01 May Taking Care of Your Lash Extensions
Taking Care of Your Lash Extensions
Taking care of your lashes is extremely important. With proper care, you will have beautiful, longer lasting lash extensions. In todays blog we will go over a few tips to keep your lashes clean and full, what products are safe for your lashes, and what to avoid. As well as some facts about what can happen when you don’t properly care for your lashes.
At your lash appointment your lash tech should give you an aftercare kit at the end of your appointment, it should include a lash brush and lash cleanser. Other things you may see include lash serums and instruction pamphlets. After your appointment you should avoid getting any water on your lashes for at LEAST 24 hours, this means avoiding pools and steam rooms. This will allow the adhesive to fully dry so your lashes can last unit your next fill. If you swim in chlorine pools or in the ocean, remember to rinse off under a quick fresh water shower.
One of the most important things you need to do to take care of your lashes, is cleanse them. Make sure to avoid any products containing oil as this will break down the adhesive. You should be able to purchase a cleanser though your lash tech or salon. Our most popular cleanser is called Fresh Start, its oil free and works best to cleanse and extend the life of your lash extensions. We also carry Fresh Start in a gentle formula; for those with sensitive eyes and skin, this is the perfect alternative. We recommend you use this daily. Start by dampening you face with water, then add a pump or two of the Fresh Start cleanser in your hands and gently wash your extensions and eye area. Then thoroughly rinse with water and gently tap dry your eyes and extensions. Keep your eyes closed while product is on your face to avoid getting the cleanser in your eyes. This is the best way to keep your lashes clean and beautiful.
Here is link to buy our London Brows Fresh Start cleanser, and the Fresh Start Gentle. https://londonbrows.com/shop-lashes/
You will need to brush your lashes at least once a day, this is important to keep lashes from sticking together and to remove lashes that have naturally shed during your lash shedding cycle. After removing all makeup and debris from your face gently brush your lashes. For best results take your brush and start at the base of your lashes and softly brush up through the tip of your lash extensions. Make sure to take your time and fully brush though all of your extensions to get the best results. Another important tip is to make sure you use a clean brush on your lashes, a dirty lash brush can spread bacteria and germs. ALWAYS brush your lashes when they are dry as wet lashes are heavier, and can lead to more lash extension loss.
Another important step is to make sure you get regular fills. This is when you go back to your lash artist a few weeks after your initial visit so they can touch up your lashes. At this appointment they will add the lashes that have naturally shed since your first appointment. We recommend getting a fill every 2 weeks. This is important, because your lashes naturally shed and when that happens the extensions will shed with your natural lashes. We lose 3-5 natural lashes per day. this means you will lose 45-70 natural lashes in 2 weeks. Along with proper care, regular fills will help keep your lashes looking full and beautiful.
As you can see it is very important to clean and maintain your lashes, unfortunately there are some scary things that can happen if you don’t properly care for your lashes. Blepharitis is a condition you can get from not taking proper care of your lash extensions. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid that affects the eyelashes and can impact tear production. This occurs when the small oil glands in your inner eyelid become inflamed. Symptoms to look out for include red eyes, irritated eyes, itchy eyes, a burning or stinging sensation, a gritty feeling like somethings stuck in your eye. If you have any of these symptoms its recommended you see a doctor immediately. Unfortunately there is no cure for this disease, although it can be treated. We believe the best way is to avoid it all together by taking the time to properly care for your lash extensions.
Lash extensions have been an up and coming trend lately, they provide you with beautiful, fuller looking lash line. As long as you properly care for your extensions and get regular fills your lashes will last as long as you’d like to keep them.
Below is a picture of Blepharitis and the bug mites that create the damage to your eye.