Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent treatments that can last around a month with good aftercare. But they’re also awfully pricey too. So, it goes without saying that taking care of eyelash extensions is a commitment.
As a lash tech, I know the best tricks to make your lash extensions last their full three weeks to a month.
The smartest way to maintain your lashes is to keep away from water for the first four hours. From there on, avoid oil, salt, or glycols in cleansers. You should also cleanse, dry, and brush your new lashes regularly.
Here’s a quick glance at the 7 most important aspects of eyelash extension aftercare we will cover in this article:
|#1 Day-By-Day Chart||First 24 Hours: No water, cooking, crying, or sweating.|
Day Two To Five: No heat or saunas, but you can swim, shower, sweat, and cry!
Day Five To Refills: Clean, wash, dry, and brush lash extensions daily.
|#2 Makeup and Skincare||Avoid oil, salt, glycol, or alcohol-based lash extension products.|
|#3 When Wearing Natural Lash Extensions||Avoid water for 36 hours.|
|#4 When Going for a Swim||Avoid prolonged exposure to chlorine (swimming pool) and salt (in the ocean). Wear goggles.|
|#5 What to Expect and What’s Unusual||Avoid allergies and reactions with an allergy test and a certified lash tech that applies lashes properly.|
|#6 How to Know It’s Time for a Refill||When your lashes are 50% thinner. Generally, this is two to four weeks for most people.|
|#7 How to Maintain Lashes After Removal||Use lash serums to condition and nourish your lashes daily.|
Want to know more? Read on to know more about the 7 simple tips, dos and don’ts, cleaning, showering, swimming, and aftercare of lash extensions!
Let’s dive into it!
How to Care For Eyelash Extensions? 7 Simple Ways I love!
Lash extensions are applied in the ratio of 1:1 or 1:16, depending on the lash style that’s personalized for you. That may be 90 or over 1,000 lashes per eye.
So, how do you ensure every lash extension stays put and your natural lashes grow properly?
I’ll tell you all about how to care for eyelash extensions from start to end to make sure your lash extensions look gorgeous until you walk in for a refill.
#1 Day-by-Day Chart for Lash Extension Aftercare
Most lash techs take 1.5 to 3 hours to personalize false lash extensions based on the shape of your eye, lash texture, length, thickness, and curls.
But here are three things you need to do after that:
What To Do In The First 24 Hours?
The first four hours are crucial for the lash adhesive to set or cure. So, you shouldn’t touch water on your false extensions for this curing period. Plus, avoid sweating (gym), crying (salt in tears), and cooking (steam and heat) at this time.
While the curing period of lash extensions was 24 hours a few years ago, false lashes have improved dramatically, and now it cures in less than four hours. I talked about it in my article on Lash Adhesive 101. Go ahead and check it if you’re interested!
That said, the curing time can vary for different lash glues and humidity. So, ask your lash tech about the curing time of your eyelash extensions before you leave the salon.
What To Do From Day Two To Five?
After the curing period, you can do normal activities, such as cleaning, showering, cooking, and working out. However, it’s better to avoid prolonged heat and sweat no matter where you are. You should also avoid fidgeting with your new lashes.
What To Do From Day 05 Until Your Refill?
It’s important to clean and brush your lash extensions daily to avoid dust and dirt from accumulating on your lashes.
Failing to do so can breed infections and dust mites. Moreover, it’s good to clean your lashes once or twice a day if you regularly apply eyeliner, mascara, foundation, or eye shadow.
So, how to clean your lash extensions?
- Use a lash shampoo and a soft clean makeup brush to rinse and gently lather the cleanser at the end of the day. Next, rinse it with clean water.
- Now, let them air-dry.
- Finally, you should also detangle them with a clean lash comb or mascara wand.
Here’s a video on how to clean your lashes from LivBay Lash you can learn from.
#2 Makeup And Skincare
Nowadays, cosmetic products use various ingredients like oil, salts, alcohol, glycols, etc.
While it’s fine when you’re not wearing extensions, oils and salts can affect the bond between the adhesive and the natural lash when they seep into the lash line.
So, how to care for your false lashes when doing makeup?
Avoid oil cleansers and face scrubs with salts so that they don’t damage your extensions. Moreover, check the list of ingredients of every product before use.
#3 For Those Wearing Mink Eyelash Extensions
If your mink lash extensions are made from natural fibers, keep them away from moisture and water for up to 36 hours straight after treatment. That’s because natural mink lashes can lose their shape and curl in water.
This is why I recommend cruelty-free synthetic lash extensions at Divine Lashes. These faux mink false lashes look like mink from every angle. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about them losing curl and shape from the water for at least a month!
#4 When Swimming, Keep This In Mind.
You can go swimming with false lash extensions after the initial curing period of four hours.
But remember that regularly soaking the chlorine in pools can disintegrate the bond created by the lash glue and make it fall off prematurely. Salt can degrade the same bond if you regularly swim in the ocean.
So, how to take care of lash extensions when swimming? I suggest you wear goggles that aren’t too tight on your false lashes before swimming in the pool or the ocean!
Click on this article on can you go swimming with eyelash extensions to know more about my take on it.
#5 What To Expect And What’s Unusual
When done correctly, lash extensions are completely safe. Moreover, you’ll have gorgeous new lashes that feel and work like your natural lashes.
But if you’re using the services of an untrained lash tech or have allergies, allergies and reactions are unusual things that may happen more frequently.
Hence, an allergy patch test is crucial for first-timers, no matter where you’re getting your lashes done. It helps to find whether you’re allergic or intolerant to the lash glue, gel pad, lash extension fibers, etcetera.
Typical allergic reactions include redness, swelling, irritation, headache, and itching.
When you have lash allergies, it shows up in one or both eyes, with increasing severity sans treatment within a day or two. Lash reactions appear right after your treatment and typically happen in one eye.
To know more about allergic reactions to lash extensions, read this in-depth article I recently wrote.
In brief, lash extensions must ideally fall out with your natural lashes.
But unusual things can happen when your lashes are growing due to poor application. At such a time, you’ll feel intense pain as they’re growing in the wrong direction.
#6 How To Know It’s Time For A Refill
When more than half of your lash extensions have fallen out with their natural lashes, it’s time to revisit the lash salon for a refill.
Your lashes will typically look sparse or thinner unevenly when they’re ready for a refill. According to our Case Study on how long lashes last, 60.1% of users go in for a refill every three weeks.
Here’s a glimpse from the total of 1,100 clients analyzed:
Poor application and aftercare can make your natural lashes short and stubby when they fall out. So you may need to take a break and find a good lash technician.
So, how to care for eyelashes after extension removal? You must condition the lashes every day to prevent natural lashes from breaking off too.
In usual cases, keeping your lash extensions clean is enough to keep your natural lashes in good health.
As a bonus tip, I suggest using a lash serum to nourish your lashes while wearing extensions. Read more about comparing the best lash serums to choose the best.
Dos And Don’ts For Maintaining Your Lash Extensions
Here’s what to keep in mind:
|Eyelash Extensions Don’ts||Eyelash Extension Dos|
|Don’t go for hot treatments, tanning beds, saunas, or stand close to BBQs and grills.||Do get a licensed lash tech.|
|Don’t sleep on your stomach.||Do sleep on a silk pillowcase.|
|Don’t use facial products with oil in them.||Do clean your lashes once or twice a day.|
|Don’t rub your eyes.||Do brush your lashes.|
|Don’t wait too long for a refill appointment.||Do refills at the right time to avoid doing full treatments.|
|Don’t use eye products with conflicting ingredients (salt, oil, alcohol, glycols, waterproof mascara/eyeliner).||Do let your lashes dry normally.|
|Don’t swim in saltwater for a long time.||Do protect your lashes from heat and salt.|
|Don’t use cotton pads, wipes, and Q-tips.||Do use lint-free makeup removers.|
|Don’t use a lash curler or try to curl your lash extensions.||Do use normal eye products instead of waterproof mascaras and eyeliners.|
Read in detail about the dos and don’ts of lash extensions in detail in this article I wrote last month.
Lash Extension Aftercare FAQ
After talking to some of my clients, I realized there are a few common things about eyelash extension maintenance that most users don’t know.
So, remember these if you want to keep your lashes in excellent condition every day.
Should I Wash My Eyelash Extensions Daily?
Yes. I always tell my clients to clean lash extensions at least once a day, whether they wear makeup or not. This is an excellent way to prevent the natural oils, salt, dust, or grime from seeping into the lash line and degrading the bond made by the lash glue.
Is Aftercare The Same For Classic And Volume Lashes?
Frankly, aftercare for classic and volume lashes are pretty much the same.
However, volume lashes last quite longer than classic styles if you engage in good aftercare. In any case, you should ensure that the base of your natural lashes is clean at the end of the day.
How To Shower With Eyelash Extensions?
When you’re showering, avoid hot water at high pressure from falling directly on your lashes. That can weaken the lash glue bond to make lashes fall out earlier than usual. Read more about showering with lash extensions.
Can I Let My Lash Extensions Air Dry?
Yes, air-drying is the best way to dry your eyelash extensions if you’re not in a sweaty place. If you’re blow-drying your lashes, please don’t do it on the hot setting or hold it too close to your lashes.
How To Take Care Of Eyelash Extensions When Sleeping?
You should always sleep in a position that doesn’t affect your lashes. So, never sleep on your back with new false lashes.
Moreover, cotton pillowcases can snag or pull on lash hairs too. That’s why silk pillowcases are a good option for lash extension wearers. Read more on it with my article on- Can you sleep with eyelash extensions
The Bottom Line
While the medical-grade glue resists natural wear, as a lash tech I know extensions can fall out at different times. Put precisely, this is between two to eight weeks, depending on how fast your natural lashes grow.
But lash extensions can last about three weeks if you take care of a few things. They also look and feel healthy when you maintain them properly.
You should clean, dry, and brush false lashes daily besides avoiding products with oil, salt, chlorine, glycols, heat, and alcohol. Remember to take care of your lashes when you shower, bathe, swim, cook, and while doing skincare too.
A good aftercare routine can keep your false lashes looking gorgeous. Just check out this beautiful volume set from Divine Lashes 😉
So, how long are you able to keep those beauties on with proper aftercare? Share it with our community here!
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