Before the Appointment
If you would like, wash your hair, so you do not have to worry about washing it during the first 24 hours.
You must wait for a day or two after the extensions are applied to get them wet. Having clean hair makes the temporary shower drought more manageable. Those who are used to washing their hair every day might have some issues but don’t worry it’s only one day.
Make sure you aren’t wearing ANY makeup.
Not only do you want to make sure the area around your eyes is clean, it is also highly important to not have any face makeup on. To be able to properly place the extensions on your top lashes only, we must place undereye gel pads on your lower eyelashes, to tell the two apart. If your face is not free of cosmetics, the gel pads will stick to the makeup and not your skin. There is a higher chance of the gel pads moving around and your lower lashes being exposed.
During the Appointment
Whether you need a fill or a full set, it can take between an hour or two of your day. It’s my personal motto that lash time is nap time! There really is no other time of day that you are required to lie down, with a blanket, with your eyes closed, fully unable to do all those menial tasks that you always find yourself doing during the day. So, if you feel like taking full advantage of that and getting some much-needed beauty rest, please do. If you aren’t the “napping” type and still looking to unwind, bring in some headphones. Listening to your favourite music, catching up on your go-to podcasts, or even an audiobook is a great way to keep your mind at ease. But please never feel like having a wonderful conversation with your technician is not an option. I know a lot of people view their beauty appointments as perfect opportunities to vent out any frustrations or to just talk about any exciting weekend plans. The technician’s main goal is to always have you walking out feeling your best and completely relaxed!
After the Appointment
No getting them wet for the first 24 hours.
Once the technician has finished applying the individual eyelashes, the outer layer of glue has sealed enough for extensions to stay in place and the fumes from the glue will no longer irritate the eyes. Over the next 24 hours, the glue will finish its sealing process which will allow them to stay on the natural lashes for the next few weeks. If you were to get them wet during that first day then it would disrupt that process and can make them fall out prematurely. Some can get lucky and only lose a few lashes, but others can lose 40%-60%. I also like to ask clients to try staying away from any strenuous physical activity, whether it is going to the gym, hiking, or taking a walk down the boardwalk. Try to make any sauna or steam room appointments for either the day before or 3+ days after. When the glue has properly cured after the first day you are free to wash your face, go swimming, or even do hot Pilates as often as you want.
Do your best to sleep on your back.
Now, I don’t want you to be up all night making sure you’re not rolling over. Do not and I repeat do not lose sleep over your lashes. But if you would like to be proactive and try to not have your lashes rubbing up on your pillow, then you can sleep with a travel pillow. Having the cushion cradling the back and sides of your neck can prevent you from turning over onto your stomach. But again, please keep in mind eyelash extensions are made to make your life easier, not to make you stay up all night.
No oil-based products on or around your eyes.
Oil and glue do not mix. The oils in makeup and lotions will break down the adhesive. Luckily, almost all cosmetic products have “oil free” written on the label, if they are. If you happen to have a favorite product that you cannot live without and it does contain oils, just be careful to not use it around your general eye area.
For special occasions, if you need mascara, use water-based only.
Unfortunately, when it comes to mascara it is a little more difficult. No matter what, you should make sure that you are not using a waterproof formula. But often, when it is labelled as “non-waterproof”, it is still an oil-based mascara. To fully cleanse the mascara off your lashes you must use oil-based makeup remover. If you do not thoroughly remove the mascara, it will leave a thick gummy residue on the extensions that can create a place for bacteria to build up and can make them clumpy. These are the reasons why using a water-based formula is so important. It will wash off easily with soap and water and nothing will be left behind on the eyelashes.
Wash them every night.
At the end of the day, your skin is usually covered in natural oils, sweat, and dead skin. Keeping your lashes clean daily will keep them light and fluffy. With the extensions, your lashes are longer and thicker, so they can catch more debris (i.e. dust or dirt). Some spas and salons carry foaming cleansers that are safe to use on the extensions. You can even look into some D.I.Y. options on Pinterest. When you are washing your eyelashes, please do your best to use little to no pressure. DO NOT rub your eyes at all. If you would like, you can ask your technician to demonstrate the best ways to clean them.
Brush them out after you get them wet.
After you get your lashes wet, they can tangle together. Once the extensions air dries a little, it is always best to brush through them using a dry clean lash wand. When you brush, try to not focus the wand too much on the base of your lashes closest to the eyelid, pay the most attention to the middle and ends. If throughout your day you find a lash or two sticking out sideways or starting to turn upside down, lightly brush them back in place. It is such an easy fix.
I know this can seem like a lot of maintenance, but I promise, once you add these steps to your normal beauty routine, it will become second nature. Don’t be too hard on yourself either. Take care of them as best as you can. Eyelash extensions are an investment and following through with these little steps is just like adding a little insurance, so you can get the most out of them.