I've always known my lashes were wimpy, but I didn't truly realize just how sad they were until this past Tuesday. I had contemplated getting lash extensions so when the opportunity came up I was all over it!
Xtreme Lash Stylists specialize in semi-permanent lash extensions. I really had no idea what to expect; only that I would no longer be lash-challenged. It is mandatory that you come makeup-free (in other words come looking like crap!), even eye cream is not allowed. This is so that the oils do not interfere with the lash adhesive.
The whole procedure takes anywhere from 60-90 minutes depending on your lashes, the style you want and the skill level of the stylist. You'll also be lying down so be sure to use the washroom, have a good meal beforehand and be prepared for a good nap.
The level of length and thickness depends on the natural state of your lashes. It is not recommended to go too heavy as this actually damages the growth of your lashes. The goal of the extensions is also to make them look as natural as possible so don't expect to go ridiculously long. She mixed blue and black lashes together which gave a really cool effect. The blue adds a nice highlight to my black lashes. It really brightens the whites and enhances my brown eyes even more.
2.5 hours later I had beautifully long lashes. My only wish is that they would have been a bit thicker but otherwise the length is gorgeous! It definitely takes a talented artist to do this because it takes creativity, skill and A LOT of patience to apply those lashes singly. It looks so natural you can't even tell where the natural lash meets the synthetic one.
The adhesive also never touches your skin and is applied 1mm away from your eyelid. The lash adhesive was also specifically made for lashes so it will not damage the natural lash.They last 4-8 weeks from the initial application depending on the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes, with refills that are recommended every 2-4 weeks.
For those of you that love water-proof mascaras or liners, you'll have to keep them away as it is not recommended for the lashes. Oil-based cleansers used to remove water-proof products can break down the glue. Your lashes should have some curl to them but if you want even more curl you have to use a heated lash curler right at the tips rather than a mechanical curler (thank goodness I never threw mine away). It can break both your natural and synthetic lash (bye to my Shu Uemura curler for now). Also, be gentle and try not to rub your eyes too much.
I'd recommend booking your appointment a few days before an event. For 24 hours you should avoid a lot of things including applying mascara - yikes! First 24 hours are crucial in optimal bonding. I had an event the night of and it killed me not to apply my mascara! The length is there but I definitely like it better when there is mascara. Looks much fuller and more noticeable.
Be sure to do your research. Also, you'll want to get quotes and compare prices. After all, it is an investment so you'll want to make sure you're getting your money's worth. If you apply fake lashes religiously then I highly recommend getting semi-permanent lashes. It's healthier for the lash, more natural looking, and much cheaper in the long run.
Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the whole experience and now I'm hooked! How can I go back to those wimpy lashes?? Thank you for the complimentary service!
For more details on Xtreme Lashes click here. If you would like to know the stylist that applied the lashes to me, email me directly.