lash extensions

All about clarita smit lash extension
  • Hi Everyone! I thought it would be a great idea to share this bit of information with you, I receive messages and emails daily with questions regarding lash extensions and my training. With my busy schedule it difficult to respond to everyone. Please take note: this information is based on how I, Clarita Smit, do Eye Lash Extensions.

    Eye lash extensions increase the length, volume and thickness of your natural lashes. Application of eye lash extensions is a pain-free proses and they are weightless on your eyes. They are also water resistant therefor you can shower, swim and exercise without damaging them.

  • The lash extensions are semi-permanent and can last anything between 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the growth cycle of your natural lashes. Your extensions will fall out with your natural lashes, this is perfectly normal. Your natural lashes will row back as part of their natural cycle.

    Application of a Classic full set takes more or less and hour and thirty minutes. Every 2 to 4 weeks the client needs to come in for a fill to maintain the lash extensions. A trained therapist should be able to complete your fill within an hour and a half.

Type of Lash Extensions

If you are interested in Lash Extensions you would have noticed that you get different types: a Classic set, 2D, 3D, 4D/volume and Lash Art. What is the difference?

* Classical lash extensions: This is what we as Extension trainers have been using the past few years. These extensions will give you length and
   different shape (according to your eyes) but NOT VOLUME. As a therapist we can only add volume to the amount of natural lashes you have
   by attaching a thick extension (between 0.15 and 0.25 mm) to one natural lash. This usually takes one and a half to two hours for a full set
   and an hour to and hour and a half for a fill.

* 2D/3D/4Dvolume: This is something new and these extensions are STUNNING!!! I personally love them as they are fluffy and add great
   volume and curl. They are more natural extensions as the add volume instead of length . The lash extension used is very thin, but allows the
   therapist to scalp and shape the lash to create a fan effect. If 4 thin (4D) lashes (0.07) are applied to a natural lash it is still not equivalent in
   weight to one Classical extension (0.20), therefor adding volume without unnecessary weight. Application of a full set takes 2 to 3 hours.

* Art Lashes: So much fun! A full set of lash extensions are applied to natural lashes and from there it is all about being creative. Theme driven
   and not for every day use but makes for fun photo shoots and editorials.


* Do not wet the extensions for 10 hours after application.
* Any moisturisers, eye creams, oily or creamy eye make-up removers will act as a debonder to the glue so take care when washing your face,    making circles around the eyes.
* Do not rub your eyes or pull on your extensions!
* Curing of Lash Extensions are NOT recommended, especially NOT with a heated curler.
* When cleansing the eyes and removing eye make-up I recommend a oil-free cleanser and make-up remover. I recommend Chrissanthie
   Eye Lid Cleanser to all my clients as I believe that it is the best product to use. It contains tea tree, which has an antibacterial effect and is
   safe to use on your extensions.

  1. Can I use Mascara?
    I don’t recommend it, plus you won't need it. Mascara contains oils and will act as debonder to your extensions which means they wont last and if you have 2D or volume extensions mascara will damage your fans.(they won't stay fluffy and soft).

  2. How do I take care of my Eye Lash Extensions?
    DO NOT rub or pull your extensions or scratch your eyes and refrain from using make-up removers and cleansers containing oils. Use Chrissanthie Eye Lid Cleaner to cleanse lashes and remove make-up.

  3. How long do the extensions last?
    Each extension is bonded to a single natural lash. If you take proper care of your extensions they can last between 4 and 6 weeks.

  4. Why do I need to come for fills?
    Your natural eye lash growth cycle is between 30 and 90 days. This means that your older lashes will fall out (and with them the extension which is attached to them) and a new lash will grow in its place. A fill is needed to apply new extensions to the new natural lashes. When you come in for a fill the therapist will also remove extensions which have grown out, giving you a neat and fresh look.

  5. Can Eye Lash Extensions be applied to sensitive skin and eyes?
    It should not be a problem but always inform your therapist of any skin conditions. The bonding liquid does not come into contact with your skin and there is a special glue that can be used for people with sensitive eyes.

  6. Are Eye Lash Extensions water resistant?
    Yes, you can swim and exercise with your lashes.

  7. What must the client do before coming in for Eye Lash Extensions?
    Cleanse your face and make sure your eyes are make-up and mascara free.

  8. Do my eyes need a break from extensions?
    No! You do not have to take a break unless your therapist recommends it. This will only happen if your therapist thinks it is the best interest of your natural lashes (especially if you pulled your extensions). The therapist can then suggest a 4 week break.

  9. How do I remove the Lash Extensions?
    It is NOT safe to pull on your extensions as your natural lashes will be plucked out with them. You should come in for a soak off which will take more or less 30 minutes.

  10. What is the difference between Volume Extensions and Classical Extensions?
    With Classic Extensions we use one extension (0.20 thickness) for one natural lash. The therapist can only give you the amount of volume equivalent to your natural lash count. Volume Extensions is a softer and lighter (0.07) lash of which 2-6 are applied in a fan to the natural lash. This means your natural lashes will appear quadrupled, giving you a lot more volume.

I hope you found this information helpful. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Kind regards,

Clarita Smit