So you want to know what to do after getting extensions? It’s essential to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your lash technician if you’re going to get as much longevity out of them as possible. The instructions are simple to follow, but the first 24 to 48 hours are crucial to the bonding procedure. No water should contact your lash extensions for the first 24 hours, do not have any steam treatments, swim or wash your face in hot water within the first 48 hours. After that time, the lashes can get wet, but it’s still best to avoid putting your face directly into the shower. If you do get them wet, pat them dry, do not rub them. Be careful not to pull on the eyelashes; the bond on the extensions is so strong it will pull your eyelash out along with the extension.
To remove your make-up, only use an oil-free make-up remover and avoid getting it on your lashes. Use a felt stick or brush rather than cotton wool, as fibres can get stuck to the lashes if you use the latter. Also, avoid oil getting directly onto the lashes; if it does get onto the lash extensions, it will weaken the bonding between the natural eyelash and the lash extension. Therefore if you are going to wear make-up, the best eyeshadows are powder-based.
It shouldn’t be necessary, but if you want to wear mascara, it needs to be water-based; only apply it to your extensions’ tips, which will make it easier to remove when it comes to cleaning your lashes. However, wearing mascara will shorten the life of your extensions and should never be worn with Russian volume lashes. Also, if you wear mascara on your bottom lashes, please make sure this is water-based.
Lastly, if you like to wear eyeliner, the best ones to use are felt tips or liquid eyeliners (making sure you clean the stem of the brush’s stem, so it doesn’t get onto the extensions). The pencil ones tend to be oily or creamy and can easily get clogged between the lashes.
Do not perm the lashes or use eyelash curlers (unless they are the heated ones); it will break or crease the lash extensions and could also end up pulling out your natural eyelashes. And lastly, remember, emollients, creams, and oils are the eyelash bonding agents worst enemy. Use eye creams sparingly and avoid the lid/lash area.
In general, we lose two to three lashes a day, although not many people are aware or notice their lashes shedding. By the third week of having lash extensions, you will need to have what’s called a top-up or infill to replace the extensions that have fallen out due to the natural lashes shedding. You can have lash extensions indefinitely, provided your technician looks after your natural lashes; this includes not putting extensions on the new baby lashes. These should be allowed to grow stronger before they can take the weight of an extension. Lash growth serums are also an excellent way of keeping natural lases in good condition.