Party season is almost here, and we all love treating ourselves to super-full holiday lashes–after a long year, haven’t we earned it? Since many of us wear lash extensions regularly, it’s easy to get used to the lovely long lashes that we see in the mirror each morning. When it comes to costume parties or special occasions, sometimes it can be tempting to pop thick strip lashes on for a more intense look than your everyday lash extensions. As fellow beauty lovers, we can understand–but as lash technicians, we say please, please please don’t!

Strip lashes might make for a fabulous look for one night, but the damage they do to your lash extensions will last for weeks. Applying thick, heavy strips of synthetic lashes over your own extensions weighs the lashes down, straining the extensions and the natural lashes simultaneously–not to mention the glue! You’d never dream of dribbling sticky, tacky substances over your lash extensions on any other occasion, and strip lashes are no different. Adhesive from strip lashes congeals in your extensions, clumping them and sometimes ripping them out altogether–it is always easy to see whether strips or individual falsies have been applied, since it’s nearly impossible to get all the glue out of the roots (even for a lash technician). Picking out pieces of glue during an appointment is a tricky task, and often impacts on the amount of time your technician can spend applying extensions or fixing damaged ones. If you’re still feeling that urge for the strip-lash look, have a chat to your stylist about it–we have all sorts of tips and tricks to get that extra mile out of your lashes, and love working to change up your style if you have a special event. Flat lashes are often a great alternative to strips or individual falsies, as their flat tapered bases give the illusion of a thicker look. Or you could always give our volume lashes a try–these clever lashes are applied in super-light fan shapes for the ultimate fluff! Just let us know if you were thinking of switching it up for your next infill, and we can do our best to make it happen.

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