Eyelash Extension Aftercare | 7 Helpful Hints
Hey lash babe! Your lashes are looking BOMB. Let’s keep it that way with these 7 eyelash extension aftercare tips to maintain the retention of your eyelash extensions and the health of your natural lashes.
1. Wash Lashes Daily
Washing daily is, by far, the most important eyelash extension aftercare instruction. Yet, washing daily seems to be the step that we forget the most! I cannot stress this to you lash lovers enough; wash, wash, and wash! It seems that when we are told to avoid moisture and all of these other things, we get scared that touching them AT ALL will make them fall out…wrong! Washing your lashes ensures they are remaining clean and clear of debris or products containing oil. You could also get lash mites! Yuck. Read this article by Consumer Health Digest, and I guarantee you will be making sure you wash your lashes every single day. Check out The Lash Professional’s Foaming Lash Cleanser if you want a guaranteed lash-safe product!
2. Avoid Moisture
24 hours is a long time to avoid a hot shower, cooking over the stove, or working out! Introducing water molecules to your eyelash extensions too soon could cause their lashes to fall out almost immediately by weakening the adhesive that’s still bonding to your lashes!
3. Avoid Oil Around Lashes
Avoiding oil based products means ALL products. Many clients take this as, “Okay, no more oil based mascara…easy!” Wrong. This part is not easy, because it doesn’t stop there. The seeping power of any facial product is astonishing. That means facial cleansers, moisturizers, and foundation! These products get sucked so far into your skin that they can spread all the way to our lash follicles…even if we avoid the eye area! Even oil-based body lotion can cause retention issues without us even knowing!
4. Avoid Touching/Rubbing Lashes
Touching eyelash extensions or rubbing eyes can be a totally sub-conscious tendency. Some of us even rub their eyes in their sleep…guilty! Doing so will cause our lash extensions to prematurely fall out. The oils or lotions from our hands will break down the adhesive, causing us to go in for lash fills much more often, which costs both time and money.
5. Avoid Sleeping on Lashes
This is a tricky rule. I can honestly admit, I am a face sleeper; I’ll never not be a face sleeper. Face sleepers are easily identifiable, though. Do you ever have no idea how you lost so many lashes on the outer corners or only on one eye? YOU ARE A FACE SLEEPER! If you can avoid doing so, great! If you cannot avoid doing so, just be aware that it will cause retention issues. I suggest they use a satin or silk pillow case to make the night less treacherous on your extensions!
6. Avoid Extreme Heat
It’s almost comical, but seared lashes are something that can happen. This can happen by either getting way too close to the soufflé in the oven, or your cigarette, or a candle! These seem like very obvious issues. But, those of us who are new to lashes have never had to worry about our natural lashes shriveling up near heat.
7. Avoid Chemical Peels and Facials
Unless we dissect each and every chemical and product and ingredient, there is no way for us to know whether or not chemical peels and procedures will cause retention issues for us. The best course of action is to completely avoid the eye area. This will ensure nothing is seeping into that lash line, as I mentioned earlier!
Knowing everything there is to know about eyelash extension aftercare and retention will come with experience. Might as well educate yourself as much as possible to save time and money!