What to look for when choosing Russian volume tweezers

What to look for when choosing Russian volume tweezers:

  • Weight of the tweezers
  • Grip when closed - is the surface area increased? Are there any gaps? Do they meet correctly? Light pressure is better.
  • The angle of tip and length of tip/ foot. I find the shorter the easier to place for me as it gives me a more precious placement on eyelash fan without damaging the fine eyelash extensions.
  • Can they be autoclaved? What are they made of?
  • Where is the pressure point on tweezers? Sometimes this is just getting used to a new pair of tweezers. I prefer the pressure point on the tip, but sometimes it's in the middle.
  • Is the angle of the tip of volume tweezers going to give you Repetitive strain injury? I prefer 45'.
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Having the correct tweezers for doing volume lashes is a must. It is a real skill to be able to fan the eyelash extensions. Fanning lashes takes time to master. I have recently purchased Noir 45 volume tweezers from TPS beauty - lash art direct. Their website is under construction, but their ebay shop is very active. I have tried many tweezers that describe themselves as volume tweezers, but they don't have the surface area to pick up more than one eyelash extension. The Noir 45 have been fabulous as volume tweezers and have made doing 2D/ 3D lashes a lot easier. I can't stress enough how important it is to have the correct equipment when doing lashes. I personally never buy tweezers with pretty patterns on them as they soon wear off when being autoclaved.

Grip of volume tweezers
Grip of volume tweezers

 

Also please do note the difference in angle of these tweezers 90' tweezers are extremely uncomfortable to work with when placing volume eyelash extensions. 45' angles are a lot more natural angle. I personally didn't like the Ventus 6ASA tweezers. Noir 45 is by far a better quality product and lightweight.

 

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Noir 45 - volume eyelash tweezers
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Comparing the different angle of volume tweezers

 

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Curved tweezers from Lashbase.co.uk . Also, work well for volume lashes, but heavier.
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Volume lashes are picking up 2 or more individual lashes and placing on one natural eyelash.

 

I am always on the lookout for new products, so please do add links to this blog of eyelash extension equipment you can't be without!

What are your favourite volume tweezers?

Volume tweezers for 2D/ 3D lashes

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Recent volume eyelash extensions

This is a set of volume eyelash extensions I did recently. I have used C curl and lengths 9mm, 11mm and 11mm.

This technique involves picking up two very thin eyelash extensions and applying them to just one natural eyelash, so you need a very steady hand. You must make sure to never stick natural eyelashes together as this will cause the client a lot of pain and they could end up with an infection. Isolating the natural eyelash first before applying eyelash extension is one of the most important things with applying any technique of eyelash extensions. I have used 0.15 thickness for this set, which is the max weight for natural eyelash extensions. Only use this weight if natural lashes are strong and healthy. I create the fan/ V-shaped lashes myself and never use pre-made volume lashes as this way there is less glue/ weight on the natural eyelashes. Read more


What is the ideal humidity for doing eyelash extensions?

Tips on dealing with humidity when doing eyelash extensions and how to store/cure the eyelash extension glue. It's extremely important to understand why humidity is important for eyelash technicians.

Eyelash glue is a Cyanoacrylate based adhesive. Cyanoacrylates adhesives have a short- shelf life. Once opened they need to be used within 3 months if not sooner. Every time the bottle is opened the glue is exposed to moisture in the air. H20 (water) blinds to C6H7NO2 (Ethyl cyanoacrylate) causing it to cure faster. It's good practice to date the bottle when you open it.

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How to prolong the life of your semi-permanent eyelash extensions

1. Clean them to remove oils and salts - natural oils build up too. Know your skin type, if you have oily skin this will affect them more. Oils break down the eyelash extension adhesive. Baking soda and baby shampoo is great for keeping them clean. See my previous blog post on how to care for your eyelash extensions.

2. Wear sleep goggles to protect them when you are sleeping. You can buy 'open-eyed' ones from Amazon for quite cheap. I am an extremely heavy sleeper and it's very clear from my eyelash extensions which side I sleep on.

3. Buy sealant to apply to your eyelash extensions to keep oil off the lashes. Available for retail.

 

Eyelash sealant forms a membrane over the eyelash glue and protects them from oils etc. It comes with a soft brush to apply, so it doesn't damage the eyelash extensions.
Eyelash sealant forms a membrane over the eyelash glue and protects them from oils etc. It comes with a soft brush to apply, so it doesn't damage the eyelash extensions.

4. Make sure they are really are individual lash extensions and are being applied correctly. Incorrect application with poor aftercare means they might only last a week.

5. Never pick or play with your eyelash extensions.

6. Book regular infills. My diary gets booked up pretty far ahead, so always wise to make sure you have appointments made.

7. Keep away from moisture for 12 hours after having eyelash extensions applied as the glue cures with moisture in the air, not oxygen. Places with high humidity like saunas and spas are to be avoided that day. Although there are mixed views on this depending on your eyelash technician. Once the glue is dry it is waterproof. A similar glue is used in fish tanks and it does cure very fast. The glue cures not dries as it's a chemical reaction with the moisture in the air.

8. Don't exercise heavily straight after having lashes applied and avoid letting any sweat from sit on the lashes. Sweat can be oily, so can affect them.

9. Avoid oil-based products around the eyes. This includes some types of eye liner. Oil will break down the glue used to bond the extensions to your natural lashes. Only use a mascara designed for eyelash extensions and only on the tips of the lashes. Best not to use any at all as it's not gentle to remove. Most normal mascaras contain oils, which will affect the eyelash extension glue. This also includes being careful in the summer of applying sun cream too close to the lashes.

10. Don't use eyelash curlers on them.Read more


Should I get eyelash extensions for my wedding?

I personally think wearing eyelash extensions on your wedding day is a must as they make you feel sexy and confident on your wedding day. I personally found that I needed all the confidence I could get on my wedding day as I am not great at standing up in front of people.

Renee chose eyelash extensions on her wedding day as she wanted the super glamorous look and as you can see she clearly got it! She looks fabulous in these photos. Renee's eyelash extensions were curl C, 0.20 thickness and 9mm/11mm/9mm in length. 9mm at corners of the eyes with 11mm only in the middle. I love this geisha fan look. We had a long consultation first to discuss the look she was after. Renee didn't want the natural look as it was a very special occasion and one off event! Like me she goes for the natural look most days.

"Renee Jeffery

Just had my eyebrows threaded with Liz, love them, can't wait to get my pedi and eyelashes done now!"
Renee runs the local Norwich sling library where baby slings and carriers can be tried out and hired before purchasing them. I loved the baby sling I had for Jessica, so think this is a awesome business to run. Renee is an active blogger, so head over and check out her website.

 

Jon Clifton took these lovely photos of Renee and Colin (co-owner of Iceni Norwich lifestyle magazine) and as you can guess Renee and Colin was over the moon with them. These photos are low res for my blog. Minion cupcakes are by Ellie's cakes. She has some amazing cakes on her website. Very talented person.
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Renee from Norwich sling library on her wedding day.
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Renee and Colin. Colin runs the local free magazine Iceni.

 

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Bride and groom
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Cutting the cake. Lashes look great in this pic. Minion cupcakes by Ellie's cake.

Wedding lashes for Norwich wedding.


Why I am not a fan of cluster lashes

Damage from cluster lashes - NOT my work.

This client came to me after experiencing awful discomfort from wearing eyelash extensions. As you can see from the photos I removed her cluster lashes, which were applied by another eyelash technician in Norwich. The cluster lashes were extremely hard to remove and took over 30 minutes to get them off. I can only imagine that the person who applied these wasn't correctly trained as it looked like she used an extremely strong glue. The client said the lashes felt painful and uncomfortable digging into her eyelids. I could see that she was unable to open and close her eyes with ease. Read more


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Caroline's wedding pamper party

Bridal pampering

This week I received some lovely photos from Caroline who I did a pamper party for just before she got married in June.

On the night the boys headed down the pub and us girls stayed at Caroline's Mum house to prepare the ladies for the big day ahead. I had Sarah-Lou helping me on the night and we painted nails with gel polish to ensure they were perfect on the day. To save on place I brought a large oilcloth to protect the table and we did the nails on Caroline's Mum dining table. Gel polish takes up to 15 days no chip or peel. Shellac polish is extremely easy to remove and I give my clients full details on how to do this at home. Alternatively, you can buff off the colour and allow the base gel coat to grow out naturally reducing the contact with acetone (gel remover). The best practice is to get a beauty salon to remove the gel polish for you after the 2 weeks. Read more


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Eyelash growth cycle & biology of hair growth

Hair growth cycle - understanding hair growth for eyelash extensions.

I often get asked how long do eyelash extensions last and why do eyelash extensions fall out? You naturally lose 3-4 natural eyelashes a day and this blog will hopefully make it clearer why clients need infill appointments to keep that full look.

Eyelash growth stages
Eyelash growth stages

Hair growth is made up of different phases -Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.

When applying eyelash extensions they are placed on natural eyelashes when they are in the Catagen phase. We never apply eyelash extensions while the lashes are in Anagen phase as they are still too delicate and not strong enough to hold an eyelash extension.

The whole cycle for eyelashes is around 90-100 days for an eyelash hair, Which is (100 divide by 7 days) 12 weeks. I know many people advertise their lashes last 12 weeks because of this calculation, however, they are forgetting that the Anagen phase only lasts 30-45 days and those natural lashes aren't ready to hold eyelash extension. So therefore eyelash extensions can last 4-6 weeks when bonded and cared for correctly.

I personally recommend people come back to me for infills every 2-3 weeks. At this appointment, I find hairs that have gone from the Anagen phase to the Catogen phase, which are now ready and strong enough to hold an eyelash extension. Catagen phase is around 2-3 weeks also, so some of the eyelash extensions I applied at the previous infill appointment will now be in the Telogen phase.

Do I need a break from having eyelash extensions?

If you understand the hair growth cycle and the eyelash technician is applying the eyelash extensions correctly without sticking them together and using light lashes you can now see why there is no need to take a break from eyelash extensions. However, if the technician doesn't isolate each natural eyelash or uses too much glue this will cause the natural eyelash to come out before it's cycle causing pain and the lashes become sparse.

Waxing - hair growth

It's also very important to remember about the hair growth cycle when it comes to waxing as with waxing the idea is to get all the hairs in the same cycle. I have a lot of people try to book appointments with me one week before their holidays and expect silky smooth legs for the duration of their holiday. Sadly this doesn't happen as new hairs which were developing under the skin breakthrough.

Blogging

If you feel I have left something important out of this blog post please do comment below. If you would like to guest blog on my site, please do email me.

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Geisha's Fan style eyelash extensions

Geisha's Fan style of eyelash extensions

This week one of my regular ladies wanted a different look to the classic Audrey Hepburn look of the sweeping eyelash extensions, which are longer on the outside. Normally 7mm/9mm/11mm.

It was described as a Geisha's Fan, which is longer in the middle section of the eyelash extensions. She chose C curl, which is a stunning glamorous curl in 0.15 mm thickness and 9mm, 11mm and 9mm lengths. I personally only really stock odd numbers when it comes to length of eyelash extensions, however my eyelash extension collection is forever growing! So please never be frightened to ask for a new style.

I love that I have educated my client enough that she could do her own research to find out which eyelash extension style was completely perfect for her. These photographs have been edited extra close for religious reasons as they lady removed her scarf, but I think they give you a great close up of what the lashes look like.

The eyelash technique I used for these lashes is 1:1.  Also described as 1D. It's one individual eyelash extension per natural lash. So when you naturally lose your eyelashes there will only be only eyelash extension attached. If your eyelashes come out in clumps, then they have not been applied correctly and can cause damage. When eyelash extensions are done correctly there is no damage what-so-ever to your natural eyelashes.

Each of my client's is given an aftercare sheet at their consultation appointment giving them clear instructions on how to care for their lashes. I have also written a blog post on caring for your eyelash extensions. It's extremely important to me that all my clients are aware of how to care for their lashes.

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eyelash extensions style

 

Sketch of eyelash extensions lengths. Please excuse my awful drawing skills.
Sketch of eyelash extensions lengths. Please excuse my awful drawing skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geisha's Fan eyelash extensions - longer lashes in the middle


caring for eyelash extensions

Caring for your eyelash extensions

Aftercare for your eyelash extensions      

What are eyelash extensions?                                                 

Eyelash extensions are individual lashes bonded one by one to your existing eyelashes. They are almost weightless, feel and look completely natural and are available in different lengths, thicknesses and curls to create your desired effect. Choice of eyelash designs range from a completely natural (although enhanced) look, a sassier sexy look or the ultimate glamorous look. Whichever look is decided upon the lashes will add fullness and really open up your eyes making a difference to the way you look and feel about yourself.

Aftercare dos and don'ts

  • Do not cleanse eyes, shower, swim, use a steam or dry sauna for at least 12 hours after the procedure. Preferably 24 hours is advised for proper bonding.
  • Avoid heat treatments like saunas and sunbeds.
  • Always be gentle with lashes. Try not to sleep on them.
  • Do not use an eyelash curler.
  • Avoid all oil-based makeup products and eye-makeup remover.
  • Avoid waterproof mascara. There are mascaras on the market designed for eyelash extension, which I do retail.
  • Touch-ups are recommended every 2-4 weeks
  • Get them removed by a professional
  • Never pick at them, if a lash is out of place cut it with scissors instead or brush them.
  • Brush eyelash extensions daily. Available to buy at my salon.
  • Apply sealant to your lashes regularly following the advice of the brand used.

Cleaning your eyelash extensions

Ideally, daily you should wash your eyelash extensions with shampoo. To do this I mix Johnsons and johnsons baby shampoo (or similar) with a little water and directly apply it to the lashes. Extremely gently massage the lashes back and fore, then away from the body. Never use anything which is oil-based to clean your eyelash extensions. Daily I will allow the water from my shower to run over my eyelash extensions moving them sideways slightly to get the water between the lashes. After getting out of the shower I pat them dry and let them dry naturally.

Please remember your natural eyelashes (not extensions) fall out and another one grows back in the follicle to replace it, so don't panic if you lose some eyelash extensions while cleaning them. You would naturally lose 1 -5 lashes a day with or without eyelash extensions.

However if you find you are losing a lot of eyelash extensions when you wash them, it could be that the eyelash extensions you have on are too long and not suited to your natural eyelash extensions, so therefore the amount of eyelash extensions anchored to your natural lash isn't enough or they simply haven't been bonded correctly.

How to remove makeup around my eyelash extensions

After a day of wearing makeup, you often find that makeup has gathered around the base of the eyelash extensions. To gently remove it, wet a cotton bud (AKA Q-tip in America) and wipe around the eyes. I use simples oil-free makeup remover for this. Never use the same cotton bud on both eyes as you may have an eye infection developing you are unaware of and pass it onto the other eye. You can always give your eyelashes a gentle brush at this stage being extremely careful not to damage the extensions.

Eyelash extensions and blepharitis

It is good practice to keep the eyelash extensions clean to prevent eyelash extension Blepharitis. Blepharitis is when the hair follicle becomes infected and blocked. It becomes blocked with your skins natural oil called sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria, which hasn't been cleaned away. It basically looks like dandruff around your eyelash extensions. If you do find you have blepharitis it's best to ask your eyelash technician to remove the lashes and visit your GP for some topical ointment to apply to the eyelid to clean up the infection.

This isn't just for eyelash extensions wearers, this could easily happen to people who don't remove their mascara or generally clean their face daily.

Blepharitis

The Eyelash emporium has an amazing selection of aftercare products for keeping eyelash extensions healthy and looking great. I highly recommend beauticians to stock their products for retail. It's very important to make sure the clients understand how invaluable a lash sealant is!

aftercare for eyelash exentions

 

What are party lashes?

This is also why I strongly advise people to avoid party lashes as there is no way of keeping them clean at home. Party lashes are only meant to be on for 3 days maximum, however sadly there are eyelash technicians locally who do sell them as a full set of lashes using the stronger glue. I honestly can't stress enough how important it is to find a good eyelash technician. These photos were shared on one of the 'eyelash forums' I  am part of you can see how there is no way the client could keep these clean and they are falling out in clumps ripping out her natural eyelashes out with them.

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Poorly done eyelash extensions. Photos are taken from eyelash extension forum
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Hardly any natural eyelash extensions left after poorly done eyelash extensions. Photo was taken from eyelash extensions forum.
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Eyelash extensions coming out in clumps pulling the client's natural lashes with them. The photo was taken form eyelash extension forum.

I welcome tips and advice from clients who wear eyelash extensions and other technicians, so please feel free to comment on this blog post. I also welcome guest blogger, so if there is a subject you would like to cover on my website please tell free to ask.

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