FAQ

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash Extensions are a glamorous new way to extend the length and thickness of natural eyelashes, and are a practical, convenient and beautiful alternative to the daily use of mascara. Unlike decades-old, traditional false lashes, lash extensions are the first innovation in lash lengthening that can be worn daily, without nightly removal. Because each tapered, synthetic lash is bonded to a single natural lash, the final result is of effortless glamour and difficult to detect even close up. Eyelash extensions are a pretty new beauty service in the UK which originated in Korea. Single synthetic eyelashes are applied to your own natural eyelash to achieve a beautiful full luscious and long set of lashes that are natural and you won’t even know they are there.

How Long Do They Really Last?

When properly applied, using a medical grade adhesive, 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 lashes that have cycled out. To maintain the full, thick appearance of a new set of lashes a visit to your beauty/lash professional is recommended every 2-3 weeks based on your own natural lash growth cycle.

Can Lash Extensions Harm Natural Lashes?

When applied properly, lash extensions will not harm natural lashes. The individual eyelash application technique allows natural lashes to grow and thrive with extensions. This technique requires several different ”separation” steps during the application process so each extension is adhered to a single natural lash in order to prevent interruption of the lash growth cycle.

Can Mascara Be Used With Lash Extensions?

Mascara is typically not needed with lash extensions. Mascara should only be used when a touch-up is drawing near. Water-soluble mascara can be worn; however constant use of mascara may shorten the lifespan of lashes. Waterproof mascara is not recommended for use, as it will dissolve the bond with the lashes.

Once Applied What Is The Proper Way To Care For Lashes?

Cleansing the lashes is necessary to maximize the life of the extensions. Quality eyelash extension products are available at the studio. Using a lash wand to comb the lashes free of tangles is also recommended. You shouldn’t leave a hair salon without top of the line hair products – same with your lashes!

Should I Be Careful Who Applies The Lash Extensions and Should They Be Trained?

Absolutely, we cannot stress the importance of choosing an eyelash technician who has been taught by a qualified and experienced person, certified and has a backing of a established known company. There are many eyelash extension operators who are claiming to have been professionally trained but have been self taught via the internet and these operators are also using poor quality products bought online. Please do your research thoroughly and ask many questions.

A Friend Said She Has Permanent Eyelash Extensions Is This What EllaLashes Does?

There is still alot of confusion about what eyelash extensions are. All eyelash extensions are semi-permanent and they may also be known as grafted eyelashes. The only permanent eyelashes are eyelash transplants which are performed under anesthetic by a doctor and will cost approximately £3,500.

Who Wears Eyelash Extensions?

You don’t have to be a celebrity or model to wear lash extensions. Normal everyday lovely  ladies love eyelash extensions and can’t bear to be without them. EllaLashes clients include nurses, beauty therapists, surgeons, dentists, lawyers, financial advisors, mums, detectives, dancers, business owners, nail technicians, chemists, university students, hairdressers, and many more wonderful people.

How Are Eyelash Extensions Applied?

A single natural eyelash is isolated and a synthetic lash is glued to the top of your own natural eyelash approximately 1mm from the eyelid so neither the glue or the lash has contact with the skin.

How Long Does The Treatment Take?

The procedure will take approximately 1 hour for a full set and approximately 45 minutes for a half set and 1 hour for an in-fill. It is a meticulous procedure that requires patience and concentration so therefore it should not be rushed so that clients can leave with a perfect set of lashes. You relax with your eyes closed and there is no pain as this is a non-invasive procedure. Often clients are so relaxed they fall asleep.

Can I Do Eyelash Extensions Myself?

No. Eyelash extensions can only be applied by a trained professional.

Do Eyelash Extensions Make My Own Natural Lashes Fall Out?

No. The eyelash has a cycle and are constantly being replaced like your hair. If you pull so hard on an extension lash and pull out your own natural lash there will be no new lash ready to grow to take its place and you will have to wait 6-8 weeks for that lash to grow.

Can I Still Wear Eye Makeup?

Yes, but you won’t need mascara and you may even find you won’t need eyeliner, but you can still use eyeliner and eye shadows as usual but remember to remove with a product that does not contain oil of any kind as this will affect the glue that is on your lashes.

Can I Wear Mascara?

You won’t have to. You can roll out of bed looking great and best of all it will make your lashes look like you’re wearing mascara 24/7 without the clumping, streaking and smudging look that you get with mascara. No more running and streaking mascara which is fantastic for brides on their special day. If desired you can wear a non-waterproof on the lower lashes but remember to use an eye makeup remover that contains no oil.

Can I Curl or Perm My Eyelash Extensions?

No, do not perm your beautiful new eyelash extensions. Anyway you won’t have to as the extension lashes hold their lovely shape. Using a clamp eyelash curler is not recommended and will lessen the life of your eyelash extensions and perhaps damage them.

How Long Do They Last?

Approximately 2-4 weeks if you respect your new lashes and take care of them. Remember this is a semi-permanent beauty procedure. Do not be duped by those who promise “permanent” extensions or attachments that last for 2+ months. A natural lash life cycle is around 25-28 days, and as yours grow and fall out, so will the synthetic ones that are attached. If your hair and nails grow quickly then that may indicate that your lashes also are growing, shedding and renewing themselves quickly so you may find that your lashes will not last as long as someone whose hair growth is slow. Your life style and what work you do will also make a difference how long they last. A ladies lashes working in the food industry where there is alot of heat, steam and oil may not last as well as a lady who works in an air conditioned office. Eyelash extensions will not last for three months, this is false advertising by salons and inexperienced people.

I Had Lash Extensions Applied a Few Days Ago and a Few Lashes Have Fallen Out – Why?

As explained above the lash has a growth cycle and unfortunately it is hard to determine which lash is ready to fall out naturally so it is unpredictable when applying the synthetic lashes. Each day we can loose 3-5 natual lashes, but often they fall out unnoticed unless they fall into your eye, but when eyelash extensions are applied we are more aware of when they shed as we know the extensions are there plus they are longer, darker and thicker. If you sleep on your stomach with your face squashed into the pillow or you favour sleeping on one side you may notice the lashes may not last as well as the other side.

What are In-Fills, Why Do I Need Them and How Often Do I Need Them?

Re-fills are needed when your natural eyelash have fallen out (due to the eyelash cycle) and there has been an extension lash applied to it. You will require re-fills every 2-4 weeks if you would like to achieve a constantly full fresh set of lashes. At EllaLashes we take the time to remove any eyelash extensions that have either grown out to far or are not sitting correctly. Please not that we do not stack the lash extensions as other operators do. Please refer to Eyelash Pricing. For re-fill bookings allow approximately 1 hour.

Can I Open My Eyes During The Procedure?

Yes, but please advise your technician before you open your eyes as two sharp tweezers are used when applying the lashes.

Is The Eyelash Glue and Glue Remover Safe?

Yes, in the right hands and having your extensions applied by some one who has been correctly trained it is safe. Beware of untrained people who claim they have been professionally trained with years experience. Because we specialise just in eyelash extensions we take great care to ensure that the adhesive and adhesive remover does not come in contact with the skin or eyes. The glue used by EllaLashes is a high quality fast drying glue which does not give a clumped look. As the glue is being used around the delicate eye area it is important to only have eyelash extensions applied by a trained and qualified eyelash extensionist.

Are Eyelash Extensions Suitable for Everyone?

Anyone of any age can have eyelash extensions applied as long as there is a natural lash to glue the extension onto. Ladies who have undergone chemotherapy and their lashes are starting to grow back also love eyelash extensions. Celebrities such as Britany Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Duff, Paris Hilton, Tyra Banks, Eva Longoria and Victoria Beckham all wear eyelash extensions. Because the eyelash extensions are so natural anyone could be wearing them and you wouldn’t know. They are also suitable for people who wear contact lenses and glasses.

 HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE AN EYE INFECTION OR HAVE RECENTLY UNDERGONE AN EYE OPERATION OR COSMETIC EYE SURGERY IT WOULD BE BEST TO WAIT UNTIL THE EYE AREA HAS COMPLETELY HEALED

Why Should I Get Lash Extensions?

It will cut your beauty routine time down in the mornings.No running or streaking mascara.The good news is that eyelash extensions make you able to flutter your lashes beautifully without mascara. Lasts from 2-4 weeks with proper maintenance. No operation, no pain – non-invasive procedure. Safe in showers, swimming pools and saunas. Weightless and very natural looking. Eyelashes will appear longer, fuller and darker. Your eyes will look bigger, more defined and gorgeous even with no make up. Great for people who wear contact lenses. Perfect for brides, mothers on the run and busy people. Ladies who can’t wear mascara.

How Do I Look After My Lash Extensions?

For the first 12 hours avoid getting the lashes wet to allow the glue to completely dry. Do not use a steam room or sauna for the first 48 hours to allow glue to cure. Be gentle and respect your new lashes. Avoid rubbing your eyes and do not pick and play with your lashes. Resist the temptation to touch or pull at your stunning new lashes as this will pull out your own natural lashes. Avoid getting them caught on clothes and towels. When drying your face do not rub instead blot your face and apply a gently pressure to your closed eyes then allow the extensions to dry naturally. Don’t try to dry them with the towel or hair dryer. Do not perm or curl the extensions using a clamp eyelash curlers. Avoid wearing mascara as this will lessen the life of your extensions. Do not use eye make-up remover that contains any type of oil products such as petroleum. Do keep the eye area clean. This is very important. Some ladies love their lashes so much they don’t even want to get them wet at all. Avoiding proper hygiene can result in an eye infection whether wearing eyelash extensions or not. Try and sleep on your back to avoid crushing your extensions in the pillow. The golden rule for wearing eyelash extensions is the less you touch them the longer they will last. However, it is important to keep the eye area clean.

Is There Any Reason Why I Can’t Have Extensions Applied?

It is suggested that if you are an “eye rubber” due to allergies such as hay-fever or if rubbing your eyes is just a habit or in the past you have experienced sensitivity around the eye area after using skin care or makeup or generally having sensitivity around that area the extensions may not suit you. If you use prescribed medicated eye drops or ointment this may coat the lashes and cause them to clump. EllaLashes clients who say their eyes are sensitive but DO NOT experience any reaction or discomfort during or after having eyelash extensions applied.

Can The Extensions Be Removed?

Yes, at any time for any reason they can be removed however there will be a removal charge. Refer to prices. The extension are easily removed by using a glue remover and is safe and will cause no harm to your natural lashes.

Can I Have The Lashes Removed and Not Get New Eyelash Extensions?

Sadly eyelash extensions are being applied by people who have had no training or have not been trained correctly in Australia and overseas and using cheap product. EllaLashes is always happy to remove lashes that have been applied elsewhere without applying new lashes, however there will be a removal charge.

I Had Lash Extensions Applied Somewhere Else and I Am Unhappy With Them Can They Be Fixed Up At EllaLashes?

At EllaLashes our technicians prefer not to mix their work with other peoples work so it is advised that you either allow your extensions to naturally come off or contact EllaLashes to discuss the options of having the extensions removed before your appointment to have a new set applied. If your eyes are red and sore from the incorrectly applied eyelash extensions that were applied elsewhere, we would advise resting your eyes from extensions for approximately 3-4 weeks before having a professional set reapplied EllaLashes.

What Should I Do Before My Eyelash Extension Appointment?

Preferably arrive with no mascara and do not perm or curl your eyelashes before your eyelash extension appointment. If you wear contact lenses please bring your contact lens case as your lenses will need to be removed.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY HAD YOUR EYELASHES PERMED EYELASH EXTENSIONS CANNOT BE APPLIED UNTIL 3 MONTHS AFTER THE PERMING PROCEDURE.

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