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Gift Cards Now Available

Looking for the perfect gift for you lash addicted loved ones? I Wink STL now offers gift cards. Whether you want to pay for part of a lash set, or the whole thing, call/text to get one today!

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Also- we now accept VENMO payments….no need to hit the ATM before your appointment. Call today for details.

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Cleaning Your Extensions

It is crucial for the health of your natural lashes, and for the longevity of your extensions to practice daily cleaning. After the initial 48 hour hold, you should wash your lashes once a day and dry them.

Extensions are actually placed .10 mm away from the base of the lash. So there is a small gap between the eyelid and the lash extension. This is a breeding ground for dirt, bacteria and make up.

A number of things can happen if you don’t clean daily.

  1. dirt and debris and bacteria can build up in that gap and cause any number of infections including: pink eye, sties, and even mites (Disgusting!)
  2.  Makeup can bond to the extension causing multiple lashes to stick together- this can cause your natural lash to become damaged.
  3. severe cases can cause permanent hair loss on the eyelid.

All three of these issues are easily avoided with proper hygiene, which means washing daily.

I recommend using a mild soap (a lash specific cleanser or baby shampoo) and a brush to clean daily.

 

Doing one eye at a time, close your eye. Apply soap to the brush and in a genital circular motion coat your lashes in soap. Then rinse clean.

Do on the other eye.

Pat dry and brush.

 

 

 

 

Here are a few tools to help:

 

13703028_1770201709932086_2121336336_n.jpgMakeup Eraser- Removes all of your makeup using just this cloth and water. Get it here $19.97

Micellar Water- cuts through make up VERY easily. Its a product I use to clean lashes before an appointment. Find it at your local pharmacy or grocery store. (less than $10)

 

Oil Free Makeup Remover/Wipes- OIL FREE is the most important word here.

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Lash Brush- Just use a lash cleanser or baby soap and this brush to throughly clean through all the lashes and remove any dirt/debris. Find on amazon or here (Lash Tavern) $4

 

The Fall Lash Shed

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It’s that time of year again, when you notice losing more and more hair, in the drain, on your clothes, etc.

 

Did you know that your eyelashes go through a similar shed as well?

Hair on our heads, as well as the rest of our bodies grows to help protect us from the sun. As the days get shorter, there is less of a need to has hair regenerate as often, so blood cells move away from hair follicles, and more towards inner organs (to help keep you warm). Less blood flow=less hair growth.

 

As our bodies change to prepare for the new season, you will notice hair falling out. This affects our lash retention as well. It may mean for us extension wearers, you may need to schedule your fills a little sooner during this transition, or that your lashes may not look quite as luscious and full as normal.

The good news is, since your hair will begin to have a slower growth cycle, after the initial shed phase, your extensions should last longer!

 

Be prepared for your first lash appointment

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So you’ve decided to take the jump and get your very first set of eyelash extensions. Maybe you’ve been reading blogs, or one of your girlfriends got a set….or you’re just done applying mascara everyday. There a million reasons why lash extensions are for everyone! Here are a few tips to prepare for your first appointment.

  1. Wash your hair- since you shouldn’t get your lashes wet for 24-48 hours after your appointment, make sure to get a shower in before your appointment.
  2. No contact lenses- I advise my clients not to wear their contacts the day of their appointment. While not wearing them for the whole day is up to the client, they are 100% required to be out at the time of application.
  3. No Makeup- Make sure to remove all of your makeup with an oil free makeup remover before the appointment. Lash extensions can only be applied to clean lashes, so the more time I have to spend cleaning your lashes, the less time I have to put on extensions
  4.  Be aware of moisturizers- if you can avoid applying moisturizer around your eyes the day of your appointment, please do. Moisturizer can affect how gel pads/tape hold under your eye and can make the application process a little more difficult.
  5. Take it easy on the caffeine- don’t drink any 2 hours before the appointment, and maybe skip the second cup in the morning. Caffeine can cause a clients eyes to twitch or make the client antsy on the table. The more relaxed you are, the faster your appointment will be. We love when clients fall asleep on the table! Lash naps for life.

These are just a couple tips to have your appointment go as smooth as possible.

 

Why do I need lash fills?

Lash extensions are semi permanent, meaning that they last until your natural eyelash falls out. Many new clients are confused about why you need to have your lashes filled so often. The answer is pretty straight forward, just like the hair on your head, your eyelashes (and eyebrows) go through a growth cycle.

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  • The lash cycle lasts 60-90 days and happens in three phases
  • Anagen- Baby Hairs- The growth phase- lasts 30-45 days, 90% of hairs are in the anagen phase at any given time. As the anagen hair grows, it pushes the catagen hair up and out of the follicle. Lash extensions should not be applied to anagen hairs, as they cannot support the extra weight of a lash extension.
  • Catagen- Teen Hairs – transition phase- lasts 12-21 days. 3% of hairs are in catagen at any time. During this phase, the lash separates from the follicle, which shrinks and attaches to the root of the hair.
  • Telogen- Adult Hairs- resting/falling phase. Lasts about 100 days. 6-7% of hairs are in this phase at any given time.

Since your hairs come in at different times, you will have a percentage of your lashes in every category. Regular lash fills will help you keep your extensions looking full, fluffy, and glamorous.

5 Tips to keep you lash extensions longer

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To get the most out of your lashes extensions, it takes a little work from the clients. Here are a few tips to keep your extensions on through your next fill

  1.  Wait 24-48 hours before getting them wet. The adhesive used to apply extensions has a curing period that should not be exposed to water immediately after your appointment. Try not to shower, work out, or expose yourself to steam for 24-48 house after your appointment
  2.  Clean your lashes daily. Good hygiene is important. Makeup buildup and oils can get trapped along the lash line in between the extension and your eyelid. This can cause a number of things to happen, including blocking oil glands that can halt the growth of new hair, or infections.
  3.  Watch how you sleep. Clients with lash extensions should try to avoid sleeping on them. Sleeping face down or with extensions touching the pillow can cause lash loss or premature shedding. Try to sleep on your back, but if you are a stomach sleeper, there are special lash pillows available to purchase.
  4. Brush them. You should brush your lashes daily. This helps keep oil build up at the base of the lashes. and keeps the extensions from getting tangled.
  5.  Hands off. Try not to touch your lash extensions as much as possible. Frequent handling of the lashes can cause a breakdown of the bond. There are also oils on your hands that can weaken the adhesive.

10 products all lash lovers can buy now

Eyelash Wood Wall Hanging

Our wood cut out eyelashes are the perfect girl touch to add to any girls bedroom, bathroom or playroom. Get it here

Sequin Lash Pillow

Sleeping Beauty set of pillow covers.
Your bedroom will look so different with these unique set! Add some bright colors to your space! Get it here

 

Perfect Planter

Our lovely little eyelash pots are finally available! These Terra Cotta pot are weather sealed to withstand water and can be used indoor and outdoor. These are the perfect match to your succulent and/or small plants, and can be used to accessorize your home however you see fit! Find it here

 

Lash Sleeping Solution

he LASHcloud by NovaLash suspends lashes and delicate skin around the eye in mid air while you sleep. The crescent-shaped pillowette prevents the tangling and twisting of lash extensions caused by pillow friction, leaving you with longer-lasting, more beautiful lashes. Buy it here

 

Oil-Free Makeup Remover of your Dreams

What if I told you that you could remove, even the toughest makeup with just water? The Makeup Eraser does just that! Take oil out of the equation with this washable, reusable cloth!

10 things your lash artist wants you to know

  1. Lash Extensions don’t damage your natural lashes. There are a lot of untrained people out there giving “lash extensions” to clients, and a lot of horror stories to follow. Cluster lashes, improper isolation, unsanitary conditions will all lead to damage to your natural lashes or infections. Make sure you do your homework when choosing a last artist to apply your lashes and research their previous work. But, when applied properly, lash extensions will not damage your natural eyelashes at all. They will fall out with your natural lash cycle, or can be removed by a studio, and your beautiful normal eyelashes will be in tact.
  2. Lash extensions give you a low maintenance routine. After the first 48 hour curing period, you can go about life as normal. Showering, swimming, the gym, etc will all continue to be a part of your routine, without the hassle of cleaning raccoon eyes or reapplying makeup.
  3. Cleaning your lashes is the most important thing you can do to keep your lashes healthy. Makeup buildup, pollution and bacteria can affect your lash retention and can even lead to eye infections. Proper hygiene is important.
  4.  Clean your lashes before your fill appointment. If your artist has to spend precious lashing time cleaning off old mascara and oils, that means you get fewer lashes applied during your appointment. Save everyone time and make sure your have fresh clean lashes before you go.
  5. I’m a lash artist not a magician. The look of your eyelash extensions has a lot to do with your natural lashes. If your natural eyelashes are sparse and thin, they will not be able to support the weight of a long thick extension. If you suffer from sparse thin lashes, it might be helpful to take a supplement or use a lash serum.
  6. Don’t be shy. We want you to be as comfortable as possible so if you feel any discomfort at all, let your artist know. If your eyes are burning, or the tape/gel patch is irritating your eye, don’t be afraid to speak up, we want to stop any issues before they start. Eyelash extension application should be a pain free relaxing process. Many of our clients fall asleep during the process.
  7. Know before you go.  I always instruct my clients to use the bathroom before we start. But it’s important for you to let your artist know if you need to go during the session. I would rather have a few minutes to stop and let the fumes from the adhesive evaporate and take a couple minute break for your to use the bathroom, than for you to try and hold it and then have an emergency situation. Just communicate with your artist at all times. It’s our job to keep you comfortable.
  8. Cat eyes aren’t for everyone. I know that EVERYONE loves the dramatic look of a cat eye, but the dramatic look of a cat eye isn’t for everyone. Your eye and face shape can be completely transformed by your lashes. A person with widest eyes will look even wider with cat eyes. Hooded lids and a few others are not the best candidates for this style. Discuss with your artist which lash style will be the most flattering for your face shape.
  9. Keep talking to a minimum. When you talk during your appointment, your eyes and cheeks move and it makes it more difficult for your artist to apply extensions. It also takes up more time and can distract your artist from the task at hand.
  10. Skip the caffeine. Try to avoid drinking caffeine right before your appointment. It makes people fidget on the table and it also makes your eyelids twitch.

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