Are Eyelash Extensions Right For You?
If you are new to the world of eyelash extensions and unsure whether they are right for you, you are in the right place! Eyelash extensions are all about enhancing those beautiful eyes of yours and it feels amazing waking up to a gorgeous set of full and voluminous lashes. There are many perks that come with eyelash extensions but you should be aware they are high maintenance. Keep reading to find out if you are suited to eyelash extensions or whether you should continue popping on your favourite pair of false eyelashes.
What You Should Consider Before Getting Eyelash Extensions:
- Do you have allergies to any types of glues / adhesives? Are there any allergies etc? If you have any allergies or sensitives be sure to check with an eyelash technician before the service. This is very important and a lash tech will be able to advise you whether or not you are able to have eyelash extensions and inform you if you may have an allergies or sensitivity to any of the products they use during the service.
- Have you undergone any form of eye surgery recently? Have you fully recovered? If you have had any form of eye surgery you should be fully recovered before thinking about getting eyelash extensions.
- Do you have any eye infections? Symptoms include broken skin, flaky skin, tearing, redness, swelling and discharge. You should avoid eyelash extensions if you currently have an eye infection or are prone to getting them.
- If you wear contact lenses are you able to remove them for the duration of the service as well as at least 3 hours after the procedure has been completed? It may be that you need to wear a pair of glasses during the duration after the service. If you have to have your contact lenses in and can’t or won’t remove them, you should not get eyelash extensions.
- Are you able to keep your eyelash extensions dry for the following 24 – 48 hours after they have been applied? Getting your freshly applied eyelash extensions wet within this time frame can result in premature fall out of the extensions and damage. It is important to keep them dry for 24 – 48 hours as the adhesive used needs to cure completely.
- Are you able to avoid applying mascara or any other products not fit for eyelash extensions? Only cleansers designed for eyelash extensions should be used nothing else.
- Are you comfortable with laying down for 2 – 3 hours to get a full set and around 1 – 1.5 hours to get an infill?
- Will you have the availability to attend an infill appointment every 2 – 4 weeks? If not you are best to stick with false eyelashes.
Does & Don’ts before Appointment
- If you have decided you are happy with the above, there is some things you should know before you head to your appointment. It is essential you follow the below as your lash technician may not be able to apply your eyelash extensions if you do not follow these guidelines.
- If you will have remaining eyelash extensions on the day of your appointment, inform your lash tech as this will affect how long the service will take as they may need to be removed.
- Make sure you have deeply cleansed your eye area and face so that there is no remaining makeup. Never turn up to your eyelash appointment with makeup on your eyes or lashes as this will need to be removed prior to the service. You should also make sure your eye area and lashes are free from any skincare products. Avoid applying any lotions, moisturisers or facial oils for 24 hours before your appointment.
- If any eyelash extensions need to be removed prior to your appointment do this at least 24 hours before hand as the remover most likely contains adhesive / glue remover. Be sure to deeply cleanse your eyelashes to remove any built up dirt or product.
- Remove contact lenses before your appointment and wear glasses instead. Eyelash extensions cannot be applied whilst wearing contact lenses.
- If you have had your lashes tinted or permed prior to your appointment you should inform your lash tech and there should be no problem. However, you should refrain from getting your lashes permed or tinted within 24 hours of your eyelash extension appointment.
- Avoid curling your eyelashes on the day of the appointment.
- You should always inform your lash artist of any invasive treatments you have had near to your appointment time. Examples include: fillers, chemical peels, face / brow waxing or laser treatments etc. This is because some of these treatments can make your skin more sensitive, your lash artist will advise you on whether you need to move your appointment or any potential problems that could occur.
How to Look After Your Eyelash Extensions:
You should always wear sunscreen when you are exposed to the sun. However, when you have your extensions in, it is important to select the right one for you face. Many sunscreen lotions contain oil which is eyelash extensions worst enemy, however don’t worry there are sunscreens out there will little to no oils in. If you don’t have any oil free sunscreen just be super careful when applying any near your lashes!
Take Care after Swimming
If you have just had your eyelash extensions done ready for the summer, you should avoid any contact with water around your lashes for up to 24 – 48 hours. However, after the 48 hours have passed you can give your lashes a clean! Technically you are supposed to avoid swimming since this is either in a swimming pool or the sea, lake or ocean. This is because the chlorine in the pool is really bad for your eyelash extensions as it can affect the retention which lead to them falling out prematurely. Water than is not clean or salt water will also effect the retention so if you must go in follow this advice. After swimming, always make sure you rinse your eyelash extensions with clean water (you could keep a bottled water on hand) and pat them dry.
Avoid Direct/Extreme Heat Near Your Extensions
This is something that is hard to avoid in the summer months, however there is something you can do to protect your beloved lashes. We recommend that when you are out in the sun you pop on a pair of sun glasses or a hat. This will keep the sun of your lashes whilst you can still enjoy the hot sun!
Try to avoid getting hot and sweaty in the sun as this will damage the retention which leads to premature fall out. However, if you do get hot and sweaty you should keep your lashes dry, if sweat does come in contact with your extensions give them a little wash with some clean water and be sure to dry them.
Clean Them Lashes!
Since its summer and you are outside more, your lashes have a higher exposure to dirt from the outdoor environment. Your lashes are likely to get dirtier if you are doing outdoor activities or exercise that causes you to sweat. This is why it is important to clean your lashes on a regular basis, you can either you an eyelash cleanser or water to do this.
Eyelash Extensions Cleaning Does:
- Always wait up to 48 hours after you have got lash extensions before cleaning them. If you clean your extensions before this, you run the risk of damaging your lashes as you could break down the glue bond between your natural lashes and the extensions. This will result in a loss of lash extensions and leave them looking a hot mess.
- After you have waited up to 48 hours to clean your extensions, we recommend you keep cleaning your lashes at least 2 – 3 times a week to keep them in the best condition possible. Remember if you keep your extensions clean they will last longer resulting in longer gaps between infill appointments.
- Avoid using any makeup remover, cleansers or products that contain oil. This is because the oil in these products breaks down the glue bonds between your natural lashes and extensions. There are many products out there to buy that are made specifically for lash extensions. These products contain anti-bacteria solution to maintain the falsies and your eyes health. We recommend you use one of these for lash extension products, however if you don’t want to just make sure anything you use of your lashes is oil free.
Eyelash Extension Cleaning Don’ts:
- Don’t use products such as micellar water on your lash extensions. These products are not suited or designed for lash extensions and could damage your lashes and the glue bond between your natural lashes and extensions.
- Never use makeup remover wipes on your extensions. Makeup wipes usually contain oils, emollients and glycols. These oils will make your extensions fall out much earlier than they would do naturally. You will have to only leave 1 – 2 weeks before betting an infill and these costs add up pretty fast. Make up wipes also don’t get up all your makeup on your face let alone your falsies and this is very unhygienic.
- Don’t rub your eyes whist cleansing. The more you rub your eyes the quicker the extensions will fall out. You should avoid wearing as much eye makeup if you find you have to rub your eyes whilst cleaning to get all the product off. The rigorous rubbing on your extensions will not just damage your falsies but also your natural lashes as these are getting pulled out due to the friction.
We have a wide range of different styles and materials to make sure we can match everyone’s lash needs!
Luxury 3D Mink Lashes – can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Lashes – vegan and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Multi Packs – vegan, three pairs of lashes and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Synthetic Lashes – vegan and can be worn up to 20 wears if looked after.
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