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Why eyelash extension aftercare is so important

Posted by Kenna on May 04, 2021

Cleaning Eyelash Extensions is Very Important

The overall up keep of having lash extensions is very minimal and easy to manage. Proper eyelash extension aftercare is imperative when it comes to keeping not only your natural lashes but your eyelash extensions heathy and for the best overall retention. After care is something that seems to easily be put on the back burner up until a client comes in either complaining or having some sort of issue. 

Aftercare is a very important matter that all lash artists need to make sure that all of their clients understand and have been properly educated on. It takes both the lash artist and the client to maintain the lash extensions and to best help create amazing retention.

Clean Eyelash Extensions

Improve Eyelash Extension Retention

I think it’s safe to say if you have eyelash extensions you want them to last as long as possible and create long-term retention. One of the key reasons as to why clients struggle with retention is not keeping their lashes clean. Cleaning your lashes is the easiest, most important thing you can do for your extensions. If your lashes are not clean and you’re not keeping them clean this is a very crucial reason as to why your retention may not be that great. Two main reasons that cleaning your lashes will help with your retention are; it gets rid of oil and dirt build up. If the lashes are not being cleaned regularly this causes oil. Your skin naturally produces oil. 

Oil is the main culprit that breaks down eyelash extension adhesive and causes the lash extension to detach itself from the natural lash it is bonded to. Cleaning your lashes also helps with any dirt build. Dirt build up can create bacteria which will affect the health of your natural lashes and cause them to not grow. If dirt build up does not get cleaned off the lash extensions it can cause bacteria to grown which will then cause your oil glands along the lash line to get inflamed which can ultimately results in lash loss. 

This condition is called Blepharitis. The function of eyelashes is to protect the eyeball by catching any debris or particles, so if you have eyelash extensions you tend to catch and collect more particles and debris. This is why it is very important to clean your lash extensions regularly. A lot of people are afraid to clean their lashes, they think this will cause them to ruin the adhesive bond between the extension and natural lash causing then to shed more, which is just a common myth. This is why it is also very important to properly educate your clients.

Here are some good tips and tricks recommended for eyelash extension aftercare:

1.Avoid getting the extensions wet for up to 24 hours after the service has been done.

If the lashes get wet within the first 24 hours the water can cause a reaction with the eyelash extension adhesive and it can cause the adhesive to flash cure. What is flash cure? Flash cure is when the eyelash extension adhesive has been exposed to some sort of liquid before it was able to cure correctly. This will make the bond between your natural lashes and the extensions to become brittle and break off.

2.Try not to rub your eyes.

When it comes to running your eyes most people do this subconsciously without even realizing it. Rubbing your eyes with eyelash extensions can cause the lashes to break off or create more shedding which will result in bad retention.

3.Try not to sleep on your face.

If you tend to be someone who does sleep on their face, I would recommend using some sort of eye mask to protect your lash extensions or you can even recommend clients to use a satin or silk pillow case.

4.Don’t use oil-based products around the eye area.

Using any type of oil-based products can result in retention issues. It is very important that clients know too not use any eye products that are oil based but also any oil-based products in general.

5.Be sure you’re properly cleaning your eyelash extensions regularly.

To clean your eyelash extensions, you can use any type of foam cleanser that is specifically formulated for eyelash extensions, applied with a soft bristle brush. Cleaning your eyelash extensions regularly will help remove traces of oils, dust and makeup. This will help prevent any build up on the lash extensions. And re vamp your lash extensions. Cleaning your lashes helps prevent premature shedding and ultimately build up can cause unwanted pressure on the extensions causing the bond between the extension and natural lash to break.

Here are some short directions of how you can clean your lash extensions:

1.Gently massage the foam cleanser into the lashes, using small circler motions, using your soft bristle brush.

2.Pat the lashes dry using any type of tissue, towel or cloth.

3.Softly brush through your lashes with a mascara wand.

When it comes to eyelash extensions, proper maintenance is a very important factor. It is not only your lash artists job to maintain your lashes each appointment but it is ultimately the most important job for you to maintain your lashes in between those fill appointments by cleaning those lashes regularly. I promise this will make both you and your lash artist so much happier with your extensions and how they look, feel and last. I mean who doesn’t want to keep their lashes looking full and fabulous. Keeping your lashes clean is one of the most import things you can do when wanting to keep them full, long lasting, and healthy. 

Keeping your extensions cleans is a very vital thing when keeping your natural lashes healthy. If your natural lashes aren’t healthy then you will most likely not be a good candidate for getting lash extensions. You are investing time and money into your lashes so why not take the extra few minutes a day to care for them properly. Clean lashes = Happy lashes!