It doesn’t matter if you are an avid lash extension client or you are just thinking about getting this life changing service done, lash extensions require some serious attention. Check out my list of all the things you could be doing wrong with your aftercare. Get ready for some great tips on maintenance to make the most of your lash extension investment!
If you are a side or stomach sleeper chances are your lash extensions are being effected every time you lay down and fall asleep. The extensions are rubbing against your pillow causing friction resulting in twisted extensions and premature shedding. So what can you do about it? I recommending sleeping on your back and place pillows lengthwise on either side of you. Not ideal for cuddling but this sleep training method can seriously extend the life of your lash extensions. Another small and easy change you can make in the bedroom is purchasing silk pillowcases. Not only do they feel soft against your skin they reduce the friction, are hypoallergenic, and provide benefits to your skin and hair as well.
I love the moment my clients look in the mirror and see their lash extensions for the first time. Beautiful, long and curled to perfection and the first thing they want to do is touch them. Don’t! Firstly your hands are full of bacteria you pick up from touching things all day. Disgusting but true. Also the natural oils found on your hands can break down the adhesive causing them to fall out sooner. Touching or combing your lashes with your fingers can mess with the placement which can result in bent and compromised lashes. I always recommend combing them with a clean spoolie. Keep one on hand in your purse in a clear Ziploc bag so if you are tempted to touch you aren’t using your hands but something clean and hygienic.
Just like with applying makeup you will get the best results by applying lashes on a clean canvas. Ideally, you will show up to your lash appointment with no makeup on your face but we all know that unfortunately that isn’t always possible. Clean and dry lashes are the best base for any successful application. Another great tip is to avoid cleaning your face and lashes with any oil based remover. The most conducive makeup removers are micellar water, cream or foam cleansers.
Any lash tech worth their salt will take the time to instruct their client how to care for their lash extensions post appointment. It is important to follow these instructions to protect your investment and keep your lashes in great condition until your next fill. I always recommend that my clients stay far away from steam showers, hot yoga, sauna, pool and any extreme heat for at least 48 hours in order to give the lash adhesive adequate time to set. If your lash extensions have been applied properly you shouldn’t need to use a lash curler. Actually using a lash curler will bend and break your lashes. Also, only use mascara that is safe for lash extensions. I highly recommend the Dreamlash mascara. It comes in both clear and black. If you are using this mascara it can extend your fills from 2-3 weeks into 4-5 weeks. Always take care removing your makeup with a wipe and cleansing your extensions with a special foaming cleanser. Any rubbing against the lash line will loosen your lash extensions. After showering gently blot lashes dry and allow to air dry.
5. You are not regularly getting fills.
Your natural lashes have a growth cycle of 45-60 days. Depending on how rough you are with your lashes and how seriously you take your aftercare you can get fills anywhere between 2-5 weeks. Anytime I do a new set of lash extensions on a client I pre-book them for 3 weeks. Then at least you have an appointment booked and we can assess what your schedule should be for fills. Every time you get a fill your lashes should look fuller, fluffier and more natural.
You have spent your hard earned money on your lash extensions. So if you are making any of these lash mistakes you are just plain throwing your money away. Hopefully this guide will help you extend the life of your lashes and retain the integrity of your extensions until your next fill.
Have you ever gotten lash extensions before? What was your experience like? Did you like the look of your lashes? Would you recommend lash extensions to a friend?
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