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Luscious Lashes! Get the Lowdown on Lash Extensions, LVL & Tints

Have you ever looked a young child and wondered if your eyelashes were ever that long? And where have your eyelashes gone any way? Did you know that as we get older, our eyelash follicles reduce production of new lashes or growth is slowed right down. Lashes will also fall out if you rub your eyes a lot, or are constantly suffocating them with mascara. If your eyelashes seem to be AWOL and you’d like to regain some of that youthful length, then this one’s for you.

Longer lashes have long been gaining popularity, not least of all because they can enhance your entire face. By bringing the focus entirely on to your eyes, you’re giving your face a beautiful and engaging centerpiece. With thicker lashes, even people that don’t have particularly ‘pretty’ eyes, suddenly look more youthful, wide eyed and attractive. Make up is less necessary and you naturally appear more feminine.

So Maybe You’re thinking it’s Time to Call in Some Lash Help!

If you get a little confused about all the options when choosing lash extensions you’re not alone. We have so many guests asking about what the difference is between Russian and LVL and to be fair there does seem to be a lot of choice on the market! So let’s get the low down on all the available lash treatments At Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford and Walton spas and sum up what you can expect at your appointment.

Classic Full Set Eyelash Extensions

When applied from scratch, Classic Lashes can have an astonishing effect on the whole face! Eyes appear bigger and more open and they give your face a real focal point. Synthetic lashes are chosen according to appropriate length and thickness for each guests and are then painstakingly applied one by one. These won’t damage your natural lashes provided they’re applied properly.  Classic lash extensions last for 2-3 weeks before they start to fall out, but you can make them last indefinitely by visiting your therapist monthly for infills. Initially a full set of lashes can take up to 2 hours to apply so be prepared for a long appointment!

Russian Full Set Eyelash Extensions

Made from soft fibres, Russian Volume Lashes are similar to classic lashes, but are ultra-fine. Being finer means you can have many more lashes than your natural lashes – even up to eight Russian lashes to one regular lash. With so many more lashes and the fan shape application, you can expect to have the most volume of all the options. When taken care of properly, Russian Volume Lashes can last between between 4-6 weeks.

Hybrid Full Set Eyelash Extensions

Relative new kid, Hybrid lashes are a combination of classic and synthetic lashes. They work really well for people with lashes that are a sparse or spaced out. Hybrids give more control for continuity, placing ‘volume fans’ of Russian lashes to cover gaps and individual lashes in the thicker areas. By applying different lashes according to where they’re needed, the result is a fuller thicker lash line. As with classic and Russian volume, hybrid full sets do take some time to apply and need maintenance for longer lasting wear.

Eyelash Extensions Infill / Top Up

To avoid your lashes looking patchy as they grow out, we recommend an infill or top up after 2-3 weeks. This simply means popping in to see your therapist who can fill in any gaps with fresh lashes, elongating your lovely thick lashes for a while longer. By continually staying on top of lash maintenance you keep your lashes looking tip top and avoid needing the whole procedure from scratch again.

Eyelash Tinting

Eyelash tints are popular with people who have very pale blonde lashes. It consists of applying a special dye to your natural lashes, which gives you weeks of dark, full lashes without mascara. Our therapists simply apply the dye to your eyelashes whilst you relax with your eyes closed. The entire process only takes around 10-15 minutes so it’s a great perk to have done whilst having a brow shape, lip wax or foot massage. It’s a quick, painless process and you can also have your brows dyed to match, giving your eyes full natural definition without the use of makeup. Lash tints last around 6 weeks.

LVL Lashes

LVL is fantastic for people with sensitive eyes, who wish to have a more natural look or who just don’t like wearing mascara or eye make up. LVL stands for Length-Volume-Lift and is a fantastic treatment that makes the most of your natural lashes. Eyelashes are lifted and lengthened at the root using a specific serum. Lashes are then tinted, giving the appearance of thicker darker lashes. LVL lasts for up to 6-8 weeks.


Of course, if you’d rather skip lash extensions altogether, we can recommend Aveda Mosscara, available to buy in-store at Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford and Walton stores. The thickening mascaras works by conditioning lashes from roots to tips, using a blend of Icelandic moss and other plant extracts. Rich lasting colour that’s smudge proof and leaves lashes soft to the touch. Post consumer packaging and cruelty free.

Feel free to book in with one of our expert therapists who will make sure the procedure is perfect for you. Our comfortable luxury therapy rooms are the ideal environment to relax into the lash treatment so that, no only will you leave the spa with amazing new lashes to enjoy, you’ll also feel refreshed and renewed. Call our friendly reception team now on 01483 306655 for Guildford or 01932 240856 for Walton.

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