Lash extensions are a great way to shorten your beauty routine and feel fabulous without a full face of makeup on. Skip the mascara and eyeliner and look naturally beautiful with minimal work. However, for people that have never had lash extensions there are certain things you must and shouldn’t do to keep your lashes at their best.
What’s the do’s and don’ts of a fresh set of lash extensions?
First major rule of lash extensions, avoid getting lashes wet for the first 24 hours. The lash glue is still slowly curing for a minimum of 12 hours. To get the longest lasting hold you do not want to disturb this process. It can take 24 to 48 hours at most until the lash extension glue is completely cured. Try to avoid anything that may effect the cure of your lashes such as, working out, steam rooms, crying, rubbing your eyes, using any oil based product near your eyes etc.
Do not get your lashes wet for 24 hours
Do not apply any aftercare product for 24 hours (including lash extension sealer)
Avoid strong wind
Resist touching the lashes
This may seem like a lot of rules to follow but after your initial 24 hours the rules are very simple.
How to clean lash extensions?
Use an oil-free lash cleanser explicitly formulated for eyelash extensions, such as Eyelash Club’s lash cleanser for $14.95. In the morning and evening, apply 1 pump of foam cleanser to each eye and gently wash them to ensure all debris and oils have been removed. Make sure to close your eyes to avoid getting cleanser in them. It also helps to do one eye at a time so you can still see what you’re doing. Rinse your eyes with water, then brush your extensions with a spoolie to keep them fluffy and detangled. This is the single most important step to keep the retention of your lashes.
Clean every morning and night
No oil based cleansers
Can mascara be applied to lash extensions?
Technically the answer is yes, but our answer is no. If you are still attached to the idea of mascara there are some mascaras that are formulated for lash extensions, however that does not mean it won’t cause premature loss of your extensions. Our advice is to ditch your mascara permanently. As long as you have your lash extensions you will never need mascara again. Mascara will clump the lashes together and cause major extension loss. Your extensions will always look much better before applying mascara since lash extensions are to be used as a replacement for mascara.
If you follow all these tips your lashes will have the best retention possible. If you have any more questions feel free to reach out to your Eyelash Club lash tech for help or more information.