Lash Obsessed? Eyelash Extension comparisons, Pros and Cons.


Lashes here! Lashes there! Lashes, Lashes everywhere!

All of us ladies love lashes that deserve applause on occasion.. Some prefer sexy and sleek, some desire that voluptuous kapow, some the near natural addition that leaves room for question… Are they?? Or aren’t they?? Now with lashes available in so many types, colours, styles, application techniques and all the here say that goes with each, how do you know what is what!?

Here’s a little rundown on each type; the pros and cons and who they are most suitable for, to help you decide on either your own or your clients next set of lash extensions! 

Synthetic eyelash extensions: These are made from a polished, acrylic material and are the firmest/sturdiest of all. In appearance, they are a little shinier or glossier than the mink or synthetic, and when applied thickly, more dramatic.  While they come in a wide variety of thicknesses and curls, and can be applied to look very natural, these are most popular with ladies wanting a more dramatic and made-up look. They hold their curl extremely well due to their firmness.  Some people don’t find them as ‘soft’ or ‘natural’ looking than silk or mink eyelash extensions, and while they last a long time, the thickest type don’t have quite as good staying power as the silk and definitely not the mink.  They are most suitable for those with healthy, dense lashes of their own, and are generally favoured by younger clients. However because they are heavier in weight than silk or mink eyelash extensions, for many people they are not a great option for long term wear that cause no thinning of natural lashes. On those with very thick natural lashes, they can look simply fantastic!

Silk eyelash extensions: These are the mid-weight type of lash extensions, and are finer and more flexible than the synthetic type. Because they are softer and more porous, they tend to hold on slightly longer than the synthetic ones.  They can be made to look very natural or very glamorous, but sometimes not quite as dense/thick as the synthetic lashes. They are lighter weight, which are often a better option for your lashes if your own lashes are weak or fine. They can definitely last longer than synthetic lashes.  Like synthetic lashes, silk come in a variety of curls and lengths and are a better option for a more natural look, as the curl is not generally as uniform or as ‘plasticky’ as synthetic lashes.  Glamour sets of silk lashes are one of the most popular options for brides, who are looking for lashes that are full and long yet still natural looking. 

Faux-mink lash extensions: Faux-mink lashes are man-made fibers, designed to imitate real mink fur. They are very fine, soft and silky, like real fur however they have been improved, in that if you wet them, they won’t lose their curl. When wet, real mink fur lashes become straight and wispy and you often need to use a curler to curl them back up. Faux-mink lashes are becoming very popular because they are so light and fine, they feel exactly like your own lashes. They are also shinier in texture than the silk lashes, giving the lashes a glossy look. They are (with proper care!) very long lasting and are great if your own lashes are fine and weak. Because they are so light, they don’t tend to drop or twist, even after many weeks of wear. It takes a longer time (around 1.5-2 hours) to apply a set of mink lashes because they are very fine fibers and we tend to apply more. One downside is that even with a lot of volume, they are still beautifully natural and fluffy looking, so those that want a really glamorous/made up “Kardashian” look are better off going for synthetic lashes which give even more volume. 

What if I get eyelash extensions but just don’t like them? They can be removed using a glue-dissolver if you decide that they are not for you. But we’re sure this won’t be the case!

Can everyone use eyelash extensions? Almost everybody can use eyelash extensions to increase the appeal and look of their eyes. The difference will be instant – your eyes will look sparkly and refreshed immediately! As the glue is applied directly to the eyelash, and does not touch the skin, there is very rarely any issue with allergic reactions.

Can I wear contact lenses/glasses with my eyelash extensions? Yes, of course. However you may find it more comfortable to remove contacts before your appointment, or bring your contacts case so you can remove them immediately prior.

How do I take care of my eyelash extensions so they last longer? There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you get the most out of your eyelash extensions. Do not wet them for 24 hours after application/infills so that the adhesive cures properly Use only oil-free products, especially makeup remover Do not rub them or pull at them Do not use a mechanical eyelash curler If exposed to chlorine, rinse off gently with fresh water afterwards Gently brush them with your lash-wand It’s best not to use mascara on them if possible, if you still chose to do not use waterproof! Cleanse them properly 2-3 times per week Avoid steam rooms, saunas, and bikram yoga where possible.  

I have made a booking to have eyelash extensions put on. Is there anything I need to do beforehand? The main thing is to have clean eyes and eyelashes, free of makeup – especially mascara. Some mascaras contain oils that can prevent eyelash extensions bonding correctly. Be sure to use an oil-free makeup remover if removing makeup, and don’t use any oil or petroleum based products on or around the eye area for 48 hours prior (such as Vaseline or moisturizers). Do not have your eyelashes permed – it is very difficult for us to apply extensions on lashes which have been permed within the last 3 months, as often the extensions will not bond correctly.

Can I wear eye makeup with my eyelash extensions? Yes, you can. Eyeliner and eye shadow are fine – you just need to be a little gentle. We don’t recommend that you apply mascara to your eyelash extensions, as this can cause them to clump together and may contain oils that weaken the adhesive bond on your eyelash extensions, so they will not last as long. If you are intent on wearing mascara, try to use mascara specifically for extensions – your lashes may not be able to infilled if there is too much mascara coating the lashes.

What about removing eye makeup? You must use an OIL FREE makeup remover, as oil based removers will damage the adhesive and could make the eyelash extensions fall off prematurely.

Are eyelash extensions safe when pregnant? Generally speaking, eyelash extensions are a safe and non-invasive cosmetic procedure, low fume adhesive which is manufactured specifically for cosmetic use near the eye is used, and the adhesive does not actually ever touch your skin – as the extensions are glued to the eyelash hairs. Allergic reactions to the adhesive are very rare and when they do present, are easily treated. In saying this, we do not recommend that pregnant women who have never had eyelash extensions before test out the procedure during their pregnancy. The reasons are two-fold – firstly, the lash extension procedure requires you to lay flat on your back for over one hour; a position that is not recommended for women in the advanced stages of pregnancy. Also it requires that you lie quite still – which can be hard if you’re heavily pregnant! Secondly, if you were unlucky enough to have an allergic reaction, your doctor may not be able to give you the required treatment due to your pregnancy, prolonging the reaction. However – if you have been doing your lashes and become pregnant, there’s no problem continuing with the extensions – just let your Lash Specialist know so that they can make sure you are comfortable at all times!

How long do eyelash extensions last? As long as six weeks – as the eyelash extension generally lasts until the natural lash falls out in its natural cycle. However it is advisable to have some infills applied approximately every 2.5 – 3.5 weeks (depending on how well you take care of them) to make sure your eyelashes always look fabulous, as by this stage some would have fallen out as new lashes have grown through. How long your eyelash extensions last also depends on how you care for them (i.e. by removing makeup correctly, not applying heaps of mascara, and not tugging/pulling at your eyelash extensions). Some clients who take extra good care of their lashes get 4+ weeks before they need infills!

Why do I need infills if they last up to six weeks? The eyelash extensions fall out with your natural lash cycle – which is 6-8 weeks, so very gradually – just a few here and there as new baby lashes come through. After about 3 weeks you will start seeing little gaps where the old ones have fallen, and new ones are coming through – so at this point it’s a good time to get infills, so your lashes always look nice and full.

How much do eyelash extensions cost? Prices vary widely but a standard full set of eyelashes, consisting of around 60-65 lashes per eye costs roughly $125, or for a glamour set $150 for around 80-85 lashes per eye applied. It really all depends on the look you are hoping to achieve. Infills generally cost between $50 and $90, depending on how many lashes you have lost. Pricing can also depend on location, training/experience, products used and how busy the salon is.

But I have a friend who said her lashes were damaged by lash extensions? Inexperienced technicians or those who rush (beware beauty salons who do not specialize!) are apt to apply lashes that are too heavy/clumped together which can definitely result in damaged lashes. A certified Lash Specialist should chose lashes that are the right weight and thickness, and apply them carefully, one by one, so that your natural lashes remain as healthy as ever! If you are still concerned, and are a little lash-obsessed I recommend using a growth serum that will not harm your lashes.

Is it true that eyelash extensions can damage my natural lashes? To be completely honest it is not a simple yes or no answer. It depends on the application, the lashes used and how one follows the aftercare advice given by the stylist. Eyelash extensions will not damage your natural lashes if applied correctly. There are two important facts that you should be aware of before you decide which lashes are best for you. Long, thicker extensions are not always the best – The extensions used should be slightly longer and thicker than your natural eyelashes. Most of those who have experienced damaged lashes have had the wrong type of lashes applied by an uneducated stylist. Excess weight and length can cause stress on the natural lashes and result in the natural lashes breaking or prematurely shedding. One extension should bond to one natural eyelash only – An experienced stylist would fully isolate a natural lash and adhere only one extension to that natural eyelash (Classic lash extensions). This method allows your natural lashes to grow and shed freely and not be restricted by being stuck to other lashes. Allergic reaction to product and damage to eyelashes are caused by incorrect application and can result in itching, pinching and massive clumping. To relieve any discomfort, the client would likely pick or pull out the offending extensions resulting in damaged natural lashes or even worse bald eyes.

Is it true if I touch my lashes, that they will fall out quicker? It is ok to gently brush them if required, but not to pull on them or play with them as you may pull out your natural eyelashes. If your lashes were applied correctly and looked after well, they should keep until the end of the natural lash cycle. You should wash your lashes every evening to keep your eyes clean and healthy.  

The Pros

  1. What better way to save time and money on mascara than getting the eyelashes you always wanted every few weeks at the salon? This is a great answer when you are busy and do not have time to sit in front of the mirror every morning attaching fake lashes and/or mascara. Not too mention getting it all back off at night! In some cases the fake lashes can be damaging to your natural lashes and putting them on and off is always risky.
  2. Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent which cuts out the risk of having to remove false eyelashes every day and having to reapply them every day. The on and off of the false eyelashes is far more detrimental to your lashes than the one time application of the eyelash extensions with minimal upkeep. It is the healthier way to get the look you want!
  3. The pro clearly is the look you will achieve with this simple process. If your lashes are healthy than this process is a great choice. It is a safe option for that busy woman that does not want to have to worry about applying stuff to her lashes every day.
  4. The options are plentiful and affordable for most people. The materials are safe to use on your eyes and cannot cause blindness (which is a rumor). Eyelash extensions are a great way to get that full flirty look without having to rely on mascara or false eyelashes to get it.
  5. These types of extensions can be used to lengthen your natural lashes or thicken your natural lashes. You can choose the look that you want from dramatic to subtle. Eyelash extensions are an excellent opportunity to get a look that you love with little hassle. There is a time element involved but isn’t there always when you are trying to improve your looks?
  6. Eyelash extensions are affordable options and an easy way to do something nice for yourself to improve your appearance.

The Cons

  1. The cons are plentiful when it comes to eyelash extensions but almost all lay in the ability of the person that is doing the application. The biggest con is when these eyelash extensions are not applied correctly and cause damage to your natural eyelashes like have them fall out prematurely.
  2. The problem lies in the aptitude of the technician. It is imperative when eyelash extensions are used that they are applied to each individual eyelash and that they are not applied in clumps! The ability of the technician plays a huge role. To avoid the most common con or negative aspect of using eyelash extensions.
  3. When eyelash extensions are not applied the right way you can be in for a world of problems with your own natural lashes. A botched job can cause you irritation and cause your natural lashes to break. Call around before you make the choice to have eyelash extensions done to be sure that you find the best technician that you can.
  4. The time it takes to get the initial extensions done is about 2 hours which can be a bit much to be sitting with your head back and eyes closed. This can be considered a con as well. A lot of busy women do not have the time to dedicate to sitting in a salon chair for that amount of time although the touch ups are much quicker and you can get them done in about half the time.
  5. You can also have a reaction to the glue that is used. If you notice any discomfort during the process be sure that you speak up because there should be no discomfort at all. If you notice any burning speak up and let the technician know that you are experiencing a burning situation, the glue may have to be changed out.
  6. It is very rare to have a reaction to the glue that is used to attach the eyelashes but if you have sensitive skin you may experience some discomfort and you should speak up because you can have a reaction to the glue which will be uncomfortable.
  7. To get the really great lashes one of the cons is cost. Mink lashes are by far the best but they by far cost far more than most people are willing to spend. Saving money by using synthetic lashes can actually back fire. Synthetic lashes do not last as long and are not as durable as mink or other natural lashes. Insuring that you get the best quality lashes can cost quite a bit out of pocket so you do want to be sure that you are prepared to pay for the initial application and then further for the upkeep.

Other than those potential issues there are no other cons that you need to be aware of. Again the most important part of being sure to avoid the potential issues is to use a credible source for the application. The majority of the complaints and problems stem from using an inexperienced technician that misapplies the lashes. Ask friends and family members for their recommendations to be sure that you get the right tech to apply the lashes and you should be worry free. It is imperative that each extension that is used is matched to only one eyelash at a time or the risk of losing your eyelashes is highly probable. All the celebrities opt for eyelash extensions instead of having to deal with mascara and false eyelashes. It is an easy solution for anyone that wants to get the latest full lash look!

What questions should you ask when searching for a reputable salon or professional? Because of the sensitive nature of the lashes and the surrounding area, finding someone who is certified to apply the lashes is definitely a must. Professionals use professional products and have been properly trained to apply the lashes without damaging your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes. Just like you would with a hairstylist, research who you want to go to and how long they have been working as a technician. Look at before-and-after photos, read reviews and always make sure they are licensed and lash-certified.

So, there you have it! Lash overload for Lash fans big and small… Tips, How To’s, How Not To’s and hopefully some helpful information to weigh in on your Mirage Spa Education JB Lash Certification which you can find here! or see our contact info below for further details!

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** This article contains excerpts taken from Lash Myths Busted, Top 13 Pros and Cons of eyelash extensions, Sydney Eyelash Extensions, Lash Extension tips you need to know before heading to the salon.

The day I’ve been waiting for! A Nail Tech Graduate! Now where do I go from here?

Here it is, the day you have been waiting for! You have graduated your course!

You’re excited, ambitious… absolutely unstoppable!
Your hard work has paid off. Diploma in hand, you jump with joy grinning ear to ear.

Wow! A Nail Tech! So… Now What???
You get to thinking, Do I want to apply in a salon? Maybe I should rent space in an established nail salon?
Maybe I will do mobile services, or should I start up my own nail studio? Should I call it a Studio? Hummm

There are so many questions starting out. If you have taken your course through Mirage Spa Education, you’re off to a great start! With so many things to think about, finding out you paid top dollar for your course and are not fully qualified by a registered school is not one of them. Mirage Spa Education is a registered trade school with PCTIA and has an excellent track record of producing long standing career orientated graduates providing a high standard of services and devotion to their field of work.

Now that being said, I have compiled my own advice and experiences in addition to some of the better articles and tidbits I have come across to save you time and hopefully answer some questions you may be asking yourselves.
So, here we go!

First of all, get yourself orientated. Spend some time developing a business plan and decide what avenue you would like to go. A strong plan goes a long way at this stage in the game especially if it is business ownership that you seek. Here are a few short articles that may help.

Ready Set Go!
Pick a logo, a mission statement, get business cards made and get out there!
Email and call friends and family, tell them what you are doing and let them know how to find you. It’s not a favor, you are a skilled professional offering your services.
Use your vehicle to advertise, get magnetic or vinyl business prints made and use your vehicle to advertise your services on the go.
Your own nails are your greatest chance at personal engagement. Make sure when you go out your nails are fabulous! When people ask, have your card ready.
Leave your cards everywhere! Never leave the house without them and use every opportunity to introduce yourself, mention what you do and offer your card.

An attractive, well designed website is also invaluable. Make yours stand out for all the right reasons. When people come across or search your site be sure they know they are in the hands of a professional who is both knowledgeable and offers the little extras they desire. For example, loyalty programs, maybe senior discounts, a bi monthly or monthly product special, offer your knowledge on the products you use, have a gallery they can view, post current trends etc.
Draw prospective clients to your site via social media, emails, blogs, web casts etc. The more people that go to your site the more opportunity you have to make an impression.

Offer retail if you can and know your products! It can take you from getting by to the top of your game. Retail makes up a large percentage of salon revenue. Here are some very helpful articles.

Charge what you deserve. I simply cannot stress this enough! Everyone is up for a deal but misjudging your costs or not making ends meet due to a family and friends free for all will not do you any favours in the long run. I found this on another blog and could not have said it better myself.
Your clients are your livelihood. Remember this and take good care of them. Things like offering coffee, tea, even water, perhaps a candy dish or small token of appreciation for choosing you as their nail tech… maybe an added nail art service or paraffin dip on their birthday? Something along those lines can make you stand out and keep your clientele coming back for more, it may even be the added touch that gains the attention of their friends on their next visit to your salon.

I would also like to reiterate that your relationship with Mirage Spa Education does not end on the day of your graduation. We are here to support you and help you along in your new business endeavours while you build both, confidence in the industry and your client base. If there comes a time you decide to expand your knowledge and services, we are pleased to offer discounts on future courses to our graduates. In addition to this, our affiliate and official supplier, Nail Tech Store offers you 25% off while you are a Mirage Spa Education student and a continual 10% discount on select items upon graduation. This is our way of thanking you for your continued support.

Thank you and best of luck!

Your friends at Mirage Spa Education and Nail Tech Store.

Canada Nail Cup 2015

Mirage Spa Education sponsors Canada Nail Cup Calgary 2015

Canada Nail Cup 2015

Mirage Spa Education Canada in conjunction with Nail Tech Store Sponsors Canada Nail Cup 2015.

Mirage Spa Education is proud to be sponsoring Canada Nail Cup Calgary 2015 Mixed Media.

Mixed media uses a combination of products and mediums to create a set of nail tips at home on your own time!
At least 3 mediums must be used on every nail tip. Mediums include, but are not limited to: Gel, Acrylic, Airbrush, Decals/Appliqués, Paint, & Embellishments

Calgary deadline: 1pm Sunday Oct. 25th 2015 to the competition info booth or competition room.
Entry into this category automatically enters you in Mixed Media Crowd Favourite. You have double the chances to win!

Crowd favourite. Judges will reveal the top 10 entries and display for voting Sunday 2pm for our crowd favorite category. Winner will be determined by popular vote by Spa-Show attendees and announced during awards ceremony after live completions.

What our students say about us

Designing Your Future… What to Expect, Some testimonials and stories from graduates.

Student Stories:

I started getting my nails done by other professional when I was about 15, I loved them I always loved having long nail; I was never able to keep my natural nail long. The first set I had were thick I couldn’t even pick up a penny, I would go for my fills and she would always give my rings of fire and would cut the sides of my fingers with a dreadful metal file and I got a fungus; so I changed nail techs. I went to a 40 minutes or less nail tech, every time you go, you got a different nail tech. I change like this for about four months, the last time I went I had them remove my set because my pinkie nail had lifted half way off the nail bed. For weeks I was in pain, all my nails were so badly damaged that I could hardly wash my hair in the shower; I let them grow out. I missed having long nails so I went to a newly opened salon; same 40 minutes or less. I went there for about two month and it was the same thing, so I figured that I couldn’t hurt my nail more then these people; So I started out buying Wal-Mart product and doing them my self, I found out that I had a natural talent. After about a year I found out that my mom could by professional product from a suppler with her cosmetology ticket. I used youtube videos for technique, after about a year of looking for an affordable nail course that covered all the things I wanted I found Mirage Spa Education Canada. They offered all the things I wanted plus more for a reasonable price that you can pay in payments by modules. I learnt so much on technique, the theory behind gel and acrylic, and everything and anything you need to be able to become a successful nail technician. Cheryl Thibault is a wonderful teacher even though I did my course online, she was able to critique my technique and help me better my self. I feel Cheryl wants all her student in or out of the classroom to be able to step out of a school environment and into a business environment, to be comfortable in doing his or hers job correctly and to be successful in it. I had fun and learnt so much, I highly recommend Mirage Spa Education Canada for anyone who wants to become an fully qualified esthetician. Katrina Lynn LeBlanc

I think that everything was fantastic. I loved everything. I was very pleased. I felt like I received more than my monies worth. I feel confident and capable. I love that everything was so thorough. I think that the teaching tools and hands on was fantastic and helped. The testing definitely helped with my memory and ability to put that to work. I also loved the feedback. How it was recorded and it was in my home and personal. Very excellent. I cant pinpoint just one or two strong points I think it was all well thought out and helpful. Crystal

I asked a few students what they thought of learning with the nail trainer

Replies follow;

In response to whether the hand was good enough to learn the answer is yes. The hand is very close to the real thing and you can use it whenever you want. If you do a bad nail application you don’t have to worry about removing off a real person, I think it is the best way to learn, no pressure, can be used anytime day or nite, and once you are comfortable you can always do a friends nails for real practice. I found the course to be well put together and Cheryl is very very knowledgeable and will help you anytime. The course is by no means an easy one and does require time to study before you write any exams. I looked into other courses and went to see the person who would be teaching it, I was not impressed with her work and decided to take Cheryl’s course, and I am very glad I did, she is a great instructor and a very sincere person.

Take care, be well and safe Dale

I had checked into a few different ways of the nail course. I never hesitated on the hand at all. When I received it and started to work with it, it was a great tool. Very comparable to a real hand. It has all the moving parts, soft fingers and and feels like a real hand. Totally worth it. I followed all instructions and completed everything with the hours of practice and went into doing nails on real customers in no time. I have never cut anyone or filed the cuticle! ( that is a complaint that I hear from customers that went to other salons) It is great because it is always available, You can do it at your own pace. The support you have when you have a problem is great. I so enjoyed this course and would totally recommend it. I now run my own busy little salon out of my house and I have Cheryl and the other lady’s to thank for that. I have also spoken with a few young girls that went to a school in Winnipeg Manitoba and when they saw my hand they wished they had used that one. The value of it is great and you will make your money back in no time. The product you get is amazing as well. No complains with the quality.

The one on one information when I had a problem, she was prompt with an answer and always, always super fast at getting back to me

I would like to thank Cheryl for the great course she has put together. A pleasure working with her and would highly recommend this to anyone interested. I am happy I took this adventure.

Bev McDonald

I graduated from the Mirage Spa training for the Nail Technician program online in December 2011. I would recommend this program as it provides exactly what I had hoped to gain from a nail tech course. Mirage offered full training online and provided the nail trainer hand, I was able to work at my own pace without the need to travel to another centre for training.

The course material and exams are all done online and the reading is available to review and take notes during the entire course and the supplemental videos were of great help for working on real clients.

The nail trainer hand allowed me to take my time and focus on the quality of work, rather than conversation with a client. The trainer hand stayed in position and didn’t object to the excess nail glue that would sometimes run onto the virtual skin, the heat that can be created from the electric drill and the occasional brush of the file on the skin surrounding the nail. I was able to work on just five fingers rather than ten, and at first this takes the same amount of time as a whole set. If I were to be interrupted I could continue without apology. The trainer hand is fully movable and this allows you to see your work from all angles. I am still able to practice techniques on my nail trainer as the nails are reusable, just file them down and start again.

Once I had begun working with the nail trainer hand and completed my fist few sets of gel nails, I was able to do my own nails and some nails on family and friends, this allowed me to work on real clients. They were able to let me know how they were feeling, if the drill got warm, if I was holding a finger to snug and if they were satisfied with the quality of work. I have several clients who prefer my beginners work over techs that have more experience. My sister took her nail tech course through a highly reputable distributor and training centre in Calgary, AB and was extremely impressed with the quality of work I was producing right from the start of my program.

I took my education and learning into my own hands and visited a salon to see quality of work and different techniques used by their nail techs, just to compare what I was doing with what they, the more experienced techs were doing. The tech that “filled” my nails asked where I was getting mine done, when I responded that I was, she was simply amazed.

I always ensure my clients leave happy and satisfied, make them aware that I am still a new tech and encourage them to contact me with any lifting, snags or breakage so that I can correct the problem with a smile. I have not had any complaints with my shaping or quality of work, and have clients return and refer family and friends.

Cheryl Crocker, Nail Technician