Eyelash Extension Care 101

By Stephanie Frey (Winner: Best Eyelash Extensions in Dallas 2013 & 2011 by D Magazine.

Most people get eyelash extensions because they are tired of the daily ritual of mascara, and just want to look good right away each morning.  Some people get them because they still love to wear eye makeup, but want to have that extra something special.  Either way, it is great to know how to best care for our lash extensions so they will wear long and beautifully.

There are a just a few things to know about caring for your eyelash extensions.  First things are day of application (this applies to first full set appointment or a touch up).

*No direct water on your eyelashes the first twenty four hours of application

*No eye makeup the day of your appointment

*No pulling, tugging, playing with your lashes

*No steam or sauna, hot yoga, frequent facials all shorten the life of your extensions.

So the main thing would be, not to come for lashes the day of a big party or event, because you won’t want to be wearing makeup that same day.  After that, here’s when we get into the finer details of every day wear and care of your lashes.

Once you learn how to care for your lashes, you will find they are so easy to keep and won’t miss spending all that time applying mascara every morning!

After your first day of your lash appointment there are a few things to consider when caring for them:

The single, biggest mistake people make with eyelash extensions is not cleaning them thoroughly.  Most clients are afraid of making their lashes fall out, so they either barely clean by gently fluffing the ends of them with their cleanser, or avoid washing them altogether.   Since the extensions are so tiny, people think are too delicate and will fall out when washing.  When the reality is, washing them will actually make them wear better and longer.  And more importantly- your lashes (and follicles) will stay healthy and happy.  If you avoid cleaning your lashes some bad, nasty things can happen.  First being that your extensions don’t stay on because 1) makeup and dirt work their way into the bond of the glue and cause breakdown and 2) likely if you are not cleaning consistently and try to do “one good cleaning” before your appointment there will still be so much dust, dirt, makeup, and debris that the extensions will stick to that, rather than your clean, natural eyelash- causing them to fall off prematurely.

What can, and does, happen is the actual follicles of the eyelashes get clogged with debris.  This causes the natural eyelashes to be unable to grow appropriately, lashes become finer, weaker, and shorter.  When this happens clients will need to scale back the length and volume of extensions or take a break completely, as they get into the habit of cleaning their lashes and allowing the follicles to be open and functional again.

So how on earth do I “wash thoroughly” to avoid these problems, but not make my lashes fall out?

All you have to do is (recommended daily):

1) Splash eyes with water.

2) Dispense diluted baby shampoo into your fingers.

3) Using your fingers, massage the cleanser into THE ROOT of your eyelashes.   I even clean from below; keeping my eye closed and rub the root of the lashes from that angle.

4) After cleaning all along the lash line very well, splash your eyes with water until all the soap is gone.

5) Pat the skin above and below your lashes with a towel, and your lashes will air dry.

And if there is an eyelash or  two in the sink, don’t worry!  That was likely about to come off any moment anyway.  We lose anywhere from 1 up to 5 eyelashes a day, we just don’t normally notice them.

It is crucial to remove your eye makeup (all of it) every single day.  To do so make sure you use Johnsons Baby Shampoo diluted half and half with water.   Also use lint free “q-tips” that you can use with your eye makeup remover that won’t pull or snag at your eyelashes.

After that, it’s very, very simple:

Avoid products with oil, such as lash treatments that contain oil, cleansing oils, eye makeup removers with oil, etc.  This will only break down the bond of the adhesive causing your lashes to come off.

If you wear mascara, please apply it to the tips only.  This way it doesn’t get clumped up into the root where the lashes are attached and then it becomes hard to remove. Stay away from water-proof mascara.  Some brands you can use with extensions Great Lash, Clinique Extremely Gentle Mascara, Laura Mercier basic mascara, and Loreal Voluminous.

If you are going to wear eyeliner- it must NOT be water proof, water- resistant, color-stay, or gel eyeliner.  Basically anything that is hard to remove is  a problem . Nars eyeliner pencils, most liquid eyeliners (as long as they aren’t “long wearing”, 24 hours, water resistant, etc), and also just using a nice dark eyeshadow smudged along the lash line is a gorgeous way to define the eye without worry of it causing havoc.

Other than that some really simple things, like if you sit in a sauna daily, or exercise in a hot yoga class your lashes will not wear as well as someone who doesn’t.  If you are a side or stomach sleeper, you may lose a few on your outer corners compared to back sleepers, I recommend investing in a satin pillow case.  When you aren’t cleaning them, just leave them alone and enjoy waking up with beautiful eyes!


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