You know the feeling. We know the feeling. Everyone who gets their lash extensions KNOWS THE FEELING. That heartbreaking, terribly disappointing moment when…a lash sheds.
Some Eyelash 4-1-1 for those of you who don’t know. (Now you’ll know.) Just like our hair and nails, eyelashes have a growth cycle of about 4-6 weeks. When an eyelash extension stylist applies extensions to your lashes, some of your lashes are at the end of their growth cycle, meaning inevitably, they’ll fall out sooner. Since that’s biology, there’s little you can do to prevent those from shedding, obviously. There are also eyelashes that are “baby lashes”, which are in their very beginning stages of growth. Your stylist will stay away from those lashes completely, because they are too weak still to handle the weight of an extension (that’s just an FYI).
BUT there are some precautionary steps we can take to make the extensions that are on your teenage-years lashes last longer.
6 Things You Can Do To Make Your Eyelash Extensions Last Longer
- It starts with the appointment – make sure there is ZERO eye makeup on your eyes when you arrive to your appointment. Elissa, one of our stylists, said it perfectly: arriving to your lash appointment with mascara on is like arriving to your dentist having just eaten Oreos. First, you need to take everything off, otherwise the adhesive will not bond to your lashes as well. Secondly, if you didn’t plan for that extra time, it cuts into your appointment time! Knowing this, inevitably you will try to quickly take your mascara off, resulting in likely an incomplete makeup removal job. Which then your stylist will have to fix in order for them to ensure they’re providing you with the best service possible. Meaning more time; you get the gist.
- Stay away from the oils. There are some eyelash extension-safe mascaras you may choose to use. That’s cool. But stay away from any oil-based makeup removers, because trust us, Ladies, it does not agree with that adhesive. If you use tanning products, you should also be very careful using it around your lashes if it contains any oil.
- Be cautious in the shower. Water is 100% safe with eyelash extensions, but if you’re into blasting that shower head into your face, just know that it isn’t doing your extensions any favors. In their world, it’s like a tsunami hit.
- Avoid crushing them in their sleep. Well, while you sleep is what we should say. Sleeping face down will not only result in funny shapes for the said-crushed-lashes, but too much agitation will weaken the bond in general.
- Don’t rub them. Or pick at them. Or touch them inappropriately. Just leave. Them. Alone!
- Clean them regularly. Use an oil-free cleanser to clean those bad boys. Our skin naturally produces oil (especially if you’re on the oiler side), and that, along with dead skin, builds up in your lash line. Sorry. We know it sounds gross but we’re just being honest. This oil build-up can loosen the adhesive, resulting in premature lash shed. We have cleansers you can purchase at the studio, just FYI!