You finally took the plunge and got a set of gorgeous eyelash extensions. You’re thrilled with your new look, but not sure how exactly to take care of your lashes. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few simple ways to keep your eyelash extensions looking great for as long as possible:
Don’t Get Them Wet for At Least 24 Hours
Once your eyelash extensions have a chance to fully set, which can take 24-48 hours, you can get them wet. Until then, avoid showering (at least without wearing a pair of goggles) and try to use makeup removing face wipes to wash your face without getting it wet. Crying counts as getting your lashes wet, so this is probably the time to avoid watching The Notebook or having an emotional heart-to-heart with your significant other.
Avoid Pulling Or Rubbing
When drying your face you should either let your eyelash extensions air dry or gently pat them with a clean, dry towel. Avoid rubbing or pulling on your lashes, as this can cause them to fall out sooner than they are supposed to, potentially yanking your natural lash out at the same time. Some women like to dry their lashes with a hair dryer. Just be sure to use the cool setting, as the heat from the hairdryer can weaken the glue used on your lashes.
Comb Them Daily
Your lash tech should give you an after care kit, which will include a small “spoolie” that can be used to gently comb your lashes each day. This will help keep them from tangling or getting crisscrossed, and give you defined, tidy lashes.
Use An Oil-Free Cleanser
Oil found in face wash and moisturizer can dissolve the eyelash extension glue, causing them to fall out much sooner than they should. Oil-free cleansers are a must when you have eyelash extensions. If you use a night cream containing oil, be sure to keep it away from your eyelash extensions.
You can use an oil-free face wash or cleanser made specifically for eyelash extensions to wash your lashes every few days. Simply wet your fingers and add a little cleanser, then gently swipe your fingers across the eyelashes, loosening and removing any dirt or oil.
Sleep on Your Back
If at all possible, try to avoid sleeping on your stomach when you have eyelash extensions. Doing so can cause your eyelash extensions to crimp or bend when they rub against your pillow. Plus, they may fall out more rapidly on the side you sleep on since only that side of your face is rubbing your pillow.
Once you get used to sleeping on your back, you may prefer it since doing so prevents those unsightly “sleep wrinkles” you get on your face and chest when you sleep on your side or stomach.
In addition to following these tips, the best way to make sure your lashes look amazing and last a long time is to get them applied by a skilled and trained lash tech, like the one at ICED LASHES! Be sure to read reviews and ask whatever questions you have before booking your appointment.