a series dedicated to Loving Your Lashes this February
When I thought about what it takes to truly, madly deeply love your lashes, one word came to mind: relationship. Let’s be honest — it IS a relationship! This month, we will dive into four main stages of a relationship and what it means to your lashes.
Finding “The One” for your lashes
We all want it, we are all searching for the one. The one that gives us everything we need to fall in love. In the same way you are super picky about finding the love of your life, you should be that picky about finding your lash stylist! A good lash stylist can make or break your experience with eyelash extensions. And a good lash stylist can be hard to find! Think about a first date; you buy a new dress, and spend hours getting ready, right? You want to make a good first impression. The same goes for the stylist, or should go. So if you are having second thoughts after the consultation, it is best to just end it there. If not, continue with your lashes. After your appointment you wake up a new woman … and you can’t stop smiling. You think you are in love.
And we all know the routine, after a few dates, the lustre wears off and the true colors come out. We thought we were destined for love but our lashes keep twisting a turning, never quite looking like they did the first time. You try everything you can think of to make it work, you even make excuses for why it can’t be the end of the relationship, but the truth is …. your lashes are not meant to be with an under qualified lash stylist.
Mrs. Right vs Ms. Right Now
Think of me as your big sister (I’ve never been one before so lets pretend) – I’m just trying to save you from going down a path that you will later regret. You don’t want to look back one day and be embarrassed of your judgement … I can not believe you went out with…
Just because you woke up and decided you wanted to get lashes today – DOES NOT mean you should go to the first place that has an opening! It matters where you go to get your lash extensions. There, I SAID IT. I know its not what you want to hear but here is why it matters where you go and what you should look for.
- If a stylist recognizes that education is the foundation of their craft, they will have invested in countless hours of training. The lash industry is ever changing and it is important for a stylist to stay up to date with all the new techniques and products. (And just like kissing, this is not something that can be self taught)
- Eyelash Extensions are an art. A very specific art that you can only be good at if you do lashes all the time. It is important to find a lash stylist that has had plenty of experience applying lashes.
- This also comes from training and experience but design is one of the most common problems I see with eyelash extensions. Knowing how to create a flattering eye shape that complements your face vs doing a cat eye that makes your eyes look droopy is something you should want your lash stylist to know. (Who wants to look worse not better??)
- Length, Thickness and Placement are topics I could write a book on but what you must know is this is how a stylist can ruin your lashes. I know there is a lot of information on the internet that says lash extensions don’t ruin your natural lashes and equally as many articles saying it definitely does ruin your lashes. Are you ready for the truth?? It can. If lashes are inappropriately applied they can damage your natural lashes. If the extensions are too long, too thick or improperly placed onto the natural lash – you can, and will, have damage. For more information on bad lashes, please visit our LASH REHAB page.
- The laws of the universe apply – you get what you pay for. Quality matters. It matters down to the products used on your eye. Quality products reduce the risk of having a reaction, more natural looking results, and ultimately a better feel and longevity.
Lets get real — do you really want someone who was just digging out toe funk to be messing with your eyes?? Would you really just say, hey – I think you could totally cut my hair to look like Jennifer Aniston to a SportsClips hair dresser? Would you really go on a date with the teenage pizza guy? NO. You don’t want any part of that. Then WHY would you be ok doing that with your lashes?
It is so important that you find a lash stylist that takes your eyes (you’ve only got two of ’em) and your love for lashes as seriously as you do. After all, you’re in this for the long haul. Ask questions, get to know your stylist and like they say, “you just know when you know” about finding THE ONE.
Next week we will tackle the commitment phase — deep breaths — it will be ok in the end.