Imagine your dream lashes. You’re picturing long, luscious beauties, not hard, crunchy lashes, right? Crispness likely isn’t on anyone’s list of extension must-haves! Still, here you are with extensions that feel as crunchy as a fresh Honeycrisp apple. Why do your extensions have this strange texture?
Eyelash extensions feel crunchy because they are made from low-quality material, attached with too much adhesive, or have been exposed to a harsh cleanser. A crunchy feeling can also result if inadequate hygiene leads to lash mite overpopulation, blepharitis, and eyelash crusting.
Even though they’re fake, you want your extensions to look and feel like healthy, real lashes. Crunchy simply won’t do! How about we delve into the what and why of crispened lashes so that you can keep yours soft and flexible?
#1: Low-Quality Material
Lash extensions are typically made from silk, mink hair, or a thermoplastic product called polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).
See my tips for finding your top type of extension.
PBT is incredibly versatile. It can be shaped into extension fibers of different lengths, diameters, and textures. Animal-lovers will be thrilled to know that PBT can fake the look and feel of mink and silk. You’ll likely struggle to spot the difference between the real and faux extensions.
PBT sounds just about perfect! But… only high-quality PBT extensions are light, soft, flexible, and natural-looking.
On the flip side, low-quality PBT extensions can be hard, brittle, and crunchy (or become like this after you’ve had them for a while).1
#2: Too Much Glue
Extensions applied with big globs of glue can end up feeling clumpy and crunchy.
Whatever the reason for this glue boo-boo (whether it’s a beginner at work or a poor-quality glue that won’t stick unless applied thickly), the result is lumps of glue and clumpy extensions that can feel more chunky and crunchy than sleek and chic.
#3: Harsh Cleansers
Cleaning your lashes with cleansers containing drying ingredients can damage extensions and give them crunch.
Use a gentle cleanser to keep your extensions looking and feeling good. You can take a look at my article on how to use a cleanser for lash extensions here.
Alert! Swimming with extensions 4 hours after you get them is safe, but spending too much time in chlorinated water can damage extensions and up their risk of crunchiness – so get some goggles or cleanse your lashes after pool time.
#4: Lacking Hygiene
Another thing that can make extensions feel crunchy is a crusty base.
Suppose you don’t clean your lashes daily. Over time, oil, dead skin cells, dirt, and makeup residue will build up on your lash line. This gunk can trigger a lash mite invasion, which, in turn, can cause the eyelid condition blepharitis.
Crusty, flaky lashes are a common blepharitis symptom.2 So, skipping your daily lash cleansing can make your extensions go crunch!
The Bottom Line
A crunchy feeling after getting eyelash extensions is not normal and should be addressed rapidly.
Many things can give extensions a crunchy feeling. Whether this texture is down to low-quality extensions, too much glue, harsh cleansers, or inadequate grooming, know that it’s not what extensions should feel like.
Good lash extensions feel soft and feathery. Ask to see (and feel!) the extension fibers before having them applied, and don’t settle for anything less than luxe!
- Ceecees Beauty and Training. The Difference Between Low-Quality And High-Quality Eyelash Extension Trays. Retrieved from https://www.ceeceesbeautyandtraining.com.au/the-difference-between-low-quality-and-high-quality-eyelash-extension-trays/ (Accessed on 6 October 2022) (Note: This reference has a domain authority of only 23, but it’s the highest I could find on the topic)
- National Eye Institute (2020). Blepharitis. Retrieved from https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/blepharitis (Accessed on 6 October 2022)