The question I get the most from my lash extension clients is how long will my lash extensions last? As a lash technician, this is one of our biggest concerns as well. We are constantly striving for the best eyelash retention possible. But having long lasting eyelash extensions isn’t just up to the lash artist. As a client, you are the one who has to take care of them. Taking proper care of your lash extensions is essential to the longevity of them. Lash longevity can depend on things like:
- Oils in skincare and makeup
- The way you sleep
- Overall quality of aftercare products
This is why high quality aftercare products in your aftercare routine will ensure you have the best lash retention possible. Long lasting eyelash extensions is what we all want, isn’t it?
Lash extension aftercare products you should be using
What we have for you here, is a list of lash extension aftercare products that are going to be essential to extending the life of your luscious eyelash extensions. Whats the point of spending all this money on your lashes, if you aren’t going to take proper care of them?
Lash Bath Foam Cleanser
Dirty lashes will cost you more money!
Why? Because having dirty lash extensions is a guaranteed way to decrease the lifespan of your eyelash extensions. Even if you don’t wear makeup, you’ll still have a build-up of dead skin and natural oils on the lashes. This will break down the lash glue, which will decrease the overall retention of the eyelash extensions. This also creates conditions for bacteria to grow, EW! This is something you definitely don’t want. This can potentially lead to infection, damaging your natural lashes. This is why using a proper lash cleanser is important.
Using the lash cleanser
To use the foaming lash cleanser, first wet your face or eyelashes will water. Then apply apply a small amount of lash cleanser to a lash cleansing brush, and gently lather the foam cleanser on your lash extension for 5-10 seconds. Once they’re all lathered up, just gently rinse them with water until the lash cleanser is gone. Gently pat them dry with a lint-free towel and brush them with a lash wand back into their fluffy shape!
We recommend using our LashFX Lash Bath, as it comes with a lash cleansing brush.
Lash Cleansing Brush
Using the proper tools
Whatever it is we’re doing, it always helps to be using the proper tools. Cleaning your lash extensions is no exception. Using a lash cleansing bush will get the lash cleanser deep in-between your natural lashes and wipe away any dirt, grime, and oil from the base of the lash extension. The soft bristles of the lash cleansing brush are extra gentle on the lash extension and around our sensitive eye area.
Don’t use improper tools
Again, when it comes to doing anything, using the improper tools can actually do more harm than good. This applies to cleaning lash extensions. Applying a foam cleanser with cotton pads or a face towel is a big no-no. These contain lint and/or fiber that can easily attach to the eyelash extensions and remove them prematurely.
Oil-Free Makeup Remover
Oil is your worst enemy
Oil-based products are THE WORST for lash extensions. Oil-based makeup remover is no exception. The oils in oil-based products break down the lash adhesive and drastically reduce the lifespan of the eyelash extensions. Using oil-free make up remover will remove eye makeup without affecting the lash extensions.
If you're looking for a high quality makeup remover thats safe for eyelash extensions, GetTheGloss posted this list that will help you out!
Are you a face sleeper?
If you’re a face sleeper like me, then this is definitely something you should consider. How you end up sleeping can affect the retention of your eyelash extensions. Much like face towels or cotton pads, the fibres in our pillowcases can attach to your lash extensions and cause an unnecessary amount of lashes to fall out. This is why we recommend sleeping with a silk pillowcase. Silk allows for less friction on your lash extensions, resulting in less pulling and tugging on the lashes.
Domed Sleep Mask
Another layer of protection
On top of having a silk pillowcase, another sleep product you can add to your lash extension aftercare arsenal is a domed sleep mask. It’s not a normal sleep mask, those would cause more rubbing and tugging on the eyelash extensions. A domed sleep mask is exactly what you think, domed. It keeps off the eyelashes to not cause any friction and therefore, no unnecessary fallout.
Added health benefits
Not only does using a domed sleep mask help with better retention of lash extensions. It also has some added health benefits. A study was carried out by researchers investigating whether sleep masks affect your sleep. They measured the melatonin (the sleep inducing hormone) levels in the studies participants and found that sleep masks led to a deeper, quality sleep.
If you’re looking for a domed sleep mask, we recommend checking out Lash Affairs Domed Eye mask.
Lash Growth Serum
Natural lash health
You can’t have a fluffy, full set of lash extensions if there isn’t enough natural lash to attach the lash extensions to. There is only so much a lash technician can for clients with thin brittle lashes. Lash Serum can help those who need to invest in their own natural lashes before getting a set of luscious lash extensions. Lash growth serum can build a solid foundation for the extensions you’ve been looking for.
Does it actually work?
Yes! Lash growth serum provides the necessary nutrients to help with hydrating, conditioning, and strengthening your natural lashes. But don't just listen to us, listen to an expert at No7 Beauty describe the three stages of growth.
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