Eyelash Extension Aftercare
For the first 2 hours:
Use only water soluble mascara.
Do not apply mascara on adhesive area as mascara remover will weaken the bonding on your Lashes.
To keep your lashes in tip top condition we sell a range of aftercare products both in the salon and online.
Sealer. £12 (Used to create a seal around the extension and natural lash to help lashes last longer.)
Mascara £12 (water based so wont affect the bond of lash extensions easily removed with water and baby shampoo)
Growth Serum £12 (helps to stimulate growth of eyelashes and eyebrows)
Aftercare and maintenance of eyelash extensions is so important for long lasting beautiful lashes. Many clients come in and tell me "I have been so good I havent even touched them", and although it's important not to play with your lashes you need to touch them to keep them and your lash line clean, let me explain.
We are taught at training a client cannot get there lashes wet for 24 hours or come into contact with steam for 48 hours as it weakens the bond. While this is true, we need to keep the lashes clean to ensure a long lasting bond. Natural skin oils will weaken and break down a bond just as much as an oil based mascara or oil bases face/creams.
I have been trialling aftercare myself over the last few weeks, since my last infill I have cleaned my lashes daily with lash poo (lash shampoo - explanation of this will be given further down). I wash my hands with lash poo, then with the foam I gently, with index finger and thumb stroke the foam down the lash and along my lash line rinsing careful with clean luke warm water. I pat my face dry but not my lashes. Again with index finger and thumb I squeegee the excess water from the lashes then comb through with a clean mascara brush this will have been given to you at your lash appointment (it is important to wash your brush regularly with lash poo too). I also take it to the next level that I dry them with the cold setting of my hir dryer and comb through again. Since my last infill I haven't lost a single lash!!!!!!!!
On my previous infill appointment I took the 'I am not touching them' approach so when I washed my face or was in the shower I didn't touch my lashes and just combed them through every morning. I have naturally very very greasy skin so I knew this would be a killer for my lovely lashes but as it was an experiment I followed the no cleaning to the letter. I lost over half of my lashes on one eye and probably just under half from my other eye.
And other reason that the last line should be kept clean is for bacteria if the lashes aren't cleaned properly this can cause a build up of bacteria which can lead to a condition called Belpharitis. The symptoms of which are usually itchy eyelids and a dandruff like look to the lash line, and would mean the client wouldn't be able to wear eyelash extensions until it was treated. Your GP would prescribe a treatment course. This condition is easily avoid though with correct eyelash hygiene, it is safe to use a specially formulated eye cleanser should as users of contact lenses would use while wearing eyelash extensions as there is nothing in them that would affect your bond.
I am currently working on some techniques that will allow clients to wash there lashes from the day they get them done (though steam will still have to be avoided) aftercare info will be updated once I know this is possible.
On the subject of steam once the first 48 hours after your lash application or infill you can visit steam rooms saunas etc etc it is really important that a lash cleanse take place immediately after a session though. I have a few clients who do use saunas regularly and there lashes are also prefect if the lashes are cleaned after this is because as we sweat the oils from our face with run down into the lashes so it's not the steam at this point that with weaken a lash bond but the oils that haven't been washed off afterwards.
Mascara - it is impreivate that only oil free (water based) mascara is used on your lash extensions. The oils from any normal water proof, volumising p, lengthening mascar will simply eat through the bond causing it dissolve. Lash extension remover is oil based so if oil is used to remove them it's so important to avoid it for long lasting lashes.
We retail a specially formulated eyelash extensions mascara in the salon, if you are purchasing a mascara else where ensure it is water based usually if it states it thickens lengthens or is water proof it will be oil based as it's the oils that give it these properties.
As well as a mascara we also retail a an eyelash extensions sealer. This sealer helps to stop the weakening of the bond and also helps to keep the lash extensions supple and soft.
For those who don't have lash extensions but want to encourage there natural lash growth we stock a lash and brow serum which is amazing I have trialled this in the past and noticed a big difference in my natural lashes, this product can be used with lash extensions but the cleft should be aware as it make the lashes grow faster they may require infills more regularly.
I am always more than happy to answer any aftercare questions so please don't be afraid to ask me I would rather answer a call to you at home then you do something that would affect your beautiful lashes.
Lash Poo (Eyelash Extension Shampoo)
Use a foaming pump bottle (we can supply these to you in salon please ask your technician)
Add 1/4 Baby shampoo
3/4 Water (I always boil the water first and leave to cool)
1 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
(I use a few drops of tea tree oil in mine - needs to be pure essential tea tree oil not the pre blended oil)
Mix in the bottle and use the foam to cleanse the lashes I re do my lash shampoo at lease one a month but to be honest if your cleaning lashes every day your probably use the bottle in a month anyway.
Lash Aftercare Packs available in the salon please ask your technician.
Each pack will contain
* Foam pump bottle
* Small bottle of baby shampoo
* Recipe card and instructions for use of Lash Poo
* A disposable mascara Wand
* A disposable lip gloss wands to use to clean along the lash line
* Muslin Cloth