LASH EXTENSIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
Eyelash Extensions are individual strands of synthetic fibers made to replicate a natural eyelash. When applied, eyelash extensions lengthen and thicken your own natural eyelashes. The single strands are applied to each individual eyelash, one by one. With proper application, lash extensions look and feel completely natural.
HOW LONG WILL A SET OF EYELASH EXTENSIONS LAST?
When applied by one of our professionals, eyelash extensions will last the length of the natural growth cycle of your own eyelashes. Depending on your activity and day-to-day routine, refills should only be required every 2 to 4 weeks.
ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS SAFE?
Riviera Spa only uses professional grade adhesive which never comes in contact with your skin. Synthetic eyelashes adhere about 1mm away from your skin.
HOW SOON CAN I WASH MY FACE AFTER THE EXTENSIONS ARE APPLIED?
The suggested time frame is 48 hours. For a guest with sensitivities, it is suggested to wash within the first 12 hours of application. Of course, it is always suggested to use an oil free face wash.
HOW DO I DRY MY EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
After cleansing your eyelashes, brush your extensions with a clean mascara wand and use a lint-free cloth to gently apply pressure to the top of your extensions while keeping your eyes closed. An even gentler option after brushing is to dry your extensions using a handheld fan. Using the fan to lightly blow air onto your extensions dries them in no time and helps to keep the shape! After fanning, don’t forget to brush again with a clean mascara wand.
IS THE PRODUCT FDA APPROVED? IS IT SAFE?
Currently, the FDA is not regulating eyelash extensions because the eyelash extensions are applied to the natural eyelash hairs and do not touch the skin. The application process is pain-free. Some clients consider the process relaxing and even sleep through the appointment.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO APPLY EYELASH EXTENSIONS AND HOW IS IT DONE?
The application process for lash extensions normally takes about 75-120 minutes for a full set of lashes and 45-60 minutes for a refill. You will lay comfortably in a specially designed chair with your eyes closed while relaxing ambient music is played in the background. During application, your lower lashes will be covered and the extensions will be applied only to your upper lashes one at a time.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE LOOK I WANT?
Your technician will consult with you to understand what type of style you are interested in and what look will work best with your natural lashes. The overall look of the lashes can range from very natural to very voluminous!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CHOOSE TO HAVE MY EYELASH EXTENSIONS REMOVED?
We do offer a service to have the extensions removed involving a short thirty-minute appointment in which we apply a gel remover. The gel remover is applied on top of the extensions without touching the skin and allowed to sit for 10 minutes. Once the adhesive is dissolved the extensions are gently wiped away with lint free applicators exposing the natural lashes.
WHAT SHOULD I DO PRIOR TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Try to arrive without any eye makeup and do not curl your lashes at all. However, if it’s not possible, we have all we need in the spa to get you prepped for your eyelash extension service! Just make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes early so that you have enough time to remove your eye makeup without cutting into your session time. If you wear contacts, please bring a contact case as your contacts will need to be taken out before the application process can begin.
CAN YOU APPLY EYELASH EXTENSIONS TO BOTTOM LASHES?
ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS SAFE? EVEN FOR CONTACT WEARERS?
Yes, eyelash extensions are safe, hypoallergenic and waterproof. They are also safe for contact lens wearers. We recommend removing contacts prior to your lash service.
DO EYELASH EXTENSIONS HURT?
No, there is no pain. Your eyes are kept closed as you recline and relax at our spa.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE APPOINTMENT?
You will be comfortably reclined with your eyes closed while our certified lash stylist applies Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions one at a time to your natural lashes. There is no discomfort or pain involved in the procedure. In fact, most clients find it so relaxing and comfortable that they fall asleep. Feel free to bring an iPod and headphones.
IS THE PROCEDURE GENERALLY CONSIDERED SAFE?
When applied by a properly trained and certified stylist who uses quality products, then yes. One note of caution: We hear countless stories of individuals who go to an untrained lash technician because the cost is low. They receive a substandard set of lashes that are clumpy, painful and often damaging to their real lashes. A proper application of lashes is not painful during or after the procedure. Eyelash extensions application is a process that takes time and skill. If the cost is cheap or the session time is rushed, you should question the training of the technician as well the quality of the product. Furthermore, beware of places that offer tabbing, which is a short-cut process that initially looks the same but takes a lot less time to apply and can put stress on your real lashes, potentially damaging them.
DO LASH EXTENSIONS CAUSE YOUR LASHES TO FALL OUT?
The application of lash extensions will not cause future hair loss, nor will it cause eyelashes to fall out. However, if you pull them out you are pulling out your natural lashes as well. Remember that your natural lashes have their own life cycle of falling and growing – like the hair found elsewhere on your body. It’s much harder to notice small lashes falling out, but when attached to a thicker, longer lash it’s hard not to notice. Of course, once the eyelash extensions are removed, your own eyes may appear smaller, your natural lashes, shorter and sparser because you’ve been accustomed to a full set of longer, thicker lashes. Some use extensions for special occasions, others are addicted for life.
WHAT ARE THE LASHES MADE OF?
Our commitment to quality means that we will only the best lashes and adhesives on the market. Our Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions are crafted from hypoallergenic, synthetic polyester. Furthermore, we use the highest quality, formaldehyde-free adhesives on the market, because you’re eyes deserve the best!
WHY WOULD YOU WANT SYNTHETIC OVER REAL HAIR EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
Synthetic lashes respond better to wear and tear than other materials such as mink hair. In addition, synthetics have the least possible chance of allergic reactions with human skin. Testing has shown that there are higher percentages of people who will have adverse reactions to contact with lash extensions from animal hairs such as mink.
DO I STILL NEED MASCARA?
No, you don’t need mascara. You save time and still look camera ready day or night. If you want mascara, we recommend you use an oil-free mascara and only apply it on the tips of the extensions, not from the base to tip as the adhesive bond could loosen.
CAN I STILL WEAR EYELINER OR EYE SHADOW?
Yes, however please exercise care when removing. Utilize Q-tips or oil-free makeup remover cloths. Do not use any oil-based eye makeup remover.
ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?
Yes, eyelash extensions are perfectly safe for a pregnant woman. However, your eyelash extension technician will need to use a specialised ‘ sensitive’ adhesive for the application.
WHAT IF THE LASH BECOMES DISLODGED?
Do not pull on the lash. You can remove the individual lash by dipping a Q-tip into baby oil and letting it soak into the lash. You should remove this lash easily. If more than one lash becomes dislodged, please contact us.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEARING LASH EXTENSIONS?
Some choose to get eyelash extensions: (1) to lengthen their natural lashes, (2) to make their lashes look fuller, (3) to darken their existing eyelashes. Ultimately, eyelash extensions help create the appearance of a brighter, more open and rested eye, thereby creating a more youthful and rejuvenated look!
One of the biggest advantages of lash extensions is how much time you can save during your beauty regimen. Lash extensions allow you to spend less time with makeup; mascara is certainly no longer necessary. Because our lashes are bigger at the base, they create the same effect as eyeliner so that step can be avoided as well. They are also waterproof; you can have the look of mascara whether you’re at the beach, at the pool or showering. Overall, our eyelash extensions will give you the appearance of having put significant effort into your eye makeup when, in reality, you spent no time at all. No application of mascara or eyeliner means less time getting ready. The added benefit is that you can look beautiful at all hours of your day. You can look and feel spectacular from the moment you wake up and all whilst you are sleeping, with little to no effort.
ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS ADDICTIVE?
You may fall in love with looking at yourself in the mirror, however, the eyelash extensions themselves DO NOT contain additives that are addictive.
LASH EXTENSIONS AFTERCARE AND MAINTENANCE
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LASH EXTENSIONS:
Do not get your eyelashes wet for the first two hours.
Do not use a spa, sauna or pool for the first 24 hours. The extensions need
that amount of time to properly bond. Avoid pulling or rubbing your eyes.
Do not use eyelash curlers with your extensions. With proper application,
you will not need them. ONLY use oil-free makeup remover.
Proper hygiene is very important. Please keep lashes clean by regular washing.
Use only mascaras that are safe for eyelash extensions, no oil-based or waterproof mascaras.
Only apply mascara to the tips of your lashes. After showering, avoid rubbing lashes –
it’s best to blot them with a towel and let them air dry. You can also dry the lashes by using
a hair dryer on the cool setting and blowing them dry from the bottom up.
Use care when applying facial and eye creams to avoid the lash
line. Too many oil-based products can break down the adhesive.
Riviera Spa recommends touch-up appointments every two to four
weeks to maintain your new eyelash extensions.