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How to Care For Eyelash Extensions

by Ashley Johnson

Eyelash extensions are a great way of giving yourself a more lifted and natural appearance without any makeup. They help you look brighter and younger by adding volume to your natural eyelash line.

Even better, you can break free from the daily routine of applying eyeliner and mascara to save lots of time for better things.

It’s a no-brainer that the secret to making your eyelash extensions last longer is by taking good care of them. But that’s where most of us go wrong and end up damaging them.

So it’s worth investing time in the proper care and maintenance of eyelash extensions so that they continue to add to your beauty for an extended period.

How To Take Care Of Your Eyelash Extensions

A little bit of patience and discipline goes a long way to take care of your eyelash extensions.

1. The 48-Hour Rule

The first 48 hours decide the fate of your extensions. That’s the minimum time required to set the synthetic hairs to your natural lashes properly. During this drying period, keep your lashes away from oil and moisture. Do not give in to the temptation to rub, scratch, or tug your new eyelashes. Be patient; It will pass!

2. Use Oil-Free Products

The glue used to attach the extensions to your eyelashes will break down when it comes in contact with oil-based products like makeup removers and cleansers. Instead, you can try gel or foam-based cleansers that do the job without dissolving the magic glue.

3. Use Water-Based Eye Products

You needn’t use other eye makeup after getting the extensions. If you really have to use mascara or eyeliner, make sure that they are water-based, not waterproof. Most regular mascaras are waterproof, and you will have to use an oil-based cleanser to get rid of them, which is a big NO when you want to keep those flutterers safe.

4. Avoid Eyelash Curlers

First, you don’t need an eyelash curler for your extensions because they already have those fabulous curls. Mechanical curlers may be great from your natural lashes, but it puts too much stress on the extensions. You might end up with adamant bends on your lashes. If you have to use one, consider a miniature curling iron that works by heating your lashes without damaging them.

5. Brush Your Lashes

Your eyelash extensions require a gentle brushing now and then to keep them nice, fluffy, and free from dirt residues. You can buy a lash wand from the nearest beauty shop or DIY at home with a mascara wand. Ensure the tube is dry and wash it thoroughly before using it as a lash comb.

6. Refrain From Picking or Pulling

This is the real test of your patience. It’s hard to keep your fingers away from the lashes throughout the day. You will damage your extensions by picking or pulling them unconsciously. It will also cause your natural lashes to fall out before it matures. Although you need to schedule a touch-up routine for your extensions to fill the missing hairs, fiddling with them will cost you.

7. Avoid Hot Showers

Nothing feels better than getting into the hot shower or a steam room. Well, not for your eyelash extensions. The heat will alter the adhesive’s chemical properties and break it down. Use a gentle showerhead to avoid ripping off your lashes. 

8. Switch To Satin or Silk Pillowcase

If you are losing the extensions despite doing everything to take care of them, maybe it’s time to change your pillowcase. Cotton is responsible for drying and snagging, which affects the longevity of your lashes. Switch to silk, and you will see the difference for yourself.

9. No Rubbing Your Eyes

Rubbing your eyes is unhealthy. With eyelashes, it is a crime. Rubbing will ruin your lashes, both natural and extensions, in no time—practice self-control.

10. Go Easy On Eye Cream

Eye creams may be at the top of your list of beauty products. But eyelash extensions and eye cream do not go well together for long. The effect is the same as that of oil cleansers on the glue that cuts down on the life of your lashes. So use gel alternatives while you have those extensions on.

Final Words

Your eyelashes need as much love as you do. With proper care and maintenance, you can use the same set of extensions for the next use without scheduling any appointments. That way, you can save both time and money. It’s a win-win.

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