What are they exactly?
Lash Extensions are a single, semi-permanent false eyelash being adhered to your own natural lashes, one lash at a time. We provide this service to create the illusion of thicker, darker, longer lashes. Whether you already have healthy long lashes or short damaged lashes, we can create a look that is safe and natural, and certainly noticeable.
What is the difference between Classic and Volume?
For a Classic Set, one single lash extension is dipped into an adhesive and carefully placed on top of a single natural lash. Everyone generally has about 150-200 natural lashes per eye. So adding 150-200 lashes extensions to your natural lashes will give them a fuller, darker look. Volume lash extensions are taking 2 or more lash extensions, creating a fan with them and then adhering the fan to a single lash. At Skin Mechanixx we use 3D and 5D premade fans. This means that every natural lash has 2 or more extensions attached to them. Volume creates more of a strip lash look and can add bulk to sparse or damaged natural lashes. Hybrid is a mix of both Classic and Volume. There is an equal amount of both types of extensions applied to each eye; usually, one after another from inner to outer corner. For example, Classic, Fan, Classic, Fan, Classic, Fan, etc.
What are they made of?
The lash extensions themselves can be made up of synthetic materials, real mink hairs or silk fibers. ALL synthetic lashes are made with a plastic fiber called PBT, Polybutylene Terephthalate. PBT is a thermoplastic (semi-) crystalline polymer, and a type of polyester, that is heated, molded into the desired lash shape and set as it cools. I personally don’t and will not ever use real mink lashes, I don’t think they are any better than the synthetic lashes and I don’t like to support animal cruelty. They also don’t hold their curl very well. Silk Lashes are made up of the same exact material, which is PBT.
What’s the difference between a C curl and a D curl?
There are several different types of Curls used for lashing. The letters ( C, CC, D, L, etc.) determine the tightness of the curl. J and B are the closest to a natural lash mimicking a very natural curl. C Curl is the next step up adding a bit more curl. CC is an even tighter curl and D is the tightest. L lays flat to the lash and then sticks straight out like a backward L. This type of curl is used on lashes that point downward. The most commonly used are C, CC, and D. I personally only us C and CC.
What does point 15 or point 12 mean?
You might here your lash artist say that they use .15’s or .10’s. This pertains to the diameter or the weight of the extension. For Classic lashes, the heaviest diameter that is safe for the lashes, in my humble opinion, is the.15’s. The higher the number, the thicker and heavier the lash is. So for Classic Lashes, I use .15’s or .12’s. For Volume Lashes, I use .10’s, this way the extension is never to heavy for the natural lash.
Will my natural lashes get damaged?
A lash artist should be a Licensed Esthetician or Cosmetologist and a Certified Lash Artist in order to receive the proper training. In addition to that, a lash artist requires several months of hands-on experience to acquire precision and a better understanding of the application and best practices. Without this training and experience, a lash artist can absolutely damage someone’s natural lashes.
I usually see clients come from other artists with a few different issues:
I most commonly see that the previous artist did not isolate each natural lash before applying an extension to it or not waiting long enough for the adhesive to cure before moving onto the next lash. This causes them to get stuck to one another. As our lashes grow out, they all grow at different speeds so the one lash growing faster than the others that are stuck to it can rip the natural lashes out prematurely. Another mistake I often see is a lash extension that is too long or too heavy for the natural lashes creating stressed-out lashes that will also fall out prematurely. Lastly, a lot of artists will not inform their clients that they need to take care of their extensions between appointments. All that being said, when you go to an experienced, licensed and certified Artist that knows their stuff, your lashes should be unharmed.