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How to Care for Your Eyelash Extensions
With eyelash extensions becoming increasingly popular it’s important to understand how to take care of them. It’s especially important to understand how to take care of eyelash extensions before you get them so that you can assess if it’s a good idea for you to get them in the first place. So without further ado, here’s a list of tips on how to take care of your eyelash extensions.
1. Avoid Sleeping On Your Lashes
If you’re the kind of person that likes to sleep with your face directly down into a pillow, then you may want to rethink getting lashes or learn a new sleep position quickly. Sleeping face down affects your eyelashes as it will squish them and crumple them. Even though you can brush out your eyelashes, after being slept on, they will likely fall out faster.
If you can’t quite seem to get used to the idea of sleeping on your back and think that sleeping on your side is the best you can manage, it’s not ideal but it can work. To make this sleeping arrangement work for your lashes you should invest in a silk or satin pillowcase. The material itself will cause less harm to your eyelashes and is better for your hair too. Buying a silk or satin pillow sheet is especially important if you’re the type to move around a lot in your sleep.
2. Avoid Heat
For the first 24 hours after getting your eyelash extensions, there is a lot more aftercare that one should be mindful of. The first being that you should be avoiding hot showers or baths, or anything that emits hot steam around your face. As your eyelashes are still fresh and the glue is still setting, being near, in, or around steam can breakdown the lash adhesive.
After the first 24 hours, you should continue to keep your eyelashes away from direct heat like ovens and blow dryers. Keeping too close to the heat can cause your lash extensions to melt on the ends. Unless you can find something to protect your lashes with while you bake and while blow dry your hair, try to keep your face away from the heat.
3. Avoid Oil
After getting your eyelashes done you should only be using oil free products on your face and eyes. Oil causes the glue on your eyelashes to break down faster and will thus shorten the lifespan of your eyelash extensions.
This means no more oil based skincare products, cleansers, makeup removers, or makeup. If you cannot find an alternative for your oil-based makeup - especially your eye makeup, as this is closest to your lashes - make sure you use an oil-free makeup remover to take all of it off at the end of the day!
If you have oil-based creams for your body and are prone to rubbing or touching your eyes throughout the day, make sure you are washing your hands after applying it.
4. Brush out Your Lashes
In order to keep those lashes looking fresh take the time to brush them out with a clean mascara wand. This process should be done once a day in the morning, and especially after getting them wet. If you tend to shower multiple times a day or swim, you should gently comb them out each time you get them wet. While brushing them, make sure you are gently stroking and not tugging on the lashes.
5. Protect Your Lashes
Since your eyelash extensions are glued on, it’s best to not do anything that irritates them or may move them too much. This means no touching or rubbing your eyes if you can avoid it. Touching your lashes too much will weaken the glue.
The biggest threat to your eyelashes is water pressure. It’s best to avoid putting your face directly into the shower stream as it may damage your lashes. If you find it hard to keep your face out of reach from the shower stream try finding a way to cover your lashes.
Some people do this by applying a light towel over their eyes, and others by blocking the stream with their hands. Find whatever works best for you and whatever you find to be the most comfortable.
By implementing these tips, you will be taking the best care of your lashes and can be sure they will look beautiful for as long as possible!