Eyelash Extensions

How to get more bang for your buck!

I am often drowning in client consultation remotely (online or via teleconference) about their lash extensions. The most common complaints I hear or see are:

  1. Their lashes are falling out left, right and centre and they never last as long as their friends.
  2. Their lashes are itchy and irritate their eyes
  3. They don’t know how to get the makeup off without touching their lashes.

So, I decided to write this article and tackle some things that really will guarantee better retention for you and won’t drive your lash tech batty when you go in and see her next.

  1. Tip number one is simple, DON’T RUB YOUR EYES/LASHES. With or without extensions one should keep their fingers out of the eyes. Rubbing can cause your natural lashes to shed prematurely or even can cause the lashes to snap.
  2. Brush your lashes GENTLY. Ok, so one of the biggest mistakes I see is people getting brushed and happy with the spool when it’s time to brush their lashes. I know the little wand looks like a mascara brush – but look it’s not. Gentle, gentle. Very very light brushing once/twice a day
  3. Do. Not. Wet. Your. Lashes: alright just the first 24 hours after getting your lashes OR REFILLS. Super important – even with a bonding agent to seal the glue, as I do, it is best not to risk it.
  4. Alright here is a really important one. The makeup removers, serums, moisturisers, and makeup needs to be checked up on. Look for anything with petroleum, mineral oils, and any other oils at all. Oils break down the bonding agents and adhesives that lash technicians use to put on your extensions. If you avoid these things then you are already halfway to great retention.
  5. Micellar water is your friend. If you would like to remove makeup use micellar water, be careful not to get into the eyes, and small amounts without excessive rubbing.
  6. Shampoo your lashes. Lashes need to be shampooed. And no cleansing your face is not going to cut it. Trust me lash mites are real and they are not fun. Look it up.

There are 2 important things that you need to know from your lash tech also.

  1. Are they using Premade fans or are they hand-making them at your appointments? Lashes have better retention if they are handmade – because the individual extensions actually wrap around the natural lash nicely and can be customised to suit your individual lashes.
  2. What kind of glue are they using? Make sure it is something that is suitable to the environment you are living in. The glues have varying humidity to work so always triple-check with your technician. Also, ask how old the glue is – older than 3 weeks will affect your retention for the worse.

And one last thing, before you lie down on the lash bed check your tech’s workstation. Is it clean and clear? Is it organised? Does the tech look prepared for your appointment? These things are super important to note because if the station is dirty – then so is the equipment! Equipment that is going to be in and around your face and eyes. Be vigilant!