A common concern seen throughout the lash extension world is the thought of damage to the actual eyelash. First things first, extensions and fake lashes are not the same. Eyelash extensions are used by professionals to enhance the length and fullness of the client’s natural eyelash. The goal is to make your lashes look as natural as possible while giving them an extra boost. Professionals determine which extension to use on the client by the type of eyelash the client has and what their end goal for their lashes may be. These extensions may last around four to eight weeks, and is recommended to schedule a filling every two to three weeks in order to maintain the wanted look of the lashes. How one treats and cares for their lashes will affect the duration, but it is normal to lose one to four lashes per day.
How can I treat my extensions?
Although it would be ideal to maintain extensions with no difficulties, it is unlikely one will be able to perform maintenance perfectly. With that being said, there are ways you can avoid damage to the lashes.
THE FIRST 24 HOURS:
- Do NOT expose lashes to heat, steam, and friction
- Receive chemical peels, skin-resurfacing procedures, eyebrow waxing or laser treatments
- Do not sleep on your side or stomach
- Do not shower or wet eyelashes
- Do not apply eye and/or eyelash cosmetics
- Come into your initial appointment makeup-free. This will help prevent the loss of current lashes and added time to the appointment.
- Be sure to clean eyelashes and eyelids daily but only with the use of oil-free facial and skin products; recommended: Xtreme Lash eye makeup remover OR baby shampoo diluted with distilled water. For more recommendations ask Carolina at appointment.
- To avoid clumps forming, gently use applicator when needed to groom lashes out.
- Apply protective coating once or twice per week to extend the life of lashes (recommended but not mandatory).
- If working out: Wear a headband or regularly dry forehead to avoid sweat coming in contact with eyelashes.
- Remove your lashes by yourself; if removal is needed seek a professional.
- Visit saunas frequently or come into contact with heat/steam… this will interrupt the healing of the adhesive.
- Use mechanical curlers
- Pick or pull on eyelashes/ frequently rub eyes
- Use waterproof products such as mascara/eyeliner
- Participate in vigorous workouts within the first 12 hours; even if you do not sweat, your face will still produce steam/heat