Lash Lift – Why So Many Are Letting Go of…

That lovely lash curler.  Definitely a tool of the past. I’ve seen quite a few damaged lashes from using the lash curler, ouch!  The alternative, the Lash Lift.

Yes, a lift for your natural lashes.  Some call it a lash perm and it does just that, curls your natural lashes … for up to 2 months!!

Here’s the process:

  • Eyelashes and eyelids are cleaned with an oil free makeup remover.
  • Gel patches are placed under the eyes to keep the top and bottom lashes separated.
  • Silicon pads are secured to the eyelids
  • Lashes are brushed upward onto the silicon pads
  • Solutions are applied and timed
  • Once the solutions are removed, you’re able to open your eyes

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Men and Women are in love with the lash lift for a few reasons:

  • Don’t have to use the lash curler every day
  • The lash lift lasts up to 8 weeks*
  • Compared to eyelash extensions, there’s less maintenance
  • Cost is significantly less than eyelash extensions
  • Great for teens
  • Curly and/or unruly lashes can get a new curl pattern
  • Top & Bottom lashes don’t catch onto each other after the lift
  • Makes Sleepy eyes look Awake!

Fellow Professionals, you too should add this service to your menu! The entire process takes less than an hour, some charge towards $125!! You can have 2 people in the salon within 15 mins apart and have them process at the same time, Cha-Ching! If you’re in Virginia, I’d love to help you learn and make some extra money.

Find a Certified Stylist aka someone who KNOWS how to properly do this service and Get Lifted! Ladies & Gents in the Hampton Roads area, you are able to book a Lash Lift appointment with one of our Certified Stylists at the Eye Deux studios

 

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The Microblading Process

As the microblading technique becomes even more popular, I felt the need to explain a part of the process. The touch up.  Most technicians offer a follow-up or touch up appointment 6-8 weeks after the initial microblading appointment.  After the first appointment, one can expect their eyebrows to be intense, dark or bold.  This is OK! After 7-10 days, you will notice the brows to appear much lighter.

Now this part varies per technician.  The number of hair strokes added and if they did a combination of microblading and shading will depend on how much will need to be done during the touch up.  At my studio, I prefer to start with strokes that are not too close together and a slightly lighter color.  Why the sparse strokes? To avoid them blurring together … the point of microblading is for it to heal looking LIKE hair strokes, not a solid powder brow.  I will explain in detail shading/microshading in another post.

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This young lady came to the studio wanting to enhance her natural shape and make her brows a little fuller.  Top left is her natural brows with no makeup.  Top Right, immediately right after the first appointment, microblading only no shading.  After 6 weeks she returned for her touch up.  Bottom LEFT was taken before applying the numbing cream.  As you can see, the strokes healed lighter and softer.  Bottom RIGHT is the final brow. (NO FILTERS WERE USED IN ANY OF THE PHOTOS)

The full healing process, what to do and what not to do should be explained by your technician BEFORE they start the microblading.  After care instructions will vary depending on skin type, as with how long the microblading will last. Another popular question.  Most will say up to 2 years.  Starting/stopping certain medications, physical activities, facial products along with the technicians technique and pigment used are all factors of retention.  Personally, I have had the microblading done twice, 2 years apart.  If one wants a more permanent solution, then choose permanent makeup artist who specializes in that technique, like me!

Private Class with Vicky Martin

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to experience a two day class with the incredible Vicky Martin at the Nouveau Contour USA location in Orlando, FL.  She is the Owner of the creator of the Vicky Martin Method(tm) and the great practice breast molds.  I wanted to take this particular class for a few reasons…

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As some may know, my Beautiful Mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2009.  She had a unilateral mastectomy and like many undergoing chemotherapy she lost majority of her hair.  In an effort to help my Mother and to possibly help others, I became trained and licensed in permanent cosmetics.  This allowed me to provide eyebrows to those who had none, this included more than just cancer warriors.  What fascinated me more was that after a mastectomy, some opted for areola and 3D nipple repigmentation.  Although I was able to give my Beautiful Mother her eyebrows, we were not able to do her areola.  She fought extremely hard while loving life until June 2016.

Since her passing, I have been even more determined to assist those who chose to have their areola and nipples recreated.  With further education, I have learned that this service helps cancer warriors, major weight loss heroes and many others who are in need of added pigment to recreate or enhance their areola and/or nipples.

I chose to take a class with Vicky Martin after looking into her product and message.  The practice breast mold is ideal for creating a 3D tattoo on a round skin-like surface.  With the removable skins you can create several areolas and nipples.  Since we had extra time at the end of the second day, some of us tattooed at least 3 areolas on one skin just by shifting it slightly.  Vicky’s class message is more than just about tattooing, it is about empowerment for yourself and your client on many levels.

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Upon completing the class, I feel even more confident in my own goals and purpose.  I am thankful to be able to be in a position of not only providing this service to my community, but to someday soon provide the art of creating the areola and 3D nipples to the classroom and to the rest of the world!  For some reason when I searched for pictures of this art I found very few of darker melanin.  Part of my goals is to bring awareness to the entire community that this IS an option, be it they are of a lighter or darker complexion, man or woman!
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3D Eyebrows, A Semi Permanent Solution to Thinning Brows

3D Eyebrows….also called microblading….what is it?

“The Real Brows™ method is an innovative new technique designed for drawing thin 3D hair strokes about 1 mm under the skin’s surface using a specially designed tool and all-natural pigment (no machines). The Real Brows™ method can fill in sparse brows or create a new brow. Unlike traditional eyebrow tattoos, the Real Brows™ method won’t leave a flat dull look and is a much safer treatment.  The “3D” effect adds realism to the end result; which makes this the perfect procedure for Men and Women seeking to improve the look of their brows. Real Brows™ lasts 6 months to 2 years and fade completely without leaving a shadow behind.  To maintain Real Brows™, touch ups are necessary every 6 – 9 months”.

How is this different from classic or traditional eyebrow tattoos? The pigment applied during the 3D technique does not penetrate the skin as deep as the traditional tattoo, thus making it semi permanent.  Eyebrows really define the face…the correct shape, length and color could make a major difference in your total appearance.

I had the procedure done the Summer of 2015 and I cannot express how happy I am to wake up each morning and have my brows already filled and shaped.  The pain level…on a scale from 1-10, was about a 2 at first.  Once the second round of anesthetics set in I didn’t feel anything. Please keep in mind everyone is different! Here is a video of my experience…

 

The eyebrows we very dark at first, after the recommended healing time, I was able to wash my brows and the remaining color was much lighter and more natural.  Yes this is me below!

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I decided to have my brows semi-permanently filled to save time in the morning, to always come out of the water with beautiful brows and of course to promote this awesome service!

 

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Contact your local artist by searching these key words in your area: microblading, 3d eyebrows, floating eyebrows, semi permanent eyebrows or eyebrow embroidery.

For the 757 area, contact Eye Deux, Inc 

(757)742-3389 or to schedule your appointment http://www.EyeDeux.com

 

 

 

 

Allergies & Allergic Reactions: Part 3

Part 3 of Eyelash Enhancements, Allergies and Allergic Reactions

Eyelash Lid Irritation

Extensions themselves can cause irritation of the eyelid skin because they sometimes rub against the eyelid skin while the client is sleeping.  The thicker the extensions, the more irritation they can cause in sensitive individuals.  To rule out mechanical (i.e. non chemical) irritation, try switching to the thinner extensions (.15 mm).  If the symptoms are reduces or eliminated, you can conclude that the adhesive is not the cause.  People with sensitive skin are more likely to suffer eyelid irritation from the friction of thick lash extensions rubbing against the lid.  Make sure the extensions are placed perfectly at the lash line.  If they are too close, they will rub against the lid and cause itching, redness and swelling.  If they are too far away, they’re able to move around too much, which causes more friction and irritation when sleeping.

Eyelash extensions should NOT touch the skin, the extensions should be applied about 1 mm away from the lid.  During a ReLash/Fill appointment, the extensions that have grown beyond 2 mm should be removed and a new extension is applied.  Within the last year there have been more options for thinner lashes, such as .07 and .05.  At EyeDeux, we use a variety of diameters to customize the look and feel for each person.  For a free consultation and to schedule an appointment, click HERE or call us at 757.742.3389.

Eyelash Extension Adhesive and Formaldehyde

In recent eyelash extension adhesive news…..

As a trained, certified and licensed eyelash enhancement studio, we at EyeDeux take this “Xtreme-ly” serious and thought we should share.

Notes from Jo Mousselli, Registered Nurse, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of Xtreme Lashes:

Does Xtreme Lashes add formaldehyde to its eyelash extension adhesives?
Statement 1
“We DO NOT add formaldehyde to ANY of our adhesives. Furthermore, our FlexFusion Adhesive is both hypoallergenic and medical-grade.”

Statement 2
“Formaldehyde is NOT an added ingredient in any Xtreme Lashes adhesives. Our adhesives are made using the same properties and ingredients found in medical-grade adhesives. Medical-grade adhesives are used by surgeons to close wounds without stitches, a practice called suture-less wound closure. Additionally, Our FlexFusion line of adhesives are hypoallergenic, medical grade, and manufactured at a US-based, FDA registered facility that specializes in medical adhesives.

There is a very, very low chance that during the degradation process, after the drop of adhesive has been dispensed from the bottle, a miniscule amount of formaldehyde ‘may’ be produced. This is true of all cyanoacrylate adhesives- including those used in the medical industry to close wounds without sutures. Please note that we teach our Lash Stylists to change the adhesive drop every 15 minutes and to discard the bottle every three months after opening. Having said this, if formaldehyde is released, the chance is very, very small and the amount is very, very minuscule.”

Do eyelash extension adhesives or eyelash extension applications cause infections?
“Infections are caused by pathogens: infectious microorganisms such as bacterias, viruses, fungus/yeast, and parasites. Xtreme Lashes adhesives are developed under strict sanitary and hygienic conditions. Additionally, our Lash Stylists are trained to perform safe, sanitary, and hygienic application techniques, using single-use disposable application products to prevent contamination and the spread of infectious organisms from one person to another through cross-contamination.

The only application tools that are NOT disposable are the tweezers, scissors, and adhesive trays which can be disinfected and sanitized with solutions such as Barbicide®. Furthermore, we train our Lash Stylists to segment lash extensions from lash trays, using designated clean scissors, and to apply the lash segments to a clean and single-use disposable sponge prior to the application to prevent cross-contamination.”

In addition to the information above, please feel free to post this link of our Health and Safety page on our website for additional information on this matter:
http://www.xtremelashes.com/NC_eyelash_extensions_health_safety.aspx

Schedule your appointment today at one of our EyeDeux studios located in Virginia Beach and Yorktown, Virginia.

Closer look at a Volume ReLash

The following pictures were taken to show that when applied correctly, the natural lashes will still grow with the extensions attached. During a relash/fill appointment, your trained/certified/licensed technician will GENTLY remove the old extensions and apply new ones.

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This was taken during a volume ReLash appointment. The client had a 2D removed and replaced with a new 2D. (2D means two extensions attached to one natural lash, this was done using .07 diameter extensions)

If you’re in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, schedule an appointment at EyeDeux and experience the fullness of Volume Lashes!