Lashings!

“If eyes are the window to the soul then eyelashes are…”  Would you believe curtains? …how drab!

Personally I think drapes sound better but even that falls short of just how brilliant professionally pimped eyelashes can be.

Whether you’re looking to add a little pizazz or boldly flutter your inner sex-kitten, even a little bit of eyelash can go a very long way.

  • Have you had enough of short, wispy eyelashes?
  • Do you find yourself lusting after other people’s long, voluminous eyelashes?
  • Wish you had sexy eyes with long, curvy lashes to flutter?
  • Are you over wearing that clumpy, thick mascara?
  • Want that “I woke up like this” look?

Well in case you’ve been hiding under a rock or hibernating somewhere I’m here to tell you that the answer you seek is now widely available and very easy to get.  All you have to do is make an appointment and lie the heck down.  You even get to close your eyes and have a little rest while your goddess eyelash dreams come true!

Eyelash lifts and eyelash extensions are now not only extremely popular but have advanced to a very high professional standard.  The advances in both the products and the techniques mean there’s a look for every eye, and it doesn’t have to be a scary experience.

Now before you rush out and get lashed there are some things you should know about eyelash extensions.  Here are some simple tips to get you in the know.

Classic Lash set

What type of eyelash extension is best? 

There are different ways to perk up your peepers, some like to keep it a bit more al naturale with a lash lift and some like to take it straight to the top, enter extensions!

The Eyelash Lift  

For the more al naturale the eyelash lift is the way to go, think perm for your lashes adding length, definition and of course, curl.  Everything about the eyelash lift is using your own eyelashes so there is nothing fake about it.  You can only work with what you’ve already got so you can’t go expecting a custom designed look, but you can expect more curly lashes and striking eyes. 

Eyelash lifts work well with a tint for added effect and are the answer for someone looking for a low maintenance option.  You will definitely notice a difference to your lashes with this technique.

Natural Lash Lift

Eyelash Extensions 

If you’re up for the real ‘peeper-popping’ look then getting eyelash extensions is a no-brainer.  You can pump up the volume for a dramatic, movie star look or keep it lighter with less and add a touch of sexy.

Eyelash extensions add the length and volume we paint on daily with our mascara but without the clumps!  Actually they can do a whole lot more than that and you can practically choose the end result.

As one would expect, eyelash extensions are available in different fibres and quality.

Synthetic/Acrylic Lashes

There’s the cheaper variety which are synthetic lashes.  Synthetic or acrylic lashes are thicker and courser in feel and have a shiny glossy look. They are more obvious when on the eye.  Although synthetic lashes are a strong fibre and hold the curl, they are not the most natural looking or best for the job. They also lack the staying power and don’t last as long on the natural lash meaning more regular infills. With new techniques and improvements in the lash industry this type of lash is being phased out in many of the top salons and lash/brow bars.  

Silk Lashes

Silk lashes are lighter and more realistic and natural in appearance.  The silk lashes are man made silk fibres – natural silk is so delicate it would breakdown quickly and have little to no staying power when adhered to your own lashes.  The man-made silk lashes however, are very popular and give a lovely feathered appearance when applied.  They give a soft look over their synthetic counterpart.  Silk lashes can be used in what’s known as the ‘fanning’ technique (more on that later).

Faux Mink Lashes 

Faux mink lashes are for those of us who are really after the upper end of lashing (Beyonce is famous for favouring mink eyelash extensions).  The faux mink is just that, a fibre that is made to look like mink fur.  It’s faux because who wants to be a part of animal cruelty, let alone having it adhered to your eyelashes!  Faux mink lashes are darker and glossier than the silk lashes and are more tapered at the ends adding a bit more drama to the end result.

How many options are there?

You can have eyelash extensions applied to achieve a variety of looks (think Jessica Rabbit, Betty Boop or Kim Kardashian) so it’s best to have an idea of just how long and thick you really want them, before you commit.  And don’t forget heavy, if you opt for the OTT dramatic look.  In most reputable salons or lash/brow bars the technician will insist on starting lighter to test the water – that’s wise folks!

Extensions are all adhered to your own lashes but there are different techniques

Fanning

There is the ‘fanning’ technique’ (mentioned earlier) where bundles of 3 to 6 lashes in one are adhered to your own lashes creating a thick voluminous look. Depending on the result you are after they can be maxed out to a super dramatic look, like one for a special event, or even used to fill in natural gaps in your own lashes (for those who aren’t born with many lashes to start with).

Classic

The classic eyelash extension is when individual lashes are adhered to your own lashes, one by one.  This gives your eyes more volume and thicker lashes but with a very natural look.  You can use this style to create a cat eye effect with thicker, longer lashes on the outside of your eye or have them placed giving you a doll eyed look.

Half sets and full sets are a thing too – half sets being about 50 – 60 percent of your top lashes meaning a lighter end result.  Don’t be surprised at how much even a half set of extensions can change your look though.  Remember the difference a light slick of mascara can make.

The classic extension is a great starting place as you can always up the ante at your next appointment once you’re used to wearing extensions.

Mix it up with a ‘Hybrid’

If you like you can opt for the hybrid style and have a mix of the classic individual lash extension with fans interspersed to fill out any gaps in your lashes or to add a bit more volume or drama to the end result.  Not as dramatic or thick as the full fanning technique but more than the classic full set.

Who doesn’t love choices?!  But definitely a reason for finding a great technician and reputable salon.  Get it wrong and you’re up for wearing them for a few weeks or paying extra to have them removed.  Some of us don’t have the right natural lashes or  eyes to handle a full fanned voluminous look and a good, reputable technician wouldn’t apply them.  A bit like cosmetic surgery I suppose …I’m sure you get my drift!

How are eyelash lifts and extensions done? 

Eyelash lifts are set using a solution like a perm. A mold is used on the eyelid and the eyelashes are curled up and over the curve of the mold where they are neatly separated.  First the perm solution is applied and then the setting solution.  It usually takes between 10 – 15 minutes for it to set the curl.  There are different sized molds for different results.

Eyelash extensions are more fiddly and take skill to apply properly.  Single individual lashes are dipped into an adhesive glue and then applied to your own lashes one by one (or the fans if you’re opting for that technique).  This is why it takes a while to get done, especially the first set.  You can expect it to take anywhere between 1 – 2 hours depending on whether you are getting a full set or half set and also the skill and experience of the therapist.  You might as well get comfy on the table and prepare for a little nap, good things take time!

The set up

How long will it last?

Eyelash Lift

The lift generally lasts longer than extensions at around an average of about 8 weeks.  Some people will get less mileage and some will get more (it really depends on the life cycle of your natural lashes) but the 8 week mark is about the standard time before needing another treatment.

Eyelash Extensions 

Extensions must be maintained regularly with infills about every 3-4 weeks.  As your natural lashes fall out and grow the extensions will become thinner and over time a little bit messy or start to show gaps where they have fallen out with your natural lash cycle.

Contraindications

As with most things there are some things to be mindful of, or some cases where you should avoid having eyelash lifts and/or extensions done.

  • Allergic reactions to the glue are probably the most common problem experienced with eyelash extensions.  This can cause stinging, discomfort, itchiness, redness and swollen eyes.  If you feel any sort of discomfort you must have the lashes removed immediately.  The longer you leave them on the worse the effect will be on your eye.  This alone is a reason to do your research and make sure you start with a reputable salon and technician who know what they’re doing and use salon grade products that are safe 
  • If you have had an allergy to the glue used in eyelash extensions previously then stay away from eyelash extensions in the future.  It is likely to recur.
  • If you are pregnant you might want to think about leaving it until after bub – the glue has chemicals in it and this might be something you’d prefer to avoid (it’s up to you)
  • If you have undergone any sort of eye surgery in the previous six weeks
  • If you have had an eyelash lift in the previous four to five weeks – wait at least six to eight weeks before you have another lift

Caring for your eyelash extensions

Like anything the better you care for your eyelashes the longer your results will last. There are definitely rules to follow if you want to get the best out of your pimped up lashes.  Here are the general maintenance tips.

  • Don’t get your eyelashes wet in the first 12 hours (24 hours is even better). Shower before you have them applied and then no swimming, showering or crying (seriously) for the day following.
  • Don’t rub your eyes or pull on your lashes – even if you just want to keep feeling how amazing they are, don’t! 
  • Avoid using oil based eye makeup, especially eye makeup remover.  Remember no rubbing!
  • Give them a gentle brush every morning and night using a clean mascara brush (with no mascara on it), this prevents them from looking messy, much like brushing your hair. 
  •  Get regular infills – the time is different for everyone but a good rule of thumb is to get infills every 3-4 weeks.
  • You can use mascara (if you REALLY insist) but don’t use waterproof mascara. You probably won’t need mascara if you have eyelash extensions. 

Words from a pro

The best way to get the real low down on what to expect or what you really need to know is to talk to a professional.  I met with Jacqui Arnold (Jax), Head Beautician at Esstudio Galleria in Chippendale, Sydney.  

Jax has been doing eyelash lifts and extensions for 6 years now and is an expert in the field, having trained with one Sydney’s best technicians in the trends early days.

Jax says: “I work predominantly with the classic and hybrid techniques because I prefer a more natural look for my clients.  I seem to attract clients who want to enhance their eye feature rather than have massive long lashes.  Sometimes I will use the hybrid technique to give a natural fuller look which helps with enhancing the eye.”

On caring for your new eye enhancements Jax says: “The most important thing is to care for them properly in the first 24 hours by keeping them dry.  Then for a longer life avoid any oil based eye makeup and don’t rub your eyes.”

Jax’s tip: “A gentle brush every morning and night helps to freshen them up, it won’t make them last longer but keeps them looking fresh between infills.”

Jax says: “I work predominantly with the classic and hybrid techniques because I prefer a more natural look for my clients.  I seem to attract clients who want to enhance their eye feature rather than have massive long lashes.  Sometimes I will use the hybrid technique to give a natural fuller look which helps with enhancing the eye.”

On caring for your new eye enhancements Jax says: “The most important thing is to care for them properly in the first 24 hours by keeping them dry.  Then for a longer life avoid any oil based eye makeup and don’t rub your eyes.”

Jax’s tip: “A gentle brush every morning and night helps to freshen them up, it won’t make them last longer but keeps them looking fresh between infills.”

Jax is offering readers a special offer at Esstudio Galleria in Chippendale for eyelash extensions February 2020 – get 20% off either a classic or hybrid full set and 10% off your infills in Feb, Or Book in for a Lash Lift and Tint for 20% off. BOOK NOW t&c Not to be used with any other discounted offer.

The bottom line is, if you want to take your eyes from good to great or great to freaking brilliant then get them pimped, you won’t be sorry.  

Eyelash lifts are waaaaaayyy better than a slick of mascara and eyelash extensions are a total game changer. 

Do it – you know you want to!

Written By Wendy Gregory aka Girl Wendy, freelance writer and lifestyle blogger (girlwendy.com).  A legal practice manager by day, a mum by night and a passionate advocate for authentic living.  Writing is the champagne to my oyster, it feeds my soul and is what I love to do.  I’m a little bit ‘anything goes’ and particularly enjoy guest writing articles and content; travel, beauty, health and lifestyle writing are my faves.

Recycling @Esstudiogalleria

Recycling is becoming more and more important everyday, getting rid of toxic waste and reusing raw materials allows us to preserve the environment. Esstudio continues to work on ways to improve how we recycle and continue to find new ways we can help as a salon. Where Esstudio has begun recycling is through recycled furniture, foils, and working with Sustainable Salons.

RECYCLED FURNITURE 

Almost all the studio’s furniture is recycled from vintage and antique stores, Esstudio’s most unique piece is the famous chandelier in the centre of the salon, known as the heartbeat of the salon, Aleks found it at an antique shop in South America and believes it was the inspiration for the studio. Jax and Aleks used recycled furniture in the studio to not only build character, but by purchasing recycled furniture you are helping to preserve the rainforest where they take materials from to build new furniture. 

PAPER NOT FOILS
When working in a salon you realise the amount of waste and money that goes into using aluminum foil in every individuals hair. Which is why Esstudio looked into reusable paper foils, these foils aren’t just any foils, Paper foils are 100% reusable made from mineral paper created from recycled industrial waste, and can be used again and again as they are rinsed, dried, and ready to go.

SUSTAINABLE SALONS 
Sustainable Hair Salons is an organisation who rescues up to 95% of toxic resources within Salons, these resources include chemicals, hair, metals, paper, plastic, razors, tool. The company created separate bins which the salons use to separate these resources to then be collected on a fortnightly basis by Sustainable Salons, who find ways to use these for bettering the environment.

Some of the ways the recycling is transformed is plastic being recycled into outdoor furniture, or chemical which are normally tipped down the drain are collected and sent to recycling plants to then be transformed into recycled water. Director Aleks says“ At a salon almost everything goes to waste, even hair… if all it takes is for us to use different bins for what we are already throwing out, why not help where we can!”

Another huge part of their organisation is individuals  donating their hair to make wigs for those suffering from alopecia areata or cancer, taking 20cm ponytails contributes to making wigs for these brave people. Here at Esstudio we have a lot of individuals come in for the chop and love to  encourage people to donate their ponytails when coming in for a haircut as it goes to such a great cause!

A few weeks ago Luke came in and had this hair cut off to be donated, and the process was awesome!


CHRISTMAS PACKAGES

Stuck on a christmas gift  ideas for a loved one or friend, or perhaps yourself? How about an experience at Esstudio instead? Esstudio Galleria has arranged a variety of packages everyone would loved to open on christmas day.

Check them out here:

FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL

Show your loved ones you care… treat them to something special. We understand it  can always be difficult deciding on a gift for a loved ones, which is why here at Esstudio Galleria we love to offer experiences which will leave your loved ones feeling fabulous.

PACKAGES FOR $99

  • CHRISTMAS SURPRISE- SHORT OLAPLEX HAIR TREATMENT, WASH, CUT  AND BLOWDRY, DELUXE MANICURE (VALUED AT$190)

  •  A MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS-  A SIGNATURE FACIAL (INCLUDES ANY FACIAL WAXING AND LASH TINT ), AND DELUXE MANICURE (VALUED AT $190)

SPOIL YOURSELF

Spoil you and your friends to some laughs and bubbles! At Esstudio we all love a pamper session, especially when it’s with a few close friends and a bottle of bubbles, life is so busy it’s important to have a laugh and a beauty session to keep you zen!

PACKAGES FOR $199

  • MISTLETOE BITCHES – SHORT HAIR OLAPLEX TREATMENT , WASH AND BLOWDRY, DATE NIGHT  MAKEUP, AND DELUXE MANICURE WITH A CHEESE PLATTER AND FLIGHTS WINE FROM HANDPICKED WINES – UP TO 3 PEOPLE (VALUED PER PERSON: $300) 

  •  NAUGHTY AND NICE LIST – BODY SCRUBS, STEAM ROOM, QUICKIE FACIAL,OLAPLEX HAIR TREATMENT, AND BLOWDRY, OPTIONAL FLIGHTS OF WINE AND CHEESE BOARD FROM HANDPICKED WINES – UP TO 3 PEOPLE (VALUED PER PERSON: $300)

TREAT YOURSELF

Don’t forget about you, when your busy treating everyone else so fabulous this christmas, christmas can often be so crazy and hectic that we often forget about treating ourselves during the festive season. At Esstudio we never forget about ourselves … haha!

PACKAGES FOR $299

  • GIFTING MYSELF – FULL HEAD OF BALAYAGE FOILS, SHORT HAIR OLAPLEX TREATMENT, TONER, CUT, BLOWDRY (VALUED AT $443)  

  • WHAT… A PRESENT FOR ME- DELUXE FACIAL INCLUDES BROW SCULPTING ,LASH LIFT AND TINT , OLAPLEX HAIR TREATMENT, CUT, AND BLOWDRY (VALUED AT $430)

ADD ON A MAINTENANCE PACKAGE TO ANY OF THESE PACKAGES ABOVE:

ADD ON FOR $20

  • BROW TINT (VALUED AT: $25) 
  • LASHES TINT (VALUED AT: $35)
  • DELUXE MANICURE (VALUED AT :$45)
  • SHORT HAIR  OLAPLEX TREATMENT (VALUED AT: $45)

ADD ON FOR $50

  • DATE NIGHT MAKEUP(VALUED AT: $90)
  • LASH LIFT AND TINT (VALUED AT:$95)
  •  HENNA BROWS AND SHAPING (VALUED AT $85)  

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL IN THE NEW YEAR!

T&C

  • PACKAGE TO BE USED STARTING IN 2020
  • LONG HAIR SURCHARGE FOR OLAPLEX
  • NOT IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY OTHER PROMOTION
  • IF WISHED TO SEE A DIRECTOR STYLIST IT WILL INCCUR SURCHARGES
  • NOT TO BE REDEEMED INTO CASH
  • NOT TO BE TRANSFERRED INTO PRODUCTS
  • PACKAGES VALID FOR 2 YEARS, IF USED IN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS, 20% OFF YOUR NEXT SERVICE, USED WITHIN THE FIRST 12 MONTHS, 10% OFF YOUR NEXT SERVICE

MEET JAX!

Our regulars are probably thinking we know Jax? But did you know what she brings to Esstudio Galleria making it the ultimate salon?

Jax, is Esstudio Galleria amazingly talented makeup artists and beauty therapist, with more than 20 years of experience her skills have been seen on commercial advertising, to fashion, and film, and now  our beautiful Esstudio clients can see her amazing skills! Jax says “I use makeup as a form of art, to make others feel happy and beautiful!”

Jax does it all from facials, to lashes, to makeup, and nails –  come in for a quickie facial or our most popular deluxe facial, which involves using essential oils putting you into relaxation heaven while also incorporating an eyelash and eyebrow tint. Or perhaps you are noticing some scarring or pigmentation in your skin try out the GLyc microderm facial or Anti aging retinol recommended to people over the age of 30 which refines the skin’s texture, reduces fine lines, sun damage, wrinkles, scarring, and also boost collagen production making you feel 28 again!

Or perhaps  you have a big event coming up? Why not have your makeup done by Jax while one of our hair stylist style your hair. Jax can even give you a mani or a lash lift and tint, while you wait for your hair colour to set! Jax loves producing natural looks that allow your natural beauty to shine, even with her process of lash extensions that will leave you looking naturally gorgeous or perhaps you want them to be more outgoing for party season!

Next time you book in to get your hair done, organise to have a beauty treatment with Jax to save time! Check out the full beauty menu here.

4 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS -PART 1

WILL THIS SUIT ME?

The question “ will this suit me? ” does not just revolve around the colour suiting your skin, but it can also revolve around suiting your lifestyle, and even finances. When deciding on a hair colour you want a great way to decide whether or not it will suit you is by looking at your veins.  Your veins or skin are usually either blue which means that you suit cooler toned colours, or you have green veins which means you suit warmer tones. Whether or not a colour will suit you also revolves around your lifestyle, do you have time to maintain bright pink hair, allowing time for regular salon appointments if you don’t want it to grow out, and spend the money on quality products that will look after your hair and keep it from becoming damaged.  

 

WHAT IS A TONER?

Toner is the icing on the cake, leaving your hair looking delicious. Essentially a toner is the colour applied to your hair, the second chapter of the colouring process, it alters the undertone and removes any brassy or unwanted colours in your hair, leaving it to look fabulous.     

 

                                                                   

CAN I GET A SIMILAR PRODUCT AT THE SUPERMARKET?

It is very hard to find the same quality products at the supermarket. Hair Salons hold brands and products they trust and believe in, working with these products they see positive results and know they are high quality. It is often that the brands and products which are used and sold at hair salons are only sold at salons. This is due to those brands being dedicated to helping and showing support to hair salons, it gives salons constant customers coming in for products,  and may also come in for a service while they are in, and therefore helping salons make money.

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PURPLE SHAMPOO MY HAIR?

The use of purple shampoo is up to the individual, it is used for blondes to remove any yellow undertones, here at Esstudio we recommend using it once a week if you notice that you have tones that you want to avoid seeing in your hair. If you find that you don’t notice or have these brassy tones you can use purple shampoo every second week or once a month… ideally it’s up to the individual on how they feel with the colour and look of their hair.