Are eyelash extensions safe?

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “are eyelash extensions safe?” The short answer is yes – if they are applied correctly.

Eyelash extensions can be one of the most dramatic changes to the look of your makeup routine. Bringing out your eyes, drawing attention to the most important feature of your face, and finishing off your look, eyelash extensions can look good on any occasion and more and more women aren’t going out without them.

While some people are afraid of damage to their eyes, this is highly unlikely. The most likely negative consequence of eyelash extensions are infection, or allergic reaction. The eyelid is an extremely sensitive area of the body, and can be prone to infection if dirt and bacteria gets trapped within the pores of the eyelid during application.

Allergic reactions can occur and are usually a result of the glue that is used during the adhesive process. Some glues may contain formaldehyde which is an allergen for some people. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, it is better to avoid any possible interactions and opt for formaldehyde-free adhesives and hypoallergenic lashes.

Infection can occur due to poor hygienic practices of the salon, or through self-application. If the person applying eyelashes is using equipment or their hands that have not been cleaned properly, this can lead to a painful infection of the eyelids.

To avoid negative outcomes, it is extremely important to take care when choosing your lash studio, and lash types. You should always avoid unlicensed salons, or salons that do not employ licensed lash technicians. Lash technicians have obtained a specialized license specifically for eyelash application that is separate from a regular cosmetology license, and not included in a nail technician certification.

Before choosing a lash studio, it is important to do research. Ensure that the technicians at the studio are taking care to use sanitary equipment, and practice good hygiene. This should be a standard for any reputable salon. Look at online reviews, ensure that there have been no complaints about the cleanliness practices of the lash salon before booking an appointment.

Talk to your stylist about what lash extension type is the best option for you. While there are many different looks that can be obtained with lash extensions, there are also options that may work better if you are prone to allergies.

The complications of lash extensions are few and far between, and when using a licensed, trusted salon, you can be assured that you can have fabulous lashes with no negative outcomes and very little maintenance.

Find the Perfect Hair for Your Face Shape

Finding the perfect haircut is about more than simply finding the best style – you have to find your best style. Even the most amazing cut won’t look right if it’s wrong for your face shape. The best hairstyles are those that work to accentuate the natural features of your face, highlighting your best qualities.

To find the best haircut for you, start by figuring out what your face shape is. This is easy to determine with the help of a ruler and some guidelines, measuring the dimensions and proportions of your facial features. You can also simply take a photo of yourself and download a face metering app that can help decide for you.

If measuring yourself, start by measuring the length and width of the center of your face. Then measure the width of your forehead, followed by the width of your jaw. Take note of the shape of your jawline, and whether it forms a harder or softer angle.

While your face may not fit perfectly into a single category, find the shape that is the closest match. The five face shapes are: oval, heart, diamond, square and round.

Oval

Oval faces are longer than they are wide. Your forehead will be slightly wider than your jawline, which is soft and rounded. Oval faces are versatile, and many styles work well with them. Some celebrities with oval faces are Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Cindy Crawford, and Julia Roberts. The different styles these ladies have rocked over the years illustrate the ease of the oval face shape, and how it looks great with both long and short hairs, chunky layers or wispy bobs.

Heart

The most prominent feature of the heart shaped face is a forehead that is significantly wider over a pointed chin. From adorable to sexy, this face shape can pull of many different looks. Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon provide examples of how heart faces look great with both long, full hair and even the shortest pixie cuts. Zooey Deschanel is another heart shaped face celebrity who is known for her bold bangs and long waves that frame her face.

Diamond

The diamond shaped face is similar to the heart shaped, except that instead of staying broad, the top of the forehead tapers slightly, creating the diamond shape. The cheeks are the widest part of the face, and are generally high and pointed and the jawline has harder angles than a round face. This face shape is less flexible, demanding care when selecting a style that properly frames the diamond shape. Hair for diamond faces should make the forehead appear wider, keeping more volume near the top of the face and drawing attention away from the prominence of your cheekbones. Long curls can provide great texture, or if you have straight hair, add texture with layers. Avoid blunt bobs and center parts, but blunt, bold bangs can help shape the face and draw more attention to the lower section of your face. Don’t be afraid to experiment, though. Rihanna is an example of a celebrity with a distinctly diamond face who has always looked gorgeous with short hair that adds to the frame of her face.

Square

Square shaped faces, as they sound, are roughly as wide as they are long, and the forehead and jawline are roughly the same shape. These faces do not have pointed chins, and are defined by square jawlines. Bangs look great on square faces and can be worn many ways, such as some of Lady Gaga’s looks, or Emily Deschanel’s long bob. Natalie Portman and Demi Moore dress their square faces with long waves and a center part which make square faces appear longer than they are.

Round

Round faces are much like square faces, but they have a round jawline instead of the hard angles, and often include round, prominent cheeks. Round faces can be highlighted with both long and short hair, they often lend themselves well to pixie cuts, like Ginnifer Goodwin, which highlight the features of the face. For a more slimming look, try longer hair with a side part, such as Isla Fisher’s textured waves or a center part like Drew Barrymore.

No matter your face shape, there is a perfect haircut out there for you, but finding the right shape is the best place to start. Before you go to the salon, take some time to look at your face and figure out what is right for you, based on these guidelines. If you need help, consult one of our stylists, who can provide an expert opinion on the best hair for your face shape, and help make the decision with you.    

Keep Up with Beauty Trends: Longest, Fullest Lashes

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While brows and highlighter may have been all of the talk of the last few years, lashes are quickly becoming the center of the cosmetic world. With as many options as there are today to get full and luscious lashes, there’s no reason not to embellish yours, drawing attention to your eyes and giving your look the perfect finish.

When it comes to eyelashes, the longer the better. Of course, not everyone is blessed with beautiful Bambi eyes and most of us need a little help. The easiest way to fill out your lashes is to use a high quality mascara. Bold mascara helps create dramatic lashes that accentuate the eyes, so pile it on.  

However, even an entire tube of mascara will not actually create fuller, longer lashes. So if you are like most of us, without naturally endowed gorgeously long, thick eyelashes, false eyelashes may be the way to go.

Falsies come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from dramatic, over the top full sets, or natural-looking ones that accentuate your own natural lashes. Depending on the look you want to go with, choose your lashes based on your own style.

As an example, Kate Middleton is rarely seen out of the house without a set of false lashes and some heavy mascara, yet she keeps her look simple, by not overdoing the eye makeup around it. This emphasizes her natural beauty and elegance.

On the other hand, Kim Kardashian tends to wear much longer extensions that widen her eyes and create a more dramatic look which is then emphasized with additional smoky eye shadow and well-defined thick brows.

Between these, there’s a whole range of lash looks that can complete whatever style you’re going for.

While there are many options for at-home lash applications, the best-looking, longest-lasting lashes are professionally applied. DIY lashes may work for a night out when it’s just for fun, but if you’re serious about keeping your eyelash game on point, consider having a professional eyelash technician apply longer lasting lashes that you do not have to worry about applying daily.

When it comes to professional lashes, there are many options. Some may be embellished with mascara, while others will stand up on their own, no mascara necessary. A lash professional can help you decide what lashes work best for your eye shape, face shape and intended style.

No matter what your look and style, long lashes are always an improvement.  

 

Choosing the best eyelashes

Looking for the best lashes in Boca Raton? Castelucci’s Hair & Lash Salon lash professionals will leave you with eyes to spark envy. Semi-permanent extensions are the best new trend to give you the fabulous, long lashes you crave, whether for a wedding, special occasion, or simply to look your best every day. Lash extensions blend seamlessly with your natural lashes to give the impression that you were simply born with gorgeous lashes, even without mascara. Professionally applied lash extensions last for 2-3 weeks and can be retouched every other week to maintain constant lovely lashes, or simply applied before a special occasion.

 

You may be wondering, “How do I know which lashes are right for me?”

 

At first, the options of lash extensions may be a little overwhelming. There are a lot to choose from! But at Castelucci’s Hair & Lash Salon in Boca Raton, our professional lash experts will provide a free consultation to determine the best fit for your eyes and personal style. Call Castelucci’s Hair & Lash Salon to set up an appointment. We are conveniently located in downtown Boca Raton and would love to sit down with you to determine the best lashes for your look!

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Eyelash Extensions: Frequently Asked Questions

What are eyelash extensions?

 

Lash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your existing eyelashes to give them a fuller, longer look. Each synthetic lash is applied to an individual, natural lash, maintaining the existing shape of your eyelashes with an added boost of beauty.

 

What do eyelash extensions feel and look like once applied?

 

When correctly applied by our skilled experts at Castelucci’s in Boca Raton, the lash extensions will feel no different than your natural eyelashes. The synthetic lashes will blend in seamlessly to your natural lashes, giving the appearance of naturally gorgeous lashes!

 

How long does the application process take?

 

Applying the extensions generally takes between 45 to 90 minutes. Touchups usually take less time, up to 45 minutes.

 

Will extensions ruin my natural lashes?

 

No! Properly applied eyelash extensions will not damage your natural eyelashes which will continue to grow and fall out in their natural cycles.

 

How long will my extensions last?

 

Every person’s lashes are different, but at Castelucci’s in Boca we use top-of-the line, waterproof bonding adhesive that will only require to be retouched every 2-3 weeks. The adhesive does not create any fumes or irritants. Returning to Castelucci’s every 2-3 weeks will prevent you from needing an entirely new set applied and can keep your eyes looking on-point all the time. Excessively touching your eyes or long exposure to steam or water may shorten the lifespan of your extensions.

 

Can I swim,shower, and exercise with my lash extensions?

Yes. The adhesive bonding agent is waterproof and allows for all normal activity, however some care should be taken to avoid excessive exposure to water and steam, and completely avoiding water immersion for the first twelve hours after application.

 

Are eyelash extensions safe?

 

The application process is completely safe and painless, however, it should only be done by a Certified Eyelash Extension Specialist. At Castelucci’s in Boca Raton our expert specialists are licensed and experience so you can be sure that you are receiving the safest, best treatment possible. Most clients find the procedure to be a soothing experience.

 

How do I decide what look to get?

 

Eyelash extensions are available in a number of lengths, thickness and style. Prior to application, a Castelucci specialist will consult with you to determine the best fit for your eyes, taking into account your natural eyelashes and the look you want to achieve.