The Facts About Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions

Semi-permanent eyelash extensions have gained in popularity over the years, never since the 60's have they been so popular, but we have developed a far more convenient and healthier way to apply them.  

Application of the extensions is not easy to do and requires months of practice and this is where problems caused by poor technique can arise. Below I have listed the top five queries raised from women who have ever worn them and then offer an explanation for why these issues have potentially occurred, so that you are better informed before having them done on you.

Itchy, sore lash line:-

This could be caused by several things, firstly, the lashes when glued have most probably still had baby lashes stuck from either side of the intended natural lash, and as the lash to which the extension is attached grows, it pulls on the smaller lashes either side of it, which causes irritation.

Another issue with this problem is that the glue has come into contact with the skin, which should never happen, no product should ever touch the skin, as this can cause an allergic reaction and again, cause irritation. The more the eye is then rubbed, the worse it will get.

Dry flaky debris and inflammation on the lash line:-

This is a condition known as Blepharitis, which is a difficult condition to treat, once it has started. Anyone wanting eyelash extensions who has this problem should be advised that the treatment is not suitable, and that this must be treated, prior to any appointment.  It is very important that clients are advised on the correct way to clean the lash line, once they have the extensions in place, to prevent this condition from occurring.

Large gaps along the lash line:-

Sometimes this is genetic, not everyone is born with an abundance of lashes, but this can happen if someone has been wearing eyelash extensions that are too heavy for their natural lashes to cope with.  If a client insists on a very full, glamorous set of extensions, but you know that their natural lashes will be stressed and fall out prematurely, you must make this clear prior to any treatment.  I advise prospective clients to use a good quality lash growth serum for three months to maximise the amount of extensions that can then be used. A professional eyelash technician should have been taught not to apply an inappropriate length and thickness of lash.

An excessive amount of adhesive:-

Using large amounts of glue is unnecessary when applying the extensions and makes the application a lot more difficult, as many lashes will be in danger of becoming stuck to one another, which obviously is the last thing you want to happen, apart from anything else, the lashes will appear far from natural. A good lash artist knows that a check needs to be carried out at least twice throughout the procedure, to make sure that only one lash is attached to one extension and the less glue that has been used will make any necessary separation easy to do.

 The type of extension used:-

Using a synthetic lash is by far the best, mink does not hold the curl for long and will start to droop or straighten.  There are various lengths and curl of lash but as a rule of thumb it is best to use C and C1 for any length under 10mm and on the inner corner of the eye. D curl, which is the curliest, looks best on the mid to outer edge of the lash line (depending on eye distance to eyebrow).  Make sure that the attached extension is no less than 0.5mm away from the base, as no product should touch the skin but be near enough to the base, to create a strong and long lasting bond. 

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