I often get asked if you can get a spray tan with eyelash extensions. And if it is possible, should you get the spray tan before or after getting your lashes done?
Getting a spray tan with eyelash extensions is absolutely fine. It is recommended to have a spray tan applied and washed off before getting eyelash extensions. Several tanning solutions contain oils which would prevent the lash glue from adhering properly.
In this article, I am going to share some experiences I have had with clients who got spray tans with eyelash extensions. I will also discuss tanning beds or sunbeds.
Can You Get a Spray Tan With Eyelash Extensions
Did you know that one in 5 Americans will develop a form of skin cancer in their lifetime?  With skin cancer on the rise, it’s important to take measures to protect yourself against the dangers of UV rays, but with a busy life, it can be hard to find time for healthy habits. If this sounds like you, then spray tanning might be your best bet!
For those who opt to spray tan, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your eyelash extensions.
But, should you spray tan or eyelash extensions first?
Here are the most important things to remember in order to keep your eyelash extensions protected and beautiful.
Eyelash Extensions Before Spray Tan
It is possible to get your lashes done before going for a spray tan. However, keep in mind that:
- Eyelash extension glue needs a period of at least 4 hours to completely cure. No moisture can come in contact with your lash line or it can force the glue to cure too rapidly and may cause poor retention of your extensions. 4 hours is the minimum curing period nowadays. You might still find resources stating a 24 to 48 hours period is needed but this is old news. The curing process has greatly improved over the years in the eyelash extension industry.
- Spray tanning solution needs to be washed off. Therefore, make sure to wait for the eyelash glue curing period before washing it off.
- Oils are the number one enemy of eyelash extension adhesive. If you have gotten your eyelash extensions done before a spray tan, make sure the tanning solution is water-based. Oils can dissolve the lash adhesive and are actually a natural product you can use at home to remove your extensions.
- Avoid the eye area. You could ask your tanning technician to simply avoid spraying the face area. You could also wear protective eyewear.
Eyelash Extensions After Spray Tan
I generally recommend this approach when clients have time on their hand and can space out their two appointments.
After spray tanning, wait a few hours for the tan to settle. Follow your tanning salon instructions for when you can wash off the solution. Some salons now only require a few hours depending on the solution they use.
Once the tanning solution is washed, then get your eyelashes done. That way, you can ensure a clean lash application.
Spray Tan or Eyelash Extensions First? Final Verdict
If you are in a rush and want to do both appointments on the same day, then you should get eyelash extensions first and then get a spray tan.
As mentioned above, make sure to follow the recommendations to maximize your eyelash extension retention. It is the least desirable approach though.
If your schedule allows it, it is best to go for a spray tan first and then go for eyelash extensions the next day. That way, you will be able to completely clean the tanning solution and come to your lash appointment with a cleansed lash line.
Can You Go On Sunbeds With Lash Extensions
If you are planning to go in a sunbed with your eyelash extensions, it is also important to note that UV rays can weaken the lash adhesive. In fact, UV lights force the glue to cure extensively.
But there is an easy solution…
Going in a sunbed with eyelash extensions will not damage your lashes if you wear protective eyewear. These protective goggles won’t allow UV rays to reach your eyes. You won’t have to worry about the eyelash glue being damaged by UV lights.
Can You Go In the Sun With Eyelash Extensions
Excessive heat may weaken the lash adhesive and cause it to become loose and flimsy. In some cases, the lash glue may not be strong enough to hold the extensions in place. This can cause the eyelash extensions to easily fall off.
So, can you go in the sun with eyelash extensions?
You can go in the sun with eyelash extensions if you minimize heat and UV ray exposure. It is recommended to wear a pair of shades with UV ray protection for long-lasting lash extensions.
In the end, eyelash extensions and spray tanning should not be seen as mutually exclusive services. You can enjoy both and keep your eyelash extensions in place at the same time.
It is important to follow recommendations if you choose to get your lashes done before your spray tan on the same day. The most important one is to wait for the curing period of your lash adhesive before washing of the tanning solution.
Hopefully, this article has answered all your questions about spray tanning and eyelash extensions! If you have anything on your mind, please let me know in the comments below.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency. Health Effects of UV Radiation. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/health-effects-uv-radiation [Accessed 6th August 2021]