How Coconut Oil is Ruining Your Skin

Oils and balms are actually ruining your skin.  I know what you’re thinking, “Pinterest told me it was OK!” Coconut oil is natural and organic, and even safe enough to eat.  So why am I telling you to stop putting it on you skin? It’s all about balance, baby.

Skin’s top function is to create a protective barrier.  When this barrier is impaired, things like inflammation, acne and rapid aging come calling.

Our skin barrier requires a delicate balance of 3 important things to function properly:

Fatty Acids

Cholesterol

Ceramides

Coconut oil is a fatty acid, and when applied to the skin alone it causes the lipid ratio of the skin barrier to become out of balance, leading to inflammation.  Another fatty acid commonlly promoted as an anti-ager includes rose-hip oil.

Coconut oil is also comedogenic.  If you are acne-prone, cleansing or moisturizing with it will cause break-outs.

We recommend using a cleansing oil with sunflower oil as it is acne safe.  A great option is the Pore-Cleansing oil from Roccoco Botanicals.  You can check out their article on oils and the skin here - http://www.educatedtherapists.com/using-oils-balms-actually-ruining-skin/

Roccoco Botanicals in only available in salons with the guidance of your skin-care professional and is not sold online.

If you are in the Denver, CO area you can purchase at Le Chic Lash Boutique.

www.lechiclashboutique.com

How to choose the right lash salon

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When getting lash extensions applied (especially for the first time) there are definitely many options on where to go to get them done.

Budget, experience of the technician, and the desired look will all factor into your decision on where to go.

Below is a guide on the options you have to choose from and the pros and cons of each type of establishment.

Note:

The other important factors to consider are the licensing/certification requirements.  In the state of Colorado, you must be a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician to perform eyelash extension applications.  You can find more info here - https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/dpo

Colorado does not currently require certifications, however.

What is a lash certification and what does this mean?

A lash certification is offered through various lash extension training companies.  Generally, the process will consist of a training program that teaches lash extension application skills specifically, with some companies requiring a test out before a certification can be obtained.  Minkys, for example requires their lash students to attend a hands-on workshop and then schedule a test-out date with their trainer to show proficiency.

Some of the most well-known and sought-after lash training companies also offer directories that list their certified lash artists by state, so you can check and see if your tech is certified.  

The bottom of this post contains a list of the top companies with links to their directories.

Salon Categories

Nail salon

Pro: This is the cheapest option and the most convenient as most nail salons take walk-ins.

Con:This type of place is the bottom of the barrell.  They are cheap-  usually because they cut corners (like they do with nails).  If you’ve seen Toni Gomez’s video you know what I mean.

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They also may try and pass off clusters or lash flares as individuals.  This type of lash enhancement is damaging and completely different from true individual lashes.

Honestly, I have never seen quality work from a nail salon

Also keep in mind that techs applying lashes or waxing must be licensed estheticians and cosmetologists -  not just nail techs, otherwise they are violating state board regulations.

Groupon

Pro: Great deal on price.

Con: Why are they discounting?

Salons offering a Groupon/Living Social are discounting for a reason!

Perhaps they are new and looking to build clientele. But perhaps there are other reasons.  If the salon running the GP can’t keep the clients coming back that may indicate poor quality.  Just make sure to look up reviews and ask questions!  Some GP salons are diamonds in the rough..  I got my start running a GP as well as others I know.

Beauty Bar/Hair salon

Pro: Convenient hours, may have many technicians working. Definately a set above GP or nail salons. Reasonably priced and still affordable.

Cons: Specialization vs. general practice.

If an establishment offers nails, massage, hair services, spa services, waxing, makeup and lashes, then what is their specialty?

I’m not saying they can’t be great - in fact we offer two other services at Le Chic.  But from what I’ve experienced they have a limited knowledge and not much selection - Maybe one or two lash diameters and curls, and one type of adhesive.

If you were going to have brain surgery would you see a General practitioner or a neurosurgeon?

Lash Bar/Studio

Pro: These are the gold-standard for quality, in our opinion.  They can be small or large, or even solo-practitioners.

Some of my favorite places to refer clients to and trade services are in this category. These are the places that specialize in lashes and perform the service all day, everyday.  It goes without saying that the type of quality you will experience here will generally surpass all others 90% of the time.

Most of these salons will have extensive training on lash application techniques, and can carry certifications from many different companies.  They continue their training and education frequently by attending trainings, lash summits, and industry conventions.  Many of the lash artists in this category will be members of on-line lash forums and professional associations.  They will have a network of professional peers that they refer to and collaborate with.  Some of them may even be  lash company educators or own their own lash company.

Cons: Premium price point.  Remember, you get what you pay for!


Certified Artist Directories

Minkys

Lavish Lashes

Borboletta

Sugarlash

From Bad Lashes to Good: A Guide to Understanding the Transition.

You tried out "lash extensions" in the past, perhaps from a local nail salon and the results were disappointing. The discomfort, itching and pulling left you wondering how this could be normal. After doing some research, and hearing from friends that were happy with their lash extensions, you decide to give them another try.  But occasionally, clients making the transition away from bad lashes can have unrealistic expectations that are a result of their previous tech's bad habits. Properly applied lash extensions differ from bad lashes in several ways.  Understanding the differences will help alleviate misunderstandings.  Here are some of the key differences you can expect, and some things to keep in mind after you make the switch.

1. Your natural lashes might have been damaged.

A reputable lash artist will thoroughly inspect your lashes to see if there is any damage, such as breakage, or bare spots from lashes having been pulled out.  You might need a few weeks of "lash rehab" before you get the lashes of your dreams. This may include a recommendation to get on a lash growth serum. 

2. Your new lash tech will not place an extension that is too long, thick, or heavy on your natural lash.

For clients coming in who are used to a heavy, thick and too-long cluster lash look, their new healthy extensions can seem lacking.  Give yourself time to get used to them.  Remember, these are the lashes that are meant to last long-term. You'll have beautiful lashes that don't cause damage!

3. Your maintenance schedule might need to be adjusted.

When there is no consideration for your lash shed cycle, or follicle health, lashes just get glued all together. This also means that they can't shed properly. Clients that are used to going in for refills at the 4 week mark (and beyond ) may be surprised to hear that they will need to come in more frequently,  usually between 2-4 weeks.

4. Sticker shock.

It's quite a jump going from a $35 cluster set of lashes to $200 plus. (Depending on your area.)  However, it's important to remember that you are trusting this professional with your eyes.  The price of a certified, licensed and well-trained professional cannot be understated.

These factors are worth considering while researching and choosing a lash artist.  Remember, a good lash professional will carefully consider what is safe for the health of your natural lashes and help you achieve a beautiful look.  Make the transition with these factors in mind, and you'll have beautiful lashes to enjoy long-term.

I Never thought I'd See the Day...

Howdy lash-lovers!  Something has been on my mind for a while, and I know others in the skin care profession feel the same.  I'm talking about Beauty-Bloggers and YouTube makeup artists- and the skin care advice they give.  Advice that many times, is misinformed and leads people to believe that over-the-counter products are the answer to treating skin conditions that should only be treated by licensed professionals.  Now don't get me wrong - I love my YouTube artists!  This is where I learned about the magic that is eyeshadow primer. But the skincare advice is best left to estheticians whom hold the proper licensure and education, in my opinion.  I just hate seeing a makeup artist doing a video when she's struggling with acne and talking about her great skin care routine - using Nuetrogena wipes and Clinique moisturizer... Ug!  

That is why I was so excited to find Jacyln Hill's YouTube channel.  She is beautiful, and luckily has a family member who is an Esthetician.  She has a great skin care routine video and highlights some great products from Sanitas.  I love their stuff and have used it personally.  They are an amazing brand. You can get Sanitas from an Esthetician in your area by checking their website directory http://www.sanitas-skincare.com/findsanitas1.html

I never thought I'd see the day that I could jump on YouTube for a fabulous makeup tutorial and see a makeup artist promoting professional skin care products.  This is so exciting for me, and you guys too!  I know some other Esti's that are working on something similar for YouTube.

Really taking the time to schedule and appointment with a skin care professional to discuss your skin will net you far better results that trying your luck as CVS.  I promise!  Check out Jacyln's routine here.

A Definitive Ranking of the Disney Princess's Brow (and Lash) Game.

Ok - I know what you're thinking. There are so many of these "Disney Princess" lists.  Do we really need another one?? Um.. Yes!  Let's see which of our favorite Disney royalty has brows on fleek - and who's brows need a little love. And of course, let's not forget the lashes! 

9. Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

Snow White... Girl put down the tweezers!  This may have been in fashion back in the day, but don't you kinda wonder what she'd look like with some beautiful arched brows??  Her lashes are great though.  I'm guessing these are some classics, C or B curls.

8. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Again, cute lashes - but those brows though... They are pencil-thin, almost as if someone just drew them on... LOL.  A few weeks to allow her brows to grow back, and some great brow powder to fill in and she'd be on her way!

7. Cinderella (Cinderella)

A little on the thin side, but they do frame her delicate face beautifully.  Her lashes are fab!  Looks like she might have a cat eye shape with some classics in C curl.

6. Jasime (Aladdin)

Rocking the bold, defined brows we've come to love, Jasmine's brow game is strong.  I love her thick lined cat-eye as well.  She would look awesome with some classic lashes for some pop!

5. Pocahontas (Pocahontas)

Her brows are well defined and beautifully arched.  I'd love to see her in some volume lashes to really make her eyes pop. And those lips and cheek bones! I think this is where Kylie Jenner got her inspiration.

4. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)

She's got beautiful winged liner and some great brows too.  All she's missing is lashes!  Classic or volume would look amazing on her.

3. Elsa (Frozen)

Her brows look the most realistic to me.  I bet she's a fan of the Anastasia Brow Kits.  I'm guessing she's got some flare lashes just on her out corners for some pop.  Volume lashes would look great on her!

2. Mulan (Mulan)

I just love this brow shape on her!  Defined, but nothing crazy.  She needs lashes though.  Can't you just see her in a great volume set of L+ curl?  To die for!

1.  Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Brows on fleek.  Something about this shape just says perfection to me.  Best brow bar in the city must be near by.  Her lashes look awesome too.  Bet they are 3D volumes!

Healthy Tips For The New Year

Can you believe 2016 is here!  Time flies and now that the holidays are over, this is the time of year when a lot of us set goals and look to improve ourselves.  If your new year's resolutions include getting healthy, we are here to help.  At our Denver lash extension studio, we have the pleasure of meeting many people who have great health-focused businesses.  Here are some ideas to help you get healthy this year!

Tru Fit Athletic Club

Great gym for those looking to get in shape this year!  Contact my buddy Jeff for some great specials exclusive to Le Chic Lash Boutique clients. 720-212-9398

Raw Roots Juice Bar and Cafe

Our long-time client Christi owns this juice bar and is a master nutrition therapist.  She helped me with my own journey to health, and we highly recommend her! 720-442-1280

True Health Acupuncture

Another one of our Denver lash extension clients is Miss Kira Murphy, owner of True Health Acupucture in the Wash Park area.  If you've ever tried traditional Chinese medicine, you're truly missing out! Acupuncture can help curb cravings and lower stress.  

Le Chic Lash Boutique

Is this the year that you finally take the leap to love your skin?  Try one of our acne treatments! Looking for something to help with fine lines and wrinkles?  Try a peel or Dermafile treatment. We have many options to make you feel beautiful in 2016. Of course, there's always the instant gratification with eyelash extensions at Le Chic Lash Boutique!