Your Complete Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Lash Extensions
Lash extensions can be a game-changer for your beauty routine. Instead of waking up with sleepy eyes and using multiple coats of mascara, you can simply wash your face and head out the door without any eye makeup.
However, keeping your lash extensions clean and well-maintained can be a challenge, especially if you're a lash extension newbie.
In this guide, we'll show you how to properly clean and maintain your lash extensions so they can last up to six weeks (or longer) with proper care.
What are Lash Extensions?
Before we dive into how to clean and maintain your lash extensions, let's define what they are.
Lash extensions can be made of mink, silk, synthetic, or other materials that are attached to your natural lashes using a medical-grade adhesive. They come in different sizes, with different curls, widths and diameters.
With proper placement, lash extensions can make your eyes appear wider and more lifted, giving you a more youthful and vibrant look. Plus, some clients say that lash extensions are a great way to look younger without going under the knife.
Why Is Cleaning Your Lash Extensions Important?
Cleaning your lash extensions is essential to maintain longevity and prevent infections or irritations.
The adhesive used to apply lash extensions is susceptible to bacteria buildup, leading to infections and other problems if not cleaned properly.
Also, the natural oils, makeup, and dirt on your lashes can cause clumping and premature shedding.
Hence, cleaning your eyelash extensions daily is essential to keep them healthy and fresh.
If you want to become a lash artist, you need to understand the why and how of good lash cleaning during your lash training.
How to Clean Lash Extensions
Here are some tips on how to clean your lash extensions without causing any damage:
Use a gentle cleanser: Avoid using oil-based or waterproof makeup removers, as they can weaken the adhesive's bond. Instead, use a gentle cleanser that is specifically designed for lash extensions.
If you don’t have a lash cleanser, here’s how to clean lash extensions without cleanser: Use any gentle and oil-free cleanser that you have. But as much as possible, opt for a lash cleanser, as it is specially formulated to keep your lash extensions clean without damaging them.
Clean your lashes daily: It's essential to clean your lash extensions every day to prevent dirt, debris, and makeup from building up and causing irritation or infection.
Use a soft brush: Use a soft-bristled brush or spoolie to gently comb through your lashes, starting from the base and moving towards the tips. This will help remove any debris or tangles without pulling on the lashes.
Be gentle: When cleaning your lashes, be gentle and avoid rubbing or pulling on them, as this can cause them to fall out prematurely.
Rinse thoroughly: Make sure to rinse your lashes thoroughly with clean water to remove any leftover cleanser or debris. Then dry your lashes with cool air using this recommended fan. It has 4 adjustable speeds, and it is rechargeable too.
How to Maintain Lash Extensions
In addition to cleaning your lash extensions, you must take steps to maintain them properly. Here are some tips on how to maintain your lash extensions at home:
Avoid rubbing your eyes: Rubbing your eyes can cause your lash extensions to fall out prematurely. So, avoid rubbing or tugging your eyes.
Avoid oil-based products: Oil-based products can weaken the adhesive bond, so avoid using them near your lash extensions.
Don't use mascara: Avoid wearing mascara, especially waterproof mascara, as much as possible because it can be difficult to remove them thoroughly.
Avoid sleeping on your stomach: When you sleep on your stomach, your lash extensions may rub against your pillow, causing them to fall out prematurely. So, try to sleep on your back or side. You can also use a contoured eye mask to prevent damaging your lashes.
- Use a contoured mask: Even if we don't sleep on our stomachs, there's still a chance that we might damage our lashes. Because during sleep, we sometimes unconsciously rub our eyes. To prevent this, we recommend using a special contoured sleep mask to protect lash extensions from accidental rubbing from yourself or your pillow.
We hope this guide on how to clean and maintain your lash extensions has been helpful.
By following these tips, you can keep your lash extensions looking fresh and beautiful for weeks.
Remember, taking care of your lash extensions is crucial for their longevity and your eye health. If you need clarification on anything or have concerns, always consult your lash artist.
And you can also visit our other blogs to learn more tips on how to care for your lashes.