Everything you need to know about lash extensions.

It can be hard to know what you want you when you get eyelash extensions. Even harder to know what is happening while getting your lashes done. In a common appointment you will likely be asked about five preferences, thickness, type, style, curl, and length. So here is guide to help you be prepared for your appointment and understand what your lash artist does while your eyes are closed.

The process of applying lash extensions is simple but important. It is essential to isolate each natural lash before applying the extension. Once a natural lash has been isolated the extension is selected from what we call a lash tray. It is dipped in the adhesive, not to little or it won’t adhere but not to much or you will likely glue lashes together. Then the extension is placed on top (or sometimes to the bottom) of the natural lash. Position is also important, you don’t want the lash to cure laying at an angle.

Eyelash extensions are created with different diameters for different purposes. Avoid anything that is too thick .20 mm or .25 mm are just too much for most lashes to handle. Thickness .15 mm is most common for classic lashes, .10 mm could be used on very fine lashes or can be placed with another .10 mm to create a volume/2 dimensional effect. .07 mm, ,06 mm, and ,05 mm thicknesses are used for volume lashes. The number of lash extensions in a fan should vary depending on the thickness of your natural lashes and the thickness of the extensions being used. For example most frequently used is the .07 mm with 3 extensions in a fan, but a lash artist could also use .05 mm extensions with 5 lashes per fan, depending on what your the natural lashes can handle.

Lash Extensions are most commonly separated into classic and volume. Classic being one thicker extension to one natural lash and volume 3–5 finer extensions to one natural lash, spread out in what we refer to as a fan. There is also my glamour option that is a mixture of classic and volume. 2D stands for 2 dimensional which means there a two extensions to one natural lash and when built with .10 mm extensions can create beautiful set.

Most common styles include but are not limited to cat eye, doll eye, and spiked. Cat eye draws the eye out with length at the ends making the eye look more almond shaped. Doll eye puts the majority of length in the middle where it opens up the eye to make it look larger, and often looks the most natural. Spiked is one of my favorites to do on people its a look like the kardashins are often wearing.

The curls are defined by a letter representing the look of the curl. J curl is obviously more of J shape and is the least curly or lifted. B curl is a lesser or basic curl. C curl is the common curl that matches most people natural lash curl. D curl is the most dramatic and lifted, it will be the most visible from the front, it is also the most popular. L curl has a harsher L shape that makes these lashes ideal if working with clients who have hooded eyelids for whom D curl just isn’t enough

Length is largely decided by the length of your natural lashes, be cautious of going too long as it may decrease retention or cause breakage. But everybody loves length so if you prefer them long maybe opt for a volume set that consists of more, finer lashes.

I hope this information is useful!

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