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Lash Extension Care 101: Expert Tips for Gorgeous, Long-Lasting Lashes

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Have you recently got eyelash extensions and want to make sure they last as long as possible? It's common for women to struggle with keeping their lash extensions looking good before their next lash fill. But don't worry, we're here to help! In this blog post, we'll provide expert tips and advice on how to properly care for your lash extensions, ensuring they stay beautiful and long-lasting.

But, first, why would you want to look after them?

  • Preserving Your Lash Health: Improper care practices, such as using oil-based products or neglecting regular cleaning, can compromise the health of your natural lashes. This can lead to slower growth of new lashes and may cause discomfort, such as itchiness from the buildup of dead skin on your lids.

  • Maintaining Longevity and Beauty: Lash extensions that are exposed to mascara, oily makeup, or residue from strip lashes can lose their luster and look less appealing. By taking care of your lashes properly, you can extend their lifespan and ensure they look beautiful for longer.

  • Saving Time and Money: Properly cared-for lash extensions require less frequent infill appointments and shorter infill sessions. This means you'll spend less time and money on maintaining your lashes, as infills are typically priced based on the amount of lashes that need to be replaced.

So, What to Do?

  • Be Gentle: Avoid touching your lashes, especially during the first few hours. Oils from your fingers can weaken the adhesive and strain the lash root.

  • Keep Them Dry: For the first 24-36 hours, try to keep your lashes as dry as possible. Avoid washing your hair and keep water off your eyes. Steer clear of steamy environments, hot showers, spas, and saunas to allow the adhesive to cure properly.

  • Avoid Excessive Moisture: While your lashes become waterproof after 24 hours, frequent exposure to water (e.g., swimming or sitting in a hot spa daily) may reduce their longevity due to rubbing.

  • Control Face Oil: If you have oily skin, manage it with blotting papers, mattifying lotions, and oil-control moisturizers to prolong the life of your lash extensions.

  • Use Oil-Free Products: Ensure all products you use on your face, especially eye makeup removers and cleansers, are oil-free. We recommend LASH GAME Foaming Cleanser for cleaning your lashes.

  • Cleanse Regularly: Clean your lashes properly at least a few times a week with a foaming lash cleanser or a small amount of baby shampoo (not conditioning type) to remove buildup.

  • Communicate with Your Technician: Inform your lash technician before your infill appointment if you need extra time due to lash loss or if you want to upgrade to a thicker set or more lashes.

  • Seek Assistance: If you have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to reach out to your technician. They're always happy to help!

What Not To Do?

  • Don't Use Oil-Based Products: Oil can break down the adhesive used for lash extensions, causing them to fall out prematurely. Avoid oil-based makeup removers, cleansers, and other beauty products.

  • Avoid Touching Your Lashes: Try not to touch or rub your lashes, as this can cause damage and premature shedding. Be especially careful during the first few hours after application.

  • Don't Use Waterproof Mascara: It's best to avoid waterproof mascara when wearing lash extensions since it can be tough to remove and may require harsh rubbing, which can damage your lashes. If you must use mascara, opt for a non-waterproof formula. 

  • Avoid Excessive Moisture: While your lashes become waterproof after 24 hours, excessive exposure to water (e.g., swimming or sitting in a hot spa daily) may reduce their longevity due to rubbing.

  • Don't Use Eyelash Curlers: Using eyelash curlers can damage both your natural lashes and your lash extensions. Avoid using them to maintain the shape of your extensions.

  • Avoid Sleeping Face Down: Sleeping with your face down can put pressure on your eyelashes, causing them to become misshapen or fall out prematurely. To prevent this, try sleeping on your back or side instead.

  • Don't Attempt to Remove Them Yourself: Removing lash extensions requires special care and should be done by a professional. Trying to remove them yourself can damage your natural lashes.

  • Avoid Excessive Heat: Stay away from steamy environments, very hot showers, spas, saunas, and direct heat sources, as these can weaken the adhesive and cause the lashes to fall out.

What to Expect After Getting Lash Extensions

  • Slight Discomfort: You may experience a mild stinging or discomfort during or after the application process. This is usually temporary and should subside within a few hours.

  • Tightness: Your lash extensions may feel slightly tight or heavy initially. This is normal as your natural lashes adjust to the weight of the extensions.

  • Minor Irritation: Some individuals may experience minor irritation or itchiness along the lash line. This is typically due to the adhesive and should improve with time.

  • Shedding: It's normal for your natural lashes to shed along with the extensions. This is part of the natural lash growth cycle and should not cause concern.

  • Slight Redness: Your lash line may appear slightly red or irritated immediately after the application. This is normal and should resolve on its own.

When to Be Concerned: Signs That Are Not Normal After Getting Lash Extensions

While some discomfort and adjustment are normal after getting lash extensions, certain signs may indicate a problem. If you experience any of the following, contact your lash technician:

  • Severe Pain: If you experience severe pain or discomfort that does not improve or worsen over time, it could indicate an allergic reaction or improper application.

  • Excessive Swelling: Some swelling is normal, but if you notice excessive swelling, especially around the eyes, it could be a sign of an allergic reaction or infection.

  • Persistent Redness: While minor redness is normal, persistent redness that does not improve or worsens over time could indicate an allergic reaction or infection.

  • Unusual Discharge: If you notice any unusual discharge or pus coming from your eyes, it could be a sign of an infection and should be addressed immediately.

  • Lash Loss: While some natural lash shedding is normal, excessive lash loss, especially if it occurs soon after getting the extensions, could indicate improper application or damage to the natural lashes.

Infills: Maintaining Your Lash Extensions

To keep your lash extensions looking full and beautiful, you'll need infills every 2-4 weeks. The timing depends on several factors:

  • Number of Lashes Applied: Generally, the more lashes applied, the longer they last, as there are more lashes to lose over time.

  • Lash Maintenance: How well you treat your lashes and adhere to aftercare instructions can affect how long your extensions last.

  • Lash Growth Cycle: Your natural lash growth and shedding cycle can influence how often you need infills.

  • Skin Type: Oilier skin types tend to shed lashes faster, requiring more frequent infills.

We can perform infills up to around 2-3 weeks as long as at least 50% of the lashes have been retained well.

Before your infill appointment, consider these tips:

  • Book in Advance: Evening and weekend appointments are popular and can be booked up quickly. To secure your preferred time, it's wise to book in advance.

  • Communicate Your Preferences: Let us know if you'd like to change anything, such as upgrading to a thicker set or trying a different lash style. Different types of lashes may require more time.

  • Arrive With Clean Eyes: Avoid wearing heavy makeup, especially eye makeup, to your appointment. Clean, unsoiled lashes and lids ensure better bonding for your extensions.

By following these tips and maintaining regular infill appointments, you can enjoy beautiful, long-lasting lash extensions.

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