We all know cleaning oils and bacteria off of our eyelash extensions can help them to last weeks longer, yet so many people are afraid just the opposite will happen. Every day I have lash clients tell me that they are afraid to clean their lashes, or that they feel cleaning the lashes actually makes the extensions fall off sooner.
Like anything, confidence is key. I will outline three easy steps to maintain and clean your lash extensions. You will see that not only do they last weeks longer, they will feel softer, less itchy, and more comfortable overall. Cleaning is so important because our lashes can get bacteria, and even mites if we do not take care of them. It won't matter if your mega volume lashes are on point if you have a stye or eye infection!
Oil is the enemy of lash extensions because it causes the adhesive to soften and clump up. So keeping natural oils from lids and fingers at bay is just as important as using oil free products near the eye area.
Not to mention long term neglect of cleaning your lashes could lead to Blepharitis.
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids that often occurs in people suffering from dandruff, oily skin or dry eyes. This non-contagious condition causes redness and irritation on the lids, as well as the formation of dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes. According to the American Optometric Association, proper hygiene, including cleaning eyelids and lashes daily with baby shampoo or professional lash cleanser, can help remove these scales and lessen the symptoms associated with blepharitis.
Step 1. Choose the right cleanser
Professional Lash Cleanser Available at Dramatic Lashes
Make sure your lash cleanser and makeup remover is oil and glycol free. These two ingredients will without a doubt mess with your lash extensions. Even if something states "oil Free" look at the ingredients.
Step 2. Cleanse
Start with clean hands. Pump one squeeze of your cleanser onto a cotton eye makeup pad. Use a cleaning brush to gently work the cleanser into your lashes and eyelid. Clean the entire eye. If you do not have or want to purchase a cleansing brush you could also use your fingertips for this part but make sure you do a thorough job at cleaning.
Lash Cleaning Brushes available at Dramatic Lashes
Step 3. Rinse and Pat Dry
Do rinse the lash cleanser off with water to re-balance your lash PH. Once all of the cleanser and makeup is removed you will use your towel to gently remove water by patting dry. Be careful not to pull because the lashes can sometimes get caught on towel. Just do a gently pat in this case, or use a blow of the hair dryer on a cool setting. Remember to brush and fluff the lashes after you pat them dry.
That is all there is to it. If you choose to wash your lashes in the shower use a lash safe cleanser for your entire face to ensure no oil or glycol get on the lashes. Make sure to rinse your hair backwards to avoid getting shampoo or conditioner on the lashes.
Important Note: Cleaning your lashes throughly before your appointment will ensure better retention of your lash extensions and makes for a happy outcome...