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SAHAR LASH | Artistry Blog
SAHAR LASH | Artistry Blog
Here you will find my industry tips and tricks, as well as recommendations and more information on the treatments I offer.
A Lash Artists worst mistakes!
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- Not working on clean lashes - this will kill your retention as much as it also being unhygienic.
- Not taping bottom lashes correctly - last thing you want is to glue top and bottom lashes together and cause a scary experience for you and your client.
- Not considering a clients natural eye shape/features before application - the wrong styling can look terrible.
- Attaching extensions too close to the skin - not only is this uncomfortable for a client but adhesive is a skin irritant and shouldn’t ever touch the skin.
- Too regular infils (once a week for example) - over exposure to the adhesive can raise the likeliness of an allergic reaction which generally gets worse over time and less likely for the client to be able to have extensions again.
- Excess adhesive - will create more weight and more likely for neighbouring lashes to get stuck together causing damage.
- Wrong weight extensions - will usually not last long and can cause damage over time to the hair follicle.
- Not isolating correctly (causing stickies) - lashes that get stuck together will not only be painful but will cause tension resulting in follicle damage.
If you're a newbie Lash Artist and need some extra support or struggle with application, styling, fanning techniques, retention issues, marketing tips or more, I offer 2 and 4 hour mentoring sessions for already qualified Lash Artists. I also offer over the phone mentoring for any questions you’d like to pick my brain about. https://saharlash.com/contact" target="_blank">Email me for more information.
I was in your position once before and Ive been through most of the struggles you will experince, Im here to make it easier for you so that you can learn from my mistakes and excel in your skills faster.
Sahar Lash x
ALLERGIC REACTION TO EYELASH EXTENSIONS (LASH ARTISTS)
|Posted on 16 October, 2021 at 0:45||comments ()|
In one of my previous posts I covered chemical burns and today I want to share advice on allergic reactions. (please note that medical advice CANNOT be given by a Lash Artist and must only come from a medical professional)
What is an allergic reaction?
Reactions unlike irritations to lash extensions are rare and can show up in different ways from mild to extreme such as;
• Swollen and inflamed eyes/eyelids
• Redness of the cornea
• Itchiness/discomfort around the eye area
Symptoms usually show up within the first 48hours of having them applied and generally worsen over time.
Reactions are likely to become worse the more the client is exposed to the allergen. Irritations (that can also cause redness/itching) on the other hand usually subside quickly.
Most often than none, it is Cyonacrylate (the main ingredient in adhesives) that the client is allergic to.
If a client has an allergic reaction you must not provide further treatment as it can make it much worse and recommend them to seek advice from a medical professional.
You should always offer your client the option of a patch test. They are carried out to check for allergies to products, however this is significantly less than the amount you’d use on a full treatment therefor it’s not 100% accurate.
Note: you must always check with your insurer with patch testing guidelines.
How to treat it?
The (non medical) advice you can give your clients when they have a reaction to help ease or prevent from worsening are to apply a cold compress to the eyes and avoid rubbing or removing them.
If the reaction is severe it’s best for them to take the reaction down (with whatever has been given by a medical professional) and then have them removed. This avoids further discomfort. Never advise clients to remove lashes themselves.
Who can get these?
It’s possible for new clients to have an allergic reaction however reactions to chemicals are usually accumulative. This means the reaction is building up over time and your body is rejecting it. You’re more likely to have your client of 5 years suffer an allergic reaction than someone having lashes for the first time.
How can we prevent it?
Even if a client has taken a break because of an allergic reaction they may still react in future. Once they’ve had a break and another patch test, there are a few troubleshoots you could try;
- A sensitive adhesive for clients who are experiencing sensitivities (such as discomfort, irritation, itching on the lash line, swelling, redness around the lash line)
- Apply less amount of lashes or reduce the time spent to decrease the level of exposure.
- Ditch other products that may cause allergic reactions such as primer
- Use a fan during the appointment to fan away lingering fumes.
- Use a nanomister/superbonder after the treatment to cure the adhesive.
- Perform a post wash (after the adhesive has set) to wash away lingering fumes that are surrounding the skin.
Can a client have lashes again after a reaction?
It’s best not to but if your client is adamant and the initial reaction was not severe then wait 6 months and patch test again. This is something you must check with your insurers as an allergic reaction is considered a contraindication to the treatment. A break will not guarantee that an allergic reaction will not happen.
Note: Because of the unknown of a client having an allergic reaction, never do a full set of lashes for a client before an important occasion such as their wedding day, always do it a week before and then infil if need be.
Thank you for reading
Sahar Lash & Makeup Artistry
ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS DAMAGING?
|Posted on 10 April, 2021 at 13:20||comments ()|
Yes they can be, but ONLY based on these factors;
- Too much weight. If the extensions applied to your natural lashes are too heavy they will put stress on the follicle causing premature shedding and downward growing lashes.
- Too much glue and poor isolation. Excess adhesive will create extra unnecessary weight on the naturals. This may also cause “stickies” resulting in multiple natural hairs being attached to each other which not only is painful but will end up with the naturals being pulled from the follicle.
- Not looking after them. It’s you’re responsibility to look after your lashes once you leave your therapist. You must always follow correct aftercare which means not doing anything to cause stress on your naturals (ie rubbing or picking at them) and making sure you keep them clean.
Remember that properly applied and well maintained lashes will not cause any damage and you can have extensions long term with peace of mind. Always go off recommendation when choosing which Artist to use.
If you are a newbie Lash Artist looking for some further education or guidance feel free to reach out. I offer mentoring sessions that are theory and practical based. Beginners courses launching this summer, email me for more information.
SAHAR LASH | Artistry
Why chose Russian volume eyelash extensions?
|Posted on 2 May, 2016 at 10:25||comments ()|
My most commonly asked beauty and makeup questions
|Posted on 10 July, 2014 at 10:41||comments ()|
The answer is absoloutly YES! Its quite common that I come across some people that don’t cleanse their makeup brushes however it is very important that you do! Bacteria harbours on brushes and every time you use a brush it transfers bacteria too and from your products, to your brushes and your face. This is what can commonly cause spots.
You can purchase a brush cleanser from most Cosmetic companies; the one that I use is MAC’s Brush Cleanser, its very gentle on the hairs of your makeup brush and is a quick fix to sanitise your brush of any bacteria. It also removes colour on the brush from foundations/eyeshadows etc so that the next time you apply a different coloured product (on the eyes for example) you are not getting an altered colour from the previous colour on your brush.
I would also recommend shampooing your brushes once a week. Use a mild shampoo to gently wash away the colour and bacteria and leave flat to dry over night. It will take a few hours to dry so please be aware that you are not washing your brushes before needing them.
Clean brushes will also give you a much softer and flawless finish to your makeup. Happy Cleansing!
How do I get my lipstick to last and stop it from bleeding? There are many different textures to lipsticks these days ranging from Matte, Satin, Cream to lustre and so on.. The lipstick with the best staying power would have to be Matte in texture. It is great for its colour rich finish and is less likely to bleed. No shine whatsoever.
Satin Textures have a semi matte finish still with an intense colour, but if you have the drier lip and still want intense colour, I would recommend a cream lipstick. The colour is still also intense but adds more moisture to the lip.
Then we have the lustre lipstick, which gives a lovely glossy finish with sheer colour. Great for daytime wear or the not so big lovers of bold colours.
I would always recommend prepping your lips by gently exfoliating with a toothbrush in the morning, adding lip treatment to condition your lips, you may also use a lip prep and prime and lastly lining the lips with a lip pencil to avoid bleeding from bolder colours like reds/purples etc.
How can I make my lips look fuller? You can do this by using a neutral/nude lip pencil and over draw the lips helping them to appear fuller in size. Use a neutral shade lipstick and gloss to plump up the lips also. Lighter colours will give the illusion of a fuller lip. This rule also applies with the opposite, matt and darker shades make the lip appear thinner.
How do I make my eyes appear bigger with eye makeup? There are many different ways you can apply eye makeup, depending on the look you are trying to achieve and the natural shape of the eye however, as a general rule and for a natural way to create the illusion of a bigger eye, you would use light shades on the lid. Highlighter is your friend to achieve this look. After applying your eye colour, you can also apply a dash of highlighter on the middle of the lid and the inner corner of the eye along with a white eyeliner on the inner water line of the eye. If you like to line under the eyes, then stick to applying it below the water line.
Just remember that darker shades all over the lid will make the eyes appear smaller and lighter shades will open them up.
What is the best foundation to use? Now this really depends on how you want your skin to look after applying your foundation. It also depends on your skin type. A drier skin will need moisture and if you want your skin to look nice and dewy then cream foundations usually have a nice creamy texture that will not only add moisture but give your skin a lovely dewy finish. You can also buy liquid foundations that do the same job. Liquid tends to be lighter in coverage and cream gives a more medium coverage.
If you have fairly oily skin, you may want to go for a matte finish. You can usually get these foundations in the form of a liquid (or powder in cases of extremely oily skin). They normally give a medium to fuller coverage, which is great for those with problematic skin wanting a little extra coverage.
You also have tinted moisturisers, which are great for those wanting to even out their skin tone with a light finish and added moisture. This is great for daywear or holiday wear.
There are many different brands offering a wide range of foundations and constantly new products being launched. So get yourself down to your local beauty department and pick up a few testers.
I’d also like to add that correct skin care is of key importance in the finished feel and look of your foundation. Make sure that you are using the right skin care products before applying any makeup to your skin.
Individual Eyelash Extensions - Why so popular?
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Strip Lashes - How to apply yourself
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