We all want beautiful lashes that last for weeks and never lose their fluff. So what happens when they start to fall out too soon? Before you call your stylist in a panic claiming that you followed perfect aftercare and Becky’s lashes that she got done at the nail salon lasted five weeks, are you sure you’re doing all you can to get the most out of your lash extensions?
“EXTENSIONS DON’T STICK TO DIRTY LASHES!”
Let’s chat pre-appointment prep. Yes, there are some guidelines for you to follow before you show up to your appointment. What are they? I’m glad you asked!
- Always be sure you thoroughly wash your face and eyes before you head into your lash appointment. Granted your stylist should always do a deep cleanse and prep before they lash you, it is not guaranteed that we can 100% remove makeup and dirt that has been sitting on your lash line due to an improper home cleansing routine. Extensions do not and will not stick to dirty lashes. We may get a quick connection with the extension and natural lash, but it will not last. If anything, the extensions will start to pop off in 24-48 hours and be almost gone within the first week. No fun for you or your stylist.
- Avoid a spray tan and oil-based products for 24 hours leading up to your appointment. No strip lashes, the strip adhesive (glue) is a nightmare for your natural lashes and will result in a poor application on our end. So, please come to your appointment with clean lashes, no makeup, and no oils.
- Last but not least, if you are caffeine sensitive, no coffee or energy drinks before your appointment. When you’re restless and have “flutter eyes,” it makes it very difficult to isolate your natural lashes and properly connect the extension resulting in…. you guessed it…. poor retention.
“WE’RE NOT ALL DESIGNED THE SAME.”
When it comes to retention, just like any product, not everything works the same for everyone. So, what adhesive (glue), worked for Sarah, may not work for you and what works for you, may not work with Sarah. We as stylists are not magicians. I can’t speak for every lash professional, but I know that I will do all I can to work with my client to find what works best for them. Our goal is to maximize your lash investment and achieve long-lasting retention.
Let’s go a step further than just body chemistry. Let’s talk about your lifestyle. “Wait, you’re telling me, my lifestyle can affect my retention?!” Uh… sure can, babe. For example, we are in the hot summer months here in New England. So, you love the beach, sunbathing, diving off the boat in the ocean and then hitting the town for some fuel after your fun in the sun. If you are not washing your lashes properly after your day of oils, sand, salt water, and dry shampoo guess what? All that gunk is just sitting in your lash line and tearing that adhesive right up. Not to mention all the sweat, moisture and humidity. Even how you sleep at night plays a HUGE part in how long your lashes will last. Lashes are so amazing but can be super temperamental. Granted they free up tons of time in your daily “getting ready routine” you still need to treat them with care and wash them daily, most likely twice a day in fact.
AFTERCARE, AFTERCARE & MORE AFTERCARE!
So, how do I get the best retention with my extensions? First off, be sure you have an extension-safe cleanser to wash those babies daily. If your stylist does not retail one, ask her opinion on one she recommends. Be sure that you are rinsing your lashes as thoroughly are you are washing them. Secondly, avoid oil-based products. This includes makeup, moisturizers, lotions, etc. All of these things end up sitting in your lash line and breaking your adhesive down, resulting in premature lash loss. Bummer. Lastly, how you sleep (like I mentioned above), plays a big role in your retention. Silk pillowcases do not always do the trick. The pressure on your lashes from the pillow itself is going to cause the extensions to fall off no matter how silky smooth that pillowcase may be. You can always look into “bubble eye sleep mask” to help keep your lashes safe while you snooze.
Talk to your stylist in detail about the best overall lash care practice. We never want our clients to be frustrated when it comes to having lashes. However, doing your part in taking care of them once you leave our studio is just as important if not more, than the actual application itself. Keep in mind, not every client is going to get the same retention as someone else they know. Every stylist has a different technique and uses different materials. Don’t be afraid to discuss any issues with your lash stylist, after all… without you the client, there is no us.
Love your lashes, babe.
Director of Education, LoveWinQ Lash Bar