Eyelash extensions are the latest trend for achieving that sultry look. Long the go-to for lash enhancement, mascara has some drawbacks. It must be applied and removed daily, and clumping can result in the dreaded raccoon eyes. By contrast, lash extensions generally last several weeks and don’t smear all over your face when the weather is hot or humid.
Extensions are put on by a professional in a salon or spa, and are made up of a multitude of individual synthetic or silk lashes. The material is flexible and comes in a variety of sizes, thickness and lengths, allowing the customer to choose the look they want. Each lash is applied with an adhesive that was created especially for that purpose.
To maintain the look long term, wearers must return for “fills” every few weeks. People that provide extension services do not currently need to be licensed in California. It is important that you choose someone you are comfortable with since glue is being used in the immediate eye area.
4227 Sunrise Blvd, Suite 110
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Esthetic Arts has created a video that both explains and demonstrates how entensions are applied; the video goes into a significant amount of detail and is good for those who wish to learn about the process. A full set of extensions is priced at $149 and takes about two hours. Touch-ups need to be done every two to three weeks, depending on how quickly your own natural lashes grow out. The first 20 minutes costs $29 and may be enough time to do the fill. An additional $10 is charged for each subsequent 10-minute period when more time is required.
EyeCandy Sunless Spa
2011 P St., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811
EyeCandy offers extension services at the Sacramento spa and at the Folsom location as well. The initial set of extensions costs $140 and takes approximately one hour to complete. Fills must be done before three-quarters of the lashes have fallen out; the cost is $55 for the one-hour procedure. As at most salons, extensions come in black and EyeCandy has options from several lash product lines. The spa also offers spray tanning, teeth whitening, lip waxing and other beauty products, gifts and supplies.
Spa De Beaute
6387 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95831
A full set of extensions costs $90 at Spa De Beaute, with fills running from $50 to $90. Experts in the field strongly recommend that lash extensions only be removed by a professional; the price to have them taken off here starts at $25. The spa offers a number of other beauty and relaxation services, including facials, body wraps, waxing and massage. Gifts and products are available as well.
Sassi Salon & Spa
887 57th St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Sassi offers both full or demi sets of eyelash extensions. The $175 full set takes about two hours and one hour is needed for the $90 demi set. Fills are priced at $55. The salon and spa also does hair cuts, special occasion styles and coloring, nails, hair extensions, massage and facials. Many spas offer special packages and Groupon deals, so visiting each business’s website before making an appointment is a good idea.
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