Not too long ago, CTV News Winnipeg stopped by our neck of the woods to do a segment on Lash Extension Safety. In case you missed it, here is a rundown, as well as a link to the segment itself.
When doing treatments near or around the eyes, you must keep in mind that you need your eyes for your lifetime. Often, when people come in with lash extensions done elsewhere, we see that they are too heavy, too long, or not well-kept, at which point they must be removed and re-applied. Here are some points to remember when you are looking for a lash technician to give you the eyelashes of your dreams.
First, look for a certificate from a reputable establishment on display. If there isn’t one visible, ask your technician where they received their training, what kind of training they received, and if they have been certified.
Next, ask them how long they have been lashing, and ask them questions about their product. Ask them about the different weights, lengths, and types of lashes they use, and ask them about the procedure itself. Lashes should always be attached directly to a single eyelash, and the adhesive should never touch the skin, or you risk irritation. When applied properly, there should be no damage to the natural lashes, but if multiple eyelashes are glued together, it can cause damage and discomfort as each lash has a different rate of growth.
Ask them if their adhesive is approved by Health Canada. If you have further questions, ask them for their MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet).
Finally, make sure you receive aftercare instructions. Some technicians will have a handout for you to take home, but the important things to remember are this:
- Do not get them wet for 48 hours after application to allow the adhesive to fully cure. This includes showers, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and excessive sweat or tears.
- Keep them clean! Brush them out every day with a clean spoolie and wash them with a gentle shampoo (such as the Lashforever Canada Lash Shampoo). Dust and dirt can accumulate, and eventually lead to infection if it is left for too long.
- Avoid oil-based makeup or makeup remover, which includes certain eyeliners and cream shadows.
- Do not use waterproof mascara. If you must use mascara at all, we recommend a mascara made especially for lash extensions (they are lighter and are removed more easily than traditional mascara).
- Do not use an eyelash curler, ever. It will damage the lashes.
- Avoid exposing them to excessive heat (such as ovens or barbecues). The sudden wave of high heat can potentially warp the lash.
- Do not pick or twirl your lashes as this will cause them to fall out early and may cause damage to your natural lash.
- Avoid sleeping on your face or rubbing your eyes, especially when washing your face.
All of our lash technicians at Total Wrapture have been trained and certified in all of the above, and we are excited to help you achieve the lashes of your dreams. Most of our clients find that although the aftercare list seems long, they can keep their lashes healthy and beautiful with minimal maintenance. Finally, if you find that eyelash extensions are not for you, but you aren’t happy with your current natural lashes, we’ve got you! We have plenty of services to fit everybody’s needs. If you want more visible lashes but don’t want to take the plunge just yet, or perhaps they don’t fit your lifestyle, ask us about lash lifts, lash tints, semi-permanent mascara, or Revive 7 for an eye-opening boost.