Taking Care of Your Lash Extensions

Taking Care of Your Lash Extensions

Taking care of your lashes is extremely important. With proper care, you will have beautiful, longer lasting lash extensions. In todays blog we will go over a few tips to keep your lashes clean and full, what products are safe for your lashes, and what to avoid. As well as some facts about what can happen when you don’t properly care for your lashes.

At your lash appointment your lash tech should give you an aftercare kit at the end of your appointment, it should include a lash brush and lash cleanser. Other things you may see include lash serums and instruction pamphlets. After your appointment you should avoid getting any water on your lashes for at LEAST 24 hours, this means avoiding pools and steam rooms. This will allow the adhesive to fully dry so your lashes can last unit your next fill. If you swim in chlorine pools or in the ocean, remember to rinse off under a quick fresh water shower.

One of the most important things you need to do to take care of your lashes, is cleanse them. Make sure to avoid any products containing oil as this will break down the adhesive. You should be able to purchase a cleanser though your lash tech or salon. Our most popular cleanser is called Fresh Start, its oil free and works best to cleanse and extend the life of your lash extensions. We also carry Fresh Start in a gentle formula; for those with sensitive eyes and skin, this is the perfect alternative. We recommend you use this daily. Start by dampening you face with water, then add a pump or two of the Fresh Start cleanser in your hands and gently wash your extensions and eye area. Then thoroughly rinse with water and gently tap dry your eyes and extensions. Keep your eyes closed while product is on your face to avoid getting the cleanser in your eyes. This is the best way to keep your lashes clean and beautiful.

Here is link to buy our London Brows Fresh Start cleanser, and the Fresh Start Gentle. https://londonbrows.com/shop-lashes/

You will need to brush your lashes at least once a day, this is important to keep lashes from sticking together and to remove lashes that have naturally shed during your lash shedding cycle. After removing all makeup and debris from your face gently brush your lashes. For best results take your brush and start at the base of your lashes and softly brush up through the tip of your lash extensions. Make sure to take your time and fully brush though all of your extensions to get the best results. Another important tip is to make sure you use a clean brush on your lashes, a dirty lash brush can spread bacteria and germs. ALWAYS brush your lashes when they are dry as wet lashes are heavier, and can lead to more lash extension loss.   

Another important step is to make sure you get regular fills. This is when you go back to your lash artist a few weeks after your initial visit so they can touch up your lashes. At this appointment they will add the lashes that have naturally shed since your first appointment. We recommend getting a fill every 2 weeks. This is important, because your lashes naturally shed and when that happens the extensions will shed with your natural lashes. We lose 3-5 natural lashes per day. this means you will lose 45-70 natural lashes in 2 weeks. Along with proper care, regular fills will help keep your lashes looking full and beautiful.

As you can see it is very important to clean and maintain your lashes, unfortunately there are some scary things that can happen if you don’t properly care for your lashes. Blepharitis is a condition you can get from not taking proper care of your lash extensions. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid that affects the eyelashes and can impact tear production. This occurs when the small oil glands in your inner eyelid become inflamed. Symptoms to look out for include red eyes, irritated eyes, itchy eyes, a burning or stinging sensation, a gritty feeling like somethings stuck in your eye. If you have any of these symptoms its recommended you see a doctor immediately. Unfortunately there is no cure for this disease, although it can be treated. We believe the best way is to avoid it all together by taking the time to properly care for your lash extensions.

Lash extensions have been an up and coming trend lately, they provide you with beautiful, fuller looking lash line. As long as you properly care for your extensions and get regular fills your lashes will last as long as you’d like to keep them.

Below is a picture of Blepharitis and the bug mites that create the damage to your eye.

Posted: May 1, 2019 By: Comment: 0

Adhesive Sensitivity and Our Solution

So as I sit at the airport at 2am in the morning, I get the chance to write my clients lash extension journey. This gorgeous woman walked into my salon the first time to get a Microblading appointment on 9/22/2018. She took one look at Penny whose set of lashes I had just completed, and fell in love. She asked if I could give her a set of lashes as well and I said yes! 

After advising her that I had to first remove her brows in order to redesign the shape, we used the time to give her her first set of lash extensions. We were both super happy with them, and she went home a happy camper. 

I got a text from her that evening saying her eyes were bloodshot and almost swollen shut. I asked her to come in the next day so I could remove them. She loved those extensions so much that she said she would try tough it out and see if it got better. Her eyes remained swollen, both upper and lids for 3 days, as per the photos. After 3 days she said she felt much better and loved the look of her lashes. Who can argue with that? She booked another appointment 2 weeks later. 

This time I decided to use my Saran Wrap method, that’s also on this blog, that’s usually a problem solver for me. I also misted frequently throughout the appointment. Initially we both thought YES it’s worked, but by that afternoon she was swollen again with bloodshot eyes. We texted back and forth and she once again decided to tough it out. This lasted 2 days this time around, and she was happy that they finally went down sooner than the last appointment. 

I then advised her to use Benadryl before her appointment. She used the liquid capsules as they are fast acting. As the Saran method had not worked previously I decided to work without this method. Instead I misted her throughout the appointment, and after I was done, she went to the basin and washed her lashes with Fresh Start. I told her retention may not be optimum but I wanted a solution. Yet again, this did not help. Her eyes were swollen and red for 2 days. 

I asked her to add Flonase at this stage before her appointment, along with the Benadryl. We also decided to add eye drops to coat the eye while I worked. She places these drops in her eyes just before I start placing her eyes pads under her eyes. I continued to mist her throughout her appointment. We also decided that we were going to do mini fills (1/2 hour) and lash each eye for 15 minutes and be done! This strategy was after 2 months of adverse reactions and we needed something to change. I will also say that she came to her appointments on Fridays so she could hid from the world while her eyes looked like this on the weekends. 

She went home after the mini appointment and had little adverse reaction. We continued to do mini fills each week for 6 weeks, until finally her eyes were completely clear after each appointment and she didn’t have a reaction after getting home. At this stage I advised her that maybe we should attempt an hour long fill again. We started hour long fills a month ago, and she has had NO reaction! Hallelujah! 

We continue to follow our regime. Benadryl capsules and Flonase before each appointment. Eyes drops (see photo) into her eyes before I start lashing. I also only place one pad on her eyes at a time. When I’m done with the eye, I mist like crazy, and she holds the lashed eyelid down, while I place the pad on the other eye and start to lash it. Time and patience on this clients part has worked miracles lash relationship! I love her and so happy this has worked out for us. It has been a 6 month journey to get to where we are now, and we will continue with our established protocols. 

Now for the products I use during this process!

I did not use the Sensi Addy as the retention is not good, but many lash artists have had success using this product. Instead I stuck to our amazing Clear adhesive and we have finally overcome her sensitivity issues. 

Posted: April 7, 2019 By: Comment: 0

Plasma Fusion/ Lift Training and Services at London Brows

I am beyond excited to be able to offer the worlds BEST machine for Plasma Lift in the USA. The difference between the other machines sold in the USA and our Ecuri machine is visible to the eye.

  1. Plasma pens in the USA makes 4mm dots on the skin. Our pen will make a 0.1mm dot!
  2. Our pen will reach the dermal layer which will give a better result every time.

We can treat the whole face, pigmentation, couperose and warts. This pen can also be used on the body, such as stretch marks and flabby arms.

Read more about this amazing service here

https://en.ecuri.com/plasma-pro-lift/

If you are interested in training write to us at admin@londonbrows.com

 

Posted: October 26, 2018 By: Comment: 0

BROWN is the NEW Black in Eye Lash Extensions.

I have been using London Brows Brown lashes in 0.05 C curl for months now. When I am working on my regular clients lashes, I ask them if they would like me to create a balayage effect in their lashes. ALL except 2 have said YES! They absolutely have fallen in love with the look that is created for them.  I mix in half black and half brown lashes while I am working. This helps to create a super natural look. I use longer D curl black lashes in 0.03 to create some major fluff, and then go back and I add in shorter lengths of the C 0.05 brown, to create a staggered, fluffy full look. Everyone of my clients are in love with this look.

I also love to do full sets of brown lashes on my lighter haired clients. Its really hard to see the brown until you get out into the sunlight. These brown lashes will be perfect for the Fall and Winter seasons.

Why not offer your clients something new and up your lash game? It will make YOU look like the lash guru and your clients will appreciate YOU even more!!

London Brows 0.05 Colored & 0.07 Ombre Colored Lashes

 

Posted: August 27, 2018 By: Comment: 1

NEW 5ml Size ADDY Bottles available Mid July 2018

We have decided after many requests that we will now offer 5ml bottles of ADDY. These will be perfect for those lash artists who do not lash continuously, and don’t need a large bottle of adhesive. They will also be perfect for those of you, who like me throw away their bottles each month, ensuring that we are offering our clients the freshest adhesive possible. The 5ml bottles will be available in all 4 of the adhesives and hopefully this will make your lash lives easier.Thank you ladies for your continued support.

Posted: July 6, 2018 By: Comment: 2

Working with Sensitive Eyes Using Saran Wrap

This is the method I use to work with clients who have reacted or have sensitivities to adhesive with great success. Yes I can hear some of you shaking your head and saying ‘I will never do this to my client’. Well our ophthalmologist client says this method has her approval, as we use this method on her as well.

In the 4 years I have used this method I have never had ONE problem with infection with the clients.

I videoed this using a grey blanket so you could see what I was doing. I would normally use a dental bib to prepare my pads and santize everything that I am using to prepare these pads.

Posted: May 29, 2018 By: Comment: 0

The Discovery of Clear Adhesive in the Lash Industry.

We at London Brows have been selling CLEAR adhesive now for over 3 years, and were the FIRST in the industry to do so. Why? I stumbled across the amazing potential of the clear adhesive while I worked with brow extensions. Yes, brow extensions were a thing! Right?

One day I asked a regular client of mine who had the worst retention on the planet, to be my model for an experimental colored lash set I wanted to try. She had very oily skin and she had an appointment every week with me. Now because the lashes were colored I didn’t want to use my normal black lash adhesive and decided to try the clear adhesive I used for brow extensions. I didn’t realize that I was about to stumble onto something NO ONE in the lash industry had even tried.

The client went away with her gorgeous colored lash set and I fully excepted to see her the following week again. After 3 weeks I was worried and called her and asked if she was ill? She told me that she still had almost the full set of lashes and didn’t need a fill yet. I was blown away when she came in after 4 weeks to get her lashes filled again. I was excited and couldn’t wait to share what I had learned.

So I got onto suppliers I knew and begged them to make me a clear adhesive for Lashes! I met with a lot of resistance as the lash industry used cyanoacrylate with added carbon, and this was the way it had been done for 10 years. Finally I found someone that agreed to help me create an adhesive that I would be happy with using. I learned a lot about chemistry during this time. BTW chemistry was my most hated subject at school, but I had to suck it up and really study the properties of the different cyanoacrylates.

Clear ADDY is superior in every way to an adhesive that contains carbon black. Carbon black interferes with the bonding properties of the cyanoacrylate, so retention will always be better using the clear ADDY. Because the clear has less ingredients it also has less irritants and less fumes, which make it ideal for sensitive eyes. We have used it successfully with many clients who were no longer able to wear lash extensions.

All the staff in our salon ONLY use Clear ADDY as they love the fact that there are less fumes and the retention is amazing. Have you tried it? We now have sample size bottles for high and low humidities for only $10.

Posted: April 14, 2018 By: Comment: 0

Things to know before microblading your eyebrows

Seattle’s premier brow artist, Kim Filion, explains the ins and outs of the procedure

A few years back it was all about lashes. While lash extensions are still riding the popularity train, we’re now seeing eyebrow microblading sweep the nation. This is an exciting new service to offer clients and for the public to enjoy, however there are some very real issues to consider before taking the plunge.

THE RISE OF MICROBLADING EYEBROWS

Just where did our obsession with eyebrows come from? The eyebrows, also known as the ‘frame to our eyes’, have played a vital role in our appearance. With each decade we’ve seen the styles change, from big and bushy in the 80s to pencil thin in the 90s and a more natural vibe in the 2000s.

With the rise of social media and the ‘selfie,’ it was no wonder that ‘brows on fleek’ became the slang term to use. And, what about those ‘Instagram Eyebrows?’

While ‘Instagram Eyebrows’ took a huge amount of time to draw on each morning, there was a new technique that would allow women to wake up with their brows ‘on fleek.’ Welcome, microblading!

Microblading originally came from Asia but made it’s big debut in the US in 2015. It involves an embroidery of small, precise strokes that mimic the effect of real hairs, and uses a special microblading pen to individually draw on the strokes – creating a very natural effect. This procedure is semi-permanent and can completely transform the eyes and face!

THE DO’s AND DON’Ts OF MICROBLADING

Microblading eyebrows is an incredible new procedure that offers a host of benefits that can really make a big difference in your appearance. However, it is a medical procedure that should not be taken lightly. A few tips to consider:

Research, Research, Research

This is probably the most important thing you can do before getting your eyebrows micro-bladed. There are many so-called professionals out there that are not licensed, are inexperienced, do not have good education or follow safety procedures.

Did you know that you can take a microblading course online and then go out and cut on people’s faces? Yes, it’s true. Others have watched how-to videos YouTube and promptly start performing the service on gullible clients.

Ask your technician where they were educated as well as certificates and licenses. How long have they been performing this procedure?

Kim Filion, owner of London Brows & Lashes, has trained in-person with the best-of-the-best in permanent makeup. She has traveled abroad and spent over $30,000 in advanced training with internationally acclaimed tattoo expert, Rita Romo.

You should NEVER look for the cheapest ‘deal’ for a permanent procedure like microblading (i.e. Groupon or Social Living). You will get what you pay for and chances are, severely disappointed. When it comes to your face, always choose quality and experience over anything else.

Here are some examples of what could happen…

Be sure to look at their portfolio of work and ask for references. What is their level of expertise in brow shaping and color theory?

Your eyebrows are a major focal point of your face and the shape and color is crucial to the overall success of your microblading procedure.

Kim is an expert in brow shaping and created the Design-a-Brow mapping system that she teaches to students at London Brows & Lashes. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach and therefore each client receives individually shaped brows that best suits their specific features. In addition, Kim has developed her own style of microblading that incorporates the latest techniques in semi-permanent makeup, including ombre and color-wash.

“I love what I do but it is very scary to see what goes on in the industry,” says Kim. “I have seen clients come in with major scarring due to a technician not understanding the correct depth to use when microblading. What should have been a beautiful brow is now a permanent fixture on their face that cannot be removed unless they undergo laser treatment.”

Be sure to do your prep work
Once you decide that microblading is right for you, it’s imperative to follow all pre-procedure instructions.

  1. 3 days before the procedure:
    1. Avoid using exfoliators like any skincare products containing glycolic acid, Retin A, Renova, and alpha hydroxy acids, since they may inflame the skin.
    2. Do not take aspirin, green tea, vitamin E, or any herbs
  2. Two days before the procedure:
    1. No alcohol, caffeine or salty foods.
    2. Do no tweeze or wax your eyebrows.

Microblading is NOT for everybody. Organ transplant recipients may not receive permanent brow enhancement. Pregnant, nursing mothers or diabetics are also not candidates.

Other issues to consider

If you have oily skin, microblading is also probably not for you as the strokes will blur and disappear.  An alternative option would be to have the ombre technique applied to your brows which gives a soft, feathery powdered effect.

Microblading is problematic for people with couperose, which is the visible presence of capillaries, as they tend to bleed more.l

If you have Botox, the waiting period is two months before having the procedure.

A doctor’s note is required for the following:

  • if you take blood thinners. The note must have the doctor’s approval for the procedure and permission to stop your blood thinner for 3 days prior to procedure.
  • if you take aspirin daily, you will need a note to stop taking aspirin 24 hours prior to procedure.
  • if you had surgery of any kind within the past 6 months, or will have over the next 6 months.

Be diligent about post-care after treatment

You are just as much in charge of the end results as your technician. If you don’t follow post-procedure recommendations you can significantly change the outcome.

First of all, you should be aware that microblading involves the initial treatment and then one or two follow-up visits to perfect the brow color and/or shape.

After the initial procedure, your brows will be much larger and darker. They will be about 30% lighter at the end of the healing process. With that said, you might not want to plan any major social events for the first 7-10 days while your brows heal and the outer layer of skin exfoliates.

That first week is when you should ‘baby’ the area as much as possible. Avoid washing with heavy duty cleaners but rather rinse with warm water and apply healing ointment regularly.

Avoid picking, peeling or scratching the area as this can pull the pigment and leave the area blotchy.

Other things to avoid during the 7-10 day healing period – swimming, tanning, direct sunlight, increased sweating and exercising.

If all goes well, you can expect beautiful semi-permanent eyebrows that will last for about 1-2 years before needing a touch-up.

If you’re interested in booking a microblading session with Seattle’s leading brow experts, London Brows & Lashes, please book online at www.LondonBrows.com or call us at 425-780-9505.

 

Posted: February 28, 2017 By: Comment: 4

All about that Addy

All about that Addy
Everything you need to know about London Brows & Lashes Adhesives

One of the most common questions we get at London Brows & Lashes has to do with our adhesives – how to store it to, which addy to use on clients and everything in between. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about our adhesives.

The Basics

London Brows & Lashes has five different adhesives to choose from and are conveniently labeled with a user-friendly black, grey or white cap.

The black cap adhesives are made specifically for low humidity environments and come in both black and clear formula. On the flip-side, the grey cap adhesives are designed for high humidity. They also come in black or clear. And, our newest addition to the addy family is the sensitive adhesive that is labeled with a white cap.

  • Clear Adhesive
    Our clear adhesive is probably the most popular among lash artists and has garnered a cult following for its amazing retention and low irritation for clients. While it has a little bit of a learning curve, once you get the hang of it you’ll never use anything else!

    We offer both a high and low humidity option. The black cap (low humidity) favors between 18-40% humidity while the grey cap (high humidity) works best between 40-70%.

    Clear Addy Tips – Since there is no carbon in the formula, you only need to shake about 10 seconds before use. The addition of carbon is what interferes with retention which is why the clear addy excels above and beyond other adhesives.

    This addy works well for those that get irritated easily or have oily skin and lashes.

  • Black Adhesive
    The black adhesive is a basic that every lash artist has. It also comes in low and high humidity versions.

    The black cap (low humidity) is a fast drying product that relishes in a humidity between 28-53%. The grey cap (high humidity) works best at between 50-70%.

  • Sensitive Adhesive
    The sensitive adhesive is the newest offering by London Brows & Lashes. Like the clear adhesive, it also has no carbon which will reduce irritation significantly for clients. The big difference between the two addys is that the sensitive version has an even lower cyanoacrylate composition. While it does not have the same retention qualities of the other adhesives, it is a great alternative to those with low tolerance.

Choosing an Adhesive

Because working conditions are always changing, the best tip we give our clients is to utilize a hygrometer, a tool that measures humidity.  We keep both a black cap or grey cap bottle while we’re working and keep a close eye on the humidity reading. As the humidity changes, so does the addy we choose.

Q&A

How do I store my London Brows & Lashes adhesive?

Keep in a cool, dark area. Do no expose to a heater or steamer in working area. If you’re not going to be using it immediately, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months safely or in the freezer for up to one year.

It does NOT have to be refrigerated between uses.

How long does it last after opening?

On average, about two months from the time of opening. If it’s opened all day long and used on many clients, we suggest changing it out every month for maximum retention.

How long do you shake the adhesive before using?
Because of the carbon in the black adhesive, it must be shaken for about 20 seconds. The clear addy, only 10 seconds.

What application method to use with London Brows & Lashes adhesive?

Only glue rings should be used with our addy as it dries so quick. No glue dots or jade stone.

Does the addy need burping?
No, it does not need to be burped. Just make sure to clean the infuser well with a paper towel.

Does the adhesive need to be cured with a nano mister?
Our clients can use a fan or nano mister. The nano mister does a better job to absorb vapors from around the client’s eyes. Use it for about 15 seconds and about 20cm above the head.

How long before getting lashes wet?
Advise clients to wait a full 24 hours before getting lashes wet.

Is it normal to see little clear/white marks on the lashes when using the clear adhesive?
Yes, this is a sign that you have used too much glue.

Why are lashes falling off while brushing after application?
A few things to consider to troubleshoot the problem….

    1. Is the client having a lash shed? This is common during certain times of the year.
    2. Are you using a jade stone or glue dot? We advise using a glue ring.
    3. How long does it take you to get to natural lash? Our addy dries in 2 seconds so the lash could be dry before you try placing it. In this case, try adding a bead or two of the addy to slow the curing process down.
    4. Are you changing glue every 30 minutes?
    5. Have the lashes been prepped correctly? We suggest using Fresh Start to properly cleanse lashes before application.
    6. Do you know the humidity of your environment and have the right adhesive?

  • As always, if you’re still having trouble, please contact us as soon as possible so we can assist you.

Best,

The London Brows & Lashes Team

 

Posted: February 6, 2017 By: Comment: 2