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A Trusted Regina Salon and esthetic experts tip on Eyelash Extensions

En Vogue Day Spa & Gift Studio have been in business since 1998, a member of the Leading Spas of Canada since 2001 and one of two spas in Saskatchewan that has passed stringent requirements to attain Leading Spas of Canada Quality Assurance Designation. A Designation that means they meet consistent safety, operational and hygiene standards. In 2012, Patricia, who is passionate about spa safety, was elected to the Board of the Leading Spas of Canada, the association that represents spas across the country.

En Vogue Day Spa and Gift Studio is a Trusted Regina Spa 

Here they share a tip on Eyelash Extensions:

Extensions - Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash Extensions are a popular new product that lengthens and thickens your own natural lashes. They are single strands of falseeyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural lash. They are applied to each individual eyelash with a specially designed bonding agent for a natural, beautiful and luscious look. Eyelash Extensions are perfect for that special occasion or for day-to-day wear. They are virtually weightless and will not damage your natural lash so you can choose to wear them permanently.

At En Vogue we apply FAUX MINK EYELASH EXTENSIONS

Faux Mink Lashes are our lashes of choice to provide you the softest, natural looking and full lashes that you will love!

Faux Mink Lashes have a lot of the same characteristics of Real Mink Lashes with the added benefit of being more affordable and unlike real mink, faux mink lashes won’t lose their curl when wet.

Faux Mink Lashes are so light and fine, they feel like your own lashes. They are long lasting (with proper care) and are great if your own lashes are fine and weak.

The extensions are single strands of faux mink lashes that are curved to replicate natural eyelashes. They provide length and thickness to your own lashes and are available in varying lengths and curls to create a look that 'opens' up your eyes.

Eyelash extensions are applied to your individual eyelashes, one lash at a time. The result is thicker, longer, eye opening lashes

Will the application be harmful to my natural lashes? 

Not at all! Our eyelash extensions are applied on your own natural eyelashes one by one (without touching the skin) with an specially designed bonding agent developed exclusively for eyelash extensions. This new technique is not harmful to your natural eyelashes. The adhesive dries very soft on lashes allowing flexibility and comfort.

What do Eyelash Extensions look like when applied? 

With proper application, meaning one synthetic eyelash applied to one natural lash the look and feel is completely natural looking and real. No one will know you have extensions. They will just think you were born with beautiful, long and luxurious lashes!

How long will a set of Eyelash Extensions last? 

When applied properly, eyelash extensions will last the length of the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes. Everyone's experience will differ based on day to day activities but over all touchups should only be required every 2 to 3 weeks.

How often should I get a fill? 

We recommend getting a fill every 2 to 3 weeks. If you wait too long your eyelash extensions will fall out and you will require a full set. A fill averages about 30 to 45 minutes.

Just like your hair, eyelashes grow and fall out. In fact, we lose between 10 and 15 lashes every month. The term 'semi-permanent' refers to eyelash extensions that fall out before natural lashes. On the other hand, if the eyelash extension stays perfectly in place during the entire lifespan of the natural lash (2-3 months on average), 'permanent' is a more appropriate word.

Can I apply mascara to Eyelash Extensions?

Yes, even though mascara is not really required since the extensions actually give the illusion of wearing mascara it can be worn. It must however only be a water-based mascara. Care also needs to be taken in washing off the mascara .

Can I swim, shower, exercise, or visit a spa while wearing Eyelash Extensions?

Yes. The bonding agent we use is waterproof and allows you to shower, swim, exercise etc. Special care is required but overall maintenance is low. We do recommend however that you do not wash your eye area for approximately 2-4 hours after the eyelash application.

How do I take care of my new Eyelash Extensions?

  • Do not get lashes wet for 2-4 hours after application
  • Avoid hot steam or sauna
  • Avoid running water directly on your lashes
  • Do not rub your eyes
  • If applying mascara do so from middle to tip, avoid root area
  • Use water based makeup remover
  • Do not perm your lashes
  • Do not use a mechanical eyelash curler
  • Do not pull on your lashes (this may cause your natural lashes to come out prematurely)

DO'S - DAILY MAINTENANCE

Do use ONLY water based (oil-free) eye make-up and eye make-up remover: Use a small, cotton based tipped applicator to gently remove eye-make up. Do be gentle while cleansing the eye area and pat lashes dry.
Do use a sealer. A sealer will help protect and extend the life of your lashes from harmful particles such as dirt and oil.
Do schedule a touch-up session Lash Artist: The natural lash life cycle is about 100 days and the eyelash extensions may fall off during this period of negligent care by client. Touch-ups are recommended to be done every 2 weeks to replace any lashes that may have fallen off within that time period.

DON'TS - DAILY MAINTENANCE

Don't use regular, over-the-counter mascaras: We recommend using specially formulated mascara for eyelash extensions. Put the mascara only on the tips of the extensions - do not apply from the root of eyelashes!
Do not use lash curlers
Don't receive acidic facials: Acidic peels such as Chemical Peels, Alpha and/or Beta Hydroxy Peels will dissolve the bonding agent of eyelash extensions.
Don't excessively rub lashes or eyes while washing face.
Don't use oil-based eye products around or on the eyes. Oil-based products around or on the eyes will dissolve the bonding agent of eyelash extensions.

How long will it take to apply Eyelash Extensions and how is it done?

The application process for lash extensions normally takes 2 hours with an experienced technician. You will lay comfortably with your eyes closed. The Eyelash professional will then apply an under eye gel pad to cover your lower lashes. The extensions will then be applied to each individual eyelash with a specially designed bonding agent.

How do I choose the look I want?

Eyelash extensions are available in a number of lengths and thicknesses. We consult with you first to see what type of style you are interested in and we also determine what your lashes can hold in regards to length and size. Each person's lashes will vary so we take this into consideration when creating a look for you. The overall goal is for the lashes to look glamorous but natural.

Can the eyelash extension be removed?

Yes, at any time for any reason! It is a simple procedure that doesn't take long and we have a specially formulated removal solution that will break down the glue and safely remove your extensions without damaging your natural lash. Please do not attempt to remove the lash extensions yourself as this will cause premature pulling out of your natural lashes.

FOR YOUR SAFETY! Beware of potentially harmful inexperienced imitators...many eyelash extensionists use "in-house" or third world lash adhesives that can contain harmful chemicals. Please do your research before selecting a lash artisit and ensure that they have been certified by a reputable distributor.

Are eyelash extensions suitable for everyone?

Anyone of any age can have eyelash extensions applied as long as there is a natural lash to glue the extension onto. Ladies who have undergone chemotherapy (and their lashes are starting to grow back) are a great candidate as well as people who wear contact lenses and glasses.

HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE AN EYE INFECTION OR HAVE RECENTLY UNDERGONE AN EYE OPERATION OR COSMETIC EYE SURGERY IT WOULD BE BEST TO WAIT UNTIL THE EYE AREA HAS COMPLETELY HEALED.

 


Whatever your needs we are sure you will enjoy the experience that En Vogue offers and we strongly suggest that you go along and check it out for your self!!! Check out their reviews and the complete Trusted Regina directory listing 

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Regina Salon share The Difference between Gel Nails and Gel Polish

The Difference between Gel Nails and Gel Polish:

Gel Nails and Gel Polish, What’s The Difference?

What Are Gel Nails?

Gel nails are an artificial nail enhancement that can be applied over the natural nail, a nail tip or used to sculpt extensions. Artificial Gel Nail Enhancements require regular maintenance fills. Gels are called gels because the product is in a gel form. There are three types of gels. UV, LED and No Light. UV gels are cured in a UV lamp. LED gels are cured in an LED lamp or a UV lamp. No Light Gels have a spray or brush on activator to cure the product.

UV Gel comes in a jar or tube. If it is in a jar it is applied to the nail with a brush. If it is in a tube it can be applied to the nail and spread over the nail with the tip of the tube. Some manicurists put the tube gel in a small dish and then apply the gel to the nail with a brush.

LED Gel comes in a jar and is applied to the nail with a brush. LED Gels can be cured in a LED lamp in 30 seconds or less or cured in a UV lamp for 2 minutes. Cure times will vary by manufacturer.

LED is UV light. The difference between the lamps is the type of bulbs. The UV lamp uses florescent bulbs that are changed after x number of hours of use. X is determined by the manufacturer. LED Lamps have Light Emitting Diodes or LED for short. LED bulbs are not changed, when the lights go out, a new lamp is required. Both lamps emit UV light.

No Light Gel comes in a tube. It is a thick viscosity glue and requires an activator to cure. Activators are available in spray or brush on formulas. Most people are referring to UV or LED gels, not No Light gels, when they say “gels”.

Powder can be added to UV Gel or No Light gel for added strength. Powder is dipped or sprinkled into the gel before curing the gel in the UV light or using the activator. The powder used is a specially formulated powder for use with both types of gel, not the same acrylic polymer powder used in liquid and powder acrylic nails.

Fiberglass can also be used with UV, LED or No Light gels. The manicurist can imbed a strip, or cover the entire nail with, a fiberglass fabric before curing.

What is Gel Polish?

Gel Polish is a colored nail polish in a gel form that cures in a UV or LED lamp. Gel Polish comes in a bottle that resembles a regular polish bottle or, in the case of OPI Soak Off Gel, in a pot. OPI also has a newer formulated Gel Laquer that is in a bottle. Both are soak off gel polishs. Gel Polish is applied over the natural nail and is NOT an artificial nail enhancement. Gel Polish is soaked off with the manufacturer's remover or acetone before each service. It is generally not “filled”.

Here’s Where Things Can Get Tricky

A manicurist can apply a plastic tip to extend a nail or all nails with a Gel Polish overlay. The finished nail will NOT be as strong as a UV Gel nail that is meant to be worn as an enhancement, but it can be done as a temporary fix for a broken nail. Gel polish can also be “filled” to freshen it up. The manicurist can buff the surface of the gel polish to remove the shine, then apply an additional coat of the same color, a different color or just clear top coat. This should not be done more than one time as it makes the nails look very thick.

More tricks up the Gel sleeve are that there are “hard” gels and “soft” gels. All “hard” gels are UV Gel Artificial Nail Enhancements but not all UV Gel Artificial Nail Enhancements are “hard” gels. Another twist, all Gel Polish products are “soft” gels, but not all “soft” gels are Gel Polish. The terms “hard” and “soft” are not a reference to strength or durability. The terms are simple. “Hard” ( non-porous) gels do not soak off in acetone and “soft” ( porous ) gels do soak off in acetone. So you see how all Gel Polishes are “soft” gels? They soak off in acetone.

Now I’ll confuse you some more. There are UV cured, “hard” gel colors that do not soak off in acetone. These are used with “hard” gel artificial nail enhancements and are filed off at the time of a maintenance fill and should not be used on natural nails because they do not soak off with acetone.

An Acrylic Nail With a Gel Overlay is NOT a Gel Nail.

Any salon advertising that they do gel nails, but are actually doing an acrylic nail with a gel overlay are using dishonest business practices. Every layer of gel product that the manicurist applies to the nail must be of a gel consistency and must be cured in the UV lamp, LED lamp or, in the case of a no light gel, activator must be sprayed or brushed on over each layer of gel, or it is NOT a gel nail.

There are gel top coats that are formulated to be used over acrylic nails to give them that high gloss gel shine. This is a perfectly legitimate nail service as long as it is marketed as an acrylic nail with gel top coat service not marketed as gel nails. “Hard” and “soft” gel color can be applied over acrylic nails as well, but should be marketed as such. Salons who lie to clients about what services they are receiving really burn me up. Salons do usually charge more for acrylic nails with gel color or gel top coat, that is acceptable, even expected, false advertising is not.

The easiest way to determine if you are getting real gel nails is if the gel is in a jar or tube, the gel is odorless and you put your hand in a UV or LED lamp between every coat of gel, not just at the end with the last coat. If the manicurist dips an artist brush in a liquid and then into a powder, the product has a strong odor and air dries (no lamp used between layers) it is an acrylic nail.

One more thing to muddy the water. There is a UV cured acrylic by Star Nail Products. An artist brush is dipped in a liquid, then dipped in a powder and cured in a UV lamp. It is also odorless. It is still an acrylic nail product, not a gel.

In Summation;

Liquid + powder = acrylic
Gel consistency in a jar, bottle or tube + a UV or LED lamp = gel.


 


 

Trusted Regina beauty, fitness and health show 2014

Trusted regina.com the Regina  Directory   is proud to be hosting a Talk to the Experts show " The Trusted Show' Monthly on Newstalk 980 ..the first show aired in Sept 2012  Find them all here in our tips library or on our Trusted Channel on You Tube which is a fabulous resource of Tips, Interviews, Demos and Tours.

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Trusted Regina partners who answered your questions on their specific industry.. 

2. Nikki and Candice from Strictly Esthetic's - answering all your NAIL and EYELASH questions

3. Josh from Fitness Warehouse - Answering all your FITNESS EQUIPMENT Questions


Enjoy the show ! 



Strictly Esthetics your Trusted Regina Salon and esthetic experts tip on adhesives used in eyelash extensions

Strictly Esthetics is your place to go for up to date, trend-setting, fashion forward needs. They offer hair, make up, nails, lash extensions, and hair removal to skin care, clothing, accessories and education. The Stricltly Ethetics team work hard to share their savings with you which means you save 25% on everything in their store. There is a wonderful variety of business' within their doors:

Strictly Esthetics are a Trusted Regina salon with fabulous savings just for you!  A wholesale retail centre open to everyone to receive the 25% discount!

Here they share a tip on Cyanoacrylate-Based Adhesives used in the Application of Eyelash Extensions: 

Cyanoacrylate-based adhesives used in the application of false eyelash extensions are considered to be cosmetics and are therefore subject to the requirements of the Cosmetic Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act in order to be sold in Canada.

 

Cyanoacrylate-based adhesives are being used and sold in the application of "semi-permanent" or "permanent" false eyelash extensions. These eyelash extensions are marketed by the beauty service industry to extend the length and thickness of eyelashes. They are applied to individual natural lashes using a cyanoacrylate-based adhesive, and usually last for the growth cycle of an eyelash hair.

Cyanoacrylate-based adhesives, also known as "instant bonding glues", have the ability to set quickly and strongly, subsequently causing tissue damage if bonded skin is forced apart. 

Health Canada met with several eyelash extension companies who presented information demonstrating how cyanoacrylate-based eyelash adhesives can be safely applied. After careful review of the training methods, Health Canada proposes the safety criteria for the use and sale of these adhesives.

 

Training standards required to legally use these adhesives 

  • In-class training
    In-class training is considered to be the most effective method to teach safe application of the product. DVD or web training is unacceptable.
  • Duration of training
    A minimum of one full day of training is required. Longer sessions are encouraged to assure the student's confidence in the application technique.
  • Student-trainer ratio
    A maximum of 5:1 student-trainer ratio so that each student receives individual attention and instruction.
  • Student assessment
    The criteria used to determine a student's ability to pass/fail the certification process are to be outlined. Evaluation on a live model is recommended.
  • Re-certification/re-training availability
    It is expected that students will have the opportunity to refresh their application technique as needed
Topics covered in training 
  • Client assessment and screening (i.e. how to determine who is suitable for the service/on what conditions a client is refused)
  • Protection and immobility of the eye (i.e. product must not come in contact with the eye or eyelid)
  • Application method (i.e. position of client vs. applicant, amount of adhesive applied to lash, handling techniques)
  • General hygiene & safety
  • First aid measures for accidental exposure or allergic reactions
  • Safe removal techniques 

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Trusted Regina laser hair removal experts share their information on Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment - Part 1

Here they share their information on Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment - Part 1:

How long does the treatment take?
From 15 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours, depending on the areas treated. 
 
How frequently should I attend?
Approximately monthly for laser hair reduction. This interval will lengthen after the first few treatments as the regrowth will slow down.

Having a tan can put you at a greater risk for burns from the laser.  The laser seeks out the melanin in the root of the hair and when the skin is tan the melanin comes to the surface which gives you the tan or darker apperance.  It's best to wait till your skin has returned to its natural color with no tan lines and that you are careful with the sun while doing treatment with the IPL laser. 
 
Are there any contra-indications to treatment?
Epilepsy, lupus, diabetes and cancer will probably make you unsuitable for most treatments. Also, there are some medications which are incompatible which will be checked before any treatment commences.
 
Do I have to have a consultation and a patch test, even if I have had a previous IPL treatment some where else?
Yes. We need to assess your medical history and current skin condition to check that you are (still) suitable for treatment and we determine the correct settings for your particular treatment from the patch test. We also ask you to sign a consent form that confirms we have explained the IPL treatment process, and allows us to carry out treatments and store your personal data. During your initial consultation, your technician will devise an individual course of treatments suited to you, and will discuss your treatment expectations. 
 
Why do some of the hairs grow back after my first treatment?
Hair goes through a 3-stage cycle, and IPL treatment is only effective when the hair is in the growing phase. Since only about 15% of hairs are in the growing phase at any given time, some new hairs will grow after each treatment. These are then successfully removed during subsequent treatments. This is why a course of approximately 6-12 treatments is normally recommended, after which the number of remaining hairs is very small.

 
 

Can I have IPL hair treatments if I have blonde, red, grey or white hair?
In simple terms, the greater the contrast between your hair colour and your skin colour, the more easily we can achieve great results. If you have blonde or red hair you will need to have a consultation with a technician to determine whether there is enough pigment in the hair for you to have a successful treatment. Grey or white hairs are not always suitable for this type of treatment, as they usually do not contain sufficient melanin to absorb light. Some people find a number of grey or white hairs remain visible after a course of IPL treatments. Research is being carried out to find ways to boost the melanin in grey and white hair for long enough to allow successful IPL treatments and we are monitoring these developments.


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