You have just got your eyelash extensions done and they look gorgeous as usual. Because you want your lashes to last longer, you follow every aftercare instruction to the tee.
But what about massages? No one would like to give up on this relaxing treatment, and you certainly do not want to ruin your lovely lashes.
It goes without saying, but this article addresses massages where you have to lay face down. Laying on your back is perfectly fine since nothing would interfere with your lashes.
Let’s get started!
Can I Get a Massage With Eyelash Extensions?
Yes, you can. The key to protecting your delicate eyelash extensions is to avoid any pressure or pulling on them. You should be especially when laying on your stomach and when switching positions.
How to Get a Massage With Eyelash Extensions
1- Avoid Pressure on the Lashes
To understand why pressure is bad for eyelash extensions, we have to understand how eyelash extensions are applied.
You know that the lash extensions are applied on an individual lash and adhered with medical-grade adhesive.
Knowing this, we can then assume that when lying face down, the weight of our head will be forced on the eyelashes.
The weight of our head will cause these attached lashes to be pulled from their original position unless precautions are taken.
Moreover, the constant pressure on your extensions might accelerate the shedding of your lashes. Lastly, the curl of your extensions might be altered.
2- Adjust the Face Cradle on a Massage Bed
Different massage beds have different mechanisms but they should all have an adjustment lever to change the position of the face cradle.
A face cradle is a device that is attached to the headpiece of a massage bed for clients to rest their heads on. The key is to have the face cradle positioned so that the weight of the head is distributed evenly and comfortably across the forehead and the side of the head.
You should be able to open and close your eyes freely without your lashes touching the fabric.
3- Create a Face Cradle With a Towel
If your massage bed doesn’t come with a face cradle, you can always create one using a towel.
Roll the towel and then gently tie the towel around the face, leaving long ends to be tucked under.
Make sure most of the weight of the head lays on the forehead against the towel. Your eyes should be able to open and close and you shouldn’t have pressure on them.
The towel should be large enough to stretch around the face and head of the person with an approximate width between 2 and 3 inches.
4- Create a Face Cradle With Your Arms
Ok, this should be your last resort. Creating a face cradle with your arms is when you literally rest your head and face in the crook of your elbows.
Make sure that your forehead is laying against your forearms so that your eyelashes can’t touch the massage bed.
Obviously, this is not great for your massage, but it will prevent any pressure from being put on your lashes.
The Bottom Line
Protecting eyelash extensions during a massage is done by avoiding rubbing, pulling, and pressure on the lashes.
When laying face down, the head should rest in the face cradle so that the lash extensions do not touch anything.
If the massage bed doesn’t have a face cradle, rest the head on the back of the hands or a towel as long as pressure and friction can be prevented on the extensions.
Check out our article on how long eyelash extensions last if you are curious about the normal timeframe expected between refills.
– Asako 🙂
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Asako Ito is the Co-Founder of Divine Lashes and a certified eyelash stylist. She has garnered acclaim for her cutting-edge techniques in the lash industry.
Holding multiple certifications and licenses, including Luxury Eye, THE LASH SHOP, World Microblading, and The Lash Bible, she has a constant thirst for knowledge. These credentials reflect her commitment to excellence and staying at the forefront of lash and brow artistry.
With over 10 years of experience, Asako continuously increases her knowledge both as a technician and educator by collaborating with top lash artists worldwide. You can read her full bio here.