Have you ever considered getting eyelash extensions? For those of us that have a rigorous beauty routine, eyelash extensions offer an opportunity to have a long, full set of lashes without having to wear mascara or apply dramatic eye makeup for a similar eye-popping effect.
To get a full overview of the beauty trend, I recently had a Q&A session with Charlotte-based Stylist and Eyelash Extension Specialist, Charlie Butler. Read on to learn everything you need to know about eyelash extensions!
What led you to the beauty industry?
I still have to pinch myself, because I am living my dream.
I graduated from Winston Salem State University with a degree in business. I initially enrolled with hopes of becoming a nurse. I enjoyed the course work, but soon realized that I was too emotional and not that into blood. Throughout my tenure at WSSU, I was a stylist and nail tech, working in my dorm room for extra money. I didn’t really think anything of it until after finishing school.
Following graduation, I moved back to Charlotte and began working for Bank of America. While there, I continued to do my friends’ and colleagues’ hair. I soon realized that I was doing hair night after night, and that maybe it was worth looking into.
I took a tour of the AVEDA Institute, enrolled shortly after, and the rest is history. I now own Elle C. Luxury, a beauty boutique (pictured above) in Noda that specializes in spray tans, lash extensions, and hair extensions.
What inspired you to get become an Eyelash Extension Specialist?
I was inspired to become an Eyelash Extension Specialist by one of my best friends. Throughout our time at AVEDA she had the most beautiful lashes, and it was because they were extensions. I was so intrigued, and had to know more about the procedure. I noticed that not many places offered lash extensions, at the time.
Can you share a bit about your journey becoming a certified Eyelash Extension Trainer?
I decided to share my knowledge and train future lash artists after taking a course that I didn’t feel was worth the investment. Prior to taking that class, I took a level one training program with Xtreme Lash, and then returned to become a certified lash stylist. After a couple of years of lashing, I decided to take a volume lash course. The class wasn’t as informative as I would have liked, especially for the price.
[My experience] inspired me to create my own curriculum and start holding affordable classes that cover everything a lash artist should know. My goal is to train the best lash artists for the world of beauty.
What are the greatest beauty benefits of eyelash extensions?
The phrase “Wake up in your makeup” had to be created after lash extensions. They allow you to wake up and go! This means: No mascara, a darker lash line, fuller lashes, and you will look great after any activity because they’ll remain in place.
How long do they typically last?
Lash extensions last indefinitely with routine fills. They are similar to acrylic nails because you would come to get them filled in. Our natural lashes shed just like the hair on out heads, so there will be lash loss. When one of our natural lashes sheds, an extension is attached and a new natural lash is preparing for growth.
I recommend getting lash fills every 2-3 weeks. Without fills, lash extensions last up to 6 or 7 weeks.
What are the best care and maintenance routines for extensions?
Lashes can be high maintenance, but well worth it! I will provide my recommendations below:
- Do not tan or spray tan 48 – 72 hours after application
- Do not use mascara on your lashes
- Do not curl or perm your lashes
- Do not pull or rub your lashes Be cautious around your lash line when removing makeup
- Gently clean your lashes with a mixture of water and baby shampoo (oil free)
- Brush lashes with mascara wand to maintain them
- Gently pat lashes dry with a lint free towel or cloth (VIVA, Neutrogena Makeup wipes or “The MakeupEraser”)
- Schedule regular lash fill appointments every 2-3 weeks
- Avoid saunas and steam rooms while wearing extensions
- Do not use eyeliner pencils
- Do not use cotton balls or pads (lint/fibers will attach to your lashes)
- Do not attempt to remove your lash extensions (They must be removed by a professional)
Which lash services do you currently offer?
Our current lash offering consists of Classic and Volume lash extensions, Strip Lashes, and Day lashes aka Cluster lashes (Click here for more information).
Who is the most exciting person you have met through your work, and what do you feel you gained by meeting them?
I would say Ted Gibson. I did some training at his salon in New York, and he really helped me to realize my worth. Sometimes you’re so afraid of losing clients/ friends by charging certain prices.
At the time, he was charging $1,200.00 for a haircut, but he explained exactly why – you’re borrowing him from people like Angelina Jolie, Jessica Lange, Serena Williams, Lupita Nyongo… to name a few. [Meeting him] really helped me value my work and myself more.
Sometimes we devalue ourselves, and that then causes us to fall out of love with what we are doing. We as beauty professionals are always investing in our craft, through tools and continuing education; our price should reflect that. That goes for any and everyone [in any industry].
What are your future plans for the growth of your brand?
I plan on launching my own lash line, so that other lash artists can work with the best extensions and tools. I also plan on changing my business name, to be more centered on what we do.
Where can people follow you to see more of your work online?
Charlie is also currently running a February lash extension special for a full set of lashes at $175. Click here to book your appointment!