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The Lash Lounge: Highlight Your Beautiful Eyes

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Renee Washburn was introduced to The Lash Lounge franchise through her husband, who thought it would be a great business opportunity for her and her good friend, Sheila Commodore. Both were approaching or in their empty nest years. When they attended Lash Lounge Discovery Day in April 2017, they knew The Lash Lounge would be a great fit for Kansas City. The duo opened their franchise in Corbin Park on January 22, 2018.

A New Fringe
The salon, at 6435 West 135th Street in Overland Park, specializes in safe and customized eyelash extensions. The Lash Lounge’s expert stylists tailor the perfect design for your unique eye shape, using an exclusive, custom-built mapping system. Select from classic lashes or multi-volume lash extensions, developed from premium materials. These eyelash extensions provide a rich-looking appearance, eliminating the necessity for mascara, offering a low-maintenance beauty routine.

“It’s not a one-type-fits-all at The Lash Lounge. We design a look that’s unique to you. We determine the type of eyes you have, the eyelashes you have now, the thickness they should be and much more,” remarked Renee. “We are definitely a customized look for the individual.”

“We use a four-part system to ensure your new lashes are right for you. First, there’s a consultation to determine your needs. Then we use our proprietary face-mapping system to determine the right lashes for your eyes and face,” commented Sheila. “We’ll work with our guests throughout the process from guest consultation through the aftercare. Altogether, it takes about two hours from start to finish.”

Growing Lashes
The Lash Lounge national chain originated in 2006 with one store in Dallas, Texas. Now, the company boasts 300 franchisee owners in 100 locations in the United States. According to Renee and Sheila, the response from the KC metro has been fantastic.

The Lash Lounge employs individual extensions made of a synthetic material to look like perfect natural eyelashes, thicker at the base and thinner at the tip with a slight curl. Classic lashes are adhered one by one to your natural lash. Volume lashes, with two or more fans, are also used. Both are applied with medical-grade bonding adhesive. The result is the appearance of a darker, more alluring lash line. Extensions come in many different colors but the most popular is solid black.

Your Own Look
“There’s no other salon in the KC metro using such an individualized approach. No one employs face mapping or the custom design process that we use at The Lash Lounge,” noted Sheila. “We design a look that is unique to you.”

Renee adds that you can also customize your look by choosing from silk or mink lashes, which are lightweight, soft and feathery. Many clients decide on a mixture of both. The final selection depends on the creativity of the stylist and the desired outcome of the client. “It’s fun to have the combination of both for a bold or soft, more natural or fuller look,” she stated.

Cosmetologist’s Skill
An expert application process ensures the best look possible, and The Lash Lounge is serious about its stylists’ skill level and education. The proprietary training program is innovative to the industry. The stylists applying your lashes are licensed cosmetologists and have received months of extensive training. It begins with a one-week course led by corporate trainers from Texas, culminating in graduation from The Lash Lounge University. Lash application is the chief focus of the entire training program, but The Lash Lounge also offers brow extensions, tinting and threading. If you already have thick lashes, you might consider visiting The Lash Lounge for perming your lashes to achieve stunning and uplifting curls.

Maintaining your gorgeous new look doesn’t require a huge investment of time or money. Sheila and Renee recommend booking appointments about every two weeks for about 60 minutes each time. VIP memberships help you keep costs within your budget.

“You come in, are offered a beverage of your choice, including wine, climb into a comfortable bed and then open your eyes to the most gorgeous set of lashes. Most importantly, this is a very clean and sanitary place,” shared Sheila. “Your new lashes will save you time because you don’t have to put on mascara. Some customers say they don’t feel the need to wear makeup anymore.”

“At The Lash Lounge, we’re about treating every person like a special customer. It’s a relaxing escape that leaves you beautiful, confident and empowered,” commented Renee. “It’s a great way to pamper yourself; an amazing adventure where you’re made to feel like a queen when you walk through the door. I say lash extensions are confidence applied directly to the eyes.”

To book your appointment, call 913-213-0453 or make an appointment online at