Lash Q & A

Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelash Extensions

What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are the biggest kept secret to getting bigger, fuller, longer lashes! Lash Extensions are synthetic material (silk, faux mink, or real Siberian mink fur) and are tapered to a fine point to mimic natural lashes in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. They are applied one by one to your natural individual lash. Sometimes a natural  lash line is sparse, thus 2D, 3D, 4D and volume lashes are applied, which add more than one lash at a time to a natural individual lash. Volume Hybrid Lash combines these two techniques. Lastly, festive colors and Swarovski crystals are available to customize your look even more.

How long do they last for?
Lashes can stay on up to 60 days with proper care and monthly maintenance. General aftercare plays a big roll in lash performance. Since the lash is adhered onto your natural lash, and a normal lash growth/shed cycle is 30-60 days, the lashes will fall out, and a new lash will grow .At that time we will perform a lash fill for you on your new growth.

What makes Beauty by Miko different than other lash providers?
-Beauty by Miko uses only the highest quality lashes in the industry, Minkys & Borboletta
-We use the safest, most luxurious adhesive to ensure your eyes are not only safe, but pampered with our lashes. Our adhesives dry very soft on the lashes, allowing flex and bounce with your natural lash line.
-We include complimentary under eye anti-aging gel pads at each appointment (or tape), to hold down bottom lashes. These gel pads add collagen and elastin to reduce under-eye circles so not only will your lashes look amazing at the end of your appointment, but also your whole eye area.
-We are certified to do lashes through Extend your lashes, the creator of Minky’s.
-We carry a large variety of curl types, lash diameters, and lengths in lash extensions to best suit you! Having different lash types ensures you leave with a perfectly customized look that will suit your eye shape and desired look.

Which lashes should I choose?

For first time appointments the questions below may help you decide.

Do you regularly wear mascara?
If no, then Audrey Half Set
If yes, then Marilyn Full Set or Elizabeth Glam Set

Do you regularly curl your lashes?
If no, then Marilyn Full Set or Audrey Half Set
If yes, then Elizabeth Glam Set

Have you ever worn false lashes before?
If no, then Marilyn Full Set or Audrey Half Set
If yes, then Elizabeth Glam Set

Are lash extensions bad for your real lashes?
The most common thing I hear at the studio and is the top concern for new clients.  The short answer is – Not at all! We use only the highest quality adhesive, specially formulated for use on eyelashes. If you have had friends tell you they have had eyelash extensions damage their natural lashes, chances are they went to a place where they were using below standard product, or were inexperienced at applying eyelash extensions.  Our eyelash extensions DO NOT affect your natural lashes! In fact, we do many repairs from other less advanced practitioners.

What will my lashes look like?
With our lash diva technicians, your extensions finished result will look absolutely stunning.  Be sure to check out our work on the gallery page. Also, in the lash studio, there is a moving picture frame with numerous lash examples that we have done for weddings, parties, anniversary, and everyday life.

How are lash extensions applied, and how long does it take?
A full set of lash extensions takes between 1.5-2 hours to apply.
Getting lash extensions done is the most relaxing procedure you could get besides a massage! Most of our clients fall asleep as they lounge with their eyes closed on the lash lounge chair. We will be delicately isolating your natural lashes with a pair of tweezers, and applying individual extensions with medical grade adhesive to your natural lashes.

How do I prepare for my appointment?
1. Remove all eye makeup and clean your lashes with a mild, oil free cleanser and oil free makeup remover. We can do it for you, but would rather spend time working on perfecting your lashes. If you can, go 24 hrs without mascara for best bonding results.
2. Feel free to do regular makeup routine, just do not put on mascara.
3. Plan to set aside about 2 hours for an initial lash set appointment, and one hour for a refill appointment. Most of our guests fall asleep during the lash process; only to wake up amazed with their gorgeous eyes lushly lashed!

How often are fills required?
For most of our clients, fills are ideal around the 3 week mark. Our more active clients (hot yoga, swimmers, or women with naturally oily skin) come a bit sooner (2 weeks) and some other clients who follow aftercare very well (applying our daily sealant, combing them well etc.) can go 3-4 weeks between fills.
Fill prices are dependent on how long it has been since your last appointment. The longer you wait to come in, the more lashes will need to be filled and therefore will cost more. You can choose how much time you would like the lash artist to fill your lashes. The choices are 60, 75, and 90 minutes.Remember, as your natural lashes become accustomed to the extensions and with a little practice maintaining the lashes, the time between refills can be extended.

Can I work out, swim, and shower with my lash extensions?
You bet! The best part about lash extensions is that they look perfect no matter what the activity. We recommend to apply our coating sealant both before and after strenuous activities to keep the bonds strong and conditioned, but other than that… you go girl!

How do I care for my new lash extensions?
For the first 48-72  hours after receiving your lash extensions please keep them free of moisture, sweat, make-up or tears, steam bath, or direct water spray.72 hrs ensures optimal bonding.
To maintain your lash extensions, Aftercare is paramount! We will expertly apply and bond your new lashes with the best products. In return your lashes need to be maintained with the best products as well. Avoid oil based products near the eye area. Oil free removers, and avoiding mascaras and certain eyeliners near the extensions. We do carry extension friendly mascaras, eyeliners, etc at the studio.
After the 72 hours, Daily you need to cleanse your lashes gently to prevent build up on your new lashes. This can be done with a makeup remover or our lash cleanser.

Can I apply mascara on my lash extensions?
We recommend  that you avoid mascara as the tars and oils it contains may damage the bonds of the extensions.  If you must use it I recommend just applying to the tips with water soluble mascara. Also remember, rubbing directly on the lashes, or using mascara remover will weaken the bonding. This may also twist the extensions or make them fall out. We strongly recommend you avoid wearing mascara, curling and rubbing your eyes or pulling on your extensions..

What is a Lash Lift?
A lash lift is a procedure done without the use of extensions.  It curls and lifts your natural lashes. If you are blonde a lash tint really makes the lashes pop. Lasts for 6-8 weeks. It is a fantastic alternative to extensions.