Aftercare: tips & tricks for gorgeous lashes
Today I want to talk about AFTERCARE. Aftercare is just as important (if not more important) as what happens during your appointment. As your lash artist, it is my responsibility to be on top of my game as far as my technique, application and the products I'm using. I'll make sure you leave your appointment with some beautiful, full, fluffy lashes but the rest is up to you. Being diligent about aftercare will eliminate the chance of infection and increase your retention. Here are my tips and tricks for taking care of your lashes between appointments!
- Keep your lashes dry for at least 24 hours after your appointment. This means no showering, sweating or any activities that will result in your lashes getting wet. The adhesive needs this time to cure in order to form the strongest possible bond to your natural lashes.
- After the initial 24 hours, KEEP YOUR LASHES CLEAN. I can't stress this enough. You should be cleaning your lashes daily! I retail several cleansers that are formulated specifically for lash extensions, but there is nothing wrong with grabbing a travel size baby shampoo at the drug store. If you have questions about how to clean your lashes, please ask during your appointment and I'll be happy to show you. Neglecting this step will result in poor retention and possible infection, so find a way to work it in to your routine!
- Avoid rubbing, pulling or tugging at your extensions. I know this might seem obvious but you do it more than you realize. For example: I always have the urge to rub my eyes in the shower when water gets in them and I have to fight it! This also goes for lash curlers- just don't do it. Try to be very conscious of any contact you're making with the eye area.
- OIL FREE IS KEY. This goes for skincare products, makeup, anything that goes on your face. If you're not sure if a product is oil free, just ask! I use a mild oil to remove extensions, soooo you can imagine what putting oil on or around your eyes every day is going to do.
- As far as mascara goes- my initial reaction is always to advise against it! With classic lashes, you can get away with it, but with volume lashes, it's a hard no. If you feel like you absolutely have to use it, there are specific ones made for lash extensions and I will point you in the right direction.
- Avoid direct heat. Things like getting too close to the grill, being too close when you open the oven, or standing too close to a campfire can singe your lashes.
- Sleeping on your back is ideal, but if you're anything like me, it's probably never going to happen. You'll notice that whichever side you sleep on will lose more lashes and that's totally normal.
I hope this will answer most of your questions about aftercare but if you have anything else on your mind, just visit the "contact" page and shoot me message.
Can't wait to see you at your next appointment with nice clean lashes!