Dry Eyes and Eyelash Extensions

Dry eyes syndrome…what is it and how does it effect your lash extensions.

As defined by the American Optometric Association:

“Dry eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults…
People with dry eyes may experience symptoms of irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision”.

In other words… It’s a break down in tear communication!

Those who have dry eyes are still able to wear eyelash extensions as long as they take extra care of the extensions. The ReLash appointments may be more frequent for some semi-permanent extension wearers.

The main instruction for the After Care is to not get the extensions wet for at least 48 hours.
How does someone with dry eyes handle this? I asked a client and she tells me that she keeps tissue near by and uses her eye drops sparingly…when she does use the eye drops she tries her best to keep the drops going directly into the eye and not to drip around the eye.

Another major factor, the Xtreme Lashes Protective Coating! When used twice a week, the Protective Coating gives your semi-permanent extensions a higher chance of staying on longer.

During her most recent ReLash appointment we snapped these photos. After 3 1/2 weeks since her previous visit, she still has almost 50% of her extensions attached!

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Wearing semi-permanent extensions takes commitment….when dealing with additional factors such as dry eyes, it takes an extra step to keep the lashes looking Fab!

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What are Knot Free Lashes

This is truly for the Lash Lovers… At home stylists, newbies and current lash stylists!

First, let’s understand what a cluster or tabb is. Clusters/tabbs (also called flares) are 8-10 hairs bunched and glued together. Some may confuse these with actual individual false lashes.

The clusters can come in various colors besides black and brown. Fortunately the lengths/sizes are pretty standard; under, short, medium and long….less confusion when its time to decide which lengths to use. Not all manufacturers have the unders (what I like to call x-short). It’s necessary to have all four lengths in order to achieve different styles.

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Now, whats the difference between knot and knot-free lashes?! When the synthetic* hairs are glued together, a little knot is formed. The knot is where the eyelash adhesive will be placed before being applied to the natural lashes. Knot-free are the cluster of lashes still bunched together, yet the knot has been “flattened” so it appears seamless. (When using the adhesive, use a very small amount! A little goes a long way, plus this will help during the removal process)

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When to use the knot-free lashes is based upon the individual person. The knot-free clusters do look more natural and are best for layering techniques. When it comes to makeup application(eyeshadow and eye liner) the knot-free lashes are slightly easier to clean.

Regardless of the type of cluster, it is important to know that these ARE heavy on the natural lashes. If worn LONG TERM with no breaks then the natural lashes will suffer. At Eye Deux we inform our Lash Lovers when it’s time to rest the natural lashes.

How to wear the clusters? Some may apply a full set, meaning the clusters are covering all of your natural lashes. A partial set may consist of just the outside corners (creating a cat-eye) or a few clusters added throughout your entire lash line (creating a little volume).

If you take a close look at most mascara ads, you will see these clusters! One major mascara brand states “lash inserts were used…”

* There are human hair cluster lashes available…they must say “100% NATURAL HUMAN HAIR”. If not, they are synthetic.

Summer Olympics 2012 Part 3

Congratulations to the US Women’s Track team DeeDee Trotter, Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory, and Sanya Richards-Ross. The ladies who won the Gold medal in the 4X400 relay race in London 2012 Olympics!

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Here is one of the teams stars, DeeDee Trotter, who is also a model, wearing fancy eye makeup.
Was able to make out a running figure on the right side and a star on the left. If you’ve seen her run before you know she loves a little sparkle around the eyes!

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Seems that Russia has made more news during the Summer Olympics 2012. This time it’s about their synchronized swimming uniforms, makeup and eyelashes!

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While waiting for the next segment of the games to begin, Entertainment News (ET) reported about the Olympians, their makeup and fashion. Of course I was captured by their makeup comments. One of the commentators related the Russian uniforms to the character in the SAW movies…Oh My! The painted on lashes matching their swimsuits definitely sparked a conversation.

Summer Olympics 2012 Part 2

More fabulous lashes spotted during the Summer Olympics 2012 in London!

Here is Gold medal winner Missy Franklin with her gorgeous natural lashes straight out of the pool.

Then we have the ladies in synchronized swimming.

First are C.Balleste and A.Fuentes Fache of Spain. Makeup and hair still intact after their round in the pool.

Next are N.Ishchenko and S.Romanshina of Russia. I love how they over exaggerated their makeup and painted the lashes onto their eyelids. It matches the characters on their uniforms!

To Know or Not to Know

I received this message from a companys’ “client relations manager” in response to my email about one of their products. (For now, the company will remain anonymous…) AFTER receiving a new shipment I noticed something was different. Besides the nice new packaging, the formula wasn’t the same.

“The new formulation does not need to be applied differently from the old, this is why we did not find it necessary to over explain. To be 100% honest with you, the more information we offer, the more confused most professionals become. The added ingredients are not always necessary to explain, since most do not know what they are, nor their benefits”

As a professional dealing with clients EYES (you only get ONE set in life!) I feel it is necessary to know in advance what the changes are and how it would affect not only the application process but the after care. As a hair stylist in the salon, we were to have what’s called MSDS files on all hair color products. These chemicals are serious! (MSDS=matieral safety data sheet)

I will give kudos to Xtreme Lashes for keeping their lash stylists up to date…by emails, classes, blogs, webinars and most importantly, FACT SHEETS that come with each shipment.

What is your opinion? By providing this information are companies afraid this will give “secrets” away? As a Professional do you read the ingredients of the products your use or provide to your clients?

To be fair, I would suggest these companies DO provide more detailed information about the products to ALL professionals…they should not judge on who would understand it and who would not.

Summer Olympics 2012

Have you been watching the Summer Olympics?? Well I’ve been glued to MSNBC and the iPad watching live streams. While tuned into gymnastics I couldn’t help to notice the ladies lashes! Natural lashes, great mascara, and lovely eyelash extensions!

Special congratulations to Hampton Roads very own Gabby Douglas, who is from Virginia Beach, VA. Gabby has won two gold medals for individual and team success. 

That’s some serious mascara! Must be waterproof because when those happy tears fell the mascara didn’t budge.  Major congratulations to the entire Team USA in this years Olympics in London.

Here is Nigeria’s track star Blessing Okagbare wearing cluster lashes. Looks great! Not too much length for those pretty eyes. Her lash stylist/technician used the right amount of clusters, not too heavy or weighing her eyes down.  She needs to see the track 🙂

Stay tuned for more fabulous lashes from the Summer Olympics 2012

Locating a Beauty Pro

Living in the Hampton Roads area you get used to the shuffle of relocating military and medical personnel. Moving an entire family can be stressful…spouse finding a job, new schools, hair stylist, handyman and of course a new Eyelash Technician!

One of the major advantages of being part of the Xtreme Lashes family is that we have a Stylist Directory. Lash Lovers from around the world are able to search for Certified technicians in their new home town.

Traveling for a while and need a touch up? Contact your Certified Lash stylist at home and ask for their recommendation. With the help of the Internet, Facebook, twitter and other social media outlets, finding another technician that uses the same products should not be too hard. Keeping with the same brand is best! If you’ve started with brand “X” then locate another technician using brand “X”.  There may be additional fees if switching brands.

To the professionals: I would suggest getting to know other lash technicians and THEIR PORTFOLIO. Eye Deux is thankful to have received referrals from around the country…yes you may never know where your next client may come from.
I would inform your loyal Lash Lover that when visiting another lash studio to check out the prices first. For example, prices in NYC, LA and Miami may be a little higher than small cities.