Have you recently had eyelash extensions applied, or are you considering doing so in the near future? If so, here are a few hints and tips that will help you keep them in the best condition for as long as possible.
1. Perform Research Beforehand
Always ensure that you choose a reputable spa, salon or even an eyelash extension-only establishment. The person applying your lashes should be a licensed and experienced cosmetologist or esthetician and they should not charge you for the initial consultation. Inquire about the adhesive being used, as it should be non-formaldehyde based, and find out if they have a range of lashes available for customizing purposes. It is also important to ensure that cluster lashes aren’t being applied, as lash extensions are single lashes that are applied individually to each natural eyelash.
2. Keep your Extensions Dry
You will need to avoid coming into contact with all forms of moisture, such as gym workouts, hot yoga, steam rooms and even hot baths or showers for between 24 and 48 hours after having your lash extensions applied. Moisture will cause the adhesive to reactivate, which can result in the extensions clumping together and looking like a bad mascara application.
3. Don’t Pull
Do your absolute best to refrain from pulling, picking, twisting or even excessively touching and/or brushing your extensions. Not only will it cause them to loosen and fall off; it could cause damage to your own lashes as well. If you no longer want them for any reason, ensure that you have them professionally removed.
4. Keep Oil-based Products off
Any oil-based products such as conditioner, shampoo, heavy creams or lotions or any other oil-based products should not be used close to your lash extensions, as they will loosen the adhesive. When washing or conditioning your hair, ensure that your head is tilted far back, as this will prevent the lashes getting wet or being exposed to these substances. In fact, it can be a good idea to make use of a pair of swimming goggles to keep your lashes dry while bathing or showering.
5. Reshape your Extensions after Showering
After showering, it is recommended that you gently comb your extensions to fan them out and reshape them. Alternatively, you can use a hairdryer set to ‘cool,’ but ensure that it is held at arms’ length away from your face, otherwise you may damage the lashes.
6. Maintain your Natural Lashes
Just because you have ad extensions applied, it doesn’t mean that you no longer need to care for your original lashes. Keep your eyelashes healthy by using a dedicated eyelash conditioning product or a growth serum. This will help them to remain in the follicles for longer, which will in turn provide a better support structure for your extensions.
7. Have Fun with your Extensions
The great part about extensions is that they are versatile enough to be styled differently each time you schedule a touch-up appointment. If you’re going to a wedding, you can have them smartened up, and if you’re heading off to Vegas with a few friends, you can ask your stylist to add a touch of glamor. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Although these tips may seem like a lot of effort to implement, it’s important to remember that having your eyelash extensions applied is expensive, so you will want to ensure that they last as long as possible. However, if you have not yet had extensions applied and would like to do so, feel free to contact us here at Eyelash Extensions Melbourne today.