This is a great question and one that I get asked all the time. Taking care of your new or existing eyelash extensions can actually be quite easy. You just need to keep two things in mind while you’re wearing extensions, water and oil.
You’re probably asking yourself why water and oil, thats weird?! Well I want you to keep water in mind because I want it to be a trigger for you to remember to always keep your eyelash extensions clean. How do you keep things clean, you get them wet, hence water.
There is a debate going around with lash artists as to whether or not you are allowed to get your eyelash extensions wet as soon as you’ve had them done or touched up. Some lash artists are now cleaning or washing your lashes at the end of your services, but some tell you not to get your lashes wet for 24 hours.
So what do you do? Well in my experience lashing I have always told clients to keep their lashes dry for the first 24 hours to ensure the adhesive fully sets. I have been informed by the National Association of Lash Artists that it is okay to wash or clean a client’s lashes at the end of their service. This will help to rid any fumes from the eye area and decreases the risk of irritation.
For myself since I have been a lash artist for a few years, I have never done this as soon as I have finished a set or touch up. So to implement it now feels strange because I need to do some testing and trials to see how the retention actually is before I start telling my clients its okay to get them wet any time after the service.
For now I am going to stick to what is tried and true and that is to wait a minimum of 24 hours before you can get your lashes wet. I want to ensure that the adhesive is fully set so that there won’t be any retention issues.
Now getting your lashes wet isn’t the only thing you need to be doing to ensure your lashes are clean and healthy. You also need to wash them, which we like to call a lash bath. Sounds cute right?!
A lash bath is where you combine getting your lashes wet and using a cleanser deemed safe for eyelash extensions. Think of it as shampooing your hair but you’re shampooing your lashes. I’m sure we can all agree we wouldn’t last very long with dirty hair, so why go every day with dirty lashes?
So what cleanser is deemed safe for eyelash extensions? Well to be honest any thing that is oil free, which means it can be a foam, gel or liquid cleanser. You just have to make sure that the first ingredient is aqua or water. As soon as a product has aqua or water listed as the first ingredient, it is now deemed a water based product and contains no oils.
The most common used cleansing product is a foam or gel based one because you can simple pump a small amount of the foam or gel onto your finger or a lint free applicator or a cleansing brush. Its easy and guaranteed that you’re actually applying the cleanser to the lashes.
We carry a gel based cleanser from the brand EyEnvy. It is their 2 in 1 cleansing gel. The 2 in 1 means it is a cleansing gel but also a mild exfoliator. The product is completely safe to be used on the eye area as well as your full face and neck. You can actually use this product with or without water. Now you need to keep in mind that this is a face cleanser not a makeup remover. So if you’re going to be wearing makeup with your eyelash extensions you need to remove your makeup first and then go in and give your lashes a deep, yet gentle lash bath.
If you have or would like to use the EyEnvy 2 in 1 Cleansing Gel for your lash baths, or maybe even for your full face, you do you girl. I would recommend using a fluffy brush, kinda like an eyeshadow brush, but clean that eyeshadow out first! Baby shampoo is the best for cleaning your makeup brushes FYI! Okay I need to keep on track here…
Alright you have your fluffy brush and the cleansing gel. What I would do is get the brush damp and pump a pea size amount of the cleanser onto it. Then gently go in and swirl that brush around, back and forth in your lashes and lash line. I would cleanse like this for at least 30 seconds. Then rinse the cleanser off of your eye with water and pat dry with a lint free towel, I tend to just use some paper towel because I know the lashes can’t snag and get pulled on it. Now you want to repeat this process for the other eye, I would rinse out the brush first so its fresh for your other eye.
Once your lashes are clean and patted dry, go in with the mascara wand that is provided to you at every appointment. You have to gently comb through your lashes to make sure they are separated and straight. They tend to get a little criss cross and messy from the lash baths.
Voila! Squeaky clean lashes that will help with your retention and natural lash health. Now if you went through a full cleanse and you’re still seeing makeup or build up, keep going girl! Give your lashes another lash bath, you want to make sure that there is no dirt, grim or build up left on your lashes. That build up isn’t healthy for your eyes or lashes so get rid of it!
It is recommended to give your lashes a lash bath twice a day. Ya you read that right! Twice a day girl! Why?! Because in the morning you wake up with natural oils and sleep residue on your eyes and lashes, so give them a lash bath to refresh them for the day. At night you have your makeup, natural oil and all the toxins, dirt and grim that builds up throughout the day from being out and about. So your face and definitely your lashes need a good cleansing to get rid of all this build up so that you can go to bed feeling fresh.
If you’re the type of girl who just splashes her face in the morning and is a 5 minute out the door type, than as long as you are giving your lashes a deep cleanse at the end of day that is good enough. But if you never cleanse your lashes and are afraid to get them wet, honey you are in for some discomfort! Leaving that build up on your lashes over time will cause infections and damage to your lashes and eye area. I’m not going to get into all the nitty gritty details of infections, thats for another blog post. For now just remember healthy lashes means clean lashes so give those babies a lash bath minimum once a day but best twice a day.
You’re probably sitting there thinking, damn girl this a lot of information, well I’m about to throw a little bit more your way. Don’t hate me but this is the second biggest thing you need to remember when wearing eyelash extensions.
Thats right beauty babes you cannot be using any type of oils, oil products or products that may contain oils on or around your eye area. Oils like to eat away at adhesives and break them down, so if you use oils or oil products on your eyes every day, chances are in 1-2 weeks your eyelash extensions will be gone.
So to maintain your retention you need to keep any oily products away from your eyes. If you have eye creams or serums that you put in our around your eyes you now want to move those away and apply them around your orbital bone. Um what is that? Basically your eye socket. So take your ring finger and gently press around your eye. The closer you are pressing to your eye the more it will press in and be soft and gushy. Now pull that back, do you feel it getting firmer? Ya thats your orbital bone, you want to press in your eye creams or serums in this area, this is your safe zone. I guarantee you, if you go past this part and go in closer to your eye area, the products you use will bleed onto the eyelid and therefore the lashes.
Alright now what are the two big things you need to remember?… Ya girl water and oil. The final thing I will tell you is that you need to be gentle with your lashes so avoid rubbing, pulling or picking at them and definitely keep any type of eyelash curlers away from them!
If you follow all of that, I don’t see you having any issues with your lashes, lash health, or retention. If you have any questions from this blog post please send me an email I would love to answer them and clarify anything I can for you! Also check out the link below, its for our Eyelash FAQ page. This might help provide further information for you, but like I said if it doesn’t send me an email! I will also leave a link below for you to check out the EyEnvy 2 in 1 Cleansing Gel in case you’re interested in knowing more!
Remember beauty babes, you are beautiful inside and out!