If you’ve never had Orlando lash extensions before, you might be a little worried about how you should take care of them. Here are some things you should avoid to help them last for as long as possible.
What Not to Do After Getting Lash Extensions
Your extensions will be attached to the base of your natural lashes. It will take around 24 to 36 hours for the glue to fully cure. What you do during this time—and even beyond this as you care for your lashes—will affect how long they last.
Do Not Get Your Extensions Wet
As much as you might want to shower, you need to be careful with your new lashes because you can’t get them wet for 24 hours after your service. Heat and steam from a shower or bath can also affect retention if exposed during the curing period.
Do Not Use Curling Tools
Your new lashes look amazing, so you should stay away from eyelash curlers or mascara. If you prefer lashes with a more prominent curl, talk to your lash professional about getting a different type of lash during your next session.
Do Not Steam Them
Steam feels amazing on your face, and you might use it as part of your skincare routine. However, you need to avoid using steam near your face while wearing extensions. Take note that we are referring to steam from the shower, hot tubs, and even the oven or stovetop. Steam can break down the glue that holds the lashes on, which could lead to your lashes shedding sooner.
Do Not Use Oils
Oils act a lot like steam, they can break down the adhesive and cause them to fall out easily. Maybe you use some form of essential oils on your face, or you have oil-based makeup remover or facial creams. If the products you’re using contain oil, you need to be careful about using them around your new lashes. Beware of setting sprays! Be sure and check the ingredients for any oils or glycol/glycerin.
Do Not Use Cotton Pillowcases
This is a long-term change, but it might be worth investing in silk or satin pillowcases when you are wearing lash extensions. Cotton can be harsh on your lashes and your skin. Silk and satin won’t snag as much on your lashes, and is also good for your skin and hair health!
What Else to Do
In the immediate few days following the application of your new lashes, you can help keep your lashes in good shape with a few simple changes. Wash your extensions with a gentle water based oil free cleanser at least 2-3 times a week or after workouts or swimming.
Stay away from extreme heat as well. You need to be careful not to expose your lashes to the heat and steam when you pull something out of the oven. Also, avoid getting really close to the grill. All of this hot air breaks down the adhesive prematurely and can even singe the lashes.
Of course, you shouldn’t pull your extensions out, even if it’s just one or two strands left. Always see your lash technician for proper removal, or you could damage your natural lashes.
Lash extensions go a long way in accentuating your eyes. But if you want your lash extensions to last longer and look fresh and luscious, you need to know what to avoid. Be sure to apply these aftercare tips, and don’t hesitate to ask our Lash Artists any questions.