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Eyelash Extension Misconceptions - The Truth About Safety
Get the real story on whether eyelash extensions can damage your lashes.
By: Billy Lowe, Professional Lash Stylist
According to experts at the leading eyelash extension company Xtreme Lashes™, situations where damage has been or can be done to the natural lashes are typically caused by one of the following unfortunate scenarios:
1. UNQUALIFIED professionals who apply semi-permanent eyelash extensions. Most reputable eyelash extension companies, like Xtreme Lashes™, will tell you they feel it is irresponsible to sell professional eyelash extension products to anyone who has not been properly trained. The application process is very meticulous, requiring usage of a strong bonding, long lasting adhesive and sharp tweezers near the eye area. Only under the supervision of a well qualified Certified Trainer, can a student learn how to properly apply lashes. They learn how to position their hands, pick up the lash extension, isolate a single natural lash, and apply the lash extension safely and beautifully. In fact, a qualified trainer is trained to work with each individual’s specific needs to help him or her overcome weaknesses and utilize strengths. Even proper posture and table height is assessed.
According to Xtreme Lashes™ Assistant Training Director Laura Jones, the company’s trained Lash Stylists often see the work of an unqualified professional first hand. Many have repaired the damage that has been done to a client. Check out the following link for an example of a poor lash extension application applied by an untrained technician: http://www.xtremelashes.com/
2. FLARES AND ‘INDIVIDUAL’
3. CARELESS ADHESION - leading to 3-4 human lashes being clumped together. Again, this comes down to training and quality. Lashes applied properly should be adhered one by one. One small synthetic lash is attached to one natural lash. If several natural lashes are adhered together because the technician has not been trained to isolate a single natural lash or is being too quick or too careless to do so, it can cause pain and, in the end, damage to the natural lashes. The pain will be felt a day or two after application, as faster growing natural lashes begin to pull out a slower growing natural lash it is adhered to. While not significant pain (it can be equated to a small pin pricking sensation along the lash line), it is a sign that something was done incorrectly during the application. Properly applied eyelash extensions should be seen but not felt. There should be no discomfort during or after application. Not all cases of lashes adhered together as obvious at first glance. Two single, tiny lashes adhered together may not be initially visible to you, but a trained stylist or technician will notice. Trained professionals not only isolate a single lash as they apply, but constantly check throughout the application to ensure that no lashes are adhering together as they dry.
A qualified, professionally trained, and highly skilled Lash Stylist will take great care during the application process to provide great results. If you're looking for a Lash Stylist in your area check out the list of Professionals trained by Xtreme Lashes™ at http://www.xtremelashes.com/
Before having any eyelash extensions applied, ask to see the license & certificate of your technician.
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About Xtreme Lashes: Xtreme Lashes LLC provides premium quality eyelash extension kits, accessories and high quality hands-on training workshops. The company is headquartered in Houston, TX, and provides products and training around the world.
About Billy Lowe: Billy works with the hottest names in Hollywood. He has been featured in countless publications on beauty tips and trends including Life & Style, In Style, Cosmogirl - just to name a few. Visit www.billylowe.com for more information.