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IN HER OWN WORDS: STYLIST CHELBI LYNN SHARES WHY…

PASSION: They’re the words we live by:

  • Professional
  • Appreciation
  • Service-Oriented
  • Servant Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Ownership
  • Never-Give-Up Attitude

“PASSION” represents The Lash Lounge’s core values. Every single person we work with—from our home office staff to our franchisees to the stylists they bring on board—embody just that.

Today, we’re excited to share an inside look into the lash life of Chelbi Lynn, a stylist from The Lash Lounge Overland Park – Corbin Park in Kansas. See why she’s passionate, and why she considers The Lash Lounge her home away from home.

MEET CHELBI, LASH LOUNGE STYLIST

Hi! My name is Chelbi and I’m a stylist at The Lash Lounge in Overland Park. First of all, I must start by saying how I truly love each and every second working at The Lash Lounge. I’m so incredibly thankful to come to work every day to a welcoming, fun and relaxed atmosphere. Whether it’s the stylists working their lash magic or our amazing guests, the vibes are stellar all the way around!

TRICKS OF THE LASH TRADE: LASH LOUNGE TRAINING

Let me back up a bit. When I learned The Lash Lounge was hiring, I was so excited for the opportunity to apply! I had the required cosmetology license*, but no previous experience working with lashes. Once I received the incredible news that I got the lash stylist job and was officially hired, I then received training from the corporate training tribe. Learning the innovative and unique techniques from the experts made me even more excited to be a part of this trailblazing company.

*Cosmetology, esthetics and eyelash extension specialty license requirements vary by state. Before you submit an application, please check with your local Lash Lounge to see which apply to you!

STEPPING IN TO SUCCEED: LASH LOUNGE STYLIST SUPPORT

It’s normal to feel a bit nervous when diving into a new career path, but as soon as I joined The Lash Lounge team, the owners and fellow staff members were so supportive and, till this day, that has meant a lot to me!

Environment is everything when it comes to where you work. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say not everywhere has a team-oriented atmosphere that feels welcoming. That’s why I love working at The Lash Lounge. Everyone is wonderful from the staff and owners to each and every guest that walks through the doors. From the moment I began my career, the salon became a second family and second home to me.

THE LASH LOUNGE DIFFERENCE

Another thing I really love is that The Lash Lounge is not a “one size fits all” lash salon. It’s a joy coming to work each day and having the ability to customize a look for my guests based on their eye shapes, lifestyle and desired look.

What’s my favorite look to lash? If I have to pick just one, it would be a volume application using silk lashes and a dramatic D curl! Yep, that’s the combo I love most! The before-and-afters are so striking!

 

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

When I’m not busy lashing, I love to be outdoors enjoying adventurous activities like kayaking. If I’m not out in nature, then you might find me checking out a new local brewery with my friends.

A LOOK AHEAD: A LIFE LASHING WITH THE LASH LOUN

When it comes down to it, I can 100% say I have fallen in love with what I do and The Lash Lounge as a whole. Wherever life may take me, it is my hope that I can stay and grow with this company that has supported me from day one and helped me develop and grow these mad lash skills I’m so proud of. I honestly can’t say enough about my experience working for this amazing company!

 

 


If you’re feeling inspired by Chelbi’s lash life and you’re interested in starting a passionate career at The Lash Lounge, please apply today!

When you work with The Lash Lounge, know our corporate stylist trainers are dedicated to you. You’ll get started with virtual training, head into hands-on training and then will have regular access to our corporate stylist trainers as you learn The Lash Lounge exclusive design technique. Get the latest in lashes from our intranet and talk to other stylists across the country on our discussion board. We’re a true lash family focused on shared growth and success.

You will love going to work, being a part of the booming beauty industry, earning a competitive wage and making people look and feel as beautiful as they truly are!

 

Tips & Tricks

Promote Hair and Lash Growth With These 7 Superfoods

Genetics, age and lifestyle are just a few of the things that can play a role in the growth of our hair and even our lashes. And the truth is some of us need a little extra help in this department. Of course, vitamins and growth serums help, but so can something as simple as adding certain foods to our regular diet. Which ones, you ask? We’re dishing them out below!

1. AVOCADOS

If you love a good guacamole or simply just enjoy eating avocado, then you’re already on the right track. Full of vitamin E, avocados are a great food source because they offer antioxidants that keep free radicals in check. This helps fight oxidative stress in our bodies, which is good because this stress is a big contributor to hair loss. Adding this food to your diet can help relieve your body of that stress and keep those locks flowing.

Fatty acids are also found in this superfood; if our bodies are lacking these, they can play a role in how much our hair can grow. Since we do not produce fatty acids in our body naturally, eating avocados is a surefire nutrition win!

2. SWEET POTATOES

Did you know that biotin, vitamin A, vitamin B5 (among many more) are found in sweet potatoes? These not only keep your hair and lashes healthy, but also growing! Sure, you could take supplements that contain all of the above, but simply incorporating sweet potatoes into your diet on a regular basis sounds like way more fun!

If you have heard of biotin, you probably remember hearing it in conversations about hair. In fact, biotin is often referred to as the “H” vitamin, which is a nickname from two German words: haar and haut. What do these two words mean? Hair and skin!

3. NUTS

“Sometimes you feel like a nut”…you know the rest. Nuts are amazing for hair and lash growth. Adding nuts of all kind to your daily diet is an easy way to get the vitamin E, fatty acids and amino acids that your lashes and hair so desperately need in order to stay healthy and keep growing.

One amino acid in particular called l-arginine is actually a form of protein which is often used to help treat hair loss and even baldness. Whether you like cashews, almonds, peanuts or any nut, each type consumed in a healthy portion is so very good for you.

You know what we love most about this food? Many types of nuts are often packaged in great, single-serving sizes, making them ideal for carrying with you on the go.

4. SALMON

This seafood favorite is another that is highly rich in omega-3 fatty acids and is good for our eyes, bones, brain function and so much more. When consumed often, it can be truly incredible when it comes to the thickness and overall growth of our lashes and hair.

Along with the many other minerals and vital vitamins our bodies need, salmon is rich in vitamin B and D, which promote the growth of hair and eyelashes. Whether you’re dining in or out, be sure to add some salmon to the menu!

5. MUSHROOMS

Most people either love or hate mushrooms. Which camp are you in? If you are a mushroom fan, then you’re in luck! For every cup of cooked mushrooms, you could get approximately 40% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B3, which is known to rehydrate and nourish the hair follicles in order to make them stronger.

If you have brittle hair, then foods like mushrooms are a no-brainer! Whether you sauté them, throw them in a salad or get creative in the kitchen, add some mushrooms to the mix. Your hair and lashes WILL thank you!

6. EGGS

Scrambled, hard boiled, poached—how do you like your eggs? If you are a fan of this protein-rich food, then you’re already in the hair-growth game. That’s because our hair (and lashes) are greatly made up of proteins. If our bodies are protein-deficient, then our hair and lashes can greatly suffer. So, eat those eggs, people!

If you’re more of an egg white person, high-fives to you. However, to get the full benefits of all the goodness eggs have to offer, eat both the white and the yolk.

7. GREEK YOGURT (WITH A DASH OF CINNAMON, TOO!)

One vitamin you’ll see a lot in hair products is vitamin B5. It’s no accident; B5 promotes not just the overall health of hair, but also its growth! We’ll give you one guess what food is also full of this source. Yep, Greek yogurt! Eat it with your favorite fruit or healthy toppings or add it to a smoothie to get that helpful serving in each day.

No matter how you like to eat it, you’ll also be giving your body an extra boost of vitamin D, known to help our lashes and lovely locks grow longer and stay healthy.

Wait! One last question: Do you like cinnamon? If you do, then dash some of this delicious spice onto your Greek yogurt because it can help your hair, too. Cinnamon supports the increase of blood flow in our bodies; when more oxygen and nutrients are getting to our hair follicles, the faster, stronger and longer our hair can grow!


Raise your hand (or bat your lashes) if you learned something today! All in all, when your hair is healthy and growing, then your lashes will be, too.

So, have your splurges here and there (hello, Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey) but try, try, try to add these foods (and many of the other beneficial superfoods) to your diet however you can. Your hair, health and wellness will reap the benefits!

Tips & Tricks

Spring Lash Shedding + What You Need to Know

Never heard of lash shedding? Wondering what it is, what happens and why during certain seasons? Good news—you’re not alone! Since spring has officially sprung, we’re sharing why you might be more likely to find a stray lash here and there this season.

WHAT IS LASH SHEDDING?

Whether you have lash extensions or not, we all experience lash shedding. Remember when you were young and noticed a single lash hair on your cheek and then you would make a wish? Yes, that was lash shedding in action!

This natural occurrence happens to everyone. Our lashes fall out in cycles, completely replenishing approximately every 60–90 days. But don’t be alarmed! This is a healthy part of our hair-growth routine. In fact, on average, we lose up to 20% of our natural lashes every two weeks; depending on our own individual hair-growth cycles, a person can shed between 1 and 5 natural eyelashes a day.

A new eyelash has already been growing to replace the lash that falls out and for most of us, we don’t even notice!

WHY DOES LASH SHEDDING HAPPEN? (AND WHY IN THE SPRING?)

While we experience lash shedding year-round, many of us notice that our lashes shed more during certain seasons, like in the spring. Why does this happen and why during this time of year? It’s really quite simple. During the spring season, our bodies start preparing for warmer temps and warmer weather. It’s during this natural process that our body will increase oil production to help keep not only our hair, but also our skin from getting dehydrated. So, it is common for all of us to experience additional shedding with not just our hair, but also our lashes.

WHAT TO DO + WHAT TO KNOW

There’s not much you can do to prevent lash shedding, since it is after all a natural process. But something to keep in mind is that when your natural lashes shed, your extensions shed with them. But as long as you keep up with your regular lash refill appointments every 2–3 weeks, your lash line will stay full and gorgeous just how you like it!

Another key thing to remember when experiencing the lash shedding cycle is to keep your lash extensions clean. Since spring is a big time for allergies, this can cause additional buildup to increase on and around your lash line. Use a lash extension-safe cleanser to keep them squeaky clean. It’s always a good idea to brush your lashes each day with a clean lash wand, too.


All in all, this is a natural process and no cause for alarm—we promise! Just as certain animals shed their winter coats, so do us humans, just in a different way.

If you do have lash extensions and ever have a concern about how many lashes you are shedding, chat with your lash stylist. After all, they are the experts when it comes to all things lashes and they are there to put your mind at ease and offer tips every step of the way!

Tips & Tricks

How To Care For Eyelash Extensions: 5 Fool-Proof Ways…

While we love a good laugh, one thing we never kid about is the eyelash extension care and lash longevity. It’s no coincidence that taking care of your lashes gets you the most mileage out of your fluttery friends. Today, we’re sharing some fool-proof ways to keep them at their best for longer!

1. CLEAN + BRUSH THEM DAILY

It may seem like “How to Care for Eyelash Extensions 101,” but one of the easiest ways to extend the life of your lashes is simply to keep them clean. In terms of your day-to-day routine, that just means keeping up with daily face-washing. If you’ve already built in the suds and scrubs, the good news is there’s no extra task for you. We recommend using one of our oil-free, lash extension-safe makeup removers, which is the best way to keep your lashes clean and secure. Purchase a cleanser at one of our salons and choose from either our Special Makeup Remover or our Eye Makeup Remover Gel. Learn more about the difference between these two life-changing lash cleansers.

Wondering just how you should clean your lashes? Don’t worry we won’t leave you hanging. Just follow the 3 steps below:

  1. Use our oil-free and alcohol-free eyewash specifically formulated for lash extensions.
  2. Refrain from pulling or tugging your lashes while washing. Simply use your fingertips or a lash-cleansing brush to gently massage the cleanser into your lash line.
  3. Rinse with fresh water until the cleanser and makeup residue is removed.   

Along with cleaning your lashes daily, you’ll also want to make sure you brush your lashes every morning with a clean mascara wand. Why morning? While you’re sleeping, your lashes can tangle and flip to the side, so the secret to keeping them in place is to gently brush through and fluff them.  

2. BE GENTLE 

As a general rule of thumb for eyelash extension care, the less you mess with your lashes, the longer they will last. So, no rubbing, tugging or plucking when you have lash extensions! If you do a lot of rubbing and messing with your lash line, this could cause your extensions to fall off prematurely…who wants that?

We do know and understand that everyone is human and you may have an itch near your lash line from time to time. The good news is that there are ways to soothe the itch without any vigorous rubbing or pulling on your lashes. A simple trick is to use your mascara wand to gently brush through your lashes. Don’t you feel better already just thinking about it? But if you must, a slight rub on your eyelid in a circular motion is a-ok, too.

3. USE A LASH SEALANT

If you have invested in lash extensions, then you will also want to be sure to invest in a lash sealant. This product goes a long way to extend the life of the adhesive used to attach the extension to your natural lash. It locks your extensions in place for a longer period of time.

Be sure to purchase one of the two we offer: our Protecting Sealer and our Black Diamond Coating Sealant. What’s the difference between these two? The Black Diamond sealer is a daily use product that adds a darker sheen and helps extend the life of your extensions. The Protecting Sealer is used twice weekly and perfect for those with active lifestyles, those who live in high humidity areas, and those with oily skin types.

In short, a lash sealant is the perfect aftercare product to extend the life of your lash extensions and retention in between refills. Next to the investment you’ve made in your lash extensions themselves, purchasing a lash sealer is a close second!

4. ONLY USE LASH EXTENSION-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

Not all beauty products are okay to use with lash extensions. Be sure to stay away from waterproof mascara and any oil- or alcohol-based products or cosmetics. And yes, this includes any moisturizers with oil that are applied around the eyes.

Check out last week’s post on lash extension-friendly beauty products and cosmetics!

5. DON’T MISS YOUR REFILLS…LIKE, EVER!

When it comes down to it, fundamentally, how to take care of eyelash extensions boils down to keeping up with your lash refill appointments every two weeks. It’s the only way to keep your lash line looking full. When you come in for your refill appointment, your stylist will perform maintenance to freshen up your current set, then place new extensions for added fullness. When you come in for refills on the regular, you ensure a full, lush lash line and a fresh lash look, like we all love!

On the other hand, if you don’t keep up with your regular refills, your stylist will have to add more extensions than usual to bring that fullness back. This could mean you need to invest in a service upgrade. This is definitely doable and we can also make sure to book the right amount of time for your appointment so we can get your lashes back to the fab fullness you adore.

So, schedule your refill appointments regularly and even ask us about our membership program, which will save you money on regular refills and make sure you’re always looking and feeling your best!

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You have made an investment on your beautiful long, voluminous lashes, and we want you to protect it!

If you’re ever unsure about the products you’re using or something you’re doing that you may be afraid could harm your lashes, talk to us. That’s what we are here for! Whether it’s before, during or after your appointment, fill us in and we’ll set the record straight for you…and your lashes. Together, we’ll conquer eyelash extension care!

Photo Credit: The Lash Lounge Sandy Springs – Chastain Park

 

Tips & Tricks

Eyelash Extension Care: Which Cosmetics and Beauty Products Are…

When we welcome new guests to The Lash Lounge to receive their first full set of lashes, we often answer questions and share tips about cosmetics and products that are okay and not okay to use with lash extensions.

Though there won’t be too much of an adjustment to your daily routine, not all products are lash extension-safe. Today, we’re giving you the scoop on which ones get the green light and which to stay away from. Take note, ladies, and become eyelash extension care masters!

COSMETICS: DO’S, DON’TS + TIPS

First, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: After getting lash extensions, most of our guests actually find they don’t need to wear as much makeup because they discover that their new extensions are a great alternative. Hooray for that! However, we know makeup is oh-so-fun and a great way to express yourself, so for our makeup-loving guests, we say get your glam on!

When you have lash extensions, you can wear your usual face makeup, eyeliner, eyeshadow and even mascara, as long as it’s all lash extension-friendly and all are not oil- or alcohol-based. If you apply face powders and eyeshadows, keep in mind that residue can flake off onto your lashes.

Tip #1: If you wear eye makeup, gently brush through your lashes with your lash wand immediately after applying any powdery type of makeup. This will brush out any flakes or residue that landed on your lash line while applying.

Tip #2: For those of you who are mascara fans, be sure to only use a water-based mascara. You can even purchase one of the two mascara options we carry in our salons: our Ultimate Volume Mascara and our Lengthening Mascara. 

PRODUCTS: WHAT YOU CAN + CAN’T USE

When it comes to taking care of your eyelash extension, the other products you need to be sure to shy away from when you have lash extensions include any products that are oil- or alcohol-based. Products like lotions, creams and moisturizers that contain oils are not good to use on or near the lash line. Why, you ask? Products that contain oil can break down the bond of the extension adhesive, which can then cause it to detach from your natural lash. This will shorten the life of your lash extensions. No thank you!

Tip #3: When you’re looking into cleansing products, pay attention to the ingredients and do not use any alcohol-based products.

Tip #4: Use one of our cleansing products that are not only lash extension-safe but are gentle and perfect for cleansing not only your eye area and, but your whole face! We have our Special Eye and Makeup Remover which has the same pH balance as natural tears, making it ideal for those with sensitive eyes.  Then we have our Eye Makeup Remover Gel, which works on all skin types. Both are formulated to work with eyelash extensions and each cleanser is gentle enough to use as an all-over makeup remover.  Cheers for cutting down on the number of bottles on our vanities!

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In order to extend the life of your lashes and keep your extensions in tip-top shape, make sure you take a look at the ingredient list of the cosmetics and products you are using. You’ve made an investment in your lashes and you definitely want to protect them!

As always, if you have any question about how to care for eyelash extensions, including the cosmetics and products you’re using, just ask your lash stylist! You can even bring them in with you during your next appointment and let us take a look!

Tips & Tricks

The Truth About the Most Common Lash Extension Myths

From whether your natural lashes will be damaged to lash extensions are one size fits all, we’re sharing the truth about the most common lash extension myths on our blog today!

MYTH 1: Having lash extensions applied could hurt or feel uncomfortable.

TRUTH: The process of having lash extension applied does not hurt and should never cause discomfort if they are being applied by a trained lash stylist. Actually, the lash extension application process is a very relaxing experience and many clients enjoy a nap, or ‘lash naps’ as we like to call them. So if you have ever heard that having lash extensions applied can hurt or be uncomfortable, this is not true. No pain should ever be involved during lash extension applications. What is involved is a luxury, spa like experience to make you relax!


MYTH 2: Eyelash extensions could damage my natural lashes. 

TRUTH: When you combine premium products and trained lash stylists with proper application techniques, then your natural lashes should never be damaged. During the lash application process, it’s imperative to the health of your lashes to have each natural hair isolated when an extension is adhered to it and ensure proper separation so that the hairs can continue to grow and shed as they would naturally. At The Lash Lounge, we only use formaldehyde-free, medical-grade adhesives which are made exclusively for lash extensions. The combination of our top quality adhesive plus the individual lash attachment will sustain the health and integrity of your natural lash hairs indefinitely.


MYTH 3: My natural lashes will be shorter if/when I decide to have my extensions removed. 

TRUTH: When eyelash extensions are applied by a trained lash stylist, your natural lashes are allowed to grow as usual. Women without lash extensions usually apply and remove mascara every day. The application and slight pulling of lashes when applying mascara followed by the cleaning and rubbing of your eyes to remove the mascara can greatly damage your lashes. With a proper lash extension application, there will be no damage and your lashes should grow better than they would if you were applying, wearing and cleaning off mascara day to day. So the myth that your natural lashes could be shorter if you were to remove your extensions is not true.


MYTH 4: Eyelash extensions are one size fits all and my lashes will look just like my friend’s lashes after she got her lash extensions. 

TRUTH: All of us have different eye shapes as well as a different number of natural lashes. What does this mean? It means that lash extensions can be (and should be) customized just for YOU. It also means that your lash extensions may not look just like your friend’s lash extensions since you both have different eye shapes and different amounts of natural lashes. Here at The Lash Lounge, we specialize in safe and customized eyelash extensions. Using our custom-built mapping system, our stylists are trained to implement our exclusive techniques which tailors a perfect design for each individual’s unique eye shape, lifestyle and desired lash look.

Ready to make an appointment and begin your path to enjoying effortless beauty with lash extensions? Click here to find a Lash Lounge salon near you and if you have any more questions about lash extensions, the process or aftercare – ask those questions when you give us a call!

Tips & Tricks

4 Facts About Lash Shedding

Every hair on our body follows a specific growth cycle, including our eyelashes. Lash shedding is a healthy part of the hair growth process and should not be cause for alarm—yes, even with lash extensions! Today, we’re sharing 4 facts about lash shedding and the natural cycle.


The Natural Lash Shedding Cycle

Did you know?

  1. On average, a person can lose up to 20% of their natural lashes every two weeks.
  2. Natural eyelashes grow in and fall out in cycles, which occurs every 60 to 90 days.
  3. Depending on their individual lash growth cycles, a person can typically shed between 1 and 5 natural lashes every day.
  4. A new eyelash has already been growing to replace the lash that falls out and for most of us, we don’t even notice.

If you have ever noticed how your hair sheds more during certain seasons, you’re not alone! This is called “seasonal molting” and it’s completely natural. You can read more about it here.

Your Natural Lashes + Lash Extensions

When eyelashes are extended with quality semi-permanent extensions (like we use here at The Lash Lounge), it will be more noticeable when these lashes shed because they are longer and darker than your natural lashes. But, don’t worry, lash extensions should only shed when your natural lash has reached the end of its cycle, so no damage to your natural lashes here!

How does it work?

When a trained stylist applies a set of classic lash extensions, one lash extension is attached to your natural eyelash. In volume, we attach a handmade fan of 2 or more lash extensions to your natural eyelash. In hybrid, it’s a combo of the two. You’ll notice that when your natural lash sheds, so goes the lash extensions(s)!

FUN FACT…WHO KNEW? All hairs, including eyelashes, replace themselves every few years.