Let’s talk about the negative connotations that come with lash extensions and I’ll explain to you why it’s true or not so true! The top question always asked is, “does lash extensions ruin your natural lashes?” and to be honest, yes they can. But they can only ruin your natural lashes if the lash artist isn’t doing proper healthy lashing. What’s HEALTHY LASHING you ask? It’s kind of self explanatory, the lash artist should be examining your natural lashes to see what diameter would work best. There are many different diameters( thickness) of a lash extinction such as .10, .12, .15, .20. So the lashes someone else has on, you as the client may not be able to have the same ones due to the diameter, because it may not be healthy for your natural lashes. And we always want to make sure we aren’t causing any damage, a lash extension that is too heavy for your natural lash can do just that!
Healthy lashing also means cleansing your lashes. This is also immensely important. You have them on throughout the whole day so dirt, oils and other things like makeup, and eyeliner sit on your lashes so just like the hair on your head, your lashes also need to be cleansed! Your lashes need to be free from all the dirt that may have settled on them, all those things can jeopardize you from having good retention. The cleaner the lashes, the longer they last. You should be able to get an extension safe cleaner from your lash artist that contains no oils in them. As lash artists we give you step by step detailed instructions on how to properly clean your lashes.
Healthy lashing is huge and the responsibility mainly falls on the lash artist. The lash artist should always be aware of how much glue they are using and how to properly isolate.
These 2 things are very important when it comes to healthy lashing.
First, If you are using too much glue it can impact the growth cycle and clump your lashes together which can become painful and cause bad reactions.
Secondly, if isolation is done improperly it can cause lashes to clump together as well and cause premature pull out of the natural lashes and can cause natural lash damage. This is why it’s very important to go to a lash artist that is certified and/or a licensed esthetician.
So the truth is out! That’s why I’m here or to keep it 100% with all of you.
Everything isn’t bad when it comes to lash extensions. Lash extensions are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! When talking with my clients I always ask them, “what made you want to get lash extensions?” Some say they love the way they look and how it makes them feel. Some want fullness because their lashes aren’t as full as they may want them. Some need them because they don’t have any natural lashes. It can be a numerous amount of reasons that make a woman want lash extensions. I love doing a client's lashes and seeing their reaction when they finally open their eyes. It really makes me love what I do! I’m only enhancing the beauty that’s already there!
Long story short... where there is negativity, there is always positivity. The good thing about lash extensions is they help your natural lashes become stronger. And we always want nice strong healthy lashes.
Next month we'll talk about how lash extensions promote promote growth.
Let’s talk about the negative connotations that come with lash extensions and I’ll explain to you why it’s true or not so true! The top question always asked is, “does lash extensions ruin your natural lashes?” and to be honest, yes they can. But they can only ruin your natural lashes if the lash artist isn’t doing pro
National Black Business Month
By Yarden Carroll
August is National Black Business Month and was founded by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E Jordan Sr in 2004; both men encountered many challenges in corporate America and primarily as black business owners/entrepreneurs. Challenges black business owners may experience are limited funding, diminished resources, lacking formal training, and oppression. The purpose of recognizing black businesses is to captivate and cultivate black wealth, success, and existence as normalcy. To do this, we must normalize the growth of black businesses by supporting existing black-owned businesses and mentoring others to create their avenues to success.
Black businesses should primarily focus on rebuilding our communities, restoring faith in each other, and uprooting the history of black wealth. It is known and embedded in the systems, the laws, and the mindset of many of our people. Does this mean we don’t have a chance? Or do we all need a history lesson? As a race, black people, we have to know, feel, and decide whether pooling our resources and uplifting each other is the ultimate goal or if competing in the hunger games is the best way to survive. The latter should not be an option. Every day should be a call to action supporting black businesses, not just a designated month. Many statistics disproportionately impact black America, but we can start with the economic state of black America. To make a change, we must make a well-informed decision to
commit to the cause.
Here are a few statistics to guide you to informed consent:
8 out of 10 black businesses fail within the first 18 months
As of 2020, black companies only make up 10 % of U.S businesses
The black dollar circulates 6 hours within its community, compared to 28 days in the Asian community, 19 days in the Jewish community, and 17 days in the white community.
The pandemic has disproportionately caused a 40% decline in small black-owned businesses, and job losses were more significant amongst people of color. In context, those who already had limited access to resources such as wealth, transportation, and healthcare were the hardest hit.
What do these stats mean in summary to the increasingly growing wealth gap within Black America?
Short answer: It will continue to grow.
Long Answer: This is generational!!!!! We can build and establish our communities from within, but we still have to dismantle the very systems and laws keeping the wealth gap from closing. Reparations will not solve the problem but can help. Eradicating the disparities in healthcare, education, policy, criminal justice, and employment will start. These changes will take time, but in the meantime, we can make some shifts in our mindset, lifestyle, and within the communities if we want to see a change in the paradigm. We have to be the change we wish to see in others.
We can start by educating ourselves on financial literacy: It is essential to know the value of a dollar and its use as a renewable resource when re-invested back into the community.
Invest in building generational wealth:
Life insurance protects your family and preserves wealth
transfer in the event of a loss.
Support black-owned businesses:
The value of a dollar is as significant as the black vote. Supporting
black businesses is complicated but achievable. Buying black will circulate the black dollar in the
community longer. There are several apps available to help locate black-owned businesses in your area.
Invest some time and money back into your community.
MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS TO SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESS!!!
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