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January 6, 2021

Top Ways To Conquer Those January Blues

Top Ways To Conquer Those January Blues By Barbies Beauty Bits

Yes, help me conquer those January Blues... PLEASE!

Undoubtedly, 2020 has posed some of the greatest challenges most of us have experienced in our lifetime. Whilst there is no magic wand to change everything back to how it was before the pandemic. For us all to lead a happy life, we need to care for ourselves, both mentally and physically.  

This New Year, I think it is worse than ever, as in January sets in, many start to feel those January Blues. It's not uncommon this time of the year to experience fatigue, sadness, difficulty concentrating,  seasonal affect disorder, can't sleep, and more!  But what if there was a way to try to beat those January Blues?

With the start of the new year, more so than any other year, I feel it is a great time to start getting yourself ready so you can put your best self forward in 2021-starting today!

Do Not Give In To The January Blues
The holidays are over, and come January; reality starts to set in for some. From the cold-ass nasty weather to the credit card statements coming in from holiday shopping. The realization our government is only issuing us a measly $600 stimulus check, New Year resolutions, and throw COVID in, you can see where the term January Blues comes into play more so than ever. (The most depressing time of the month is the third Monday of the month, which has the official name of "Blue Monday.")

Instead of giving in to "The January Blues," we are going to provide you with some tips to give yourself the kickstart for the best year! Here are our tips for giving yourself the best start to your year.

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Review Your Routine
Before you can update your routine, it is always best to take an honest look at it. Secondly, when it comes down to reviewing your routine, it is crucial to take smaller steps to create long-term positive changes and not feel overwhelmed or depressed if you think you need to make some profound changes.

Big or small changes, it is crucial to understand that our routine has a significant impact on the way we look and feel, as if we do not feel good mentally and physically, we do not look good.  For example, someone that is always stressed and struggles to enjoy a full night's sleep is bound to look tired, have aging puffy eyes, and unkempt. Bottom line, you want to embrace a positive routine with achievable goals, not goals out of guilt because you feel you should. These WILL backfire on you, which can cause you to spiral backward, even become depressed or angry. That is not the goal here, so when setting goals, ONLY set realistic and achievable ones.

Start Your Day Off With A Bang
When redesigning your routine, keep in mind that it all starts in the morning. The first moments after you get up can set the pace for the rest of the day and even influence your mood! So, start by reviewing what you usually do and how you can improve it.

The best way to set your mood for the day is to do something you enjoy or think you will since we are making some changes. For example, you might decide to start your day off by exercising instead of scrolling through social media. Switch out that bagel with cheese for a healthy smoothie. Take time to eat with your significant other  Or something I love, which is to start your day off with a morning skincare routine.   See below how you can implement some of these.

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Boost Your Mood With Healthy Food
The expression you are what you eat has never been more real. Life is all about balance. Our body's health needs to have healthy water, vitamins, antioxidants, oils, and other nutrients.  

Furthermore, what we eat can significantly influence our energy level, mood, and motivation.  The key here is not to think this is about dieting but more about finding a nutritional regime that brings you the happiness you need to feel at your best while also helping you achieve your fitness goals.

If you are unsure where to start, load up your fridge with fresh vegetables and fruits, unprocessed ingredients, and natural foods. Then, check out some communities that can help you discover a new way of eating. For example, you might accept an alternative challenge, such as Meatless Monday or Veganuary - which are in full swing during this time of the year. So, you won't ever be short of handy resources!

Implement A Morning Skincare Routine
One crucial step to tie into your morning routine is an effective skincare routine. To rock your day, you need to be prepared, and your skin is not excluded.

To not overwhelm yourself, you want to stick with a somewhat easy skincare routine.  And yes, skincare does not have to be complicated. And boy does TreCeuticals realize this, which is why they've created a skincare line with three powerful active ingredients, achieved in three simple steps, three minutes a day.
 
This simple 3-step skincare routine combines three highly effective active ingredients to exfoliate, hydrate, and smooth the skin. Plus, their secret sauce, which is CBD oil.

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Commit To Using Beauty Products Free Of Harmful Ingredients
The skincare industry has slowly become more safety-conscious in the past few years, but it needs consumers' help to invigorate the push toward more EWG verified beauty brands. If a product has an "EWG Verified™" logo on it, this means it meets EWG's strictest standards and contains none of EWG's chemicals of concern. Furthermore, all companies that are EWG Verified have disclosed full transparency regarding formulations and their manufacturing process. This further means that this product is safe and healthy.

Beat Those January Blues By Exercising
When it comes to feeling energized and in a better mood, nothing works better than exercising. The benefits of exercising are enormous. Ever hear the expression "A runners high." Well, this isn't a myth; that sense of euphoria is real. That feel-good boost you get from those positive feelings washing over you is what you experience with the runners high and a sense of accomplishment.

You see, exercising releases endorphins and has many benefits for your body's health both physically and mentally, like:

  • Boosts self-esteem by helping you look younger as working out brings more oxygen to your skin cells, leaving you with skin that's nourished and firmer
  • Better sleep
  • Decreases anxiety and stress levels
  • It gives you more energy
  • Physical shape
  • Enhanced sex life

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Help, I Want To Work Out, But I'm Afraid To Go To The Gym
There are plenty of exercising options out there that does not require you to go to the gym. While some look at exercise to get out of the house, this has been a must for me.  With Covid, there is that struggle- with going to a gym and being around people who are not wearing masks to getting the hell out of the house. Our suggestion is to start small. You can do some activities outside, like walking, bike riding, even hiking.

Additionally, you can find tons of workout programs on Amazon Prime Videos, from Pilates to cardio, weight lifting, even mediation. This brings us to our next tip... Meditate

Adjust Your Mind, Mood, And Health By Meditating
Of course, this collection of January Blues tips are designed to make you look your best and help you feel confident and energized. Yet, sometimes, we are at the mercy of aspects in our lives that we don't think can affect our physical health as much. So, when trying to give your skin a healthier appearance, toning-up that body, or vowing to eat a bit healthier, these are not the only things to consider! We need also need to readjust our aura.

For example, the way we deal with everyday events and the level of stress we withstand during our daily lives can significantly affect our physical health. And, if you have been exploring this connection, you might have also encountered many remedies that can help you keep your stress levels low and feel more energized.

Though you may not eradicate the roots of stress, you can minimize its effects on your body. One of the easiest and most achievable stress-relieving techniques is meditation.

Meditating for as little as 15 to 20 minutes a day has the power to help you raise self-awareness and understand in-depth how you react to daily events. In turn, this can help your body to:

  • Repairs and revitalizes
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Relaxes you
  • Improve the quality of sleep
  • Even give your complexion a fresh and youthful glow.
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DIY Beauty Tips To Beat The January Blues
This has been a favorite pastime of mine, DIY Beauty. However, I know many are not like me and solely rely on their hairstylist, nail tech, even aesthetician to fulfill their beauty needs, and now with COVID have let themselves go.  

But in 2021, beauties, this does not need to be the case. There are plenty of at-home beauty treatments you do for yourself, and trust me; you will feel so much better when doing them. See some of my favorites below.

  • Give Yourself An At-home Facial
  • Bag Those Puffy Eyes
  • Magnetic Eyelashes
  • Do Something Different With Your Hair
  • Redlight Therapy

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Look After Your Smile
Our smile says a lot about our health and lifestyle and can significantly influence our confidence level. Indeed, our smile is what other people notice first upon meeting us, impacting our personal and professional relationships. Simultaneously, many adults don't go far beyond investing in teeth whitening methods because they believe that improving their smile is something they should have done when they were teens!

And, of course, the idea of wearing braces can be horrifying for everybody. However, today, there are alternatives that you might consider if you wish to start working towards the perfect smile. For example, an  Invisalign dentist might help you find discreet, almost-invisible solutions that can start yielding results in less than three months.

Some other tips to beat those January Blues and put your best self forward in 2021

  • Less screen time, by taking a break from the news and social media
  • Stay away from negativity
  • Have a buddy in your corner, friend time
  • Get your beauty sleep
  • Ain't no sunshine, so try some light therapy to help with SAD
  • Find a new hobby and stick to it

In conclusion, remember January is just one month of twelve, and if it is not all that great, so be it. That doesn't mean the other months will follow, especially if your try to implement some of these tips to kick January blues in the ass!

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January 1, 2021

Best Beauty Hangover Tips

 

Best Beauty Hangover Tips By Barbies Beauty Bits

Welcome to 2021! But are you feeling merry and bright or feeling a fright because you are hungover? Headaches, drowsiness, and nausea? Oh my. But on top of these, did you know that alcohol can also wreak havoc on your skin. From dryness, dullness, breakouts, even premature aging. But what are you to do? Start right away with these Best Beauty Hangover Tips!

The Night Before Skincare Hangover Routine

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Yes, if you are somewhat coherent, you should attempt to implement some of these hangover beauty routines before you pass out.

Remove Your Makeup With A Makeup Eraser 

No matter how comfy that bed may look you need to remove your makeup. A Makeup Eraser is a quick and easy way for you to remove your makeup as all you need is water. The makeup eraser will work its magic even on waterproof mascara, with ONLY WATER! And a bonus it will also exfoliate the skin.

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Pile On An Over Night Recovery Sleeping Skincare Mask
A hydrating mask is key to restoring moisture to your skin, alleviating dullness, and fighting under-eye circles the next day. And Dr. Brandt's Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask is here to the rescue. With soothing peptides along with a restorative blend of ceramides, fatty acids, and calming ingredients. They also work the night shift to help soothe, nourish, and restore hydration to the skin. Come morning, angsty skin is hydrated and beautifully balanced for a glowing, refreshed complexion.

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Show Your Eyes Some Love With A Calming Eye Cream Enriched With CBD
Show your eyes some love with TreCeutical's Eye Love Cream. A fantastic eye cream formulation challenge is to have effective, nutrient-rich ingredients to tackle alcohol-induced issues such as puffiness and dehydration. And TreCeuticals eye cream does just that as it is enriched with CBD to the bag those hangover eyes- full-spectrum CBD is known to soothe and nourish the skin.

Sleep On An Extra Pillow After Drinking Too Much
Consider sleeping on your back with a few extra pillows propped under your head as it will promote fluid drainage, so you'll look less puffy the next day.

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Sleep With A Light Blocking Eye Mask To Prevent A Hangover

Gently cover your eyes for a peaceful night's sleep! Aside from skin issues, alcohol can also affect your Rem sleep as well as a light leading to post-sleep tiredness. That's why you need a blackout sleep mask that covers and conforms to your eyes to block 100% of light, even in broad daylight — so you always get deep, uninterrupted sleep.

This contoured sleep mask from Aroma Season is very light and comfortable to wear. It is soft, flexible, and has an eyes feel free to design, so it doesn't move and distracts your eyes and head from pressure, helping you wake up relaxed and refreshed. (Some eye masks are also designed to ease headaches).

If a black out mask is not your choice no worries as Aroma Season has countless of options to choose from,  for every type of concern you may have, not just for preventing a hangover. For example:

  • Aromatherapy Heated Eye Mask
  • USB Steam Heated Eye Mask
  • Moist Heated Eye Mask
  • Weighted Sleep Mask

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The Morning After Hangover Beauty Routine


Pamper Your Skin After Drinking With A Soapnut Cleanser

No matter how well you think you cleaned your face the night before, chances are your drunken self did not do it very well.  You want to give your hungover skin the boost it needs by using a soapnut cleanser that gently cleanses without stripping natural oils of the skin, and Zoi Naturals Neroli Face Wash is the must-have wash to help balance the skin's PH for that morning after.

But what the heck is a soapnut?
Soapnuts seem to be the newest and oldest all-natural trend for cleansing. This isn't surprising as they have been around for hundreds of years! People in Nepal, India, even Native Americans have known about the incredible cleansing powers for years.  They are actually the dried shells (or husks) from the soapberry nut, which come from the Sapindus mukorossi tree—a unique species of trees found in both the eastern and western hemispheres.

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Soapnuts are excellent at pampering dry hungover skin as they are a mild, gentle natural cleanser great for soothing the skin.  I love to use Neroli's face wash after drinking a bottle of wine because it also has some other skin-loving ingredients, like...

  • Aloe Vera - Soothes the skin and helps regenerate cellular turnover.
  • Calendula Extract- Reduces the occurrence of dry skin.
  • Coconut Oil - Moisturizes the skin and prevents acne.
  • Olive Oil - Prevents dryness and rejuvenates the skin.
  • Neem - Prevents pimples and protects the skin.
  • Shea Butter - Diminishes wrinkles and increases blood circulation.

Fight Dry Hungover Skin By Exfoliating

Your skin has lost a lot of moisture after consuming too much alcohol so it may feel drier than usual and flaky patches may even appear.  Exfoliation is one of the best ways to repair your skin after drinking! While there are some great skincare products to exfoliate with, the beauty tool needed to do the job is Spa Sciences Sonic Cleansing Brush. Use this with Neroli's Face Wash and you'll soon be on your way to glowing, happy skin!

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Cure A Hangover Fast With Dry Brushing
Give your body a good brush over with dry brushing. Dry brushing is a way to increase circulation through your body, which will help to move the alcohol out of your body quicker.

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Elevate Your Electrolytes After Drinking Too Much Alcohol
My new best friend is a refreshing hydration mix when it comes to a hangover cure called Hydrant! Created to rehydrate the body fast this product is a lightly flavored real fruit juice powder that contains the precise blend of electrolytes you need to own your day. This rapid-hydration formula strikes a balance of potassium, magnesium, sodium, and zinc to keep you truly hydrated! You can instantly feel it working.

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Hydrate The Skin After Drinking With Cica
We all know that alcohol is a direct cause of dehydration, but this dehydration can also lead to premature aging as it deprives cells of the water they need to keep skin hydrated and healthy. So just as you are drinking a glass of Hydrant right now, your skin also needs some more hydration. So why not start with a hydrating face mist enriched with CICA.

What the heck is Cica, you ask with that hangover headache? Cica has a plethora of skin-loving benefits, from toning the skin, boosting collagen, rebuilding the skin barrier, aiding in cellular repair, providing some much-needed hydration, and yes, there is more! Cica is also full of nutrients that are beneficial to the skin, like beta-carotene, amino acids, niacin, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, all that are amazing at moisturizing and brightening the skin!

My all-time favorite CICA brand is Meebak and their toner that doubles as a mist is terrific at calming relief to even the most sensitive dry, alcohol-induced dry skin. 

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Brighten The Skin After Drinking With Gold
Gold, yes, you read correctly. A go-to secret weapon of mine is a 24K Gold Cream. Infused with gold flakes and hyaluronic acid, this rich moisturizer brings that much-needed glow to your complexion, so you will look as if you hadn't drunk the extra shot as the ball dropped last night!  (24K GOLD has been used in skincare for hundreds of years due to its anti-aging properties)

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Remove Puffiness And Toxins With A Isla Face Roller
Face massage is the key to reducing post-alcohol puffiness as it helps boost circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage. Better than just using your fingers, Spa Sciences Isla Sonic Face & Body Contouring Ice & Heat Roller (can be used cool from a skincare fridge or warm from room temperature) is my go-to beauty tool after enjoying a bottle of Pinot Noir.  Not only will this beauty help to restore your skin to its toned and supple self, but it is excellent to help relieve that hangover headache as the uplifting sonic technology is fantastic at soothing and relaxing your muscles.

A bonus the ISLA helps to penetrate your skincare deeper, so use it with an eye cream under the eyes to help alleviate under-eye puffiness and swelling.  It also works great with your favorite hyaluronic serum, which brings us to the next skincare product to help with your hungover skin.

Hyaluronic Madness With A Shot Of Ginseng
Now do not get queasy as you are not doing any shots. But Ginjo Beauty has an excellent 24-hour collagen serum that delivers a cocktail of nutrients and hydrators like hyaluronic acid, Korean forest-grown Ginseng, Squalene, Green tea, and shea butter, all that help nurture the delicate facial skin to perfection by optimally nourishing and replenishing the skin’s own moisture!

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Ready To Create Your Own Beauty Hangover Kit?

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December 30, 2020

Over The Counter Teeth Whitening Versus Professional Teeth Whitening

Over The Counter Teeth Whitening Versus Professional Teeth Whitening By Barbies Beauty Bits

Over The Counter, Teeth Whitening Versus Professional Teeth Whitening is a question many have, but which is better, and do over the counter teeth whiteners really work? Are they even safe?

I am like most people; I want a brighter, whiter smile. Having a full set of pearly white teeth makes you feel more confident and usually perceived as a sign of good health and that you practice proper oral hygiene.

But teeth whitening comes with a lot of cultural baggage; there are tons of teeth whitening hacks I see daily on Instagram, TikTok, and beauty blogs. And although some influencer teeth whitening advice works, some are a bunch of BS that a dentist would surely debunk. 

While most people are not going to rub peroxide on their teeth with a Q-tip, gargle with coconut oil, rub your teeth with a banana peel or exfoliate your teeth with strawberries, many will consider using an over the counter teeth whitener, but do they really work?

In this post, we look at some unvarnished truths about teeth whitening shared with me by a professional.  I will focus on the difference between over the counter teeth whitening versus professional-grade teeth whitening.  

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Here’s What I Learned About 

Over The Counter Teeth Whitening Versus Professional Teeth Whitening


Not All LED Teeth Whitener Kits Are Safe For Your Teeth
I'm sure you've seen these; they are those little gizmos that look like an oversized pacifier and come with an LED light. Well, did you know that some of them are actually damaging your teeth? What??? I would have never known this as I have used them and had good results, but I just learned that the results I saw may have not come from the whitening solution's effect but rather dehydration. What the heck, I never knew this!!!!

You see, the bulk of the whitening action from these types of teeth whiteners comes from dehydration, not hydrogen peroxide. When you remove the moisture from your tooth enamel, your teeth will dry out and become whiter. So before considering using one of these OTC gel and LED kits do your research. 

Do At-Home Teeth Whiteners Work As Well As Professional Grade Whiteners
Over-the-counter teeth whiteners do work; I can attest to that, but they do not work as fast or as well as the professional-grade whitener you would get from your dentist.  But why?  There are many reasons why, but the biggest is the strength of the product. There’s a big difference between the strength of treatment that manufacturers can offer over-the-counter and what dentists can offer.

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Over The Counter Teeth Whiteners
Practically all teeth whitening options rely on some kind of bleaching options. Over-the-counter whitening products usually use hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. However, the concentration levels of these are low. My dentist told me that companies need to do this so there are no harmful side effects like chemical burns to the gums (as no one would purchase if that was a side effect).  The low concentration takes many applications and usage before you start seeing any difference in your teeth's colors and usually can't whiten any more than three shades, EVER!!!!

Professional Grade Teeth Whitening From A Dental Practice
Professional grade whitening is more effective because of the higher-concentration bleaching techniques (some can change up to 8 shades). Secondly, before you even start, you would get a personal consultation to discuss the teeth whitening options to help you decide which one is right for you.  

Unlike over the counter, where one size and number of applications is for everyone, at a dentist's office, they usually use a custom-tray fit to the mouth to make sure it is applied directly onto the tooth and stays far away from the gum area.  And as a bonus, the whitening gel used can be PH neutral, which means it helps prevent cavities! Speaking of cavities, that brings me to my next tip on teeth whitening.

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Whitening Can’t Compensate For Proper Oral Hygiene
Professional, at-home bleaching kits are easy to use with some simple guidelines. One being you need to take care of your teeth, as while whitening can help enhance the results of an effective oral hygiene routine, it can’t replace it.

The first step to keeping your teeth bright and white is to practice good oral hygiene. Ideally, this includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing to remove plaque and buildup, and using mouthwash to get rid of bacteria that can cause plaque. It is also, and I am bad at this, best to brush your teeth right after you eat to help keep your teeth stain-free and healthy.

Some Others Ways To Help Whitening Your Teeth And Make The Best Use Of A Whitener

  1. Don't Smoke... Smokers often have yellow teeth because of the tar in cigarettes. Whitening can help temporarily, but the results won’t last long if the smoking continues. The best way to keep your teeth looking great is to stop smoking and ditch the habit.
  2. Be Careful About What You Eat and Drink
    1. Some specific foods and beverages are culprits of teeth discoloration, including red wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and even some berries, and I consume all of them!! These foods get their color from intensely pigmented molecules called chromogens, which bind to your teeth' enamel.
    2. Another food discoloring culprit is acidic foods like citrus, which can weaken your enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to staining.

Teeth Whitening Can’t Remove All Forms Of Discoloration From The Teeth
Another reason why it is also essential to see a professional for teeth whitening is to establish the reason for your discolored teeth, as teeth whitening can't remove all types of discolorations—for example, greying of the teeth. The extensive use of Pharmaceutical drugs usually causes this. No amount of bleaching will make a difference because the cause of the discoloration has to do with the enamel itself, not a stain. In these cases, veneers are usually a better solution.

To Sum Up What I Learned 

You get what you pay for, meaning the lower cost of home whitening comes with lower quality results; while some can whiten your teeth, it is only a few shades, they don't last as long, and you also risk misuse and can unknowingly damage your teeth, I know I have. 

You can also end up paying more by using an over the counter whitener if you are continually using these over the years versus a professional treatment that can get the job done right the first time as long you do your part in proper hygiene and limiting heavy stain ingredients. Bottom line as with any cosmetic product do your research, read reviews, and look for real before and after photos.  

Oh, and if anyone has tried brushing their teeth with strawberries or rubbed your teeth with a banana peel to whiten, I'd love to know the results! 

Until next time!

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December 24, 2020

Eyelash Extensions- Everything You Need To Know To Become a Certified Lash Technician

 

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Long, luscious eyelashes for days? Does that sound exciting to you? Well, guess what…they are! And did you know you can make a career out of it? By becoming a certified lash technician. If you are a stylist, currently in cosmetology school, or an aesthetic student and want to become marketable in your niche, why not consider specializing in semi-permanent eyelash extensions?
 
Eyelash extensions are becoming more popular than mascara and are among the most sought-after cosmetic treatments available on the market. The procedure is quickly learned, allowing trained beauty professionals to expand their clientele by offering this service.

Now there are tons of juicy details on eyelash extensions, and we will go over them extensively, but before we do that, you need to find out if this beauty technique is something you want to offer and become trained in.

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Before You Begin - Who Can Apply Eyelash Extensions
The first and most important thing to know that eyelash extensions are only designed for professional use. As a lash technician, you want to become credible and reputable to grow your business, so it is essential to become trained and certified. Before registering for training, you need to check with your own state regarding eyelash extensions, as each state is different.

5 Traits Needed To Be A Successful Lash Technician
As with any occupation, you need to make sure it is for you. While offering eyelash extensions at your place of business may seem like the step to take to become more successful, just because you are trained in the field doesn't mean you will be good at it. There is no debating that there is an art to the trade, and having certain traits will help you along the way.

  1. Patience: The process to apply lashes can take a few hours, depending on the type of look the client desires.
  2. Steady Hands: With up to 60 lashes per eye. Every lash needs to be perfect.
  3. Attention To Detail: There is no room for errors; you want a good reputation, not sloppy job Sally.
  4. Incredible Eye Sight: Not everyone is lucky to have 20/20 vision. If you have to wear glasses, make sure you can work and see the tiny details.
  5. Dexterous Fingers

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Ton's of women, even some men, are longing for gorgeous, fluttery, long, lush  lashes. But the hassle of having to apply falsies all the time can be time-consuming. And this is where eyelash extensions come in—a more permanent shortcut to amazing long, full lashes.

Unlike strip false eyelashes, where the lashes are applied to the skin and removed after each use. Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent and are attached to the lashes, so they grow and shed naturally with your lashes. Additionally, lash extensions can be customized to fit the eye shape or the length your client lusts after.

What Are The Eyelash Extensions Made From
Eyelash extensions come in various materials. While some argue that eyelash extensions created from natural hair (like mink hair) are of higher quality, that is not true. Thankfully there are lashes made from synthetic materials and silk lashes (made from silk protein), and faux-mink lashes (human-made fibers)- all of which are glamourous, durable, and lighter. At Noble Lashes, they are completely against animal cruelty, which is why they offer silk eyelashes made from silk proteins. Their lashes are lightweight, soft, flexible, and naturally curled- minus the evil animal cruelty!

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What Other Supplies Do You Need In Your Eyelash Arsenal To Create Beautiful Eyelash Extensions
As with most cosmetic produces, you need some prep gear in your eyelash arsenal. Below are just s few of the Eyelash Extension Supplies you will need to create beautiful eyelash extensions.

Oil-Free Cleansers: Even before the treatment begins, it is imperative that you remove the client's makeup and gently cleanse the eyelashes.  Just as you would wash a client's hair, you need to clean the natural lashes thoroughly.

Noble Lashes provides various professional eyelash cleaners in both liquid and foam form, designed for professional use in beauty salons. The cleansers are often infused with different natural extracts that further act as a gentle conditioner and give the eyelashes a healthy look.

Primers: These are frequently used during eyelash extension treatments, as they improve the effects and allow them to hold on longer. They allow better bonding with eyelash adhesive - another crucial component of eyelash extension treatment.

Eyelash Glue: For a seamless connection, you need to adhere those bad boys with the natural eyelashes. Depending on your client’s eye and skin sensitivity, you need to choose a proper glue type. Most of the available glues are quick-settling, taking only a second to create a strong bond. However, some stronger strength glues can sometimes cause an allergic reaction, especially in sensitive clients. In such cases, we highly recommend using a hypoallergenic eyelash adhesive.

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Classic, Hybrid, And Volume Eyelash Extensions- What Is The Difference
What Are The Different Volume Of Eyelash Extensions
One of the significant aspects of eyelash extensions is their wide variety of types and styles. Depending on the kind of lash look a client is seeking, there is a lash out there.

Classic Eye Lash
The most basic division of eyelash extensions is between 1:1 eyelash extensions and volume extensions. Using the 1:1 application method, a single extension is used per every single natural eyelash. While such a technique can already provide glamorous results, you will often encounter clients who want a more visible effect. In such cases, volume methods of application are a perfect choice.

Volume Eye Lash Extensions
The most common types of volume eyelashes are 2D, 3D, and 4D, also called 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1. Very often, lash technicians advertise volume extensions under the name Hollywood Effect. Using these methods, adding more than just one extension to a client’s eyelashes - sometimes even as many as ten!

Bonus tip: When using volume eyelashes, the lash technician must be meticulous and thoroughly check the client’s natural eyelashes condition. While most volume extensions have reduced weight and feature ergonomic placement that evenly distributes the gravitational pull affecting the eyelashes, caution should always be applied NOT to damage the current lashes.

Hybrid Lashes:

Hybrid lashes are a 70-30 mixture of both classic lashes and volume lashes. Hybrid eyelash extensions give your clients the best of both worlds.
 

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Customize Your Eyelash Extensions With Curl, Diameter, And Length
There's more? Of course, one size does not fit all. It is essential to understand the lash extensions' length, weight, thickness, and curl and how you would apply each, which will allow you to step up your game better to customize a look to each client's specific needs.

Thickness: When deciding the thickness (diameter), you should not only consider the design aspect but, more importantly, the condition of your client's natural lashes. The most common thickness of eyelash extension ranges between 0.03mm and 0.30mm, but you might also encounter higher diameter extensions.

Curl: When it comes to the extensions' shape, there is a wide variety of curls available. There are more than what we listed below, but this will give you an understanding of the different lash curl you can create. (or look at the photo above)

  • I curl- More straight forward, great for men who want to enhance the thickness, but without curl.
  • J curl- Are natural looking but best suited for clients whose natural lashes point straight up or forward
  • B curl- Offers a soft curl, a natural-looking effect - perfect for women looking for a noticeable yet believable enhancement. 
  • C curl is the most popular curl, it is glamorous and provide a lift to the eyes. 
  • D curl can be more fitting for those more daring, as they provide a more dramatic curve.

If your client is looking for something that offers extreme lift, you can also use the U curl to further accent the eyelashes.

The Length: Eyelash extensions come in a variety of lengths from 5mm-20mm. But not all lengths are for everyone. Most likely clients are going to tell you they want long lashes. But you need to be able to explain to the client that the condition of their lashes will determine the length of the eyelash extension.  If the extensions are much longer than their regular lashes, it could cause premature fallout and shedding. Setting the correct expectation is vital to be a successful eyelash technician.

So there you have it! Everything you need to know to become a certified lash technician... Finish your training, certification and internship and you are on your way to applying eyelash extensions like a pro!

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