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.
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.
Like most free thinking ladies I like to think that most rules are meant to be broken or if not broken than at least skirted or bent to my advantage. However ! the rules that apply to eyelash extensions are not meant to be broken and really from one renegade to another I’m very sorry about that. Before every new appt and even during relashes with current customers I still go over the rules:
1. Do not get them wet for 24 hrs at the minimum – meaning no showering. The look of horror on ladies faces makes me feel like a monster when I say that. You don’t have to be a dirty kid. You an still have a BATH and wash your face, just don’t splash water on your face or stand under the shower head.
2. Wash your hair before you come . . . this goes back to make being able to get them wet for 24 hrs.
3. Stay away from steam for 36 hrs at the minimum, this one seems to stump people. So steam meaning: sauna’s, hot tubs, hot yoga, jacuzzi’s, facials, standing in front of a steaming pot of pasta etc. I have had many clients that couldn’t understand why their lashes were gone within a few days – steam is usually the problem.
4. Oil is bad . . . . very bad ! NEVER use anything oil based on the extensions, oil is what is used to remove the extensions so it stands to reason that if you use anything oil based on them they will come off. And boy do they come off fast ! Almost right away they will start to drop like flies. Most mascaras are oil based so if you would like to use mascara on these babies always use a mascara meant for eyelash extensions. Anything water proof is the enemy . . . water proof means oil based. Most liquid liners are oil based as are most make-up removers. Read the label on the make-up remover, it will say “oil free” on the front.
5. Put the eyelash curler down and walk away. Eyelash curlers will snap the bond between the extension and the natural lash, not to mention make you look very strange. The extensions come in all different kinds of curls to chances are your lashes are already curly enough.
There you have it . . . the most important rules to follow. Even though you are as cute as button these rules will apply to you and there are no exceptions . . . ever. You can try and break the rules – Flirt is only a phone call away to fix the mess.
My day is filled with lashes, often full sets, but most time is spent on relashes. Let’s first answer “what is a relash?“. A relash is eyelash extension maintenance. When you first had your lashes done, your CERTIFIED lash stylist applied an extension to every ADULT eyelash. When the baby eyelash grows in, it pushes out the adult lash and the extension goes with it. The baby eyelash matures into an adult lash and when you return in a few weeks another extension is applied to the new adult lash. This process continues for every other available ADULT lash until your original look is back. Everyone’s relash schedule is different. Depending on your hair growth it could be 2 or 3 weeks when you notice your lashes are not as full. There are very few people that can have a beautiful full look while coming in for a relash every 4 weeks; their lashes are beginning to become a hot mess at this point.
Rather than waiting for your lashes to look terrible and calling your stylist to make an appointment at that point … why not schedule in advance? Too many times a client calls the day before they want to come in and I am unable to fit them in. I always feel bad when this happens, but there is little I can do if my day is full with clients that have booked in advance. To keep your lashes looking hot, book in advance, thus being proactive rather than reactive.