Lash Force Stockist

Lash Force Lash and Brow Growth SerumWithout doubt Lash Force get results and is the most reasonably priced eyelash growth serum I have trialed.  It was brought to my attention by a regular eyelash lift client who too had been looking for a lash growth serum that actually worked.  She has straight hair and had short lashes a feature of her oriental origin.  She came to me when she had been using the serum for two-weeks and asked if I could see any change to the length of her lashes.  At that time there were still short and I still had to use a medium curler for the lift.  Two-months later she returned and I couldn’t believe the difference in her lash growth, she went up to a large curler for her next lash lift treatment. I then bought the serum to use myself and noticed my lashes had more volume in three-weeks and they remain fuller than they were before.  I haven’t seen a huge increase in length but I’m really happy with the volume as they look terrific with an eyelash lift.  When ordering my stock of Lash Force I was told by the supplier the feed-back from Lash Force use was the younger users had seen significant lash growth and the mature users found they obtained more volume.  I was also advised of good results on brow hair growth too, although I have yet to try this.Lash Force Lash Growth Serum The Lashologist

I have been very critical of any lash serum that has been spiked with prostaglandin analogues an element used in glaucoma medication drops as research has shown that long-term use of these serums can be extremely harmful to the health of the eye.  The Lash Force supplier has assured this serum is organic and has been dermatologically and ophthalmologist tested.

The serum comes in a tube not dissimilar to that of mascara.  It has a fine brush that applies the serum along the lash line as you would apply eyeliner.  When first commencing treatment the must be applied morning and evening to get the lash growth started. Thereafter the serum can be applied less regularly.

I recommend Lash Force as growth conditioner for eyelash extension wearers when having a rest from treatment.  For me, Lash Force has worked and my eyelashes have thickened and they look great with an eyelash lift.

I’m now stocking the serum in the salon so if you want to get your hands on a supply immediately just pop in and see us at Mistique in Norwich. .  The cost is £35 and the serum lasts for up to three-months if you are serious about keeping those lashes looking lush.

To get the promotion started I’m offering an eyelash lift, tint and a supply of Lash Force serum as a package for £69.  The offer runs to the end of June 2017.  Is subject to availability and the Lash Force stock supply.  If you are a new Lashologist customer please ensure you pop in for a patch test before you book.

 

Hint of a Tint for Eyebrows

Eyebrow shape and tint As fashion of clothes designs changes so does many beauty treatment trends change too.  We have seen the thick defined brows very much on trend for many years now with the 2008 established HD Brow brand technique leading the way for thick defined eyebrows which has been copied by many other high street and industry brands.  Although enhanced brows are still listed in salons there has been a definite change with the trend to be more natural, less bushy and defined brows and the increase in micro-blading now one of the most popular permanent choices to brow cosmetics moving in leaps- and- bounds.

I’m always ready to give advice about the best way to choose a good and experienced technician for the job by clients that ask my views on tattooing/micro-blading and I’m happy to pass on referrals.  I tend to suggest alternatives to them before taking they take the next step, as once the tattooing job is done there is no going back, so it’s always an idea to try alternative treatments before making the move to more invasive permanent solution.

The most simple and cost effective start would be an eyebrow tint with a good brow reshape.  A client with thin, less shapely brows can achieve a more defined look giving the appearance of a fuller brow with something simple as a tint. The process will need upkeep as tints fade and brows regrow, but it’s the first stage to finding out if a permanent solution to your brow problem is really what you want.

For those who want to top-up for a more defined look for evenings etc, then there are some really great wax and powder products on the market and I can thoroughly recommend Benefit’s  Soft and Natural Brows for the job at a very reasonable price.

If you decide to try a tint and wax/thread reshape treatment always remember to make an appointment with an experienced professional, one who will ask you questions about the results you looking for and one who will patch test you before your treatment.  Also,  don’t feel uncomfortable asking about products used and the process of the treatment.  A good rule of thumb is find out if the therapist tints and wax/threads, or if they wax/thread and tint, as the latter can cause a nasty allergic reaction and in some cases hospitalisation.  See images below of an eyelash extension client of mine who had a thread and then tint in a salon in Luton.  She went to hospital as the reaction from the treatment was severe.   Read my blog on how to choose a suitable therapist.

If you would like to get some advice about treatment for your eyebrows do contact me at 07880 653076.

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Trouble-Shooting problems

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The treatment of eyelash extensions, eyelash lift and eyelash tinting is not harmful if applied by a professional practitioner who cares about the well-being of their client.  The products we use are well-known tested brands but they do have chemicals that your body might react to.  Before you come to us for your treatment you will have to have an allergy patch test which takes seconds to do and we recommend if you have the time  you book in for a free pre treatment consultation.  If you do not show signs of discomfort, irritation or swelling on the area tested within a 48-hour period you can go ahead with the full treatment.   If after the treatment you have any signs of swelling, irritation and redness along the lash line  you must call us immediately for the removal of the eyelash extensions.  Do not try to remove the lashes yourself by pulling at them or buying eyelash adhesive remover and applying it yourself.  When we remove eyelash extensions we use a barrier cream along the lid line to minimise additional chemical contact that could further irritate the problem.  Consult your doctor or your pharmacist in case you are in need a course of antihistamines to help with the allergic reaction.

It is important to ensure you maintain eyelash hygiene especially around the eyelid area. A mild cleansing solution e.g. diluted baby shampoo or a non oily make-up remover should be used to clean the area on a regular basis.  If you find you are experiencing redness, irritation or flaking around the lid, please make an appointment for consultation.

Blepharitis

If you have had long periods of eyelash extensions treatments you or your eyelash practitioner might see signs of dry flaky skin and redness along the lash line and could indicate the medical condition of Blepharitis. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. It usually affects the edges (margins) of the eyelids. It is not usually serious, but may become an uncomfortable, irritating problem. Removal of the eyelash extensions is necessary and a good eyelash cleanse and regular eyelash shampooing will keep the problem under control.

Madarosis
Madarosis is a hair loss condition of the eyelashes called ciliary madarosis, or also known as milphosis. The cause can be associated with obvious cosmetic damage to the eyelid and follicles from an inflammation problem. Although there are systemic causes that result in this problem that would need to have medical examination.

Styes
A stye or hordeolum is a small, painful lump on the inside or outside of the eyelid. It is actually an abscess filled with pus and is usually caused by a staphylococcus bacteria eye infection.  Styes are usually visible on the surface but can appear deeper inside the eyelid. An external stye starts as a small spot next to an eyelash. It turns into a red, painful swelling that usually lasts several days before it bursts and then heals. Most external styes are short-lived and self-limiting. An internal stye (on the underside of the lid) also causes a red, painful swelling, but its location prevents the familiar whitehead from appearing on the eyelid. The internal stye may disappear completely once the infection is past, or it may leave a small fluid-filled cyst or nodule that can persist and may have to be opened and drained. Styes are usually caused by staphylococcal bacteria, which often live right on the skin surface. Eyelash extension wearing clients who develop a stye should seek medical advice before requesting removal of the synthetic lashes by their technician.  Chemicals will be used for the removal procedure that will irritate the condition.

Gentlemen’s grooming

Lash lift men 2Looking back to the days of the traditional barbers shops identified by the swirling red and white poles offering a one-style cuts, with a Brilliantine finish and the only upselling was a pot of Brylcreem and that ‘something for the weekend, sir?’, has departed to bring in cutting edge haircuts for head and face and any extras usually referring to a rejuvenating facial, and eyebrow shape or professionally buffed-up finished manicure.

There is something nostalgic seeing the return of barbers shops, although many new up and coming feel of having the traditional barbers pole isn’t a necessary signal to promote the business, preferring to style their salons with a masculine feel and offering haircuts, wet shaves and a variety of upmarket male grooming products, and as importantly the customer service is tailored for the gentlemen rather than identifying the customer as a mate.

Barbers’ shops are making a big come-back and in my home city of Norwich the new trend for male grooming is increasing at a pace. It’s becoming attractive for men to be able to choose to have their space for preening rather than mix with the girls and  looking good is an important part of dressing to impress, as donning an expensive suit or wearing beautifully co-ordinated outfit won’t do it if your face, hair and hands tell another tale.

I have been offering treatments for men for a while, providing organic cleansing facials, nail and hand care maintenance and brow shaping, and recently added in eyelash lifts and tints for men too.  Eyelash lifts are becoming a popular eyelash treatment with both genders, as the lash lift and tint treatment is a way of enhancing without adding any synthetic aid, lasts for about two months and doesn’t cost the earth.

More information about treatments for men can be found on our eyelash care for men page.

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Just had a bad eyelash extension job?

bad lash job 14 july 2015Call us for an immediate appointment to assess and remove the problem lashes!
The images  show the outcome of an unprofessional and careless eyelash extension treatment recently done in a Norwich city centre salon.  Just five days after application, and not wanting to return to the salon in question,  the client contacted us for advice,  requesting swift removal of the eyelash extensions as they were causing discomfort.
Long, thick 0.20 diameter lashes had been applied in clusters to the client’s natural lash (an absolute no, no in the eyelash extension profession), with some clusters sticking to other synthetics and natural lashes causing stress on the natural lashes and tightness and discomfort along the clients lash line. Some of the clumps had fallen off due to the weight, breaking the  natural lash at the lash line.  The client reported that she had shortened the length of the synthetic lashes with scissors to stop the lashes drooping at the eyelash corners.
It took us 60 minutes to remove the lashes (usual removal time of 20 minutes) as the adhesive remover couldn’t easily penetrate the dense clumps of glue.  The client’s lashes are damaged with some broken off at the lash line and others shortened by 50%.  Due to the amount of adhesive remover used the Bad lash job information The Lashologistclient’s eyelashes and lid were washed gently with warm water and flushed with a saline solution after the removal job.
The client is returning after her natural lashes have recovered for a free assessment consultation.
If you are unsure of how to find the correct therapist to use, check-out Perfect Pamper’s blog on how to choose the right professional for your treatment. Disappointment of low quality lasts longer than happiness of a low price!

Lash and glow for your special occasion!

NorfolkWeddingSuppliers-234Eyelash and eyebrow cosmetics go hand-in-hand with a professional make-up job for that special occasion, be it wedding, evening, prom or for a modelling portfolio. We can offer a make-up service through our sister business, Perfect Pamper who works with first-class make-up artists,  aesthetic medicine professionals and hair stylists to enhance your look.

A basic bridal lash and make-up package including classic eyelash extensions and make-up with trial starts from an affordable £130.  Plus, we can offer through Perfect Pamper some really affordable all-inclusive beauty bridal packages too.

If you are looking to add a little extra lift to facial areas before the cosmetics are applied and would like a clinical lift from Botox, fillers to acid peels or face firming Hydrafacials, we can organise this for you too with our colleagues at Atlas Cosmetic Medicine.

It doesn’t stop with eyelash and eyebrow cosmetics  with The Lashologist, you can get a new look without having to search too far.

If you would like further information please do contact us, or click through to the links supplied in this blog.

Jane 🙂

Images (2014) featured: Model Amy Bevan.  Make-up by Perfect Pamper. Hair by Julie JB Bridal Hair. Dress by Elegance. Flowers by The Florist (Wroxham). Photos by David Woodcock Photography.

Want an eyelid lift without cosmetic surgery?

Eyelids by DesignPtosis is the medical term for drooping eyelids it is mainly the result of the ageing process. As we age the skin elasticity around the eye is lost, the tissue loses its firmness and the weight of the sagging skin drops. As well as ageing, Ptosis can also be due to a congenital defect, it can be brought on prematurely by sun exposure, smoking, fatigue, nerve damage, disease and illness. For those who of you who don’t like the thought of cosmetic surgery for a lid lift (blepharoplasty), then we have a quick fix solution to correct eyelid drooping.

A product called ‘Lids By Design’, a non-surgical eyelid drooping correcting tape is available through The Lashologist as it links nicely to the eyelash and eyebrow service we provide.  The correction tapes is great for loose and sagging skin over the lashes, Asymmetrical lids making you look uneven, excess skin covering the natural fold of the lid, heavy lids that sometimes impair vision. Lids by design image 2

The Lids By Design correcting tape is designed to the shape of the eyelid and is easy to apply once you get the hang of it. The boxes come in 40 application packs with tweezers and there are two lengths available of 3mm and 4mm that you can combine if necessary to get that perfect eyelid lift.  Cost £40 per pack plus £3.50 postage and packing.

Here’s ContourRX Lids By Design video to show you how these correcting strips are applied.

 

Why you need to a take a break from your lash extensions

Take a break from you eyelash extensionsOne of my clients popped into the salon a couple of days before her booked eyelash extensions removal, concerned that she wasn’t doing the right thing by having them removed and wanting a second opinion.   It’s such a big decision to have those lashes removed to revert back to your natural lashes, as it is without doubt a huge shock for long -term wearers.   If I was in it for the money I could have easily said ‘well let’s keep in-filling them or remove and replace with a new set’,  this would not have been a helpful suggestion for both parties.

Long-term wear of synthetic lashes do have risks, especially when it comes to the condition of the natural lashes, as they do suffer from lash trauma by becoming shorter, thinner and weaker, and in some cases total loss of natural lashes can occur.  There is also the threat of eye medical problems such as conjunctivitis and the long-term problem of Bletharitis, which could mean that any future wear of lash extensions is no longer a consideration.   To ensure natural lashes recover from constant eyelash extension use, eyelash extensions should be removed every six to eight months to allow the eyelid line to be thoroughly cleansed after the months of make-up build-up and bacteria, and also for the natural lashes to grow and thicken.  We recommend a minimum of two months rest from eyelash extensions to allow natural lashes to recover and for full regrowth.

Another factor with the problem some might have with natural eyelash weakening after eyelash extension wear ,can be linked with the dimension and length of the extension, as  the heavier the glue loaded extension on the natural lash the more likely the hair will break, so it is advisable to get advice from the expert before asking for the longest and thickest eyelash extensions available, as your poor eyelashes might not be able to take this for long periods of time.

What can you do while your natural lashes are convalescing? The advice and options I give to my clients after extension removal is  try not to have eyelash extensions for at least two months, and to alleviate the loss of eyelash extensions I suggest eyelash lift and tint( tinting after the lift ).   Or you could try eyelash growth serums. There are many eyelash growth serums on the market and these can be bought online or from the likes of Boots and some large department stores. However, do remember to read the labelling as some lash serums are not suitable for the health of the eye (refer to lash serum blog). A recent article from the Daily Mail outlines the problems with some eyelash growth serums.  Here’s the link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3016092/Did-drug-make-lashes-lusher-turn-green-eyes-brown-LEAH-HARDY-investigates-disturbing-effect-treatment-backed-stars-Claire-Danes-Brooke-Shields.html

There’s lots of pre-made eyelash conditioning serums (not to be confused with eyelash growth serums) on the market, but you can make your own from simple ingredients, here’s my homemade version:

Take a small clean bottle and pour in a teaspoon of castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil and vitamin E oil. Shake up and seal with cap. When you want to use the serum, get a mascara wand, dip into bottle and stroke the ingredients on to the lashes not loading the brush with too much. The other option is to dab some solution onto a clean finger and massage into the eyelid and lash line.

All the above ingredients can be bought from Holland and Barrett and what you don’t use in the making of your eyelash serum you can use on the rest of your body, face and the coconut oil can be used in your cooking.

Jane 🙂

 

Are you a liner lover?

eyelash extensions and problems with some eyeliners With eyeliner continuing its popularity, make-up advice from the mainstream magazines this year is to ensure that you add and keep a black or granite grey eyeliner pencil in your make-up kit. This is great trend advice for that up-to-date look but it can play havoc with your eyelash extensions if you wear them, especially the fine synthetic lashes that are aptly named Mink because they resemble the texture of animal fur.

Gel liners, liquid liners, kohl pencils all have a greasy or oily consistency and although great care is taken to ensure the liner is removed with end of day make-up cleanse routine, there’s always a residue build-up along the lash line. To implement aggressive eyelid cleaning to remove all traces of the liner would have a detrimental effect to the eyelash extensions as they couldn’t stand such harsh treatment.

With every client who has been wearing eyeliner and comes to me for eyelash extension in-fills comes the necessity to spend time carefully cleaning and drawing off eyeliner debris from the natural and synthetic lashes before I can start to fill-in the gaps. Some clients have so much eyeliner accumulation along the lash line that some of the synthetic lashes are held in place by the liner build-up left alone.

The two main problems of using greasy/oily eyeliners is that a)they severely affect the synthetic lashes as they clog and mat the fine lashes together leaving the extensions all bunched together so losing that nice feathered look and, b) a continuous build-up of eyeliner can cause bacterial problems that could lead to conjunctivitis or bletharitis.

Along with the standard aftercare instructions for clients I add-in information about the problems of eyeliner build-up and suggest that a semi-permanent eyeliner felt tipped pen is the alternative if they are eyeliner lovers. These felt tipped pens give the desired line that dries without leaving any greasy residue and if you have a wobbly hand then there’s an eraser that will wipe off any mistakes. The only problem with felt tip eyeliners is they do dry out quickly however, the benefit of paying £4 to £5 for a replacement is financially better than having to have longer appointment time for in-fills or a new set all together.

Keep those lashes lovely!

Jane 🙂

Hypersensitivity to products

eyelash allergies, conjunctivitis, contact hypersensitivityOccasionally I will be told by a client that there’s no need for an initial consultation or an allergy patch test as they have had treatments for lashes and brows before elsewhere and have had no problems.  The person is disappointed and sometimes gets a little irritated that I will not do a treatment without a consultation and a patch test being done.  As a business woman I of course dislike to turn away business, but as a professional I will not jeopardise a persons health or my credibility to take such an unprofessional risk.

Since I have been practicing eyelash cosmetics I have seen many clients who have come to me with eyelash extension jobs that have resulted in contact allergy, bletharitis and bacterial conjunctivitis.   The reasons for these medical conditions are usually because the client has not received a full or any initial consultation to ascertain if they are able to have the treatment and no product patch test has been done. Other factors are poor basic hygiene procedures and bad aftercare advice whereby eyelid and lash line hygiene has not been advised or dismissed. The reason to ensure that you are medically fit to have an eyelash or eyebrow treatment is because some people might have a medical condition of the eye such as, glaucoma, retinal diabetes, dry eye syndrome and they might also be hypersensitive to chemicals. Forms of hypersensitivity reactions are either seasonal conjunctivitis which is pollen related, perennial conjunctivitis an allergy to animal hair or dust mites, giant papillary conjunctivitis a condition associated with contact lense use and contact dermatoconjunctivitis which is a reaction to products, such as eye drops, make-up and eyelash extension adhesives.

Hypersensitivity reaction to a particular chemical is caused by the body releasing histamine which is a compound involved in local immune response. Hypersensitivity displays intense itching, a sensation of burning, a grittiness in the eyes, redness and swelling.  It can usually be suppressed by an anti-histamine and immediate removal of the lashes with a saline wash-out after is advised.  If there is no ease from the reaction I strongly advise that immediate medical attention be sort.

For new clients who want to have any eyelash or eyebrow treatments, I will require information from you regarding medical conditions related to the eye, to skin sensitivity i.e. eczema at the time of your initial enquiry. You will be asked to have an allergy patch test and a free consultation prior to the treatment appointment and you will be required to complete and sign a medical consent form on the day of your treatment. If you are an existing client I will want to know if you have any changes in your medical history, and for those of you who have taken 12 months plus without any eyelash or eyebrow treatment I advise that you have an allergy patch test prior to new treatment. I offer free consultation for eyelash extensions, eyelash lifts and eyebrow extensions. I require a patch test be completed at least 48-hours prior to treatment for eyelash extensions, eyelash lifts/perms, eyebrow extensions, eyelash tints, eyebrow tints.      

Jane:)