Some people are just naturally gifted with luxuriously long and thick eyelashes, but not all of us are lucky enough to have the long-lash genes. Still, seeing how gorgeous long eyelashes are on Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian (and pretty much every other celebrity), it is no surprise that interest in eyelash extensions has skyrocketed over the last few years.
Many salons, including Cloud 9, are ready to transform your eyelashes into lush and striking works of art that will frame your already beautiful eyes and make them shine.
Before eyelash extensions, there were only two choices for creating fuller and longer eyelashes: mascara and fake eyelashes. As anyone who uses either will attest, neither one is an ideal solution. Mascara, the most common choice for eyelash accentuation, has a tendency to create a messy problem (hello, raccoon eyes). Smudges, clumps, and black eyelid spots send all the wrong signals about your flawless makeup techniques. False eyelashes are notoriously difficult to apply and it takes a long time to master their application. And because they are intended to be seated above your actual eyelashes, they are more obvious and can make it tough to correctly apply additional makeup that blends in smoothly.
Today, eyelash extensions are the first choice in eyelash enhancement. They are a semi-permanent option and they provide natural, long-lasting length and amplitude to your eyelashes with minimal maintenance. The eyelash adhesive lasts from 4-6 weeks, and most people opt to get regular touch-ups every 2-3 weeks to preserve their lash fullness.
Eyelash extensions come in a variety of types so that it’s easy to determine the right weight and fullness to match your tastes and natural lashes. These eyelashes can be made from synthetic materials (typically synthetic or faux silk, mink, or fox), real silk, real mink, real sable, and real human hair, with sizes ranging from 6mm to 17 mm. Of course, availability and sizes will vary by salon.
The most popular are the synthetic lashes, and the brand Cloud 9 exclusively uses is the top lash product available, NovaLash. Synthetic lashes are lightweight and feature darker pigmentation and shine and are the go-to choice for dramatic eyelashes. Synthetics are the most cost-effective eyelash extension available.
Eyelash extensions are applied to your existing lashes, one at a time, with a medical-grade adhesive by a professional aesthetician. Once applied, eyelash extensions will look, feel, and hold up just like your real eyelashes.
The process is a very relaxing and enjoyable one too. It is designed to be comfortable, and clients look forward to enjoying peaceful surroundings as they recline on a relaxing massage style table with their eyes closed, thinking of the luxurious lashes they are will have when they open them again. The application time varies by client, but an average full set application takes around 2 hours.
Once eyelash extensions are applied, you can wear eye makeup just as you normally would, except for mascara. Mascara can damage eyelash extensions and leave them clumped and dried. If mascara is a must, it should be a mascara made especially for lash extensions or only be applied gently to the tips of the eyelashes and removed carefully with oil-free makeup remover. Liquid-based eye makeup should also be avoided directly on the lashes themselves but is fine to use on the corners of your eyes. Eye makeup should be removed with an oil-free makeup remover only to preserve the look and texture of your extensions. Gently combing out your lashes on a daily basis helps to keep them clean and separated.
Because the eyelash extensions are glued directly to your existing lashes, the only way to remove them is to have them removed professionally or to let them fall out naturally. Pulling them out on one’s own will result in removal of nearly all the natural eyelashes as well.
Of course, clients want their extensions to last as long as possible, so avoid excessive eye rubbing. As always, choose a salon that has a properly-trained aesthetician who has been certified to apply eyelash extensions and who uses quality products.