Eyelash extension, Microblading, Brazilian Sugaring in New York City:
Origins, practices and the best services
Eyelash extensions have been utilized to increase the length, curliness, beauty, elegance fullness, and thickness of ordinary eyelashes. The extensions may be made from many materials including mink, artificial or synthetic, or human hair. The main method of applying the extensions on is by using adhesive glue to individually sticking them to the eyelashes one-by-one. This prevents eyelashes from banding together. False eyelashes and eyelash extensions are not the same.
What are eyelash extensions?
They are professionally applied, one on each natural lash, with a semi-permanent glue meant to hold them in place for several weeks. Extensions bewitch your lashes with the length and volume that nature didn’t see fit to give you (and beyond what multiple coats of mascara and a lash curler could), but at a length your face deserves.
Where should you get them?
Other than personal recommendations from friends, reviews and client photos posted on sites like Yelp and Instagram are invaluable for offering insight into both the quality of service and the style of lashes a company provides.
Monica Moyet owns Glambodysugaring, an eyelash extension salon based in New York City, Ridgewood, Queens and Long Island offering Great Neck Brazilin Sugaring. Her star-studded client base includes movie stars and renown politicians.
Types of lashes
There are two types of lashes: false eyelashes and semi-permanent eyelash which extensions both enhance the length, beauty and volume of eyelashes, although they differ in various ways.
Temporary false lashes
Temporary false lashes are applied with temporary lash glue, and are not designed to be worn when showering, sleeping or swimming.
Semi-permanent lashes, also known as individual eyelash extensions, are eyelashes applied with an adhesive which is usually cyanoacrylate. There are different types of cyanoacrylates including ethyl, methyl, butyl, and octyl, which is designed for bonding to different surfaces. Lash adhesives are made from methyl-2-cyanoacrylate which is designed to bond a smooth surface (the eyelash extension) to a porous surface (the natural eyelash). It is designed to be used around the eyes and on the natural lashes, but not on the skin which can cause irritation.
Semi-permanent ones are applied by hand one lash at a time by a technician who glues extensions on top of your actual lashes, according to Monica Moyet, a New York City-based eyelash extension technician with more than 10 years of experience. They can last for six to eight weeks with proper care and remain on your natural lashes until they naturally fall out, as all lashes do.
Why you may need eyelash extensions?
1. It’s a very luxurious process.
Really—it’s enjoyable. You lie down in a bed and close your eyes for an hour and a half while calming music plays in the background and a technician attaches little feathery nothings to your lashes.
2. Every lash extension experience is customizable.
When you're done, you will not end up looking like you just got a permanent strip lash attached to your lid. First, you can choose the length. Most salons will carry extension lengths from 9 to 15mm (or, from natural to Kardashian length). The sweet spot for most is 10-12.
3. Eyelash extensions last longer than you think.
With proper care, I can get my extensions to last up to a month and a half. Most places recommend you come back every 2-3 weeks for a touch up, but if you’re looking to save a bit of money, you can prolong their lifespan.
4. Yes, you can wear makeup with them.
If you can't stand the thought of ditching your smoky eye, don't worry, you don't have to. Only liquid-based eye products can be damaging to the extensions, but you can get away with a tiny wing of liquid liner as long as you're not dragging it along the lash line.
5. Extensions can ruin your eyelashes—but they don’t have to.
That is, if you don’t play by the rules. I am one of the many people who have made the mistake of pulling out the extensions myself–not only is it extremely painful but it leaves you with few to no natural eyelashes left.
6. The only way to get rid of them is to get them professionally removed or have them fall out naturally.
Having the extensions removed is as easy as having them put on–painless and relatively quick. Every salon will have this service available. If you're not looking to spend any more money, however, the extensions do fall out with the natural shedding of your lashes. This is a much slower process, but it is $free.99, so there's that.
Eyelash extensions aren't a one-size-fits-all-eyes situation. After you decide to get extensions, you have to make a whole lot of other decisions, beginning with the lash material, such as mink, silk, or some other kind of synthetic.
To complicate things even more, every place offers different lash and application options, so your best bet is to show your technician a photo of the look you want, and talk through options and costs.
The longer the extensions, the more lashes you'll probably need. Super-long lashes appear to spread as they extend away from your lid, which can make them look less full than your natural lashes.
You have to lay low for at least 12 hours after application. Most technicians will tell you not to sweat, cry, swim, or wash your face for at least 12 hours after getting extensions to give the glue a chance to dry.
Extensions are expensive and time-consuming to maintain. While extensions are typically dramatic enough to give you the same effect as mascara, which isn't recommended for use on top of extensions because it can damage them, don't kid yourself into thinking extensions will save you money on makeup in the long run.
Extensions make everyday eye makeup pretty much unnecessary. When I first got extensions, I knew they'd stand in for mascara, but didn't realize that the base of each extension would create the illusion of eyeliner too.
They get in the way when you do want to wear eyeliner (or remove it). When special occasions have called for more of a dramatic makeup look, I've found it incredibly difficult to apply basic eyeliner.
Daily maintenance isn't entirely effortless. Lashes can get tousled when you sleep or get them wet, which makes them look messy, and they can also pick up debris. So, it's important to gently brush your lashes with a clean, disposable mascara wand when you wake up, after you shower, and at the end of the day.
After you get extensions, your natural lashes will always seem much shorter to you. Akai says extensions shouldn't cause lash breakage, so long as your technician doesn't overload fragile lashes with extensions that are too heavy.
No one knows whether frequent application eyelash extensions cause permanent damage. When I asked Dr. Al-Mohtaseb about this, she didn't exactly reassure me.
You'll probably be addicted to extensions despite the cost/inconvenience/icky risks. The last time I got my extensions touched up, I had to see two doctors, buy antibiotic eye drops, deal with a week's worth of itchy eyes, and work from home for two days to avoid spreading my infection.
To begin, you’ll lie down on your back and get comfortable. Your bottom lashes will be shielded with under-eye pads, stickers or tape. Prepare for your eyes to remain closed for the entire application, as your technician delicately affixes each extension with tweezers.
It may take a few minutes to adjust to the knowledge that a pointed metal object is moving so close to your eyeball, but the procedure is gentle enough that, if you’re like me, you might very well find yourself dozing off. I’m usually awakened by the breeze of a small fan the technician points at my lashes to help dry the adhesive as the service wraps up.
The care and keeping of lash extensions
After your appointment, don’t let your extensions get wet for the next 24 hours, so that the glue can dry completely. Steer clear of humid environments like saunas, too. I once made the mistake of running a 10-K on a steamy summer morning right after an evening lash application, and I remember wiping my sweaty face with my hand and finding three or four fugitive extensions on my palm.
To preserve your extensions, keep them clean and gently detangle them with a pristine mascara wand or spoolie brush every day. You can wear eye makeup, but accept that oils and oil-based makeup remover are your lashes’ worst enemy, because they break down the adhesive. When it comes to mascara specifically, the experts suggest skipping it.
What ophthalmologists want you to know
Among the medical concerns associated with eyelash extensions are the possibilities of trauma to and infection of the eyelid or the cornea, permanent or temporary loss of the eyelashes, and allergic reactions to the glues, some of which have historically contained formaldehyde. (Like other cosmetics, eyelash adhesives are not subject to F.D.A. approval.)
If you’re interested in lash extensions, and your eyes and eyelids are otherwise healthy, Dr. Taylor, the ophthalmologist, recommends asking about the contents of any glue before it’s applied near your eyes and even requesting that your technician first do a spot test on the inside of your wrist.
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