How to Make Your Eyelash Extensions Last Longer
The history of improving eyelashes' looks is over a century old, from eyelash wigs made for Hollywood movies to semi-permanent eyelash extensions or magnetic falsies. Out of all these trends, semi-permanent eyelashes dominated the beauty industry in the last decade. The instant visual effect and customizable look that lasts made eyelash extensions one of the most popular treatments at beauty salons.
What are Eyelash Extensions, and Can They Damage My Natural Lashes?
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibres that are attached to your natural eyelashes. Individual lash extension is applied to each of your natural eyelashes (around 80-140 per eye). The used semi-permanent glue is irritation-free (aka formaldehyde-free) and does not damage your natural eyelashes. The material for lash extensions varies and can be made of synthetic mink, faux mink, or silk fibres. The material of the lash extension does not affect how long the extensions will last. Your lash health also plays a significant role in how long your eyelash extensions will last after the treatment.
The proper application of eyelash extensions will not damage your natural lashes when the correct technique and adequate glue is applied. Always choose an experienced lash artist for your treatment. The cluster eyelash or 3-D extensions weigh down your natural lashes and can lead to breakage. The glue should not be applied to your eyelid but to the lashes. If the adhesive is used on your skin, you can damage your hair follicles by clogging them.
The proper eyelash extension aftercare also plays a vital role in the lasting effect as each extension falls out with your natural lash over the lash growth cycle phases. Keeping them healthy and conditioned with oil-free products will prolong the effect. Do not rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage your natural lashes.
The Do's and Don'ts After the Treatment
Follow the routine below for making your eyelash extensions last longer and keep your natural lashes healthy and stronger for the infill, as more natural lashes equal more extensions applied.
Aftercare right after your appointment (Day 1-2)
- Avoid exposure to water for at least 24 hours
- Do not rub or touch your eyes
- Avoid wearing or inserting contact lenses
- Avoid exposure to excessive heat or steaming
- Avoid spray or airbrush tanning
- Avoid sleeping on your lashes
Daily aftercare procedures (Day 3 +)
- Do not rub or touch your eyelashes to avoid premature shedding by transferring oil/sebum from your hands to extensions and making your natural lashes more fragile
- Avoid sleeping on your lashes to not to twist them and cause retention issues
- Do not wash your face under the shower or shower with full stream water on your face
- Use oil-free eyelash foam cleanser to avoid excessive build-ups, causing pressure and clogging of your natural eyelashes leading to premature lash shedding
- Brush through your eyelashes using a soft, bristle brush in the morning
- Do not use oil-based products (example: castor oil) around or on the eyes as they can affect your lash retention and breakdown adhesive
- Use oil-free eyelash enhancer to keep them healthy and to minimize lash shedding to keep your extensions longer
- Do not use waterproof or oil-based mascara or eyeliner
- If you feel pressure to use the mascara, then only apply on the tip of the extensions but not on the base
- Avoid Chemical Peels and Facials on your eyes as some products ingredients used during the procedure can breakdown adhesive
- Infill is recommended every 2-4 weeks to maintain a complete look
- Do not remove the extensions by yourself, as you can permanently damage your natural eyelashes
Keep Your Eyelash Extensions for Longer!
If the proper eyelash extensions technique and glue are used, everything is in your hands to make them last longer. As every extension is applied to your natural lash, it is crucial to take care of your natural lashes first using an oil-free eyelash serum enhancer. When your lashes are stronger and healthier-looking, your extensions will last longer, and new lashes will become available for the infill application. Shedding and retention issues can be solved by following a proper cleaning routine. Remember that not wetting your lashes is essential during the first 48 hours when the lash bond settles. However, it is vital to clean and brush them every day to maintain the look and clean natural lashes from any build-ups causing clogged hair follicles. Keep up with the morning routine provided in our guide and use an eyelash enhancer for the best results.