I’m not sure if my eyes are pretty enough to have a song written about them (cough cough Bette Davis), but I’m one step close with these new eyelash extensions!
Before my service at Deka Lash in Grandview, lash extensions were but an enigma to me. What even are eyelash extensions? How do they stay put? Are they heavy? Will they make me look like 2012 Snooki?
Well, the jury (me) is back with answers to all these questions (no, I don’t look like 2012 Snooki) and more.
Columbus franchise owner Krista Guagenti greeted me upon arrival and began my consultation. After browsing photos of the different offerings—natural, wispy, cat eye, doll eye—I settled on a combination of natural and cat eye to achieve a longer, fuller look with subtle length added to the ends.
I was able to fully customize my extensions right down to the level of curl I desired, and as a first time customer, it really help reassure me that I’d be leaving the studio with my dream lashes.
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I also opted for the TrueXpress method, which delivers a fresh, natural look in half the time using Deka Lash’s multi-lash fans, rather than placing a single extension on each individual lash. So, instead of a two hour appointment, it only lasted about an hour—perfect for busy holiday schedules.
Speaking of the appointment, it was time to begin.
I kicked back in a strange-looking, yet shockingly-comfortable chair and my lash artist Naomi cleaned and measured my natural lashes. Shortly after, she began placing the TrueXpress fans using a proprietary adhesive.
Naomi shared that most of her clients fall asleep during their appointments (there’s a fuzzy blanket you can bundle up with), and I see why! There was no irritation (I was even wearing contacts), no harsh smells, and no discomfort. If it weren’t for us chatting, I could’ve easily dozed off as she gingerly adhered my extensions.
Then, after about an hour or so, Naomi handed me a mirror, and my pretty new eyelashes were staring back at me. They were long, full, and flirty, but felt no different than my normal lashes.
I was then briefed on the do’s and don’ts of eyelash extensions:
- Keep lash line clean
- Remove eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara at the end of the night with a makeup wipe
- Get lash extensions wet for 24 hours
- Use saunas, steam rooms, or tanning beds for 48 hours
- Use cleaners, makeup removers, or moisturizers that contain oil or solvents
- Rub eyes or pull extensions off
- Manually curl or perm your eyelashes
I followed all the aftercare steps, and have even avoided getting them wet while showering and washing my face. I can’t be sure if that’s helped the longevity, but I’ve only lost a few lashes since my appointment six days ago, so it certainly hasn’t hurt!
Deka Lash was founded on the idea that all women should feel confident and beautiful, and that’s exactly how I left feeling. Not only have they allowed me to go makeup free, I’m loving the little boost of assuredness my curly little extensions are give me from sun up to sun down.
Deka Lash is located at 1017 W 5th Ave, Columbus. To learn more, visit dekalash.com.