Lash Extension Safety

Long, lovely lashes are a delight but not at the risk of damage or lash loss.

There are many lash artists out there, but not all lash artists are created equal. There is an unfortunate lack of regulation in the lash industry, which means you could wind up with a tech who learned to lash watching YouTube or one who is ordering cheap, formaldehyde-based adhesives. Scary! Even salons with good reputations and reputable brand promotion may be using different products while your peepers are sleeping.

What to do? Do your research.

Pictured are Beautique's NEW volume lashes in .07mm diameter and 8-13mm length. 600 lashes per eye! $450/set.

Pictured are Beautique’s NEW volume lashes in .07mm diameter and 8-13mm length. 600 lashes per eye! $450/set.

Make sure you are seeing a licensed beauty professional who is certified by a high-end lash brand such as NovaLash. You can visit the brand’s website to ensure the certification is valid and also see the options in your area for Advanced Lash Artists like Beautique Owner Leah Lynch. These lash artists have gone one step further to continue their education with the most advanced classes offered.

(See Leah’s advanced artist banner on the find a stylist page for NovaLash. Click here to see Leah’s before and after photos, award winning tutorial videos and press features.)

Having lashes done elsewhere and not sure if you are at risk? First things first, lash extensions should never look like the end of a broom chopped off, or stuck on like a visor.

Length and volume are important, too. Once you double the length or thickness of the natural lash you are at risk for damage. Be sure to request a look that is not too dramatic for your thin or short lashes. Do not use a lash thicker than .2mm, and preferably no thicker than .15mm or the new .07mm volume lashes. Do not exceed a length of .15mm, even on thick, healthy lashes.

Finally, the most important thing for safety is separation. If your lashes are tangled, hard to comb or stiff and pinchy, they could be stuck together and pulling out the natural lashes.

No matter where you choose to go, make sure you are cleansing your lash extensions all the way to the base every day. Use an approved foaming cleanser to prevent oil and bactera or old makeup from building up, and do not use waterproof mascara or liners. Use an approved lash conditioner like Lipocils or Revitalash or a growth supplement like Biotin to ensure the health of your lashes.

Thinking of switching?

If you are not happy with your current lashes, give us a call for a free consult. We can listen to your concerns and desires and create the perfect set of lashes for you. Leah is the only lash artist in the area offering the newest technique in lash artistry, “Volume Lashes.” This exciting new technique is storming the market and will quickly replace the old methods. If you’re thinking of a change, there’s no better place to try than Beautique!

Hair Trends: Balayage and Ombré

These trends have completely taken the nation by storm in the past five years. From gorgeous, sun-kissed balayage highlights to bold and dramatic ombré, everyone is begging for these painted techniques. For those who don’t know the difference between the two, allow me to explain.



Balayage means to sweep. Some stylists say they’ve been doing it forever, but the technique came about in the 70’s with the French. Unlike foils, where you can see the pieces painted from the scalp, balayage is appealing for its more natural look. The artist simply picks up the pieces that pop out to the eye and paints them, giving a natural, sun-kissed look. The regrowth is very minimal and you can go a couple months longer between appointments.

Who is this look for? Everyone! Whether you want brightness, dimension or just simply to break up a flat color, balayage is for all.

Now let’s talk about ombré. Again, this technique is painted, but the effect is typically much more dramatic. Ombre is the fading of color. Truthfully, I suspected this trend would quickly come and go, but I was completely wrong! The color starts off with a darkened root and fades lighter into the ends. The look has been dramatic the past couple years, but now we’re seeing it take a new turn: soft and blended, and now even pops of red for fall.



Who is the look for? Anyone who wants a bolder look and to brighten up the ends. It’s especially great for brunettes because it offers a few more options.

When going to the salon for this look, it’s best to bring in a couple photos.  They don’t have to be exactly what you want; it just helps to give the colorist an idea. I have found most of the time people will say they want ombré (I think they like hearing themselves say it and they can’t pronounce ba-li-age) but they actually want more of a balayage look. Also, allow some extra time for the first visit – sometimes the previous highlights may need a bit of balancing.

–Justine Piecuch, stylist