What Are Lash Extensions?

Our most common service, a passion of mine and something I truly nerd out on (hehe) – LASH EXTENSIONS!!

When moving back to Wichita from Dallas, I was unsure how lash extensions would be received in our neck of the woods. I recognized it was a growing service down south and now following suit – it is a growing service here as well.

When exploring lash extensions and whom you might hire to apply them, there are a couple things to keep in mind. So, here goes…

Lash extensions are an art form. They take time, patience and practice to truly master the skill of placement, the art of tailoring your extensions to fit your needs and wants and to develop efficiency when applying extensions to ensure you are in and out of your appointment in a timely manner.

The extensions we make use of are made of synthetic mink and can be applied using two different techniques: Classic or Volume. Classic lashes are 1:1 – one extension per natural lash. With proper isolation, nearly each of your natural lashes will walk away lashed and extended. Volume lashes involve a technique that allows us to place multiple extensions to your natural lash – creating a voluminous look; fluffy and full. Both techniques, when properly applied, maintain the health and safety of the client’s natural lashes.

While you many be a candidate for either style, I typically suggest classic extensions for newbies and advise they can go from there.

When deciding who to hire as your lash artist, take into account a handful of things:

  • Are they certified?
  • How long have they been doing lashes? It takes time and practice to become an experienced lash artist but that doesn’t mean less tenured artists are not capable of doing a wonderful job. Hence, next bullet…
  • Do they have photos of their work visible and readily available? We post before and after photos via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Any reputable and growing artist will be proud to show photos of their work.
  • Always look for a clean and sanitary environment.

On your quest to find a lash artist, you should be aware of a present trend: cluster lashes. Cluster lashes are NOT the same as lash extensions. While lash extensions are applied individually and involve precise isolation, cluster lashes make use of a pre-made fan with multiple lashes on them.

“The problem with most cluster eyelash extensions is that they are applied to multiple eyelashes at once and the bases are usually bulky from the adhesive that holds them together which causes follicle tension. Because lashes grow at different stages, the tension from the cluster can cause premature hair loss called Traction Alopecia if done repeatedly.” — Bella Lash

If you’ve stumbled upon a salon or spa offering quick, deeply discounted or cluster lashes it would be worth your time and in your best interest to look elsewhere.

Lastly, while lash extensions provide for easy mornings and a mascara-look without the hassle, they do require a little TLC. Make sure you choose a lash artist that is dedicated to educating you on how to maintain and take care of your precious lash extensions. Although caring for your extensions is quite simple, it can become an afterthought – it is necessary to cleanse, comb and refrain from touching or pulling on them in order to receive the best retention and health of your natural lash.

Do you have questions about lash extensions? For any inquiring mind wanting to know – potential lash client or not – I would be more than happy to help! Click the Contact Us tab or feel free to phone the shop.


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