prepare for your appointment
The following is commonly asked questions and concerns answered by Theresa
Before Your Hair Appointment
To wash or not to wash?
Squeaky clean hair is very appealing, but it can be difficult to work with freshly washed locks. Your hair has natural oils that condition it and keep it manageable. The natural oils can help mold an up-do into place. If you choose to wash right before your salon appointment, you may find that the locks are a little dry and may have static that prevents the hairstyle from staying in place.
How long before the hair appointment should you wash? The last thing you want to do is show up with a mop of hair that hasn't been washed in days. Greasy hair is no pleasure to work with, and dirty locks can be unmanageable. Some things to consider when deciding when to wash are:
Your hair's thickness: Thick locks take longer to dry, so it may be best to wash at least 24 hours before your appointment. Thin hair tends to dry quicker, so you may have enough drying time if you wash a few hours before your scheduled time, or the obvious blow dry option after washing.
Oily or dry hair: If your hair is oily, it may be best to wash it first thing in the morning if your appointment is in the afternoon, or right before you go to bed if you are scheduled for the morning. If your hair is dry, you may want to allow the oils to build up for about 24 hours before your hairstylist goes to work.
You know your hair the best, so use your best judgement :)
Should I use products before the appointment?
Yes, if you want to use a holding product before blow drying, although not required as I have product. Just be careful of over doing product prior.
My hair never holds curl, will my style last?
If you feel like your hair doesn't hold curl well we can allow extra time in your appointment to add extra product and set the curls to ensure they will last longer.
Before Your Lash Appointment
****Avoid wearing eye makeup to your eyelash appointment. Remove mascara, eyeliner and any other eye makeup before-hand. Although I will have eye cleanser on hand, removing eye makeup can be time-consuming and take away from your lash extension application time. ****
What are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash extensions are individual synthetic lashes. They are attached to your eyelashes individually. It is a very time consuming, tedious service that requires a great deal of skill and precision. Once the lashes are properly applied, they are virtually undetected. Even at a very close distance they are extremely natural looking.
Will your natural lashes get harmed or damaged?
The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your natural lashes, however they do not. If applied correctly and properly by a trained professional; they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out. However, your natural eyelashes grow in and fall out in cycles about every 60-90 days.
The following is the three phases in which out lashes grow and shed.
Anagen (Growth) Phase
The anagen phase is also called the growth phase. This is the phase when lashes are actively growing, and it lasts between 30 and 45 days. Only about 40 percent of the upper lashes and 15 percent of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.
Catagen (Transition) Phase
The catagen phase is also known as the transition phase. During this phase, the lash stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks. If an eyelash falls out or is plucked out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts between two and three weeks.
Telogen (Resting) Phase
The telogen phase is also referred to as the resting phase. This phase can last more than 100 days before the eyelash falls out and a new one begins to grow. Because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days. It typically takes between four and eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.
so, in conclusion, our lashes naturally shed out, extension or not which is why we have to maintain fills.
How long do they last?
Since each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of each lash. I recommend a fill every 2-2 1/2 weeks for classic and 3 weeks for volume.
Will eyelash extensions hurt?
No, not at all! Neither the eyelash extension nor the adhesive ever touch your skin.
Can I wear mascara with my extensions?
One of the benefits of extensions is that your lashes will look so long, beautiful, and dark you won't need to use mascara anymore! However, if you still want to wear mascara; you can. However, constant wear can affect the lifespan of your extensions and can be shortened. Try to only apply to the tips of the lashes and spot treat areas you would like to eithertweak or make more dramatic. do not use waterproof, it can dissolve the bonds of the extension.
What are volume lash extensions?
Classic vs Volume
Classic lash extensions the finish can only be as full as your natural lashes. The application is one lash extension onto one of you natural lashes.
With Volume lash extensions I am able to customize the look for someone who may have thinner "more sparse" lashes to give a more natural look or someone who has lots of natural lashes for a dramatic look. The application is a little bouquet of fine lashes on one natural eyelash. the appointment will be book for a full three hours to ensure we achieve the perfect set customized for you.
Can I come in for a fill if I went to a different salon for my full set?
If the work is quality I will. If not, you will need to reschedule for a removal and a new set
What is the aftercare?
Do not wash eyes, swim, shower for 12-24 hours to allow adequate bonding time for the lashes
Do not use a mechanical eyelash curler
Avoid oil based cosmetic products around the eye. This will dissolve the adhesive
Be gentle to your lashes; do not pull on the extensions or rub the eyes excessively
Keep them clean! I will recommend a commonly used cleanser or have one available for purchase
Use caution around heat ( Most common is the oven ) getting too close will melt the tips of your lashes and ruin the set