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What are eyelash extensions? Q&A's

Updated: Dec 21, 2019

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are individual synthetic lashes of different lengths, curls and weight (thickness) cut in the shape of a natural lash and applied one-by-one to each individual natural lash as an ‘extension’ of your natural lash. Lash extensions are not strip lashes, clusters or flares. Lash extensions are meant to lengthen, thicken and enhance the natural lash line without causing any pain, discomfort or lash loss when applied properly.

What brand of lashes does XO Lashes by Nichelle use?

Through partnership with manufactures, XO Lashes offers the highest quality in synthetic lash products and adhesives on the market. We use a synthetic monofilament fiber blended extension which is more flexible, ultra sharp and more natural looking than the traditional/general plastic extension, this has also been referred to as "faux" mink.  Using a lash with just the right curl to give you that feathered look is an exclusive technique of XO Lashes by Nichelle.

What brand of adhesive do you use?

XO Lashes by Nichelle only offers the best in safety and quality when choosing an adhesive.

Our pharmaceutical grade adhesives are formulated to be formaldehyde and preservative-free, as well as latex-free.  The bond is a low-viscosity, very fast drying/curing adhesive with just enough flexibility between the natural lash and the extension for a soft natural feel without causing irritation. This adhesive can be used in both Natural and Volume lash application.

How long does it take to apply lash extensions?

The lash extension application can take anywhere from 1.5 - 2hours, depending on the fullness of your natural lashes. The normal human eye has 100-200 lashes per eye. Volume lashes take twice as long to apply the lashes. The more lashes that you have, the more extensions we can apply! This is a meticulous procedure that requires patience and concentration. Therefore, it is important not to rush the process so that you can leave with a perfect set of lashes! You will be relaxing with your eyes closed, and you will feel no pain as this is a non-invasive procedure. Many of our clients are so relaxed that they often fall asleep!

How many lash extensions do you apply?

The normal human eye has 100-200 lashes per eye. XO Lashes by Nichelle applies an extension to each and every lash you have. We don’t miss a single one! This is one of our trademark techniques, a full set is a FULL set. For those wanting ultra glam, thick lashes, or those with very little natural lashes, we offer Volume lashes; the application of 2-8 ultra light-weight eyelash extensions applied to each individual natural eyelash.

Can my Eyelash Extensions be Removed?

Yes. Your extensions can be removed at anytime. This takes about 30-45 minutes with our acetone free adhesive remover.

Who wears eyelash extensions?

Almost any one! From business professional to a stay-at-home-mom who just doesn't have time for makeup, or anyone who wants longer lashes that have the appearance of wearing mascara will love eyelash extensions. The extensions come in a variety of lengths, curls, and colors so you can have a the lashes you have dreamed of and that fit your style!

Can I still wear eye makeup?

Yes, but most clients don't even feel the need to wear eye makeup...Just wake up and go! No more running, streaking, smudging, or flaking mascara. You can still use eyeliner and eye shadows as usual, as long as it is not waterproof or liquid, as these products will break down the adhesive.  Mascara is not recommended, as this can break down the adhesive, clump up the extensions and cause the extensions to come off earlier than expected.  

How safe are XO Lashes by Nichelle Eyelash Extensions?

The lashes are applied directly to the natural lash, never applied to the skin. The procedure is pain free and the extensions are feather light, so they will not pull your natural lashes out. We take extra care to make sure we cover each individual lash. We do not clump lashes together, apply them to the skin, or damage your natural lashes with an improper application. The eyes should always remain closed while receiving this procedure.

How long do they last?

Lash extensions require touch ups every 2-3 weeks to maintain their fullness. The longevity of your extensions will vary based upon your natural lash growth cycle; if your hair grows fast, then so will your extensions, and fills will be needed more often. If you follow our instructions for caring for your lash extensions, your lashes will remain fuller longer. The average human eye sheds 1-7 natural eyelashes per day, this is 70-90 natural lashes within 2 weeks (half your natural eyelashes), this is why we recommend fills every 2 to 3 weeks. If you return for a fill with less than 40% of your extensions in place, you may required to obtain a full set.

Can anyone apply lash extensions?

No! Most States required Licensing through State Board before you can be certified to apply lash extensions. Check with your state licensing board for regulations.

Nail techs are not legally allowed to apply lash extensions in the State of Washington, nor are they allowed to do any body waxing without an esthetician license.  Be careful who you allow to apply lash extensions to your eyes, just because they say they are certified, does not mean that they are, nor does it mean they are actually qualified.

Ask to see their licensing credentials, ask to see photos of their "own" work, not stock images. Make sure the facility is clean and organized. If you have doubt or feel uneasy then it may be best to walk away.

Who should not get lash extensions?

An individual with any allergy to adhesives or cyanoacrylate adhesives.  An individual who has undergone chemotherapy over the last six months, or an individual who does not have natural eyelashes may not have Eyelash Extensions applied. Lashes that grow into the eye are not candidates for lash extensions either. If you suffer from an eye infection or a degenerative disease of the eye, we cannot apply lash extensions to your eyes. If your sleep on your face (stomach sleeper) you should not get eyelash extensions, you will continually end up rubbing them off in your pillow, and then be needing a full set at each fill appointment.

If I only have a few natural lashes, can I get lash extensions?

We  apply lash extensions to your natural lashes. We do not glue the extensions directly to your skin. For those clients with little natural lashes, we can apply volume lashes for a thicker lash line. 


Can I get my lashes wet?

All of our lash extensions are waterproof, so it's ok to get them wet, however, it's not recommend of getting your lashes wet within 48 hours of your fill. Also, try avoiding the water shower to beat down on your lash extensions for an extended period of time, as this can cause your lash extensions to come off prematurely.

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