If it is your first time getting lashes, you may be feeling nervous about how to care for them. In this blog post, we’ll provide five simple tips for properly caring for your lash extensions so you can feel confident about keeping them looking great for months to come.
1) Don't wet them for the first 24 hours, but then cleanse your lashes daily.
Avoid getting your eyelashes wet for at least 24 hours after getting them professionally done, whether it be from a lash lift, tint, or extensions. This is because the products used in these treatments need time to set and bond properly, and coming into contact with water can weaken the adhesive and cause the lashes to fall out prematurely. Additionally, getting your lashes wet too soon can also cause the curl to drop or the tint to fade. It is best to wait until the recommended waiting period has passed before getting your lashes wet to ensure the best possible results.
It is also important to clean your lash extensions daily to keep them looking their best and to prevent any build-up of dirt and oil on the lashes. This build-up can cause the lashes to look dull and can even lead to infection if it is not properly removed. Cleaning your lash extensions daily helps to remove any excess oil, dirt, and makeup that can accumulate on the lashes, which can help to extend their lifespan. It is recommended to use a gentle, oil-free cleanser such as our Ch’i Lash Shampoo to clean your lash extensions, as oil-based products can weaken the adhesive used to apply the extensions and cause them to fall out prematurely.
2) Don't use mascara, especially waterproof.
We recommend you don't use mascara on lash extensions because it can weigh the extensions down and make them look clumpy and unnatural. Additionally, the formulation of most mascaras can be drying and damaging to the extensions, causing them to become brittle and break off. Mascara can also be difficult to remove from lash extensions, which can lead to the build-up of product on the lashes and ultimately cause them to look dirty and clumped together. If you want to add extra volume or length to your lash extensions, you can ask your lash technician to apply additional extensions or use a lash serum to help your natural lashes grow longer and thicker.
3) Avoid intense heat.
It is generally recommended to avoid exposing your lash extensions to heat, including steam, as it can cause the adhesive used to apply the extensions to break down, causing the lashes to fall out prematurely. Additionally, heat can cause the extensions to become more brittle and prone to breaking, which can lead to a shorter lifespan for the extensions. It is best to avoid activities that generate a lot of heat, such as blow-drying your hair or using a sauna and to also avoid applying heat-based styling tools, such as curling irons, to your lash extensions.
4) Don't pull on your lashes.
Pulling on your lash extensions can cause them to fall out prematurely and can also damage your natural lashes. When you pull on the extensions, you can also inadvertently pull out some of your natural lashes, which can lead to thinning or bald spots in your lash line. Additionally, pulling on the extensions can cause them to become more brittle and prone to breaking, which can lead to a shorter lifespan for the extensions. It is best to be gentle when handling your lash extensions and to avoid pulling or tugging on them. You can brush your lashes gently with a clean lash wand to keep them fluffed and looking their best. If you need to remove the extensions, it is best to visit a professional who can remove them safely and without damaging your natural lashes.
5) Schedule touch-ups every few weeks.
A touch-up for lash extensions is typically recommended every 2-4 weeks to maintain the full, lush look of the extensions. This is because as your natural lashes grow and shed, the extensions will start to become less full and may start to look uneven. A touch-up can help to fill in any gaps in the extensions and restore them to their full, lush appearance. Additionally, as the adhesive used to apply the extensions begins to break down over time, a touch-up can help to reinforce the bond between the natural lashes and the extensions, ensuring that they stay in place. Touch-ups are typically faster and more affordable than getting a full set of lash extensions, making them a convenient way to maintain the look and feel of your lashes.
And remember, your lash technician can answer any questions you might have and should also give you after-care instructions. If you follow these tips as well as their instructions, you'll have a better chance for lash retention which keeps your lashes looking great and protects your overall eye and natural lash health!