Maintaining Your Eyelash Extensions

Whether you are brand new to eyelash extensions or a regular connoisseur, it is important to keep your lashes looking clean and full. Like everything, eyelash extensions need a little TLC to ensure they reach their full potential. 

 

‘How long do lash extensions normally last?’ Lashes are delicate so the answer is up to you and how well you take care of them. With proper care, eyelash extensions can last for up to six weeks!

 

There are many key components to keeping your lashes looking full and beautiful.

 

DO

  • Keep your extensions as dry as possible for at least 24-48 hours after application. Water will react with your eyelash extensions causing them to flash cure. When flash cure occurs, the bond will become more brittle, causing your lashes to break off much quicker. Try to avoid spas, showers, humidity, and steamy environments.

 

  • After the 48 hour mark, your extensions are basically waterproof. If you are someone that is constantly in a pool or hot spa, your lashes will not last as long. 

 

  • Avoid activities that involve constant rubbing of your eyes.
  • Make sure to use oil-free products of your face, specifically cleansers and makeup removers. We suggest using our Eyelash Cleanser Foam. It gives you optimal lash retention, boosts natural lash health, it is oil free and meant for all skin types. 

 

  • Blotting papers, oil-control moisturizer, and mattifying lotions should be your best friend when trying to tackle oily skin. The more oil you keep away from your lashes, the longer the glue will hold. 

 

  • It’s important to make sure you don’t leave any products near your lashes as they could affect the lash glue’s ability to hold. Properly clean your lashes morning and night for optimal lash retention. 

 

As always, if there are any questions or concerns give the Eyelash Club a call!

 

DON’T 

  • Do not use oil based products or waterproof mascara on your extensions. Although there is mascara made for eyelash extensions, we suggest avoiding mascara all together. The oily properties can weaken the glue bond holding your extensions to your regular lash, which can make them fall out. 

 

  • Do not use makeup wipes, baby wipes, or cotton pads to remove makeup off of your extensions. 

 

  • Do not remove extensions by yourself. Removing extensions by yourself can really damage your natural lashes and rip them out. We offer free removal to all of our members and only $30 removal for non members. Give us a call if you need a lash break!

 

  • Do not wear strip lashes on top or under your eyelash extensions. They will rip out your extensions along with your natural lash in the removal process.

Let’s Talk Increasing Your Lash Retention

Lets Talk Lash Retention.

Lash retention is one of the most important things to our clients. After all, who wants their lashes to fall out prematurely? Lash retention is just how long eyelash extensions last on the natural lash before falling out. The Eyelash Club in Tempe, Arizona only uses the best for your lashes to give them the best chance. There are many other helpful tips and tricks to keeping your lashes at their best. 

Lash Glue affects retention.

You may think the most important thing would be a good adhesive, but if only it were that easy. There are other factors to lash retention like temperature, using the glue properly, and preparing the lashes properly. Adhesives work differently in different temperatures and humidities. Most glues work best in 40- 50% humidity. There are other glues that work in higher humidities too. Your lash tech is an expert in knowing what glues work best in your climate. 

Using the right amount of adhesive is very important. Too much and you can cause irritation and lashes will stick together. On the other hand too little won’t place well and the lashes will come off as you brush them. If you can see the glue on your lashes thats the #1 sign it is too much. 

Not only does the glue have to be in the right environment, applied with the correct amount, but even the timing of a lash extension going from glue to natural lash is important. A lash that has taken too much time after the glue is applied will become half cured and not bond as well to the natural lash. This can be a big reason for bad retention. 

Clean those lashes!

Clean lashes are super important for good retention as well. Clean lashes give your extensions the best surface to bond to. Any makeup residue or oils will compromise the bond of your extensions. Always start your appointment with clean lashes. We recommend Eyelash Club‘s lash cleanser. It’s gentle enough for everyday use while giving a small amount of hydration to the skin. Ask your lash tech if you would like to try it before your next appointment!

Can lash extensions damage natural lashes?

Do Eyelash extensions make your lashes fall out?

Your lashes are on a lash cycle which means they naturally fall out at the end of their cycle. You naturally lose around 1 – 5 lashes everyday. You lose approximately 20% of your lashes every 2 weeks. After 30 days you have gone through a full lash cycle. The cycle works in three stages; growth, transition, and resting. At the end of a resting phase the natural lash will fall out and be replaced with a new lash. Your natural lashes continue this cycle as normal even with lash extensions attached to them. Eyelash extensions don’t actually make your lashes fall out. They will simply fall out with your natural lash on its cycle. If you are losing more than 3- 5 lashes a day there may be something wrong and we recommend talking with your Eyelash Club lash tech. 

 

Do Eyelash extensions ruin your natural lashes? 

No, lash extensions will only hurt your lashes if they are applied incorrectly.This is why it’s crucial you go to a reliable lash tech. In fact your lashes may actually become healthier due to you not applying/ removing mascara or strips on a daily basis.  Make sure you are following proper after care instructions after a fresh set or fill. Some things included are not rubbing your eyes, to make sure your lash extensions don’t fall out prematurely. Be sure not to get your lashes wet for a minimum of 24 hours after your lashes have been applied to assure the glue is fully set. Other complications you might experience could be from the glue irritating your eyes. If you feel any irritation at all during the application process let your lash tech know immediately. Allergic reactions to the glue can become severe, so if you naturally already have sensitive skin be sure to let your lash tech know so they can use sensitive glue on you. The main thing you need to do is make sure you have a good lash tech that has experience with lashing. All lash techs at the Eyelash Club have hundreds of hours of training to ensure the health of your natural lashes. Check out our lash tech’s work on our instagram @Eyelashclubdotcom. 

 

Do Eyelash extensions make your natural lashes shorter?

  Your lashes should never have any sort of damage from your extensions. The two biggest things to keep your lashes strong and healthy are to take care of them and make sure your lash tech is properly qualified. To take care of your lashes it’s important to be gentle while cleaning, sleeping, and only use gentle products without oils around your eyes. When getting your lashes done, you should have the extensions applied to fully isolated natural lashes. Your natural lashes are all growing at different speeds. If extensions are glued to more than one lash, this will cause irritation and pain as your lashes are growing as they will grow at different speeds and start to pull the other out. 

Overall your extensions won’t make your natural lashes shorter but if you have any concerns about your lashes or any discomfort at all be sure to voice that to your Eyelash Club technician. If they dismiss you or seem unhelpful, immediately ask for a removal and go to another lash tech. Eyelash extensions that are applied properly should never be painful or damage your natural lashes. 

How Eyelash Extensions Work

How Eyelash Extensions Work

How they’re applied

When scheduling your Full Set lash appointment be sure to allow enough time before your next engagement. Full Sets tend to take between 2 and 3 hours depending on the lash style you want.  Before you can get your new set of lashes done, you need to come to your appointment prepared. This means making sure you aren’t wearing any makeup around your eyes and that your lashes are properly cleaned with a mild soap like our Eyelash Club Lash Cleanser that is available for $9.95. Once at the Eyelash Club for your appointment, your tech will use a sensitive skin-safe tape to keep your bottom lashes out of the way before starting. They will then begin taking individual lashes and gluing the lash extension to it. It sets into place and they continue around each eye until the desired look is achieved. You are welcome to bring in a blanket or neck pillow to ensure you are comfortable throughout the 2 hour process. 

 

How to care for them

After you’ve gotten your set of lashes done, it’s first important that you don’t touch them for the first few hours to avoid getting oils from your hand on them. In the next 24 hours it’s important that you don’t get them wet or too warm. The glue needs 24 hours in the proper climate to fully sure correctly and ensure the best retention of your lashes. After this point, in order to keep your lashes looking good, you should be washing them with Eyelash Clubs oil-free lash cleanser every day. You can wear makeup, but we recommended staying away from oil based products around the eyes and definitely no mascara on your lash extensions. If you follow these recommendations you should only need a fill Eyelash Extensions Tempeabout every two weeks. Eyelash Club offers unlimited free fills for their members so you can go in twice a week to get your fill if you would like to have an ever- full look to your lash line. 

 

How they’re removed

To get your lashes removed you should book an appointment with a professional, as trying to remove them at home can be very damaging to your lashes and eyes. Once you’re with a professional tech, they’ll start by putting eye pads under your eyes to protect the surrounding skin, as well as taping your bottom lashes down to keep them out of the way. The tech will then apply the glue remover using a micro swab. After it sits for a couple minutes, the tech will use a lint-free swab to brush out the extensions. Then your lashes are thoroughly rinsed to ensure there’s no left over glue or remover. After about 40 minutes you will be back to your natural lashes!

Are DIY Lash Extensions Safe?

Are DIY lash extensions safe?

Lash Extensions

To get the best results, you need an experienced lash technician, who cares about safety, and a beautiful result. Certified lash artists spend thousands of dollars on their education and hundreds of hours practicing; first on mannequins and then on real people. Are you sure you are ready to face the result of your own lash work, doing this with no previous experience? Not only do you risk giving yourself subpar lashes, you risk losing a lot of your own natural lashes. Lash extension glue is very dangerous if not used properly. Not having the proper qualifications or experience it’s possible to get an allergic reaction to the glue while in the middle of doing your lashes. This will cause your eyes to swell and be extremely painful. In order for someone to put on their own lash extensions, they usually do this with their eyes open or not fully closed. This creates space for the fumes from the glue to enter the eye. And even worse so, could cause the glue to get in your eye which can lead to going blind. Not only can the glue be a danger to your eyes but the sharp tweezers used to apply these extensions could also poke your eye. Instead of running the major risk of damaging your eyes by doing extensions on yourself, you can get them done the safe way by coming into the Eyelash Club to get a full set for $114 with an entire month of free fills. Check out our Instagram for more details.

 

Can I do lash extensions on myself?

Applying lash extensions on your own lashes while looking at a mirror is an extremely difficult task to do properly. Lash extensions are done by applying one extension on only a single natural lash. That level of precision is why your lash artists spend many hours training; this is not an easy task to achieve, especially doing it on your own lashes. You’re likely to glue several natural lashes together, which would create a difficult end result that isn’t healthy for your eyes. 

Since your lashes all grow and shed at different speeds, if you glued one extension to a group of lashes it would cause a lot of pain and irritation to the lash line because of each lash’s different speed. However the pain might not even be the worst part. Long term improper application could force your natural lashes to fall out and regrow incorrectly or never regrow at all. This will leave a permanent scar which creates a forever bald spot in your lash line in turn giving you thinner and thinner natural lashes. 

 

Can I safely remove eyelash extensions at home?

Simply said; you should never try and remove your lash extensions yourself. Some websites may recommend things like coconut oil or vaseline to help loosen the glue and get rid of a few extensions, but you should never tug or pull on any extension. Doing this can lead to you pulling out your natural lashes. Since extensions are attached to an individual hair, you are risking pulling out a lot of these which could cause noticeable bald spots in your lash line. Your extensions will eventually all grow out as a part of your natural lash cycle. Typically this process takes about 6-8 weeks and is the safest “at home” removal. At the Eyelash Club, we offer free extension removal for our members. An experienced lash tech can ensure proper removal without any of your natural lashes falling out. If you are unable to go to a professional for any reason, a safe way to help speed up the natural shed of your lashes is by taking a hot, steamy shower. This will help loosen the glue, so that you can then take a clean spoolie with a tiny amount of coconut oil and brush through your lashes. This will slowly help the lashes release over time and safely assist the lash extensions to come off your natural lashes without causing extensive damage. 

Simpler Makeup Routine

The luxury of eyelash extensions is the simplicity that comes with it! You no longer have to spend hours and hours doing your makeup. With lash extensions there is no need for mascara, or eyelash curlers. Your makeup routine just got so much quicker!

Quick & Easy

When you wake up in the morning, the motivation to put a full face of makeup on can be hard to come by. With eyelash extensions, you have already saved yourself so much time and effort! If you still choose to wear makeup with your extensions, the only products you really need are your facial products. Everyone has their own personal preferences on the amount of makeup you put on.

If you want to wear eye-makeup, it is good idea to avoid mascara at all costs! You absolutely do not need to apply any mascara because your lashes will automatically look full and fluffy. If you prefer using mascara regardless, it is recommended to use non oil-based products. When it is time to do your eyes, the only products you should be putting on your eyelash extensions are your eyelash wand. After every appointment you will get an eyelash wand to comb out your lashes after a night of sleeping. Your lashes can get a little messy when you are sleeping, so combing them through when you wake up will put them all back into there proper place.

Benefits

Not putting on any mascara, or even eye makeup in general, allows you to have more free time in the mornings. Like most of us, our morning are stressful and hectic. Lash extensions are great to have to help save us some valuable time before we head off to start the day. You do not have to worry about the struggle of removing your eye-makeup at the end of the night either! Although if you are wearing eye-makeup it is recommended to use a cotton swab to remove top eyeliner or eyeshadow.

Always remember that the products you put on your face should be all oil-free! Oil-based products loosen the bond of the eyelash glue and will cause fallout earlier than expected.

Products to Use with Lash Extensions

When you get beautiful lash extensions from Eyelash Club, there are some things you should be aware of so they stay full and fluffy for a longer period of time. There are certain products that you can and can’t use with lash extensions. All lash wearers should understand what certain products can do to your lashes!

To Clean

A product that we recommend our client to use to clean their lash extensions is LashPure Eyelash and Eyelid Cleanser. This is a soft, foamy cleanser that is not too harsh on your extensions. You want to remove all of your makeup first. Then, you want to wash your eyelashes. Do so by mixing the cleanser with some water in your hands and gently brushing them down through your lash extensions. You want to make sure you do not rub left and right on your lashes, as this will loosen the bond of the glue. Gently run your fingers down your lashes to remove any excess bacteria or dandruff that may be built up in your extensions.

To Use

Products to use with eyelash extensions are your normal everyday products. Make sure that the products you put on your face are oil-free. If your makeup has oils in it, the chances of you loosing lashes increases. When removing makeup, an excellent product to use is Garnier’s Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water. The main aspect you need to focus on is choosing oil-free products. You can wear oil-free mascara, although it is not necessary with extensions. When you apply mascara to your lashes only apply it to the tips of the lashes. Avoid running the product all the way from the root of the eyelash to the tip as this will affect the bondage of the glue on your lashes.

To Avoid

You want to make sure you stay away from oil-based products as these will loosen the glue and you will see more fallout than normal. Be sure to check the labels on your makeup products to see if they are oil-free before purchasing. You do not need to wear mascara with lash extensions as you will automatically have full lashes everyday you wake up. If you choose to wear mascara, a highly recommended one for lash extensions is Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara. This is oil-free, and not water proof.

When To Get a Fill?

Eyelash extensions are a quick and easy solution to having full, fluffy lashes. A question that is commonly asked is, when is the appropriate time to get an eyelash fill? Everyone is unique and different from one another, as this same rule applies to your eyelashes!

How to Know When

There are many determining factors that go into the solution of filling in your eyelashes. The most important factor to take into consideration is the overall look of the lashes. If you feel like there are a lot of gaps, or space, between your lashes you should go and get a fill. The usual time frame individuals receive lash fills are 2-3 weeks, but this differs from person to person. The timing all comes down to how well you maintain them.

Maintenance

Depending on the person, you will see various amounts of fall out. Your lashes will do what you do to them, so it is important to keep your daily activities in mind when having lash extensions. Take into consideration the way you wash your face and your eyelashes. You do not want to be too rough when cleaning them, or else you will need a fill sooner than expected.

Also, depending on how you sleep can be a determining factor. If you are a rough sleeper, your eyelashes will become looser and looser and naturally fall out at a quicker rate than others. When doing everyday activities always remember that you have extensions on!