The Lash Lift

The alternative to eyelash extensions! Put down the lash curler and give those straight lashes a lift.

Many have heard of a lash perm…which years ago used tiny rods to roll your lashes onto. Sometimes it would curl the lashes a bit too much.

The updated version of the lash perm uses silicone pads, called the Lash Lift. The silicone pads are placed above the lash line in which your natural lashes are brushed upwards onto the pad. There are three different sizes available, small, medium and large, which determine how much lift you want for your lashes. (The small pads give a higher lift while the large pads give more curl.)

The rest of the application process is the same. Two perm solutions are brushed onto the lashes(none of the solution is supposed to get on the skin if the silicone pads are placed correctly), then a nourishing cream. Once all of the solutions are removed from the lashes, the silicone pads are removed and the client can open their eyes.

For temporary color, you may apply mascara right after the lash lift process. If you desire a tint, it can be done right after the lash lift. At the Eye Deux studios, we can apply the semi-permanent mascara! The lash lift application takes about 45-60 minutes, then add another 15 minutes for the semi-permanent mascara.

At the Eye Deux Studios we use the BabyDoll Lash Lift system. Schedule your appointment with a trained BabyDoll stylist today!

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Swimming with Eyelash Extensions

One of the major advantages of wearing semi-permanent eyelash extensions is that you’re able to swim without the worries of running mascara.

When applied correctly, eyelash extensions can give you the look of mascara and the curl of a lash curler without using those tools again. After the initial 48 hours application, you may swim, get in the sauna or hot tub and still look fabulous.

During the summer days more clients are enjoying water activities and have had questions on how to care for their lash extensions. Since I have worn the XtremeLashes long term and enjoy swimming year round, I’d share personal tips on how to save their eyelash extensions:

The best way to save your semi-permanent eyelash extensions is to wear swimming goggles. The lens must fit comfortably so that the extensions do not touch the lens. 

If swimming without goggles, DO NOT WIPE OR RUB YOUR EYELASH EXTENSIONS! This is very hard to get used to, I know from personal experience. Wiping above the lashes and under your eyes is best, avoid constant touching of the extensions.

Use the Xtreme Lashes Protective Coating twice per week, wait 48 hours after eyelash extensions application to resume use.

Once out of the water, GENTLY dab the extensions with a dry towel or lint-free cloth. Regardless of salt water or a chlorine pool, the extensions need to be cleaned just like your hair needs to be shampooed. If XtremeLashes Mascara Wand or disposable mascara brush is present, groom your eyelash extensions into place.

I hope those tips are helpful. If you’re wearing a different brand of eyelash extensions, inquire with that company about products they might have to preserve their lashes. Here is a current picture of my lashes…swim two to three times per week, last ReLash was July 15th. Excuse the eye redness, fresh out the pool 🙂 

Oh, one more thing…I filled in my eyebrows with the Xtreme Lashes Brow Pen. Using an angeld brush, I mixed the Light and Deep…most of my brows are still filled in after over an hour of swimming!

All products mentioned above can be picked up at the Virginia Beach and Newport News Eye Deux studios.  If outside the Hampton Roads area, contact your local XL Stylist.

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to…

Congratulations to our fellow LashLover Denise Wall!

This month Denise Wall will receive the 2012 Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award in New York city.

Many people know of her as the co-owner of Denise Wall’s Dance Energy here in Virginia Beach, VA. Her team was able to have three dancers in the Top 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance” for the second year in a row! She is the Mom of five boys including Danny Tidwell (USA International Ballet Competition in 2002) and Travis Wall (who is a choreographer for “SYTYCD”, his own company, Shaping Sound and co-star of All the Right Moves which airs later this month on Oxygen).

Even with Denise’s busy schedule, she’s able to lay down for an hour to get her Xtreme Lashes touched up. They look Great on the cover of the latest issue of Dance Teacher Magazine!

Thanks Denise for “saying Eye Deux”!

The Importance of Continuous Education

Spoke with a young lady today who is a currently wearing Xtreme Lashes and patron of Eye Deux. She recently returned from vacation with an interesting story.
While shopping the cashier asked if the long pretty lashes were her real. After confirming that the young lady had eyelash extensions, she quickly grabbed her hand and escorted her to a neighboring salon. The cashier then told her lash stylist, “I want my lashes to look like this” and took pictures! The lash stylist also took pictures and stated she would consider going to another class for a refresher.
I agree! The lash stylists at Eye Deux are required to take a class with Xtreme Lashes at least once a year. As with many other factors within the beauty industry, things change! Although it’s not required in the state of Virginia, I feel it’s necessary to attend continuous education courses. This is to not only maintain your clientele yet also advance your skills to increase your clientele.
Does your state require continuous education credits to maintain your license or certification? If not, do you go out in search of more education? When I entered the cosmetology field my grandmother (also a cosmetologist) told me that she, at 60+, would still attend trade shows and classes. This has instilled within me that we must continue to learn…regardless of the cost, location or age 🙂

How Young is Too Young?

ABC News aired a report on teens and waxing…how young is too young.
From personal experience I started the hair removal process early because of puberty. Lately, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed that some teenagers look like adults! I say it’s the food and hormones but that’s another post on another blog…

There has been an increase of teenagers coming in for more than just the typical eyebrow wax appointment. Upper lip, lower legs and bikini and the most popular especially during the summer. Young ladies are very self conscious of their growing bodies and the excess amount of hair is frowned upon. Going away to camp with a bag of razors can be embarrassing for those who are maturing faster than their peers.

Whats the debate?

From the article: “Atlanta-based therapist Tiffanie Henry, fear that waxing could be over-sexualizing teen girls. “I just really have a difficult time stomaching, inviting girls, specifically girls who are 15 years of age and younger into a salon to be waxed,”

“Noemi Grupenmager (CEO & Founder of Uni K Wax) said the promotion (ad from above) is intended to help young girls boost their self esteem. By the age of 11 or 12, some young girls develop hair on their legs and upper lip.  This can not only be embarrassing, but it often makes these young girls targets for bullying at school, especially during PE and recess”

Each child is different and this may start a conversation in some homes that have not been brought to the surface. Women of all ages deal with excess hair from our chinny chin chins down to our toes. Its up to the individual to determine which hair stays and which body parts should be hair free.

At the Eye Deux, Virginia Beach Studio, we require parental consent for anyone under 18 and a parent/guardian must be present.  Check with your state and local rules regarding waxing services for those under 18.  I would then look into your local salon or spa that would accept waxing clients under 18.
Happy Waxing and enjoy the rest of the Summer!