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How often should I update my colour ring?

Colour rings are an essential tool in any Hair Extensionists or Colourists tool kit. Our Remi Cachet and Additional Lengths colour rings are made using the same hair that you will find when buying all of our products; including our pre bonded human hair extensions, tape hair extensions or weft hair extensions. This means that the colour on the ring is produced to the quality standards of the hair that you order, as well as this the feel and texture of the hair should match the human hair extensions that you buy.

For our professional clients, we recommend the purchase of a Super Ring over a standard ring. What makes it so super? It’s easy – the sample of hair on our Super Ring is over 6 times bigger than that of a standard ring, allowing you to swatch a wider area giving you a more precise colour match. They also make a great hair wall display in a salon.

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From time to time we receive enquiries from our customers when they receive their purchase to find that the colour may be slightly different. What we need to remember is that human hair extensions are a natural product, not only is every batch different but each hair could be from different donors.  Each batch takes the colour slightly differently, and this explains the variation. If you think of wallpaper, you’re always advised to use the same batch to avoid any differentiation between batch prints.

When we introduced all of our new Remi Cachet root stretch colours we sold a separate root stretch and dip-dye colour ring for those new colours but we are pleased to say that when you purchase a new ring now you receive all 55 of our colours on the one ring.

Because our colour rings are made from real human hair we have some tips on how to keep your colour ring in top shape to avoid having to replace it sooner than you need to but to also to keep the colours as true to production colours as possible. Although we do recommend changing every 12 to 18 months depending on your usage and storage habits. 

  • Reduce Handling – Your hands and specifically your fingertips can deposit oil onto the hair, which has nowhere to go.  
  • Reduce Light exposure – Light exposure (specifically UV) can break down proteins making the hair look dull. If you have your colour ring on display try to have it away from direct sunlight.
  • Reduce Moisture – If you have frizzy or unruly hair that just won’t do as you tell it; you know that moisture can have a big impact on how your hair feels. If your colour ring is left to sit in the open for long lengths of time this could affect your colour ring that isn’t being washed and maintained like your hair. 

Taking care of colour ring can help prevent frustration, the cost for shipping back returns and loss of time due to rescheduling your client. We recommend storing your colour ring away from light in a container or zip lock bag that you can squeeze the air out of once you put it away to prevent any of the above causing an effect on your colour ring. 

Another factor is time and in such a busy salon environment, time passes us so quickly. Before you know it, your colour ring is 2 years old and you may be experiencing some differences. If so, it is time to consider purchasing a new colour ring to ensure more accuracy and avoid delays in replacement colours being ordered. 

Beauty News

Choosing The Right Eyelashes for you

False lashes can provide you with longer, fuller and more dynamic eyelashes,  enabling you to create the look you’ve always dreamed of in an instant. While we all have our favourite styles, have you ever thought why? Just like choosing a hairstyle to suit your face shape, certain eyelash styles will look better on you than others. The right false eyelash can enhance your natural eyes, while the wrong eyelash can change the shape of your eyes completely.  Whether you’re every day or occasion eyelash wearer, here at Additional Lengths, we are on hand to guide you through the best styles for you, while providing expert advice on how to remove eyelash glue without damaging your natural lashes.

First things first, you’re going to need to know what eye shape you have. The best way you can do this is by observing the shape and profile of your eyes using a hand-held mirror. This way you can get a close-up observation. Here is what you should look out for:

  1. Look at your iris (the coloured section around the pupil), can you see the whole shape or is partially covered by your eyelid?
  2. Look at your eye shape,  do your eyes angle up or down at the sides?
  3. How much space is there between the top lid and under-eye?
  4. Is the crease of your eyelid visible with the eyelids open? 

Once you are familiar with your eye shape,  you will need to know which false eyelashes to choose. Finding the right eyelashes can be tricky; with so many to choose from,  it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Do I choose volume over length? How do I make my false eyelashes look natural? How do I create a daytime look?  These are all questions you may be asking when it comes to choosing your false eyelashes. 

False eyelashes for almond eyes 

Almond eyes are slightly pointed at the ends and have a wider centre. If you have almond eyes you’ll find that your iris is slightly covered by the upper and lower lid.  The eye equivalent of an oval face shape, most lash styles suit almond eyes as strip lashes are often designed to follow the natural contour of the upper almond lid. 

If you want to show off and highlight the shape of your eye, volumising full lashes that are evenly distributed are your best choice. Our Remi Cachet 3D effect silk lashes (S3) are created from layered synthetic silk; they instantly uplift and volumise your lashes giving you a dramatic yet elegant look. 



False eyelashes for round eyes

If you have round eyes then you can see most, if not all,  of your iris and the overall shape of your eyes will replicate circular shapes. 

This shape eye suits curly lashes that really enhance and lift the shape of your curved top lid. Lashes such as our Remi Cachet mink lashes M4, are lightweight and full of curved texture so they sit perfectly on round eye shapes. Round eyes should avoid heavy, voluminous lashes as they can weigh your eyes down and make your beautiful wide eyes look smaller and flatter.  You should aim to keep the lower lash line subtle, too much mascara on the bottom lid can unbalance the look. 


False eyelashes for hooded eyes

Hooded eyes have a crease with a prominent brow bone. If you have hooded eyes you’ll find that your eyelid is not visible when the eye is open. This means choosing false eyelashes requires a little more thought,  the wrong lashes can pull hooded eyes down and give the illusion they are smaller than they actually are. 

The trick with hooded eyes is to experiment with a fluttery extension; choosing a lightweight lash, such as our Remi Cachet strip mink lashes (M1),  will eliminate the danger of the pulled down look. Choosing a false lash with long lashes directly above the pupil, not just the side, will really open the eye at the centre, where it is most needed. 



False eyelashes for mono-lidded eyes

Mono-lidded eyes,  or epicanthic folds, are most common among Asian people. This is the term used when the skin covers the upper eyelid and no eyelid crease is visible. 

Mono-lids can really pull off top heavy styles and can be really creative with their look. Fluttery, multi-layered strip lashes, such as our Remi Cachet 3D effect silk lashes (S2) are the best choice for this eye shape as they open up the eye.  The intercrossed sections of these eyelashes create a textured look that can be styled with both day and night time looks. 

False eyelashes for close-set eyes

If you have close-set eyes then the distance between your eyes is small. The best way to test this is to check if the distance between your eyes is shorter than the width of one of your eyes.

When choosing the right eyelashes for close-set eyes you need to take the focus away from the inner corners and highlight the eyes outer corners. Choosing strip lashes that lift and lengthen on the outer corners, such as our Remi Cachet natural silk lashes (S8) can balance out your eye shape and provide you with a look that you can transition for a number of occasions. If you’re applying eyeliner on close-set eyes, lining the inner half of your eyes can make your eyes appear smaller, instead focus the eyeliner on the outer half of your eyes. 


False eyelashes for upturned eyes

If the corners of your eyes point higher than the inner corners then you have upturned eyes. 

Upturned eyes are the perfect canvas for creating sleek eyeliner looks. The queen of the cat eye, this eye shape suits eyelash styles that are longer on the outer corners than they are on the inner. Our Remi Cachet silk lashes (S7) provide that sultry feminine look that complements this look. If you have upturned eyes, you don’t want your eyes to look smaller so be careful when applying eyeliner, a thin line works much better than a thick one, as it still makes your eyelashes look full without shrinking your eye size. 

How to put on false eyelashes 

Now you know which eyelashes suit your eye shape, it’s time to apply them. 

We would recommend a coating of mascara before application as this will help bond the lashes. 

  1. Remove the lashes from the box

When removing your eyelashes from the packet or box you need to peel them, very carefully, from the outer edge, never from the inner corner. If you break or bend the lash from the inner corner then it is likely to not fit your eye properly and will have the tendency to bounce off your lash line. Use tweezers or your fingers to gently tease out the lashes, after this, rest the lashes back in the box to keep them clean. 

  1. Measure up your lashes 

Rest the strip lash along your lash line (without any adhesive) , this will help you gauge whether you need to trim it to size. The strip should start where your natural eyelashes begin, if you start too close to the inner corner this will irritate your eyes and is likely to not stick as well. Gently lay out the lash along your top lash line to the outer corner. If the eyelash is hanging over your natural eye, it can pull your eyes down. 

  1. Trim the lashes to size 

If you do need to trim the lash to avoid over hanging, ensure that you cut from the outside edge and don’t cut through the lashes. Cutting the lash at the vein will prevent chopping excess lashes you wanted to keep. 

  1. Curve the lashes into shape 

When lashes are in the box they can sometimes flatten. To retrieve their natural shape you can use a make-up brush or your fingers to  gently brush the lashes up, so they can bounce back to their original shape. 

  1. Apply the glue correctly 

Dot a thin layer of glue straight from the adhesive applicator right along the vein of the lash. Leave the lash for a few seconds so the glue goes tacky before application. If you’re wanting your lashes to last a long time, from day to night for example, you can apply a small amount of glue along your lash line too. 

  1. Placing the lashes 

Place the inner corner of the lash where the natural lash begins, look down and press the strip lash against your lash line,  finishing at the outer edge. 

  1. Bonding the lashes 

Using tweezers or your fingers, push your false lashes as far down to the natural lash line as much as possible, you don’t want to see a strip of skin between. As we said, a coating of mascara lets you pinch and bond your lashes together easily. You can even add another coating of mascara over the top to completely bond the two together. 

  1. Create uplift 

Finally, if you want to uplift your lashes push your finger against the underneath of the lashes to create a pushed up and curved effect. 

How to remove false eyelashes

When you come in from a night out, sometimes the last thing we want to think about is removing our eyelashes properly. Nevertheless, removing your eyelashes the right way will not only nourish and protect your natural lashes, it will also keep your false eyelashes in a good condition, ready for use again. Follow our simple and easy guide so you know exactly how you should be doing this. 

  1. Soak a cotton bud and run it along the upper lash line 

Soak a cotton bud in an oil-based eye makeup remover. After closing your eye,  gently rub against your lash line to loosen the eyelash glue. 

  1. Peel away the eyelashes

Starting from the outer corners of the eye gently lift the lashes away. 

  1. Remove excess glue and make-up 

Once you have removed your eyelashes, soak a cotton pad in eye makeup remover and wipe over your eyes to remove any make-up and glue residue. 

How to remove false eyelash glue off false lashes 

Now you’ve removed your eye make-up, it’s time to remove the eyelash glue from your false lashes. If you’re careful during this removal process you will be able to get another use out of them. 

  1. Peel off excess glue 

The glue left on your lashes should be tacky enough to gently peel away. 

  1. Remove excess mascara 

If you’ve got residue of mascara left on your eyelashes, saturate two cotton pads with eye-make up remover and place your lashes between the two pads.  Leave for 5 minutes and then gently wipe clean. 

  1. Place your clean lashes back in the original box or somewhere they will remain flat. 

Here at Additional Lengths, we have a full collection of mink and silk strip lashes to give your eyes that extra lift needed to glamorise your makeup look. Whether you are wanting to elevate your nighttime wear, or enhance your daytime make-up look, there’s a lash in this collection for you. Now you know the best eyelashes to suit your eye shape, you’ll be able to choose the best Remi Cachet lashes for you. Natural yet noticeable, our beauty lashes get the balance just right. 

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