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You see, the lash industry has this ugly little secret… that many salons use lashes that are made from mink fur. That’s right, ‘mink’ as in the cute little animal. And, no, the fur doesn’t comes from a cute little mink ‘spa’ where recently shed fur is collected from a freshly shampooed, massaged and brushed mink. I mean, come on. We all know it’s a lot more sinister than that.
Aside from being horrified by the cruelty that goes on at mink farms, I’m also disgusted by the idea of animal fur on my eyelids. Super weird, no?!
Thankfully, Melissa came back with the answer I was looking for. It seems we have similar values and she quickly explained that her lashes are actually faux mink lashes.
“They’re fully synthetic lashes designed to be light and soft… A surprising fact is that a lot of salons use mink hair lashes. It’s super cruel and the end product isn’t even as good as what can be done with synthetics.” -Melissa Bergen
Great answer, happy with that. And seriously, thank goodness, cos I’ve been meaning to get a set of lashes (for the first time) for ages!
Why Would Anyone Want Eyelash Extensions?
So asked my husband.
And I get it. We already have eye lashes, right? It may seem like an odd thing to do on face value.
But, longer, fuller lashes have been proven to make anyone at least 20% prettier. Okay, I have no research to back that up! But, at least from my own observations, it is 100% true.
Without makeup, my eyes are rather plain. Melissa was kind enough to reassure me that my natural lashes were not too bad… but, truthfully, they are pretty average. They’re not that thick and they’re quite short. In fact, compared to my 5 and 6 year old boys, mine are super average. (Why do boys get naturally stunning lashes anyway?!).
So the first and greatest benefit of getting eyelash extensions is that you will look and feel prettier and more feminine.
The second benefit (and this is a biggie!), is that you will no longer need to wear mascara… hoooray!! You just saved yourself 5 minutes every day.
“The first and greatest benefit of getting lash extensions is that you will look and feel prettier and more feminine.”
My Experience At The Lash Spa
The first 5-10 minutes with Melissa was spent discussing the type of lashes I wanted. It turns out, there are many different styles to choose from, including The Natural Eye, The Cat Eye, The Open Eye and The Doll Eye.
To a certain extent, the shape of your eye will determine which style is best suited to you. My main focus, though, was to get the most natural-looking, thick, luscious lashes I could get, as I work at a conservative law firm that may not cope with a wicked cat eye.
Melissa recommended The Natural Eye, using the Volume Blend set.
When we were ready to start, Melissa began by applying an anti-wrinkle eye regeneration treatment to my under eyes, which is a complimentary treatment that she gives to all of her clients. The Aloe Vera based treatment hydrates, nourishes and boosts collagen production around the eyes to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles.
She then started applying the lash extensions… and before I knew it, she was done and I sitting up looking at a prettier, more feminine me!
Overall the entire process took around 60 minutes, but the relaxing music and pleasant conversation made it feel closer to 20.
We snapped some photos for the before and after pic and then Melissa handed me a cute little gift bag complete with a chocolate bar and Ferrero Rocher, a bottle of lash shampoo and a set of aftercare instructions. She stressed that the lashes must stay dry for the first 24 hours, and that includes steam, so no shower. Also, no oil-based cleansers on or around my lashes (if there’s a risk that it will get on the lashes) and the lashes are to be shampooed every 2 days.
Finally, Melissa explained that the lashes will last around 6 weeks. However, if I wish to maintain these perfect, luscious lashes (I do!), then I will need to get infills done every 3-4 weeks.
Why Smart Girls (Or Guys) Get Lash Extensions From A Lash Technician
Melissa is a lash technician, which essentially means that this is her speciality.
The benefit of seeing a technician like Melissa, is that they will apply each extension to your individual lashes, with a minimal amount of glue, so that when your natural lash ultimately falls out (which naturally happens every 6 weeks), the extensions will fall out with them, leaving zero damage to your natural lashes.
Some salons are pumping out their services like no tomorrow and a clumsy set of lashes will result in too much glue being used, causing damage to your natural lashes, which may take some time to grow back. I’m sure you’ve all heard the horror stories. Melissa assured me that this is rarely going to happen if you get your lashes from a properly-trained lash technician.
Melissa also explained that there is a bit of a science to the adhesive, which needs to be applied at a temperature of 60 degrees. She uses a humidifier so that the room temperature is just right, which allows the adhesive to set correctly. And apparently it is normal to lose a lash or two each day. However, if more than three lashes fall out each day, it means that the adhesive hasn’t set properly.
Are You Ready to Get Your Lashes?
The Lash Spa is located in Altona North, in West Melbourne. It costs $140 for the Volume Blend Package and $70 for infills. If you would like to make a booking, it’s best to book with Melissa 1-2 weeks in advance. You can make your appointment here.
Thanks for reading!