Let’s address the pink elephant in the room! If you have lash extensions, you know that they’re not permanent. However, sometimes our lashes last a solid 3-4 weeks, and sometimes at the end of week 2 we are thinking “What is happening?! I need a fill”!!!
Lash shed cycles vary for each person, and this will definitely affect your lash retention, on top of many other factors. Here are just a few things that can affect how soon your lashes may fall off:
- Oil – Oil is the devil in lash-world! Avoid any oil based products at all if possible, or keep them well away from your eyes and lashes. This includes your cleanser when washing your face and shampoo’s and conditioner’s
- Sleeping Habits – sleeping on your face is a big no-no in lash land! Any pillowcase contact or rubbing during your sleep will affect lash retention – try to avoid eye contact, and use a silk pillowcase to reduce friction
- Cleaning those lashes – How often are you doing this?! Think of it this way… Every single day your skin produces oil; including your eyelids! If you add in makeup, eye makeup, a workout, etc… and then not removing that build-up and cleaning the lashes?! That is going to equal a huge amount of oil and dirt on those lashes! This will affect your lash retention in a HUGE way! Removing makeup and cleaning the eyes properly daily will HELP your retention, not ruin it! Keep those bad boys clean, you paid good money for them!
- Touching – We have a “do not touch” policy with our clients, as much as can be reasonable! Brushing daily is mandatory, but touching your lashes with your fingers will transfer all that oil from your fingers onto your lashes… re-visit #1 and #3!
- Weather – is it super windy/cold and your eyes are watering a lot?? This will wear down the adhesive on your lashes also! Keeping this in mind, lots of crying (it happens sometimes!) can also do the same thing…
- Beauty Products – Keep in mind hair sprays, oils, mousse’s etc usually contain oil. When spraying/using these products, make sure to keep the excess “cloud” of product away from your lashes
Lash Extensions are not high maintenance when properly cared for! Remember to follow your technicians instructions on proper after care, and you will get better longevity out of them! If you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself and your bank account!