Hello, I'm Agent J, a PR professional who blogs here: http://ohhhoney.wordpress.com.
I write on a range of topics but beauty is one of the things I love to try and write about. I've tried a range of beauty procedures including double eyelid surgery but eyelash extension is one service I can't live without.
The moment I tried eyelash extensions, I was hooked; my eyes looked so different (in a good way)! It also cut down my eye makeup timings dramatically. I have since tried more than 7 eyelash extension salons in Singapore to see how it is like and I must say that prices and service levels can differ greatly.
Although I enjoy having eyelash extensions done, it is getting a little more difficult to look good with them because of the poor condition my lashes are currently in. Having done extension after extension at other salons, my natural lashes have weakened with gaps observed between them. When I shared about my lash condition with Agent G, she invited me to try Allongee Japanese Beauty Salon, a new Japanese eyelash extension salon in Keong Saik Rd. Although the place is less than luxurious, the lash therapist there is very experienced and prices are really affordable.
Excited about this new salon, I made an appointment early July 2017. It would come just in time as I've rested my eyelashes for the past 2-3 months!
Allongee is situated along the hipster Keong Saik area. It is a quaint and cozy salon fully staffed by Japanese therapists.
It is far from being the prettiest salon I've been. However, it is clean with a simple design that is easy on the eyes. The place may be small but they have a makeup area for touch ups after the service and clean bathrooms as well. Do, however, note that the beds are not separated into different rooms although it is clearly separated into individual areas for privacy purposes.
Well, I'm here for the lash extension, not the decor so this is fine by me.
On arrival, I was warmly welcomed by the gorgeous Japanese therapist Akane who speaks English really well. She provided me with quite a long a consultation form to fill in.
Akane then took the time to go through the consultation form with me, asking me various questions to understand my preferences, my concerns and the issues I was facing. She also helped to assess my lash condition to see what's best for me. From what Akane can see, my lashes are actually pretty weak with some areas starting to show some "gaps" due to loss of lashes. This may be because I have been doing eyelash extension without putting on eyelash serum.
She discussed with Mari, the salon manager who will be doing my eyelashes and together, they suggested a shorter lash extension ie. 9mm to 11mm instead of my usual 11mm to 13mm. This was because I mentioned about how some of my previous extensions actually droop after a week or so, something she attributed to the overly long lash extension. Shorter lashes tend to be lighter weight so they don't weigh my natural lashes down too heavily. This is the first time I'll be having extensions this short, hopefully, they will still turn out well.
She also recommended a mixture of C and J curl lash extension to make the lash extension look more natural. I'm happy to take whatever suggestions they offer ... they are, after all the experts. So here we go!
As I alluded to earlier, the eyelash therapist who attended to me is actually Mari, the salon manager, not Akane.
Akane often helps out for consultation as she speaks English the best in the entire salon. I'm sure Akane is good but I hear that Mari is the most experienced here at Allongee. Also, she is very experienced with customers with sensitive eyes. As my skin and my eyes turn red really easily, I'm glad to have her working on my lashes.
Before we start though, here's a photo of my lashes right now. I don't really like to look at the before because they are just pathetically little and short. Can't wait for Mari to do her magic!
She applied the tapes in preparation for the lash extension.
The first thing that Mari said she will do is to put on a few strands of the lash extension ie. C Curl and J Curl to see how it looks on me. This will give her a good idea of how strong/weak my lashes are and whether it will look good on me.
As you can see, the C Curl extensions looked good and curled upwards really nicely. The J Curl, on the other hand, was lackluster and couldn't really be seen especially when I opened my eyes.
This convinced Mari to go ahead with C curl extensions.
The testing procedure made me feel more assured as I know that these people know what they are doing. The testing procedure is done for all first timers so that they can better understand your lash condition.
Instead of going straight into applying the lash extension, Mari began by first cleaning the lashes. She shared that this is a very important step as dirt on the existing eyelashes is a major reason why lash extension at some places doesn't last as long. Here at Allongee, she performs double cleansing to make sure that the lashes are squeaky clean and ready for the extensions.
Now the application finally begins. Mari says that application is more challenging for mine as compared to first timers as my existing lashes already has some gaps. Therefore it is necessary to bridge those gaps with her eyelash extension techniques to make it look natural.
She doesn't just apply the extensions all at one go. I think she applied a few before drying with the portable fan and then applied the rest to make sure that the glue is applied well. The entire process was, however, so comfortable that I fell asleep after some time.
Here's how my lashes look like at the next moment ...
What do you think?
It looks good even with my eyes open.
Very natural, very light... doesn't feel like I have on lash extensions!
I enjoyed the lash extension here at Allongee Japanese Beauty Salon. The entire lash extension process was very comfortable. I loved how Akane really listened to my concerns during the consultation and gave me eyelash extension that are light and obvious, with no droopiness at all... just the way I love it! Akane also shared some lash care tips on how to wash my face, what not to use and how to dry my lashes after washing, which is pretty useful even for lash oldies like me.
It's a few weeks since I did the extensions and they are still holding! The shape is great, and the lashes do not droop. I've received lots of compliments from colleagues and friends, and I'm good to go after drawing my brows on in the morning! With care, I am certain they will be able to last for more than 1 month.
Given the high quality service, I was really surprised to find their prices below $100 for 120 lash extension and only $40 if you come back for a retouch within 3 weeks. Very value-for-money given their technique and service! You'll definitely find me back at the salon in 3 weeks time. See you again, soon, Mari & Akane! Thank You for the awesome lashes!