extensions lasting or the overall look. Instead, trying a new beauty service the day before the wedding is stressful for everyone involved. I’m stressed as the stylist because I want to make sure that the lashes are everything my client was hoping for. The client is stressed because she has never had these in most cases and doesn’t know what to expect. I always advise that the bride come to get her first full set 3 to 4 weeks before the ceremony and then return for a “relash” a few days before the wedding day. In this way the lashes will be lush and fresh for the wedding day. Let’s face it “Snooki” has no place at anyone’s wedding ceremony unless she’s coming with Pauly D or maybe that’s just me.

 

17
May

Eyelash Extensions in the GTA – HEEEYYYY !

Flirt Custom Lash Studio is all over the west GTA including Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington. How do all of this awesomeness happen you ask ? I spend 3 days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays) making the city of Burlington lashy. Alot of my client base in Burlington actually come Oakville and Hamilton as well as Burlington itself. The other days of the week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) I am at the Brampton/Mississauga studio. Because this location is right on the border of Brampton it serves the Mississauga area as well as Brampton, Georgetown and Milton. I think I can safely say that Flirt Custom Lash has the longest hours of operation in the business. We are open everyday from 9:30 am until 11 pm and it hasn’t been unheard of to find me with tweezers in hand right past midnight. I love gettin’ lashy with it and I have the best clients on the planet !!!!!!!

26
Apr

It’s come down to this . . . .

WARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these pics are the real deal taken by me of a lash stylist that said she was certified and using a single strand “non-damaging” system.

It’s a sad day when you realise you can no longer trust the work by others in your industry and trust me the eyelash extension industry in the GTA is a small one. Up until recently, I have never minded relashing the work of other stylists as long as the work is single strand and done by another Xtreme Lashes stylist it should never be a problem. After all,we are all trained in the same way, use the same product and are held to the same standard right ?.  Nope, I guess I was wrong . . . .and this makes me so sad for many reasons. We are all trained under a single strand principle meaning: 1 natural eyelash receives 1 extension. I’ve said this hundreds of times, I will never apply a semi, cluster or multiple as we are taught to maintain the integrity of the hair. It seems that too many lash stylists that SAY they are certified and SAY they are using a single strand system must have fallen asleep in class. What is happening to unsuspecting clients thinking they got lucky by paying less but getting a lash professional sickens me. Why am I making a big deal about this ? because if you had next to no eyelashes left due to someone else’s carelessness you would be upset too. Here’s the scenerio that has become all too frequent in my studio: a client calls and wants a relash done on an exisiting set of lashes. First I ask “is this a single strand system?”. If the client answers “Yes”  I will usually follow that question by asking if the stylist was Xtreme Lashes and if the answer to that is also yes I will book the relash. So the client arrives and as soon as I see them I know without having to have them lie down – there is no way that is a single strand system. So I have the job of breaking the news to them and most times I also now have the job of telling them their lashes are very badly damaged. So of course now this situation has become awkward  . . . even though it wasn’t my work to begin with, I am the bearer of bad news. To keep it polite, let’s just say after delivering that tidbit I am no longer on their Christmas card list.

 

 

Here’s the part I REALLY don’t like  . . . . . I will now no longer be lashing the work of other stylists unless I am very familiar with the quality and will not have to upset some poor person because a job wasn’t done correctly. Here’s the deal, if you don’t like using a single strand system because it’s tedious or the product is too expensive then don’t use it. BBBBBBUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTT !!!!!!!!!!!! don’t tell your client that is what your using and then continue to apply terrible product over and over again until they are almost bald. Just please don’t  . . . it’s devastating to people to know that the hair is beyond repair and might have to resort to strip lashes everyday until their hair grows back.

22
Apr

Ummmmm I thought they would be thicker ?

Like most beauty based small businesses, a lot of my new clients come from referrals from current clients. 95 % of the time this is AWESOME and I love meeting friends and family of my client base. Sometimes my current client has lots of natural hair to work with leading to a really full outcome. This can lead to my new client being disappointed with their results after the application is complete if they do not have the same amount of hair growth as their friend or family member. It is important to remember that with a SINGLE STRAND system we can only enhance what is already existing. Meaning, that if you have lots of natural eyelash hair, you will have lots of extensions added to the available adult hair. On the flip side  . . . if you do not have much hair to work with from the beginning than your look will not be as full as someone who has more hair than you. Either way, the result will be exactly as promised – it will look like you are wearing fabulous mascara that doesn’t wash off or run. Any certified lash stylist will only lash the available adult hair, leaving the immature hair growth alone. Our primary concern is the long term health of the eyelash hair and we will not do anything to harm it. Clusters, semi’s or multiples provide a fuller look for those with sparse lash growth but at what cost ?. The cost is damage to the natural hair and the heartache of waiting for it to grow back.

8
Apr

Salt Water ? No Problem

Here’s an interesting fact: A lot of my current regular clients started as vacationers looking to pull together their look while taking it easy in the tropics or shooting down the hills. There seems to be a misconception that salt water will eat away at the bond of the extension. The answer to that question is pure and simple – NOPE  . . . your extensions are just fine in the salt water. Tons of my clients dive and snorkel with these babies and emerge from the sea like beautiful streak free mermaids (I could be pushing it here). However the fact remains that lashes are suited for vacations and really after sun block extensions should be next on your vacation “To Do” list.

5
Mar

Little Shop of Horrors :( !!!!!!!

I received a VERY upset phone call from a client last week  . . . she needed to come in for an emergency removal right away. Removals are rare but with all the recent “deals” that are being offered on various collective buying sites, frantic phone calls about removals that need to happen NOW are becoming more and more frequent. Back to the lash junkie in need . . . not only did her lashes need to come off, her friend had gone and also had these little monsters applied. She sounded so upset, of course I told her to come in later on in the evening (9 pm was the earliest I could get them in) and I would remove both her lashes and her friends. While I was in the process of the removing the hot mess that this poor girl had on her eyes, she told me about her experience with the lash company that applied them. As a professional I was mortified, not only from what I saw and then removed from her eyes but the horror story I was hearing. After leaving, my new client sent me an email with the details in the hopes that no one else goes through what she (and her friend did). Here are all the deets (the name of the business has been take out), good lawd honey what a nightmare :

Deal junkies beware – eyelashes are not meant to be cheap. I am all for a great deal. Obviously, that’s what got me here! But eyelashes… Well…
$39 got me a “full set” from an eyelash extension business. I am into glam and glitz, and everything that being female stands for – so I was so much looking forward to this. I convinced my best friend to join in on the fun too. I called the business several times, either the phones were not being answered or a shady-like man would answer named kam(kem?). He said he was not allowed to book the appointments. What a terrible way to do business! Finally I convinced him I would like them done ASAP, he booked us in together and we were both stoked. We arrived to an area of Scarborough that was making us feel a tad unsure. The location was in a strip mall, next to a barber shop where several shady looking men were standing outside making derogatory comments to a woman who was smoking outside of the nail salon labeled “nails, lashes” or something similar. It sure looked like a nail salon to me. As we went inside kam greeted us. The girl outside smoking was one of the girls doing the lashes. He told her to wash her hands before she started and she gave him a funny look. I’m not sure if she ever did, I didn’t see it happen. My friend went into the “back room” so she actually got to lay in the bed where they do waxing. I had to sit in a chair. Where people get fake nails. My neck was SO sore. The lady who did them stood overtop of me and applied the lashes. The two women shared glue. Running in and out of each others rooms every time they needed more. Our eyes mere taped with masking tape, which was also shared. The glue was put on top of a rock that was also taped (easier to access ? I have no idea). My friend was finished in about 20 minutes. My appointment went about an hour or so. When I opened my eyes I looked like miss piggy. All the lashes were the same length which was in itself far too long. My friend didn’t even look like she had them. During the process I was interrupted so she could do a Brazilian on another lady.

In a nutshell – it was traumatizing. I came home and trimmed my lashes down in the hopes I would look less like miss piggy. There was slight improvement but it was all downhill from there. They hurt, they were itchy, and I was over it. The lashes were dreadlocked in with the glue, 3 or 4 lashes for each extension. It was becoming unbearable. I immediately googled legit lash places to have these removed – enter sommer. She is literally my hero! Although I was so Traumatized and told myself I would never do it again, I know now that may not be the case. Sommer restored my faith in lash extensions and I hope she will take me in as one of her own someday soon <3.

BOYCOTT EYELASH DEALS! In the name of beauty :)