A girl is never complete without her lashes…
Classic Lashes vs. Russian Volume Lashes
As you get to know me or if you have already met me you will know I have a sliiiight obsession with lashes. I would also highly doubt you’d ever see me without any on (believe me its best you don’t- naked mole eyes).
I find as women we always find a way to complain about something we don’t like ‘my lashes are too short, too thin, too straight or wont curl’ and ladies I give you my answer- Lash extensions– say goodbye to those panda eyes and eyelash curlers! I just think they are a god send and can really change up your look and open your whole face, even taking years off!
So today I’m going to talk through my two favourite types of extensions- Classic and Russian Volume Lashes. The differences between them and how to make them last and also to educate you a little on eyelashes and their growth cycle!
Classic Lashes are your most natural looking lash extensions and are accomplished by applying one lash extension to one natural lash e.g if you have 100 natural lashes, you will have 100 lash extension’s applied. Before you get on the bed your lash technician will run through what look you want, and most carry between 9mm-15mm (natural to Kardashian) so a length to suit everyone. Personally I go for the big bad boys- the Kardashians will accept me one day… but for most 10mm-12mm is a good starting point, and you can customize and fan your lashes to start smaller from the inner corner and finish bigger on the outer corner to give your eye that feline flick! The whole process takes around an hour when on the bed and they will usually last you around 2-3 weeks before you need an infill.
I also think it’s very important to find the right technician girls! Do your research and protect your lashes. For classics I go to my local Skin Health Spa with beautician Rosie who uses Lash perfect ( a well renowned brand) who also does an array of treatments and always gives me a good pamper! A full set with Rosie is £48 and 30 minute infills for £20. Here are some example’s of her lashes below and you can also follow her on Instagram:@rosieatskinhealthspa or contact on 01270 613890
Russian Volume Lashes-
These are my new found love! After recently trialling these I am hooked. Whereas your classics are a natural look these are your more dramatic wow lashes. Instead of one extension per lash these are when multiple extensions (2-6) are handmade into a fan and glued on to one natural lash. So if you had 1oo lashes you could double this! This is because these lashes are so much thinner then normal, meaning the weight of these lashes are equal or less then to classic extensions. So for people who do suffer from thin or sparse lashes this could be the saviour for you! Again before you get on the bed your technician will go through what desired look you’re after and can choose lengths and curls. J curl is more of a natural awake straighter look, whereas your C curl is your more dramatic curled up look. Because there are so many more lashes applied in this process, it also takes a longer length of time- 3 hours. However its the perfect excuse for an extra nap! On the plus side because you have more lashes this means you do get extra time before you need an infill, usually 3 weeks after your initial appointment with the right aftercare- which I will go through later on.
For my Russian lashes I go to Rebecca Russian Volume Lashes…well she comes to me! She is a mobile lash technician who also has years of experience and also educates me every time on my lashes. For a full set at an introductory price it costs £50 –for an hour infill it is £25, 90 minutes infill is £35 and for 2 hours infill is £45 . Below are some examples of her work and can be contacted by the link above or on 07800568482
So there you have it! The option of whether you want natural or full on, everyday or for an occasion, the choice is yours!
I hope this helps you to make a decision, but either way there is no denying whatever type of extensions you have you wake up feeling ready for the day and save yourself 10 minutes of your morning routine for mascara and no worrying of that embarrassing moment if your strip lashes start to lift if you have glue!
For aftercare and for fun education… please keep scrolling down
- Do not get your lashes wet on the day of your appointment
- Do not use a spa, sauna or pool for the first 24 hours. The extensions need that time to bond
- Avoid pulling or rubbing your eyes- pulling will damage your natural lashes
- Do not use eyelash curlers with extensions; you wont need to use them!
- ONLY use oil free eye make up remover- as this will break down the adhesive
- If your lashes get tangled or cross, use the spoolie/lash brush given to you in your appointment to gently brush and straighten them into place- I recommend to do this every am and pm.
- Proper hygiene, after the first 24 hours lashes are fine to get wet, keep them clean by regular washing
- If you wish to use mascara, not that you would need to make sure its not oil based or waterproof.
- When sleeping try avoid sleeping on your front or side, as this can bend your lashes. Also invest in a silk pillow case- also added benefits for your skin and hair!
Even though it might not seem like it, every hair on your body has a growth cycle, including eyelashes. It will grow to certain length, reach its full cycle and then fall out. Our lashes grow in 3 cycles.
Anagen– the active growth stage, where the lash is still attached to the dermal papilla (blood supply) around only 40% of our lashes are in active growth at one time, this usually lasts 3-4 weeks.
Catagen– The transitional stage, during this time the eyelash stops growing and the eyelash follicle shrinks, this usually lasts 2-3 weeks.
Telogen– This is the resting phase and can last 100 days plus before lashes start falling out.
Each eyelash has its own cycle so there are some lashes in each phase at all times so is normal every few days for lashes to fall out, and you’ll find your extensions will fall out with your natural lash cycle so don’t worry if you see them coming out unless its a lot! why we recommend an infill every 2-3 weeks. Make sure not to pull at your extensions as pulling these will also pull at your natural lashes meaning you will be left with no visible lashes as you have disturbed the lash cycle and will be a while before they grow back to the resting stage telogen. A new one will not grow any faster if the hair was prematurely removed, so maybe creating a less full look then normal for a space of time. But so long as you look after your extensions all shall be fine! Plus there are so many different lash serums on the market now, your lashes will be nursed back into shape!
I really hope you enjoyed this post and have helped educate you a little more on lashes and not be so scared to take the plunge at extensions if you want a change! Perfect for holidays, weddings and everyday wear… What’s not too like!
Any questions or any posts you’d like to see please leave a comment below as would love to hear from you! keep up to date with me on Instagram : @stephaniegrace_blog
Now go flutter away and bat your eyelashes at EVERYBODY
Alllllllll the love, Steph x