By Tallulah Dumonde
I’ll admit it, I have lash envy. Every time I see someone-man, woman or child, with long thick dark lashes, I curse my parents for not possessing those genes. I long to batt long luscious lashes across a crowded room and have the person at which they’re being batt-ed not think I have something in my eye, because my mascara has clumped up and locked my upper and lower lashes into one sticky mess. Not sexy…not one bit.
Eyelash extensions have been on the market for a while; I’ve even tried the semi-permanent ones. A couple of years ago, and wrote about how I looked a little like someone scared the crap out of me, so you can imagine my angst when, two days before a big party, I booked an appointment to have lash extensions at Skintology.
Skintology is the spa equivalent of buried treasure, in the Chelsea area. The atmosphere is pleasant, the technicians are knowledgeable and friendly and the prices are very reasonable. I have enjoyed manicures and pedicures there and would rate them as one of the top three in the city, and particularly when you consider that you aren’t shelling out big bucks, they may even rank first.
The lash extensions take time. First and foremost you should go when you are not in a rush. Plan on 3 hours, possibly more, for the initial application. You can choose from human, mink or synthetic lashes. I recommend the human hairs. They look totally natural and I am told they stay on longest. You also get to choose between ‘au naturale’ and ‘va-va-va-voom!’…or somwhere in between, which is what I chose. This means approximately 50 lash extensions per eye (sometimes going up to 70, depending on what the technician feels you need). That’s 100 new lashes to flutter around town with.
The lashes are applied with specially formulated glue that is, I was told, safe to be used in the eye area. Basically the lash extension is laid, with glue, on top of your natural lash. Because of their intense training and vast experience (they do a dozen or so of these a day) the technicians at Skintology are experts when it comes to shaping your lashes. Yep, shaping. They leave the outer corner lashes a little longer and thicker, inner corner lashes are fine, and the ones in the middle are just lush and thick and …well, pretty.
Care for the lash extensions is actually minimal. You have to avoid oils or anything that might dissolve the glue, which I found pretty easy. I haven’t used or even been tempted to use mascara on them since I got them, though apparently you’re allowed to do, so long as it isn’t waterproof. The extensions actually feel natural. You can shower just fine with them, but I found that using my goggles left over from my days of indoor tanning kept my lashes in excellent condition. When I went back for a ‘fill in’, I got a glowing review on how well my lashes had stayed in. The fill in process only lasts about an hour (maybe a little more than) and should be done every 4-6 weeks.
Since getting the extensions, people have commenting on how gorgeous my lashes are. In fact, my favourite little 5 year old said to me “your eyelashes are so long, they look like my baby doll’s”. Out of the mouths of babes…I’ll take it!
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