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Keep your eyelashes looking lovely after and in-between treatments with our lash extensions care techniques. The blog posts in this section will offer any and all suggestions and tricks we have to keep your extensions beautiful for as long as possible.

Caroline’s Complete Guide to Eyelash Extensions

Lash extensions are at the center of the lives of the ladies at Caroline’s Lash Boutique, and that kind of day-to-day interaction with something leads to a lot of knowledge! This is our complete guide to eyelash extensions, which we’re sharing so that you can become an expert about this  beauty treatment, too.

History of False Eyelashes

For centuries, women have been augmenting their looks with makeup, hair removal, wigs, and a variety of beauty treatments and techniques. Eyes have been a particular focus, as the windows to the soul and one of the most expressive and personality-rich feature of a woman’s appearance. In Ancient Egypt, women would darken the area around their eyes with a black cosmetic called kohl, and today, women use all kinds of eye makeup products to bring more color, depth, texture and attitude to their eyes.

False eyelashes have their own history in the world of beauty products, since long, thick eyelashes have been considered beautiful and feminine for centuries. As far back as the 1800s, women’s fashion magazines and books would advise on methods to lengthen one’s eyelashes, from trimming in order to encourage growth to recipes for pomade treatments. Parisian beauties in the 1880s went so far as to sew hair into their eyelids!

Seena Owen in "Intolerance".

Seena Owen in “Intolerance”. Photo source: Wikipedia Commons.

Luckily, painless false eyelashes were invented in the early 1900s when stylist Karl Nessler came up with a method of weaving fake eyelashes and eyebrows. He patented his idea in the U.K. and sold the cosmetics from his London salon. A woman named Anna Taylor patented her version of false eyelashes in the United States in 1911, and five years later, false eyelashes became a popular beauty trend when they were worn by actress Seena Owen in D.W. Griffith’s film Intolerance (a neat side note, Seena was born and raised in Spokane, WA!).

Methods for making and applying false eyelashes continued to develop through the 20th century, with advanced design styles for more variety. Early in the 21st century, the method of applying eyelash extensions one-by-one was invented in Japan or Korea (no one is really sure). These eyelash extensions felt and looked more natural and lasted longer, so they became really popular with celebrities like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez and Madonna. Then everyone else wanted lash extensions so that they could look like the stars, and since the beauty treatment was an accessible price, they got them!

Caroline of Caroline’s Lash Boutique was one of the very first (if not the first) beauty business owners to bring eyelash extension services to Seattle. Today, eyelash extensions are a common beauty service on the menus at salons and spas. But Caroline’s Lash Boutique focuses on eyelash extensions, alone.  

About Modern Eyelash Extensions

Although you can still find panels of temporary false eyelashes at the drugstore and costume shops, the lashes we use to enhance our day-to-day beauty or special occasion look are applied individually in a salon/spa setting by an experienced professional.

Eyelash extensions are made from a variety of materials including synthetic silk, polyester, human hair, and Siberian mink fur. At Caroline’s Lash Boutique, we only use synthetic mink and real mink. All of these materials are lightweight, which means they are comfortable and feel natural.

You can get eyelash extensions in almost any style, color, or amount of curl. Salons like Caroline’s will often allow you to purchase additional sets of extensions to make your look even more bold. We offer three different sets of lash extensions, from Flirty to Glamorous.


The Application Process

Drugstore false lashes are applied with a tiny strip of tape or sticky material that usually won’t last more than a few hours. These are fun and inexpensive accessories for a costume party or outlandish event, but they are not designed for the long term or everyday as you sweat, shower, swim, etc. Alternatively, eyelash extensions are individually attached to your natural eyelashes using a medical grade adhesive, so that they stay on until your eyelashes fall out naturally.

After selecting your lash extension set, your professional lash extension stylist will have you recline on a chair or cushioned table so that she can easily access your eye area. There will be small pads to be placed beneath your eyes to facilitate the application process. The stylist will then apply each extension hair-by-hair to your existing natural eyelashes. As you probably expect, this takes awhile to complete!


Why Should You Get Eyelash Extensions?

Aside from the obvious reason to get eyelash extensions (they enhance your beauty), there are several benefits of eyelash extensions:

  • Save time. Your typical daily beauty regimen probably includes a few mandatory items that you must apply before leaving the house, such as mascara. But what if you could roll out of bed and go after spending only a few short minutes in front of the mirror? Eyelash extensions eliminate the need for mascara, so that you can save a ton of time.
  • Cost-effective beauty. Women spend an average of $15,000 on beauty products throughout their lives, with almost $4,000 spent on mascara alone. With eyelash extensions, you can save on that cost as well as other beauty products, since your all-natural (plus lashes) look is effortlessly beautiful.
  • Customizable look. With so many styles, colors, and levels of glamour with eyelash extension options, your lashes can be totally tailored to the look and style you want.
  • Long-lasting advantages. You can enjoy all of the above benefits of lash extensions for several weeks


Now that you know the general advantages of eyelash extensions, here are some of the best reasons to get eyelash extensions:

  • Everyday luxe. Eyelash extensions are most commonly worn by women who want to augment their natural beauty. The result is definitely longer, thicker eyelashes that look like they might be your natural ones.
  • Special occasions. Lots of ladies come to us for lash extensions ahead of a special event where they want to look their absolute best. Common events are prom and weddings, but a special night out is just as good an excuse!
  • Costumes. Halloween is a busy time for eyelash extensions, since they add so much to that Marilyn Monroe or cat costume. For themed parties or holiday glam, don’t skip the eyelash extensions!
  • Pampering. We all deserve a little bit of this, and it’s important to feel good about how you look! Eyelash extensions can give you that extra confidence boost to be your beautiful self.


Tips for Caring for Lash Extensions

Although they definitely save you a ton of time getting ready in the morning, you do need to follow some special methods of caring for your lash extensions and tweak your skincare regimen a little bit so that they last as long as possible. First and foremost, avoid getting your new lash extensions wet for 24 hours after application, and avoid swimming and saunas for 48 hours.

For ongoing care, make sure your makeup remover is not oil-based or creamy, as these substances can weaken the bond of the adhesive holding your extensions onto your lashes. Never use an eyelash curler, and don’t perm or tint your lash extensions. If you want to glam up your look with mascara, only use a water-based type and stay away from regular and waterproof mascara. Try not to rub your eyes too hard and don’t attempt to pull your extensions off, because you’ll probably pull your natural lash out too, and it’s painful!

Are you ready for your eyelash extensions? Click here to contact us at our University District or Ballard locations!

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Tips For Lasting Lash Extensions

Now that your lashes have reached new heights, it’s time to step out into the world to show off your bold look! Once you’ve left Caroline’s Lash Boutique, it’s important to maintain proper care of your extensions to keep them luminous long after your appointment. Here are some crucial tips for lash extension care:Our eyelash extensions

Don’t pick at lashes! This is lash extension 101: no pulling or tugging. When a lash is pulled out, the hair follicle (structure that grows the lash) can become damaged, affecting future growth. Lashes are the most delicate hair on your body, so they need to be dealt with gently—try to only touch them when brushing and cleaning.

Have a cleansing routine. We recommend washing your eyelashes every other day. Although you may think that avoiding contact is best, proper cleaning will make them last longer and prevent eye issues, such as:

  • keeping follicles healthy so they do not weaken or degrade
  • avoiding blepharitis—an inflamed, tender, flaky lash line
  • controlling demodex mites which thrive in unclean lash lines and cause a reaction similar to that of an allergy
  • reducing buildup of oils, makeup and dirt that inhibits the adhesive

Gently use an oil-free foaming cleanser without tugging on lashes. We sell some great options in-store, such as Fresh Start and Lash Fresh, that are specifically formulated for cleaning and conditioning extensions. If you want to DIY, simply mix water, baby shampoo and 1/8 teaspoon baking soda in a 2-3 ounce bottle.

Carefully work the cleanser into your lash line with the wands your stylist gives you to evenly distribute the solution to each lash. Once it’s worked in, rinse with water and gently pat dry.

Blow dry. Set your lashes back into place after cleansing by blowing them dry on cool/low for 30-60 seconds. This process removes water without contact and will actually protect your lash’s long-term health.

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Eyelash Extension Safety

Like any cosmetic process, there are safety and sanitation precautions that are involved in getting eyelash extensions. At Caroline’s Lash Boutique, we follow a strict set of safety standards to ensure you are getting the cleanest, most sanitary treatment possible. There has recently been some news about the risks behind lash extensions, so we’d like to explain why you have nothing to worry about when you come to Caroline’s!

As a safety precaution, every station in our boutique is set up to required safety standards. Every staff member is a certified esthetician and trained lash technician who understands and follows our safety regulations very carefully. For example, we always sanitize each tool in between clients and wash our hands constantly.

People with new eyelash extensions often experience irritation due to a reaction to the adhesive or incorrect application. To address the former, we use top quality glues designed especially for sensitive skin that cause minimal reactions to the eye area. Long-term experience and careful selection have shown very little irritation to the glue we use to attach extensions. Secondly, we apply extensions one by one on natural lashes. Some inexperienced technicians make the mistake of sticking extensions on multiple natural lashes, which can cause bald spots by forcefully pulling on lashes that are not ready to fall off. Caroline’s eyelash extensions are applied 1 millimeter away from skin to that the glue doesn’t even touch your eyelid, which is another common mistake by a technician that can cause irritation to the skin.

After doing our part to ensure a safe and quality procedure, we give our clients directions for how to best care for eyelash extensions after the appointment. Following our recommendations, such as avoiding moisture and specific types of eye makeup remover, will eliminate the risk of irritation or extensions falling out prematurely.

Contact Caroline’s Lash Boutique to book a Seattle eyelash extensions appointment!

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How to Best Maintain Your Beautiful Lash Extensions

Those gorgeous lashes are so pretty you want them to last forever. There are many ways to extend the life of your lash extensions and with close attention to these easy-to-follow maintenance techniques, you’ll feel and look your best between your touch-up appointments.

1.    No water for the first 24 hours

It is important that your new extensions do not get wet for at least the first 24 hours so that the glue has a chance to set. The adhesive needs to cure with the right amount moisture in the air, too much moisture will cause the lashes to fall off.

2.    Avoid steam and excessive heat

Specially designed glue is used to perfectly to adhere your lash extensions directly to your natural lashes. While it is essential to clean your lashes, it is best to avoid steam as much as possible. This means hot showers & baths, saunas, hot tubs, and hot yoga should not be regular agenda items on your schedule. Steam will adversely affect how the adhesive bonds to your lashes.

3.    Do not rub of pull on your lashes

When cleansing your face and eyes, avoid rubbing your eyes, instead you should get used to patting your eyes gently which is in fact much better for the eyelashes and the sensitive skin around your eyes. It is best to cleanse this area with makeup remover cloth, and then clean your lashes with a Q-tip or Micro Brush. You’ll also want to abstain from pulling on your lashes, as you’re likely to pull out your natural lash as well as the lash extension!

4.    No products containing oil

Do not use cleansers, makeup removers or moisturizers that contain oil or solvents on your eyes, as these will compromise the bonding agent used to adhere your eyelashes. Try to avoid contact with oily shampoo and conditioner to your lashes as it will eventually loosen the bond. There are oil-free cleansing wipes available that are specifically made for eyelash extensions. Try iLashcare® Facial Wipes and Oil-free Protein Remover & Primer. Lashfresh® makes an outstanding Eye & Lash Clean Wash Cleanser.

5.    Sleep on your back

It is especially important to try to sleep on your back otherwise the lashes may rub against the pillow, cause the lashes to fall out sooner than they are supposed to.

6.    Keep your natural lashes healthy

One idea is to invest in an eyelash conditioner or growth serum to maintain the health of your natural lashes. This can help the hairs to stay in the follicle longer resulting in stronger support for the extensions. LashFood®  has a lash conditioner that is 100% organic, and enhances your natural lashes with length, volume and thickness. You might also like the LashFood®  liquid eyeliner and mascara that contains the growth serum to enhance your gorgeous eyes.

Along with taking excellent care of your lashes on a regular basis, be sure to book your maintenance fills every 2-3 weeks to keep your lashes looking top notch!


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