Frequently asked questions
What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are individual synthetic lashes of different lengths, curls and weight (thickness) cut in the shape of a natural lash and applied one-by-one to each individual natural lash as an ‘extension’ of your natural lash. Lash extensions are not strip lashes, clusters or flares. Lash extensions are meant to lengthen, thicken and enhance the natural lash line without causing any pain, discomfort or lash loss when applied properly.
What brand of lashes does Empress Impressions, LLC use?
Empress Impressions, LLC offers the highest quality in products and adhesives on the market. We use a triple silk blended extension which is more flexible and more natural looking than the traditional plastic extension, this has also been referred to as "faux" mink. Using a lash with just the right curl to give you that feathered look is an exclusive technique of Empress Impressions, LLC.
What brand of adhesive do you use?
Empress Impressions, LLC only offers the best in safety and quality when choosing an adhesive. Most adhesives are manufactured overseas and are equivalent to automobile adhesives full of formaldehyde and other carcinogenic ingredients. The pharmaceutical-grade adhesives we use are formulated in the USA to be formaldehyde and preservative-free, as well as latex-free.
How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
The lash extension application can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the fullness of your natural lashes. The normal human eye has 150-200 lashes per eye. Volume lashes take twice as long to apply the lashes. The more lashes that you have, the more extensions we can apply! This is a meticulous procedure that requires patience and concentration. Therefore, it is important not to rush the process so that you can leave with a perfect set of lashes! You will be relaxing with your eyes closed, and you will feel no pain as this is a non-invasive procedure. Many of our clients are so relaxed that they often fall asleep!
How many lash extensions do you apply?
The normal human eye has 150-200 lashes per eye. Empress Impressions, LLC applies an extension to each and every lash you have. We don’t miss a single one! This is one of our trademark techniques, a full set is a FULL set. For those wanting ultra glam, thick lashes, or those with very little natural lashes, we offer Volume lashes; the application of 2-8 ultra light-weight eyelash extensions applied to each individual natural eyelash.
Can my Eyelash Extensions be Removed?
Yes. Your extensions can be removed at any time. This takes about 30 minute.
Can I still wear eye makeup?
Yes, but most clients don't even feel the need to wear eye makeup...Just wake up and go!Mascara is NOT recommended, as this will break down the adhesive, clump up the extensions and cause your extensions to come off earlier than expected. Empress Impressions, LLC has a water-based cleanser which helps to remove irritating debris and keep your lash line clean and is perfectly safe for use around your extensions. We recommend that you use our cleanser with the cleanser brush which comes in your after care kit to gently remove any makeup near your extensions so that you never have to rub your lashes as this will cause your lashes to come off early.
How safe are Empress Impressions, LLC Eyelash Extensions?
The lashes are applied directly to the natural lash, never applied to the skin. The procedure is pain free and the extensions are feather light, so they will not pull your natural lashes out. We take extra care to make sure we cover each individual lash. We do not clump lashes together, apply them to the skin, or damage your natural lashes with an improper application. The eyes should always remain closed while receiving this procedure.
How long do they last?
Lash extensions require touch ups every 2-4 weeks to maintain their fullness. The longevity of your extensions will vary based upon your natural lash growth cycle; if your hair grows fast, then so will your extensions, and fills will be needed more often. If you follow our instructions for caring for your lash extensions, your lashes will remain fuller longer. The average human eye sheds 5-7 natural eyelashes per day, this is 70-90 natural lashes within 2 weeks (half your natural eyelashes), this is why we recommend fills every 2 to 3 weeks. If you return for a fill with less than 40% of your extensions in place, you will be required to obtain a full set. Our rates are set based upon time and coverage applied.
Can anyone apply lash extensions?
Licensing varies State to State. Check with your licensing board for regulations. Most reputable lash extension companies will only certify licensed beauty professionals. T Be careful who you allow to apply lash extensions to your eyes, just because they say they are certified, does not mean that they are, nor does it mean they are actually qualified. Ask to see their licensing credentials, ask to see photos of their "own" work, not stock images. Make sure the facility is clean and organized. If you have a "bad feeling", then best to walk away.
Who should not get lash extensions?
An individual with any allergy to adhesives or cyanoacrylate adhesives. An individual who has undergone chemotherapy over the last six months, or an individual who does not have natural eyelashes may not have Eyelash Extensions applied. Lashes that grow into the eye are not candidates for lash extensions either. If you suffer from an eye infection or a degenerative disease of the eye, we cannot apply lash extensions to your eyes. If you sleep on your face (stomach sleeper) you should not get eyelash extensions, you will continually end up rubbing them off in your pillow, and then be needing a full set at each fill appointment.
If I only have a few natural lashes, can I get lash extensions?
We apply lash extensions to your natural lashes. We do not glue the extensions directly to your skin. For those clients with little natural lashes, we can apply volume lashes for a thicker lash line.
Can I get my lashes wet?
Even though your lash extensions are waterproof, we do not recommend getting your lashes wet on a regular basis. We recommend avoiding allowing the shower water to beat down on your lash extensions, as anything constant and repetitive can cause your lash extensions to come off prematurely.
What happens during this method?
At Empress Impressions LLC, the Brazilian Knots method consists of securing new hair with thin threads throughout your hair in small sections to give a better fit. This thread is elastic and prevents damaging your hair. We leave out hair at the top and sides to allow for a more natural appearance. This way, you can style your hair up or down any way you like without anyone knowing you have extensions. The hair we leave out of the extensions will cover the knots seamlessly.
How long does it take?
Plan on being with us at Empress Impressions LLC for anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. The time varies depending on the length and condition of your hair. During your individual consultation, we’ll be able to give you a better estimate on how long it will take for Brazilian Knots.
How long will it last?
Unlike other methods of hair extensions, Brazilian Knots last longer, between 3 and 4 months. We remove them professionally by cutting the knot to the stretchy thread, unraveling it for a very safe removal method.
How do I maintain my Brazilian Knots?
Brazilian Knots are so easy to maintain which is why we love them and why you will too! You just wash, treat, and style your hair bi-weekly to keep the knots moist. If the maintenance on other methods of hair extensions was something that put you off, you’ll find great joy in Brazilian Knots.
How much does it cost?
At Empress Impressions LLC, the cost for installation of Brazilian Knots is $250. We also require a $100 non-refundable deposit to make an appointment for Brazilian Knots.
How much hair do I need?
Most of our clients use about 6 ounces of loose hair.