WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
SEMI-PERMANENT Eyelash extensions have become a beloved beauty secret to women of all ages over the past several years. They enhance the natural look of the eye, bringing youth and radiance to one’s appearance. Eyelash extensions are strands of synthetic hairs individually adhered with a special adhesive to one’s own lash that add length, thickness and fullness to natural eyelashes. Extensions are applied onto the eyelash itself and never come in direct contact with one’s skin.
BEFORE YOUR LASH APPOINTMENT
Do not wear eye makeup. Makeup close to the eye area must be removed AND CLEANSED prior to the application process. Use a mild, oil-free cleanser. Do not use oil-based makeup removers.
Do not apply face creams or sunblock in the eye area. The oil found in many moisturizers prevents eyelash adhesive from bonding to the natural eyelash and reduces the longevity of your eyelash extensions.
Do not put on mascara. Removing mascara can be very time-consuming and any residual makeup will prevent proper application of the extensions. THAT MEANS LESS TIME FOR LASH APPLICATION EQUALS LESS LASHES.
Please silence your phone while the extensions are being applied. Talking in the treatment room is prohibited as the lash application requires precision. Feel free to listen to your own audio or take a nap and let the lash transformation begin.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LASHES
Be gentle with your new lashes, do not get them wet for the first 24 hours after application, refrain from touching or rubbing them. The golden rule is: look but don’t touch.
Avoid swimming, steam rooms, saunas, or extreme heat for after application. These are not your friends!
Do not use an eyelash curler on the lash extensions or try to perm or tint them. This will break the bond on the extensions and might damage your natural lashes. OUCH!
Do not use oil-based products (oil-based eye makeup, makeup remover, moisturizer, cleanser, sunscreen) on or near your lashes. Use products of non-oily, non-creamy formulas to remove eye makeup. Oil-based makeup products will dissolve the adhesive on the eyelash extensions and will cause your extensions to fall out sooner than expected.
Shampoo your lashes often to keep them clean and free of build-up.
Avoid rubbing your eyes roughly when cleaning your face and avoid running water directly on your lashes.
Try not to sleeping face down to prevent pressing against your eyelashes. you can wear goggles to sleep as well.
Be very careful when removing makeup in the eye area. Gently go over the eye area, sweep up and away from the lash extensions.
Using mascara on eyelash extensions is not recommended. If you must wear mascara, only use water-based mascara, please do not use waterproof or oil-based mascara as removing this is difficult to do without damaging your natural eyelashes.
Do not pull on any loose extensions or you risk plucking out your natural eyelashes. Do not attempt to remove the lash extensions yourself; allow the extensions to fall off naturally or schedule an appointment to have them professionally removed.
Maintain your lash extensions with regular touch-up appointments every 2-3 weeks, please schedule in advance as availability can be limited.
why do you have to shampoo your lashes?
Keeping your eyelashes squeaky clean is so very important!
Not only will they look better (nasty caked-up, dirty lashes are never a good look!) but also they will last longer and will protect the health of your eyes.
For those who suffer from allergies this will alleviate symptoms of itchy, puffy & irritated eyes.
“I’m scared to clean my lashes, I don’t want them to fall out!!”
fact is, if you DON’T clean your lashes you will lose them sooner anyway! Certainly don't want that!
Our skin secretes oil and as your lash tech will have told you, oil is one of the main things that will cause premature lash loss. Remember, oil is your enemy!
We all have microscopic parasites which live happily on our lashes (Demodex Folliculorum) which are completely harmless.
However, an excessive number of mites in the lash follicles caused by poor hygiene will usually result in the eyelash falling out.
Don't neglect of your lashes, this will result in increased sensitivity and a higher chance of allergic reactions.
Unfortunately, if you develop a sensitivity to the lash adhesive it is unlikely you will ever be able to wear extensions again.
Give your lashes a daily wash splash of warm water and a gentle brush through with a mascara spoolie…
It’s a very simple but an effective way of removing light debris and dust from the lashes on the daily.
At LEAST 2-3 times a week:
Using a specific product to cleanse thoroughly. Most likely a lash shampoo recommended by your lash stylist with proper instructions.
- Using a foam pump dispenser, pump your chosen cleanser onto your lashes and gently work the foam into the lashes with lint free applicators (disposable lip make up applicators or shadow brush) are wonderful for thorough removal of make up along the lash line.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Using your fingers gently wipe the lashes in an upward direction while blinking gently to remove excess water.
- Pat your face & lashes dry (no rubbing),
Let your lashes air dry or use a hair dryer on it’s minimum COOL setting at an arms length away.
Use a CLEAN dry mascara spoolie to GENTLY brush through the lashes to make them neat and fluffy again, being careful not to drag the brush through the base of the lashes.
Mascara is a BIG FAT NO NO!! You can use a sealant recommended by your lash stylist to keep them glossy and protect them from outside elements.
Respect your lashes and your eyes and you can continue to wear beautiful lash extensions for years to come. You can use a specific lash serum paired with Biotin & Horsetail supplements.