At Cherry Lash, we’re all about the Lash Life. We’re not just here to provide lash extensions and other products and send you out the door – no, we want to educate you help you understand the true details that go into beautiful lashes that leave an impression.
For many of our clients, particularly those who are looking at eyelash services like ours for the first time or are just coming back after years away, knowing some basic lash lingo is important. This will help you keep up as we discuss your various options and the best products for you. Let’s go over some of the most common terms, plus some basics to know about them.
It’s vital to know about lash extensions, as these are becoming some of the most popular eyelash products out there. They’re durable and high-quality, and can last up to a month in most cases.
All lash extensions should be applied by professionals, who will use a high-grade adhesive to glue on each lash one-by-one. These extensions will go over your previous lash and give a natural, youthful look. The process generally tends to take two or three hours, with refills required every few weeks for basic maintenance and upkeep.
If you’re looking for simple false eyelashes that will be easy to replace if needed, strip lashes are the way to go. These are fairly affordable in most beauty stores, usually ranging as low as $5 for a set.
Strip lashes may come in a couple different adhesive formats. The most common is a peel-off adhesive, but strip or lash glue may also be used (more on this below). One advantage of strip lashes is that they do not require professional installation, but the trade-off here is that they don’t last anywhere near as long as lash extensions and may only be good for a day or two. These are perfect options for one-time use or a convenient lash upgrade when you need it.
For a middling option between lash extensions and strip lashes, cluster lashes are a good outlet. They are small fans of lashes, knotted at the base and applied with lash glue. They can last up to a week in many cases, and they’re not so expensive that you can’t afford to buy a pack weekly. Either professional or home application is acceptable for cluster lashes.
One caution here: Cluster lashes must be applied properly, or you risk pulling out your natural eyelashes. Lash glue is applied directly to skin here, as well, meaning these lashes are a bit higher-risk in terms of skin irritation.
There are two primary forms of lash glue:
- Semi-permanent glue: This is a high-grade adhesive that connects false lashes with natural ones. With the proper care, it can hold for weeks at a time. Only professionals like ours at Cherry Lash should deal with semi-permanent lash glue.
- Temporary glue: Used for cluster or strip lashes, temporary glue doesn’t actually glue lashes together, but rather places new ones on top of your old ones. This kind of glue is easy to buy and can be used by anyone, even without professional supervision. On the flip side, this glue is messier to apply and doesn’t last anywhere near as long.
For more on basic eyelash terms to know, or for information on any of our lash services, speak to the pros at Cherry Lash today.