What are Eyelash Extensions?

​Eyelash Extensions are a glamorous new way to enhance the length and thickness of natural eyelashes, and are a practical, convenient and beautiful alternative to the daily use of mascara and/or eyeliner.  Unlike decades-old, traditional false lashes, lash extensions are the first innovation in lash lengthening that can be worn daily, without nightly removal. Extensions can only be applied to natural lashes, and are not applied to skin.

What's the difference between classic and volume? 

Classic extensions are 1 extension per 1 natural lash, generally in a 0.15mm thickness, which is most comparable to a natural lash.

Volume extensions are between 2 to 6 extensions per natural lash, which is determined according to you natural lash health. I typically use a 0.05, 0.06 and 0.07 mm volume diameters. For example, if you have fine lashes, I might only put 2-3 extensions, or 2-3D, per lash. If you have strong, thicker natural lashes, I may put up to 5-6D. The number of extensions will also be determined by your desired look and your natural lashes.

How long do extensions really last?

The short answer: indefinitely with monthly touch ups. Touch ups are recommended every 3 weeks.

 

When properly applied, eyelash extensions can be worn throughout the year with minimal monthly maintenance.  Touch-ups are recommended after the initial full set application to refill any natural lashes that have shed.  Shedding occurs every 60-90 days. We lose 1-5 lashes daily. To maintain the full, thick appearance of a new set of lashes, a touch up visit is recommended every 3 weeks, though some folks can go 4-5 weeks, and others only 2 weeks. It varies by individual and how well lashes are taken care of on a daily basis. 

What happens during the application?

After assessing the best curl, thickness, and length for you, I will apply under eye gel pads to keep your lower lashes down during the procedure. Talking should be kept to a minimum simply because facial movements will affect the time it takes to apply extensions and could potentially move the eye pads. We'll listen to music and usually clients fall asleep because the procedure is relaxing and generally painless.

What kind of lashes are used?

SGI Spa uses lash extensions made from synthetic PBT.  

THICKNESS: 0.05, 0.06, 0.07 & .10mm for Volume, 0.15mm for Classic

LENGTH: 7-14mm

CURL: C, CC,  L, L+

Can eyelash extensions harm natural lashes?

When applied properly, lash extensions will not harm natural lashes. Make sure not to pull or rub eyelash extensions to avoid premature shedding of your natural lashes.  

 

Can I use mascara/eyeliner with my eyelash extensions?

Mascara is typically not needed with lash extensions, but may be needed when you're nearing a touch up to camoflauge lash gaps. Whatever you do, just do not use waterproof mascara! Pencil or powdered eyeliner is best because it can be removed easily. Gel liners are harder to remove and not recommended.

I carry a mascara from Novalash that is healthy and nourishing to your lashes and won't break down the adhesive as it does not contain glycol or carbonates.

What's the proper way to take care of my lashes?​

  • Cleansing lashes every other day with an eyelash cleanser is highly recommended to keep lashes clean from makeup or other debris. If you wear lower eyeliner and/or mascara, every time you blink, that makeup is touching your extensions and building up at the base of your lash line and slowly breaking down the adhesive. I have seen clients with cosmetic buildup on their upper lashes, simply from make up applied to their lower lashes.

  • Using a lash wand to comb the lashes free of tangles in the morning and evening is strongly recommended. ​

  • If you're a wild sleeper, sleep on your sides or stomach, consider a sleeping eye mask to protect your lashes.

  • DO NOT wear waterproof mascara, or any oil-based cosmetic product like makeup removers, cleansers, or moisturizers.

  • DO NOT use eyelash curlers or tint eyelashes. Extensions are already pre-curled.

  • ​DO NOT pull your eyelash extensions. Pulling could damage your natural lash root.

How do I remove the lash extensions?

You can either let the extensions shed naturally over the course of 2-3 months, or come in to have them professionally removed. A removal can take between 30-45 minutes depending on the amount of lashes to be removed, and simply involves applying an adhesive remover which will dissolve the adhesive, and the extensions will slide off. DO NOT attempt to pull out the extensions yourself as this could damage the natural lash root.

Why is the cost of volume more than classic?

The appointment time is a longer duration and the skill set to do volume lashes is much higher than classic lashes. It is a monotonous process and definitely a specialty. I have done a cost comparison with other lash stylists in the area, and have noticed some are charging classic sets and touch ups at volume prices. If you're new to eyelash extensions, I would suggest the following: try the classic or hybrid sets before doing volume lashes. If you already wear classics and are curious about volume, get a volume touch up and then decide which look you prefer. Either way, there is a lash option just right for you, and together we'll find it!

When I hear volume, I think of fake looking lashes.

Truth be told, volume doesn't have to look fake. Some folks prefer a thicker, somewhat 'gaudy' look, and others prefer a naturally fuller look that unfortunately cannot be accomplished with classic (1:1) lashes. Volume is especially great for clients who may not have a lot of natural lashes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Microblading?

Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine.  The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration. 

How long does it take?

For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment color selection.  Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.

The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.

How long does it take to heal?

The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure.  It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.

Is the touch up session necessary?

Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled.  Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!

 

Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?

Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.

Is it painful?

The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none.  Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure.  Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine. 

After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal.  Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn.  Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.

How long does it last?

Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime.  Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.

What are the pre and post care procedures?

In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions. 

Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:

  • Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.  

  • Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.

  • No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.

  • Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows! 

After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:

  • Within 2 hours after the procedure, clean brows using a q-tip and lightly moisten with distilled or cooled downed boiling water. Gently wipe away the old healing balm and any lymphatic liquid (clear yellowish liquid) that may have built up. Lightly pat dry with tissue and using a new q-tip, re-apply healing balm to the brows.

  • Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days.

  • Do not over apply healing balm. 

  • Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.      

  • Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.

  • Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.    

  • Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation. 

  • Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.     

  • No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after. 

Who is not suitable for the procedure?

Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:

  • Using Accutane

  • Have heart conditions or using heart medications

  • Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)

  • Have skin disease or irritations 

  • Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks

  • Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks

  • Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine

  • Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note. 

  • Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.

* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Our brow technicians make the decision to microblade an individual based on their own discretion. *

Risks and complications?

We take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment.  Should clients follow our pre and post care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications .  Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. We suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:

  • Topical makeup products

  • Gold, silver and nickel

  • Hair dyes

Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior. 

What if I do not like it?

As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly.  We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists' work and portfolio when making their decisions. Our brow technicians will do their utmost to shape and style the eyebrows to the clients satisfaction prior to the procedure. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the the touch up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done.

What are your cancellation or missed appointment policies?

Clients are able to cancel or reschedule appointments at anytime with a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to the appointment time, otherwise a fee will be charged. To book a reservation, you must provide a valid credit card that is in your name. No charges will be made at time of booking.  For a more detailed list of policies and associated fees, please click on Spa Policies in the menu tab. To cancel or reschedule, please email or call us.  Clients can also do so by selecting the 'View Appointment Details' button on their confirmation email to reschedule themselves online. Confirmation of cancellation will be done by email or phone. We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who have cancellations or rescheduling of appointments 3 times in a row. 

Still have more questions?

Should you still have more questions or inquiries, feel free to give us a call at 770-206-0350 or email us at Beverly@simlygorgeousintl.com

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