Lash Extension Aftercare Instructions
Though eyelash extensions are very easy to maintain, the 24 hour curing period is vital for maximum lash retention. During the first 24 hours following your lash service, it is very important that you follow these simple guidelines.
Keep your eyelashes COMPLETELY DRY for the full 24 hour curing period. Getting them wet interrupts the curing process and will cause premature shedding. Steam from showering or cooking, sweat from working out, moisture from facial services can all be harmful to your new lash extensions. If you must wash your face, please use a washcloth and avoid your lash line.
After the 24 hour curing period
At this point your lashes are completely cured and resistant to water and sweat. Feel free to get them wet without worry. For maximum lash retention and HEALTHY lash care, here are a few tips:
Avoid oil based skincare products around the eye. Oil breaks down the lash adhesive and can cause premature shedding.
Avoid wearing mascara. You really don’t need it! Mascara adheres differently to the synthetic lash fibers which can be unsightly and removing it can shorten the longevity.
CLEANSE YOUR LASHES!!! A mixture of baby shampoo diluted with water is perfect for cleaning your lashes and your lash line. Simply using distilled water works as well. Use your clean mascara wand to brush away any debris and to help separate your lashes so they do not dry clumped together.
What to expect over the next few weeks
Lash extensions are semi-permanent and shed with your natural eyelashes. Typically, you lose between (approximately) 1 and 6 natural lashes, per eye, everyday. This is perfectly normal. You may experience more or less daily shedding depending on your lash shed cycle and home care of your lashes. As you begin to lose more and more over the course of the next 2-3 weeks, you can opt for a lash fill. This is where lashes are applied to the areas that have shed. Between 2 and 3 weeks is the best time to return for a lash fill. Waiting too long, when too many lashes have shed, can result in having to get a new full set. It is much more cost effective to keep up with your fill appointments!
1. High-Heat is a No-No
When applied correctly, your lash extensions are sturdy and resilient, but high heat can take even the best-applied lashes down. Don’t point your blow dryer in the direction of your lashes. The heat will straighten out and distort them. Likewise, avoid exposing your lashes to high-heat cooking. In other words, don’t stand in front of that pot of boiling water! Relaxing in the sun by the pool or beach? No problem, of course!
2. Keep Them Clean
Your lashes, both real and extensions, collect environmental pollutants, such as dust, chlorine and salt water. To keep eyelashes clean and fresh.
3. Use Oil-Free Makeup and Removers and Specialty Mascara
The oils in many makeup and remover products are the worst enemy of your lashes. The oil breaks down the adhesive causing premature lash loss. Lucky for you there are oil free options for you to use.
You can use mascara on your lash extensions for a more dramatic look, but I recommend only a light pass, and only occasionally. If you choose to apply mascara, similarly, use an “extension safe” mascara option.
4. Handle With Care
Yes they are new and fun, but your extensions are not a toy! Your natural lashes have their own cycle and shed naturally, so avoid rough handling such as rubbing and pulling which can remove your natural lashes and the extensions. Never be tempted to pick or remove extensions yourself. Always consult your technician for help.
You can even help out your lash longevity when you sleep. By sleeping on your back or side, you can minimize the pressure on your lashes.
5. Satin Pillowcase
Speaking of loving your lashes while you sleep, using a satin pillowcase can help you maintain your lashes. Not only do satin pillow cases look and feel luxurious, the silky smooth fabric reduces friction which in turn helps keep your lashes in place (studies have shown that sleeping on a satin pillowcase can help eliminate hair loss and breakage). So avoid cotton pillowcases and splash out on satin, which gives the added benefit of a “cool touch,” perfect for those warm summer nights!
6. Ditch the Crimp Curler
While standard crimp style eyelash curlers might give your natural lashes the extra curl that you desire, they are not suitable for use with eyelash extensions. Do not use. Simple! If you want a curled look, be sure to ask your eyelash artist who can suggest curled lash options to suit you.
7. Schedule a Fill
To keep lashes gorgeous, follow your natural eyelash growth cycle and keep up with a fill every two to three weeks. Yes, eyelash extensions do require maintenance, so please be prepared for the upkeep. This is a super important part of your after care regime.