A lash fill is a touch-up service where new lashes are added to the existing extensions to replace any that may have fallen out due to natural shedding. Lash fills are essential to keep your lashes looking full and healthy. Over time, your natural lashes will grow and shed, causing the extensions to twist and turn. By staying on top of your lash fills and taking care of your natural lashes, you can maintain the appearance of beautiful lashes for a longer period of time! 

Why do you need a lash fill?

Refill services are important for several reasons. First, they help to maintain the overall appearance of your lashes. As weeks go by, lash extensions can become twisted, tangled, or fall out, detracting from the overall look. Refill services help to restore your lashes to their original, beautiful state.

Secondly, refill services can help to prevent damage to your natural lashes. If lash extensions are left to grow out too long, they can become heavy and put strain on your natural lashes, causing them to break or become damaged. Refill services help to keep the weight of the lashes in check, preventing damage and promoting healthy lash growth.

Overall, if you're a fan of lash extensions, it's important to keep up with regular refill services. Not only will they keep your lashes looking their best, but they'll also help to protect your natural lashes from damage.

When do you need a lash fill? 

Typically, it is recommended to have a lash fill every 2-3 weeks. However, the frequency of fills can vary depending on each person's natural lash growth.  Some individuals may require a fill sooner if their lashes grow faster than others. On the other hand, some individuals may be able to stretch their fills past 3 weeks.

It is important to note that if too much time passes between fills, the fill may be considered a full set. This is because there will be a lot of outgrown lashes that need to be removed before new lashes can be added. As a lash technician, you should assess how many lashes need to be removed before you decide if it’s a fill or a full set. 

How do I perform a lash fill service?

Typically, when maintaining lash extensions, the first step is to prepare your client as you usually would. This may include having them remove any makeup or oils from their eyes and laying down on the treatment bed. Once your client is ready, you can then begin examining their lashes.

During this examination, it is important to identify any outgrown or damaged lashes. These can be identified as lashes that have grown out more than 2mm or have become twisted or tangled. Using a pair of tweezers, carefully remove these lashes, taking care not to pull on any healthy lashes in the process. You can remove lashes using the banana peel method, pop off method, or using cream remover.

Once any necessary lashes have been removed, you can then begin applying new lashes to fill in any gaps that may be present.

In some cases, your client may want to change the style of their lashes. It’s up to you decide if it’s possible to transition from the client's current style or if it may be necessary to start fresh with a new lash map. 

What is not considered a fill?

If your client has less than 40% of their lashes remaining after removing outgrown lashes, this would not be considered a lash fill and instead, a full set would be required.

While some clients may think they only need a fill, it is up to you to assess their lashes and determine if a full set is actually required. It is important to communicate openly with your clients about what you see and offer recommendations in order to achieve the best results.

Lashes that are dirty and full of make up may need to be removed completely if the fans are closed. Similarly,  if your client comes in for a foreign fill with lashes looking clumpy, stuck together, or unmanageable, it may be best to have them removed and start fresh.

Importance of aftercare
It's essential to inform your clients about proper aftercare to keep their lash extensions looking great for their fill appointment. 

One of the most important aftercare tips is to wash lashes twice a day using a lash cleanser. This helps to remove any makeup residue, dirt, or oils that can accumulate on the lashes, leading to irritation, infection, or loss of lashes. Avoid touching or rubbing your lashes, as this can cause them to fall out prematurely. 

Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid using oil-based products on or around your lashes, as these can weaken the adhesive and cause the extensions to fall out faster. Instead, opt for oil-free makeup removers and avoid using mascara on your lashes. 

Encourage clients to sleep on their back or use a silk pillowcase to reduce friction and protect the lashes. 

In addition to proper aftercare, prebooking fills can save you and your clients time. By having your clients prebook their fills, you can ensure that you have enough time set aside for them during their appointment. This also allows you to plan your schedule more effectively and avoid overbooking or running out of time for a full set when a client only booked for a fill.

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