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The following article was featured in the Ferndale Record on February 25, 2015:

3Sixty Day Spa

Ferndale’s only day spa has a whole new storefront in downtown Ferndale. Although 3Sixty Day Spa has already been in town for two years, owner Karlene Winchester is excited to showcase her new facility at 2008 Main St., Suite B.

3Sixty Day Spa offers a range of quality beauty and spa services, with more to options still to come.

Current spa services include Novalash Eyelash Extensions, full waxing services for women and men, eyebrow extensions, facials. PCA chemical peels, and massage.

Winchester plans to begin offering manicure and pedicure services in the coming months.

Winchester graduated in 2009 from Cortiva Massage Therapy Institute as a licensed massage practitioner (LMP). In 2012, Winchester graduated from Evergreen Beauty College after completing Esthetics training.

In 2013, Winchester received the prestigious IBSY Award in Esthetics. This award is given to the person who scores highest on the basis of grades, attendance, client reviews and retention and product sales. Winchester’s overall score was noted as one the highest in the school’s history.

But Winchester didn’t stop there. She has developed a reputation as a sought-after NovaLash Advanced Extentionist. Winchester has been recognized for “her dedication to a superior NovaLash application technique, not to mention a great ‘eye’ for what makes extensions elegant.”

After quickly rising through the ranks of NovaLash trained professionals, she was recently honored as Lash Artist of the Year in the 2014 NovaLash third annual LashOff Competition. She has also become a sought-after NovaLash trainer and was named NovaLash Ambassador 2015. 3Sixty Day Spa offers services only by appointments, which can be set up either by phone at (360) 610-6811 or by using the easy-to-use website appointment tool at www.3sixtydayspa. com. In her free time, Winchester enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking and volunteering in her community.

A look inside a growing beauty trend STORY BY TAYLOR THETFORD, PHOTOS BY BAILEY BARNARD

Lash of Luxury

KLIPSUN MAGAZINE 2015 Spring – Flux by Taylor Thetford May 13, 2015

A woman is lying on a bed with her eyes closed. A bright spotlight points toward her face. Another woman hovers above, meticulously examining the upper part of her eye.

Karlene Winchester, 38, is an artist at work. Tweezers in hand, she strategically decides where to glue miniscule, slightly curled fibers to the natural eyelashes for perfect shape and length.

Fourteen salons and spas offer eyelash extensions in Bellingham. Winchester provides clients with new pairs of lashes and was recognized as International Novalash Lash Artist of the Year in 2014.

Winchester exclusively uses NovaLash’s Minx Extensions line. While the lashes contain no animal products, they are created to imitate real mink fur and cost $220 a set. These lashes last longer and are easier on natural lashes, Winchester says.

Winchester has always had an eye for detail and passion for perfection. The lash connoisseur originally was, and still is, a certified electrician and takes credit for the electrical work and wiring done in her Ferndale, Washington spa, 3Sixty. Winchester provides facials, chemical peels and massages. Though these treatments are popular, lash extensions account for 95 percent of her business.

THE ARTIST

Winchester speaks passionately about her profession. One may imagine her to be something of a cosmetic goddess, covered head to toe in every supply she offers — but her face is free of the faux fibers. Winchester sports a natural complexion.

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“I have seen the work being done around here. I don’t want someone else damaging my eyes and unfortunately I can’t do them myself,” Winchester says.

Since the 1960s, false lashes have become increasingly popular, though they may cause negative consequences such as allergic reactions to the adhesives or fungal and bacterial infections, according to a 2013 Consumer Reports review.

Winchester’s mission is to educate and better the beauty industry in Whatcom County with her knowledge and concern for the health of those seeking extravagant lashes.

THE TREND

It’s no secret that beauty is put on a high pedestal. From extreme surgical measures to manicuring fingertips, many are on a quest for perfection to be what they see on TV screens and glossy magazine covers.

For some, lashes may seem like a minute detail. They may not be at the top of an asset list, but Winchester couldn’t feel more differently.

Tricia Fender, 39, one of Winchester’s clients, has come to ThreeSixty for her lash extensions for six months.

Fender enjoys a simplified morning routine with her extensions, waking up looking refreshed and ready to go as opposed to the raccoon eyes that come as a side effect of using mascara.

Fender is hooked on lash extensions and says they are one of the best beauty splurges she’s ever gotten.

“It’s a major feature. It’s something that you first see,” Winchester says. “Your eyelashes and your eyebrows are something that, if you take them away, you’ve got no characteristics. It’s part of our character and who we are.”

Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled the full names of the spa, lash line and award recipient title. These have been corrected. Also, percentage of lash extension clients has been corrected for accuracy.