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10 tips to keep your eyelash extensions looking fresh & natural

What are eyelash extensions? Eyelash extensions are a cosmetic procedure where individual synthetic lashes are glued […]
10 tips to keep your eyelash extensions looking fresh & natural

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are a cosmetic procedure where individual synthetic lashes are glued to the natural lashes to extend and create a fuller, longer look to your eyelashes. The process is typically done at a salon by a trained technician and can take up to two hours.


There are many different styles of lash extensions available, ranging from natural-looking to dramatic. The length and thickness of the lash extensions can also be customized to achieve the desired look. Lash extensions can last for several weeks with proper care, but will eventually need to be replaced.


How can I keep my lashes looking their best?

Follow these simple tips for a stunning result! By following these easy guidelines, you can maintain the appearance of your lash extensions and enjoy them for longer. Keep reading for more information on how to take care of your new lashes.


1. Avoid using oil-based face products around your eyes.

One of the most important things to remember when you have lash extensions is to avoid using oil-based products around your eyes. This includes makeup removers, creams, and oils.


What should I use instead?

Water-based products are fine to use, but oil can weaken the adhesive bond between your natural eyelashes and the eyelash extensions and cause your lashes to drop out prematurely.


Be sure to use a cleanser that has no oils while you wash your eye area. Rubbing your eyes vigorously will make your new lashes last half the time they are supposed to last.


You should also avoid sleeping on your stomach or side, as this can cause your eyelash extensions to become damaged or and twisted and cause your real lashes to come off prematurely due to friction.


2. Be careful when applying makeup.

Applying eye makeup with eyelash extensions can be tricky, especially mascara.


The reason for getting eyelash extensions is to extend your natural lashes, giving them a mascara that never leaves look, or a natural but better look to your eyes. You are welcome to get extra long eyelashes if you desire, but your lashes need to have the strength to support each extension.


Use a light hand.


When applying makeup, be gentle. Don’t rub or pull on your lash extensions, as this could cause them to flip around or rip out your natural lashes from the lash follicles. Eyeliner and mascara can be worn but, make sure that it is eyelash extension safe.


Use oil-free products. Oil breaks down the glue that holds your lash extensions in place on your natural lash. Stick to oil-free products to keep your lashes looking their best.


To make your eyes pop, wear mascara on your bottom lashes only. Choose water-based mascara formulas for eye makeup. Water-based formulas are less likely to cause any buildup on your lash extensions unlike waterproof mascara. This will help keep them looking clean and fresh for longer.


What about removing eye makeup?


Be careful when removing your makeup around your eye area with an oil free makeup remover. When it’s time to take off your makeup, be sure to use a lint free option and avoid Q-tips or cotton pads. Gently wiping away any eye makeup, being careful not to pull or rub on your lashes too much and damaging your natural lashes in the process.


3. Get a regular lash refill.

If you’ve ever gotten lash extensions, you know that they make a huge difference in your appearance. If you haven’t we’re here to tell you that they are a game changer!


Not only do they give you longer, fuller lashes, but they also help to frame your face and make your eyes look bigger and more striking. Consider the right styling for clients eye shapes.


How often should I go for refills?

However, lash extensions are not a one-time treatment – they require regular maintenance in order to stay looking their best. Lash refills are typically needed every two to three weeks. When the lash extension falls, a new natural lash grows and needs to have a new eyelash extension attached.


It’s important to choose a reputable lash artist that uses high-quality products. Fun fact, generally clients come back to the lash salon every two weeks for a touch up.


4. Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes with lash extensions.

As anyone who has ever had lash extensions knows, they are a delicate beauty treatment that requires careful maintenance.


One of the most important things to remember is to avoid tugging or touching your eyes too much with eyelash extensions. The lashes are attached with a special adhesive, and rubbing or touching can loosen the lash glue and cause the lashes to fall out.


In addition, rubbing or touching your eyes is a big no no. It can damage the delicate lash hair follicles, causing them to break and making it difficult for new natural lashes to grow back. Eye infections are also possible if you rub your eyes with dirty hands or nails.


If you do need to touch your eyes, be sure to use a gentle touch and avoid rubbing. Rubbing your eyes can lead to eye damage and cause all sorts of issues, and wrinkles!


5. Keep your eyelashes and lash line clean.

One of the most important things you can do to take care of your eye lash extensions is to keep your lashes and lash line clean. If you don’t, you will get major eye irritation and possible infection, and even loose your lashes due to blepharitis (Lash mites infestation).


A lash mites infestation?

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids that can cause red, itchy, and flaky skin. It can also lead to eyelash loss.


Blepharitis can be triggered by a number of things, including bacteria, allergies, and eyelash extensions. Treatment for blepharitis typically involves cleansing the eyelids with a mild soap and using a medicated ointment or cream. In severe cases, oral antibiotics may be necessary. With proper treatment, blepharitis usually goes away within a few weeks.


However, it can recur if the underlying cause is not addressed. Eyelash extensions are one of the most common causes of blepharitis. The glue used to attach the extensions can irritate the eyelids and lead to inflammation. If you have blepharitis and eyelash extensions, you will need to have the extensions removed and may need to take a break from them for a while.


How do I prevent this?


The best way to have clean lashes is with a specifically formulated cleanser for lash extensions. This will gently cleanse your lashes without damaging the extensions. Using a Lash Extension Foam Cleanser morning and night will help keep your lashes clean and free from debris.


Using fresh water, wet your lashes from root to tip , then using the cleanser provided by your lash tech, saturate the eyes and lashes. Then gently wash your lash line and each eyelash extension using a lash wand or a fluffy brush.


In addition to cleansing your lashes, it’s important to also comb your eyelash extensions daily with a clean mascara wand. This helps remove any buildup of oils, makeup, or dirt on your lash line that can cause eye irritation or eye infections.


6. Avoid using heat on your lashes.

If you have eyelash extensions, it’s important to avoid using heat on and near them. This includes things like cigarettes, blow dryers, and even the oven while cooking. The heat can cause the extensions to melt and come off, which can be very damaging to your lashes.


In addition, it can also cause the lash adhesive that holds the extensions on your natural lash to break down, making them more likely to fall out and the curl of the eyelash extensions to weaken and look flat. If you must, be sure to use the lowest setting possible and keep the heat away from your eyes.


7. Don’t sleep with your makeup on.

Sleeping with your makeup on is one of the worst things you can do for your exterior image. Not only does it clog pores and lead to breakouts, but it can also cause premature aging.


However, if you are wearing extensions on your eyes, sleeping with your makeup on can be even more damaging. The glue that is used to attach the extensions can weaken with exposure to makeup, oils, and sweat. This can cause the eyelash extensions to fall out prematurely or become loose and irritating to your eyes.


Is sleeping with your makeup on that serious?

Mentioned earlier, build up of oil, makeup, mascara increases the possibility of your eyes developing blepharitis. Using a lash extension safe makeup remover will keep your natural lashes and lash line clean and prevent infection. Keeping your eyes debris free, will maintain the look of perfectly placed lash extensions.


8. Gently brush your eyelashes daily.

Gently brush your eyelashes daily with a clean, dry mascara wand. This will help to keep them free of debris and promote healthy growth. Start at the base of the lashes and use gentle strokes to work your way up. Be sure to be gentle-too much force can damage the delicate lashes. How often you need to brush your lashes will depend on how often you wear makeup and how oily you are. Those with oily skin may need to brush and wash more frequently.


Whatever your lash routine, be sure to take care of your lash extensions by brushing them gently and regularly. Your lash artist can give you more specific tips on how to care for your lash extensions based on the type of extensions you have and your lifestyle.


9. Get your eyelash extensions professionally done to avoid damage to your natural lashes.

Lash lovers, it is always best to get your eyelash extensions professionally done. Not only will this avoid damage to your natural lashes, but it can also help prevent lash loss. A good lash technician will be able to do the lash application correctly and avoid any damage to your natural lashes.


How bad can the damage get?

A bad lash technician will use too much glue causing the lash extensions to pull on your eyelids and rip out from the lash root, fail to isolate properly and glue the lashes to your skin which will eventually lead to causing an allergic reaction and irritation. Badly trained or lazy lash technicians will glue cluster lashes instead of a regular lash extension to your eyes causing damage to your natural lashes.


Well trained lash technicians will also be able to advise you on the right eyelash extensions for your individual lash type and how to care for them correctly. Getting your eyelash extensions professionally done is the best way to ensure that they look great, compliment your eye shape and last long, but most importantly are safe for your eyes and natural lashes.


10. Sensitive skin safety.

A bonus tip is to always get a patch test done on your lashes before committing to a full set of eyelash extensions.


Patch tests are completely normal for lash artists to perform on new clients or clients who have sensitivities to lash glue. Not only that, if you have sensitive skin, it is advised to go into the salon for a test.


These tests are a few extensions applied to your natural hair on your eyes with the lash glue to see if your skin will react badly to the ingredients in the adhesive.


Maintaining your eyelash extensions is an important part of the overall process. If you take care of them, they can last up to six weeks. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your lashes look amazing for as long as possible. Book now and let us help you keep your extensions looking their best!