Self-care is all about looking after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. Whether it be going for a walk around the neighborhood with my dog, meditating or practicing yoga, I personally make it a point to do at least one act of self-care per day.
But there is one self-care act that I do every two weeks: I get my eyelash extensions refilled at Deka Lash.
The process is very simple. You lie down for about an hour while the lash artist uses adhesive to connect individual lashes to each of your natural lashes one by one. There are many styles and lengths to choose from. I usually get volume lashes in a cat-eye shape, with my longest lash being a 14.
I recommend speaking to your lash artist to find out which styles and lengths are best for your eye shape.
While at Deka, I had an opportunity to speak to Brad Collier, a multi-unit franchisee for the Chamblee, Johns Creek and Roswell lash bar locations.
AJT: What are eyelash extensions?
Collier: Eyelash extensions are applied to your natural lashes to enhance the appearance of natural eyelash length, curl and density. Lightweight and made from a high-quality synthetic blend, eyelash extensions are either one singular lash or a fan of lashes. Both types come in a variety of lengths, but fans also come in a variety of options. A fan consists of multiple lashes that share the same base. As with a singular lash extension, one fan is applied to one natural lash to create a rich and full lash line. Most importantly, our eyelash extensions come in a wide variety of lengths, curls and fans. In other words, the customization options are endless when it comes to creating your perfect lash look.
AJT: What is your most popular lash service?
Collier: Volume and TrueXpress services are our most popular.
AJT: How would you describe the process of getting eyelash extensions put on?
Collier: The eyelashes are applied individually to your natural lash. They are put on using a specially formulated, medical-grade adhesive. The application process usually takes two hours for a full set and one hour for a refill. Our TrueXpress lashes only take one hour for a full set and 30 minutes for a refill. The lashes last roughly 2-3 weeks, depending on aftercare.
AJT: How do I take care of my new lashes?
Collier: Aftercare is the most important step to keeping them looking great. We have many products available to help with this. Your lash artist will go over proper aftercare at your appointment.
AJT: Is there anything I can’t do while having eyelash extensions on?
Collier: The lashes should not get wet for the first 24-48 hours after they are applied. Clients should avoid oil-based products, especially around the eyes, as oil breaks down the adhesive and causes premature shedding.
AJT: What other services do you offer besides lashes?
Collier: We also offer lash lifts, which is essentially a perm for your lashes. We also offer brow laminations. Brow lamination is a noninvasive procedure and a semi-permanent solution for eyebrows that lack shape, do not have symmetry, where the hairs follow a different pattern or have sparse areas. With lamination, brows are realigned in the direction of the natural brow pattern in such a way as to give the client their desired shape. Additionally, we offer tinting for lashes and eyebrows.
AJT: Tell me about the membership perks.
Collier: Members get discounted prices for services and products. You also potentially have the ability to add under-eye hydrating masks for no additional cost with certain memberships.
AJT: What does it take to become a lash artist at Deka?
Collier: Lash artists go through a 2-3 week training/model period. This training period includes learning about styles and application techniques, hands-on training with Certified Trainers and practice models. All lash artists must be licensed cosmetologists or estheticians in addition to the training.
Deka Lash has 110 locations nationwide with three locations in Atlanta: Chamblee, Johns Creek and Roswell. They have been in business since 2011.