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Care Areas for Long-Lasting Eyelash Extensions

When it comes to eyelash extensions, one of the top factors for those purchasing them is how long they’ll last. No one wants to spend money on false eyelashes only for them to last just a couple days before falling off or losing their desired appearance, after all.

At Cherry Lash, we only offer the highest-quality lashes no matter which look you’re going for – dramatic, makeup, natural or others. But did you know that getting lasting quality out of your lashes is something you have a level of control over as well? This two-part blog will examine several of the errors you should avoid when it comes to lash extension care – areas that, if you take the proper approach, will bring you beautiful, long-lasting lashes.

Sleeping Concerns

One of the top questions we get is regarding how to care for eyelash extensions during sleep periods. The answer depends on a few things, but most important is the style of sleeper you fit into.

For those who sleep primarily on their back, care for lash extensions tends to be fairly simple. You may not require any specific care at all, or you may choose a molded pillow that ensures the lashes won’t be touched if your head rolls to one side or the other. If you sleep on either side or on your stomach, however, things will be a bit more complex. If you favor one side or the other, you may lose more lashes on that side. In these cases, you may choose a sleep mask or a similar device that protects your lashes at all times.

Lack of Cleansing

A top care area for eyelash extensions is cleansing them, a process that should be done daily, especially immediately after they are put in place. You may think cleansing is only for skin health and related areas, but it actually plays a big role in lashes staying in place for optimal periods of time; cleansers help reduce the presence of natural oils in the skin area, oils that don’t mix very well with lash adhesives and may wear them down over time.

By using cleanser, you limit these oils from loosening your lashes. It’s important to note that these oils will be produced by your skin even if you don’t wear makeup, so cleansing is necessary regardless.

Eyelash Fill Gaps

Every several weeks or so, you’ll have to come into our offices to have your false eyelashes filled in. The average full set lasts about four weeks, but the real determinant here is how well you care for the lashes – and this can also have a big impact on your next cycle.

If you come into our salon for a full fill of your lashes, but you’ve cared for them poorly in recent weeks, there may not be enough time to complete this. This may cause your appointment to go from a full to a half fill, which will only offer you two weeks of average wear time. While it may take a few appointments to dial your schedule in here, try to consider this area when you schedule fill appointments. For more on how to get lasting effects out of your eyelash extensions, or to learn about any of our eyelash products or services, speak to the pros at Chery Lash today.

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Primer on Common Eyelash Extension Adhesive Materials

As your top eyelash experts in Las Vegas and Henderson, providing eyelash extensions to help you achieve a dramatic, makeup or natural look, we at Cherry Lash receive a lot of common questions. Perhaps the single most common, especially from those who have not had lash extensions installed in the past: How do lashes stick to my eyes?

The important terms to know here are adhesives and glue, interchangeable ways of describing a few different products that help bind lash extensions to your natural eyelashes. The base chemical used in the majority of these products is known as cyanoacrylate – let’s break down some important information on this element, plus some alternative options available and when you should consider them.

Understanding Cyanoacrylate

When it comes to the adhesive used most often, the eyelash extension world owes a debt of gratitude to what was actually an accidental scientific discovery. Back in 1951, two chemists were attempting to do an experiment involving this element related to light refraction, but quickly realized they had stumbled onto a new form of adhesive.

Today, cyanoacrylate remains the most common product used for eyelash adhesive needs. It does not dry, but rather cures in the presence of moisture – as it’s exposed to moisture, its molecules slow down and form polymer chains, which are extremely strong and tough to break. Cyanoacrylate can be mixed with several different additives to change its thickness, holding power, and the fumes that are released from it.

Cyanoacrylate Safety

A few important areas to consider in terms of safety around cyanoacrylate, which has a few misconceptions attached to it:

  • Formaldehyde: While it’s true that formaldehyde is used to produce cyanoacrylate, there’s a misconception regarding its continued presence. Formaldehyde gas is present during manufacturing, but dissipates completely before the process is finished and cannot be found, even in trace amounts, in the final product.
  • Medical grade: Cyanoacrylate is considered a medical grade product, a loose categorization. It’s made under very strict manufacturing conditions, and in a few specific types.
  • Safety: While formaldehyde is not a risk like some people think it is, cyanoacrylate may still release certain mildly harmful fumes or chemicals. Speak to your trained lash artist about a proper ventilation system and ensuring you’re safe here.

Other Options

There are alternatives to cyanoacrylate – here they are, plus some situations where you might use them:

  • Sensitive adhesive: Some people might have a reaction to certain adhesive formats. In these cases, sensitive versions that use lower cyanoacrylate fumes can be used to prevent irritation for people with dry or sensitive eyes. These are not for people with a true allergy to cyanoacrylate, though – your lash artist can suggest alternatives here if so.
  • Clear adhesives: A cyanoacrylate base with some differing additional properties, excluding carbon black.
  • Latex-free adhesives: Some cyanoacrylate adhesives will have latex, but there are options that do not if you’re allergic to it.

For more on lash adhesives, or to learn about any of our eyelash extension or care services, speak to the staff at Cherry Lash today.

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Avoiding Safety Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Eyelash Artists

At Cherry Lash, we’re proud to provide high-quality eyelash extensions and other eyelash products. Whether you’re going for a dramatic look, natural feel or any other style, our professionals are here to help with method that are both stylish and completely safe.

This last element – safety – is one we take very seriously. The minor risks associated with eyelash care may not seem like much of a concern, and they aren’t – so long as you’re working with reputable eyelash professionals who know the proper steps to take here. Let’s go over a few of the mistakes inexperienced lash pros might make, plus how we avoid them while providing you with lash extensions.

Irritation

When applied properly, lash extensions should allow natural lashes to grow in their normal way and without any pain. If improperly applied, however, they can stick together and cause a “pulling” feeling, either during blinking or constantly.

Generally, this comes down to how much lash glue was used by your eyelash artist. Too much glue will stick lashes together at the bases, which can break lashes and lead to long-term issues. Our artists will end every treatment by brushing your lashes to make sure they don’t snag or pull in any way, something you’ll be able to do yourself once you leave.

Allergies or Reactions

All lash artists need to be aware of possible human sensitivity to certain lash products. Some people are sensitive to certain fumes that are used in some lash adhesives, and others may have issues with the gel pad that’s used during lash treatments. Good lash artists are trained to place the gel pad properly to avoid vapors seeping through, which is the issue in most cases. We’ll also provide barrier creams and other basic preparation services for those with dry skin or other concerns.

And finally, we’ll always give you a patch test before any eyelash application to be sure you won’t have an allergic reaction to any of the products being used. There is no risk of allergic reaction whatsoever when you come to our experienced pros.

Infection

And finally, it’s of paramount importance that all lash artists work in clean, sanitary areas and with tools that match this cleanliness. There are a number of contagious eye-related conditions that may spread otherwise, including pink eye, blepharitis and others. These can take place due to basic unsanitary conditions, poor ventilation, or even stale adhesives being used.

At Cherry Lash, we use only the most detailed sanitation and safety methods to avoid these risks entirely. We are happy to show you how our tools are cleaned, the precautions taken by your artist, and our requirements for hand-washing and other sanitation measures.

For more on avoiding mistakes made by inexperienced eyelash artists, or to learn about any of our eyelash services, speak to the pros at Cherry Lash today.

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Steps and Precautions for Eyelash Extension Application

At Cherry Lash, we love to bring in new customers and show them just how simple and easy eyelash extensions really are. Here’s some basic information to know in this area, from the standard steps of the process to the cleaning requirements and basic precautions you should take before and after your appointment.

The Process

If you’ve never had it done before, you may be a little apprehensive about the actual process of installing lash extensions. But in reality, this is a simple process that follows a few basic steps:

  • For starters, your artist will spend some time with you going over the shape of your eye and your narual lashes. From this information, you’ll choose your desired lash extensions together.
  • Your eyelash artist will place a gel pad over your bottom lashes, then secure this in place using professional-grade medical tape. This protects the skin from tweezers or other tools, and also keeps the bottom lashes from getting in the way.
  • From here, each extension will be placed on your eye on a per-lash basis. Every individual lash is isolated and given its own extension. This is done by the artist dipping each extension into the adhesive solution, then immediately placing it on your lash. Most lashes will cure in just one or two seconds.

Cleaning Needs

If you’re looking to get the very most out of your extensions once they’re put in, the single most important factor is cleaning them regularly. At least two or three times a week is the bare minimum here, and we recommend doing so more often if you can. Also cleanse the lashes to help keep makeup and oils away from them – these oils can break down the adhesives that keep your lashes on, and will limit how long they’re good for.

Precautions

A few other random tips and precautions for first-timers who may be inexperienced in this area:

  • There’s a common misconception that you aren’t allowed to wear makeup or wet your lashes after an extension application appointment – this simply isn’t true.
  • As long as the makeup you choose is marked safe for lash extensions, and as long as you clean the lashes well after each application, makeup is just fine.
  • One part of the above myth is true: You should avoid wetting your lashes until the adhesive fully cures, which may take a couple hours or could take up to a day. After this, though, there’s no issue with wetting lashes.

For more information on the basic process of eyelash extensions, or to learn about any of our false lash services, speak to the staff at Cherry Lash today.

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Eyelash Vocabulary to Be Aware Of

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.

Lash Extensions

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.

Strip Lashes

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.

Cluster Lashes

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.

Lash Glue

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.

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Tips for Sleeping With Lash Extensions

In an ideal situation, everyone who wears lash extensions would always have time every evening to properly remove and store them before going to sleep. False eyelashes don’t necessarily need to be taken off every night, but doing so promotes hygiene and also prevents a big mess that may also result in lashes being ripped out.

As experts in lash extensions, including permanent and semi-permanent lashes, we at Cherry Lash know that this ideal situation isn’t realistic for everyone. We’ve all been through a long day where we simply couldn’t be bothered to go through the time of taking lashes off before collapsing into bed, and there are several other situations where this might be the case. Luckily, a few basic tips will help you sleep with eyelash extensions without risking a huge mess or lashes ripped out. Here are some tips.

Sleeping Position

For starters, you want to do your best to ensure you sleep in the best position – and in this case, that’s on your back. This will keep lashes from even coming into contact with any other elements. For those who know that they typically sleep on their sides or stomach, consider various pillows out there that can be positioned to help you remain on your back.

If you prefer not to purchase one of these pillows, you can also consider the Lash Pillow. This is a pillow specifically designed to prevent the kind of snagging that pulls off lashes with other fabrics – it has a cutout design that also helps prevent wrinkles.

Sleeping Material

For both pillows and sheets, silk is the preferred material if you have lashes still in. Silk is extremely smooth and soft, which means those snagging issues we mentioned above are less significant. They prevent the kind of dragging effect that normally pulls off lashes, and they also help prevent wrinkles. Best yet, silk is hypoallergenic – that means it resists bacteria, moisture and various contaminants like dust mites.

Beauty Mask

Another potential product to use if you regularly sleep with lashes in is a beauty sleep mask. These products come with indents over the eye areas to help avoid lashes contacting any material, allowing you to sleep in any position without worrying at all. Better yet, a beauty sleep mask doubles as a great light-blocker for those who need a better night’s sleep.

Between sleeping in the proper positions and using the right materials to help aid you, you can easily sleep with lash extensions in without worrying one bit about a mess or pulling out lashes. For more on this, or to learn about any of our lash extensions, speak to the pros at Cherry Lashes today.

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