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5 Myths (and Truths) About Lash Extensions

July 16, 2012 at 10:48 am , by

One experience with lash extensions and we were hooked. Of course there were skeptics who initially warned against them, but after almost a month of bombshell peepers, we seriously contemplated reducing our monthly grocery budget to make room for the new addiction. Then we came back down to earth and decided against it.

As with any beauty revolution there’s bound to be an abundance of myths, which is why we went to lash expert Courtney Akai to set the facts straight. Here’s the truth.

Myth: Lashes don’t hold up in the summer heat.
Courtney uses Novalash platinum blonde glue that holds up amazingly in the summer. Humidity, as well as water and oils from your sunscreen and the beach, actually enable lashes to hold up better. If someone comes in who is sensitive and needs to use another glue, Courtney suggests using oil-free products and more care. Either way, lashes are a great, easy way to look natural and glamorous in the summer heat, without mascara and makeup dripping down your face!

Myth: Lash Extensions damage your own eyelashes and cause them to fall out.
When someone inexperienced applies lashes, they often apply one synthetic lash to three to four natural lashes, causing clumps and the lash to break and fall out. Lashes naturally grow at their 30 to 60 day cycle and can fall out at this time. Lashes do not fall out from extensions, because if you’re separating each one-by-one, there is no way for this to happen.

Myth: It’s safe to apply lashes yourself.
Never. The process includes really strong glue that’s semi-permanent. Since application is done one lash at a time, you’d have to use tweezers, which is very difficult to do by yourself.

Myth: Lash Extensions aren’t safe because of the glue used.
Courtney Akai’s glue, approved by ophthalmologists, is made in the United States, verses many lash houses that use glues produced in China. Shipping glues across the world often lead to buildup of formaldehyde by the time they reach the salon. Since Courtney’s glue is made in the US, it’s fresh and safe. If you’re allergic to the glue, you’re still going to be allergic – this doesn’t mean the glue is harmful. Additionally, it’s safe for pregnant women, as there are no cancer-causing agents.

How Did She Get Those Perfect Lashes?

June 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm , by

I recently became fixated on a friend’s eyelashes. Either she’d gotten really lucky with the long lash gene, or she’d found an awesome mascara. Whatever the case, I needed to know. And it was—to my surprise—neither: She’d gotten a lash extension, and I was beyond intrigued. I’d thought my lashes were fairly decent before, but one can never have too-great lashes, right?  So I booked an appointment and took my camera along for the trip.

Beauty Coach: Best Mascaras for Lashes

April 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm , by

There are lots of nifty tricks to amplify your lashline. You can glue on a few individuals, apply a full strip of falsies or head to the salon for a set of extensions. You can even grow longer, darker lashes with a prescription. Me, I’m sticking with the simple stuff — eye lash curler and mascara. Actually, make that mascaras. Two mascaras and I’m all set in the lash department. I’ve probably tried a hundred different mascaras and find that the best fall into one of the following two categories:

Favorite Jeans Mascara: If you’ve already found your perfect go-to formula for natural, pretty definition, kudos to you! I bet it took some trial and error to find your perfect fit. If you’re still on the hunt: I love Shu Umeura’s Mascara Basic. It’s super light and never clumpy. You can layer on 10 coats and it won’t look heavy or goopy. It’s also soft on the lashes and doesn’t leave them dry and brittle. Cover Girl Lash Blast Length is another top choice.

Cioccolata Calda Mascara: I don’t know if you’ve tried a really dramatic, extra-fringe-fattening mascara yet, but they’re quite incredible. (Just like your first Italian cioccolata. You think you’re ordering regular old hot chocolate, but then you get this cup of incredibly decadent, almost dark chocolate pudding. Divine!) This amazing version of a classic is definitely not for every day, but it’s fabulous when you want over-the-top lashes. My favs in this category are YSL Faux Cil Noir Radical, Lancome Hyponse Drama and Maybelline Great Lash BIG. Take your time when applying and use a lash comb because these guys do tend to clump if you’re not careful.

What’s your favorite mascara?