Lash Out Loud!
Lash Out Loud's trained Lash Artist see the work of an unqualified professional several times a week. Many of us have had to repair the damage that has been done to a client. Please use this advice on how to choose who you trust with your eyelash extensions.
Don't opt for CHEAP WORK. Everyone wants a discount and yes, you can get a full set of eyelash extensions done for $50. But would you really want to? At this price, technicians have to speed through the procedure to maximize their time. This leads to poor quality work or shortcuts. If your technician is doing a full set in under two hours, and fills under an hour, you are getting cheated. This can mean one of two things, or probably both. She is either not giving you the maximum fullness you deserve, and stopping short leaving several lashes bare, without an extension attached. Or she is not isolating your lashes properly and adhering the extensions to several of your own lashes, resulting in clumps of glue. Also, beware if they tell you that you need to get all of your extensions removed and start over fresh. The reason for this is so much glue builds up overtime when using a bad technique that they can't get there tweezers through your lashes anymore because they are all clumped together. You should NEVER have to get a new full set if your lashes are being applied pronely. We are perfectionist and it takes us a full two hours to apply a full set, even with 3+ years experience. We believe you get what you pay for and therefore do not stop until all of your natural lashes have an extension attached properly.
Watch out for flares and clusters applied as shortcuts. These consist of attached groups of 3-8 blunt-end lashes, often with a knot at the end. These types of lash enhancements are designed to be applied to the skin using temporary lash adhesive for short term wearing. It has become known that some technicians are taking these lash groups and using a semi-permanent eyelash extension adhesive to adhere flares and individuals directly to natural lashes. Applying lashes in bundles will take significantly less time to achieve a full look rather than a single lash by lash application. However this is an unhealthy method for natural lashes. These bundled lashes are far too heavy for a single natural lash to support. If applied to one natural lash they can break the natural lash and inhibit future re-growth. Alternately, if they are applied to multiple natural lashes to properly support their heavy weight, multiple natural lashes will be adhered together. Since natural lashes grow at different rates, the flares will cause faster growing natural lashes to prematurely pull out slower growing lashes from the root since they are bonded together. This can result in permanent damage and lash baldness if done repeatedly.
Check for careless adhesion, like stated about this means 3-4 human lashes being clumped together. Again, this comes down to training and quality. Lashes applied properly should be adhered one by one. One small synthetic lash is attached to one natural lash. If several natural lashes are adhered together because the technician has not been trained to isolate a single natural lash or is being too quick or too careless to do so, it can cause pain and, in the end, damage to the natural lashes. The pain will be felt a day or two after application, as faster growing natural lashes begin to pull out a slower growing natural lash it is adhered to. While not significant pain (it can be equated to a small pin pricking sensation along the lash line), it is a sign that something was done incorrectly during the application. Properly applied eyelash extensions should be seen but not felt. There should be no discomfort during or after application. Both of the examples demonstrated in the photos above show the effect of many lashes being adhered together. Two single lashes adhered together may not be initially visible to you, but a trained stylist or technician will notice. Trained professionals not only isolate a single lash as they apply, but constantly check throughout the application to ensure that no lashes are adhering together as they dry. Here are some examples of poorly applied lash extensions...