Eyelash extensions are a great way to save time every day, as you can skip the time-consuming process of curling and applying mascara. After just a short session with a lash artist, you’re set to have a flawless, finished look.
How long your lashes last depends on what you do with them after your appointment. We recommend taking good care of them by following your lash artist’s aftercare advice and homecare recommendation. Following that, here are our tips on how to make your eyelash extensions last longer.
Keep your lashes dry for the first 12 to 24 hours
Water is not your eyelash extensions friend for the first 12 to 24 hours. This is because you need to give the glue time to dry and hold onto your natural lashes. If your eyelash extensions are exposed to water or any other form of liquid, it can weaken the glue bond and cause them to fall out sooner than intended.
Wash your lashes
Eyelashes act as an ‘umbrella’ for your eyes, protecting them from the bacteria, dirt, oil and sweat that lives naturally on your skin. It also traps materials from your environment, such as fluff and dust.
Daily build-up can cause issues for your eyes, including conjunctivitis and conditions. Once the initial 12-24 hour period has passed, the best way to prevent this is to wash your eyelash extensions using a lash-formulated shampoo such as the Graft A Lash Emerald shampoo. It keeps your lashes clean and looking their best. It can also prolong the longevity of your extensions.
Brush them daily
Use a clean spooly brush to comb through your eyelash extensions day and night. While you sleep, your lashes can tangle and shift around, especially if they’ve had contact with your pillow or if you’ve rubbed your eyes. Throughout the day, your lashes will potentially come into contact with wind and rain and catch dirt and grime. Brushing helps them maintain their shape and keeps them clean and dust-free.
Avoid using oily products
Oily products, such as cream eyeliner, makeup remover and heavy moisturisers, can break down the glue bonds that hold your eyelash extensions onto your natural lashes. If you really need to use these products, keep them away from your lash extensions and be sure to pat them down thoroughly so they absorb fully into your skin. Sunscreen also contains oily properties so, if possible, opt for a matte formula.
Don’t use mascara
Having eyelash extensions means you can skip using mascara. But we understand there are times where you’ll need to use it, especially between infill appointments. So, if you need to use mascara, be sure to opt for a water-based formula that’s not waterproof.
If you use waterproof mascara, you’ll need to rely on a good makeup remover to get it off your lashes. Most heavy makeup removers contain oil, which can loosen the bonds holding the lash extensions to your natural eyelashes. Graft A Lash has a light and watery mascara that’s gentle on your lash extensions.
Avoid playing with your lashes
If you notice a lash looking out of place, don’t be tempted to tug at it or play with it, as you might accidentally pull out both the extension and your natural lash. This can cause balding over time, so it’s best to try and avoid this from happening at all. Instead, comb your misplaced lash back into shape using a clean spooly brush.
Keep up with regular maintenance appointments
To maintain your eyelash extensions, it’s important to keep up with your infill appointments every two to three weeks. It’s the best way to keep your lashes looking full and voluminous.
During the infill appointment, your lash artist will fill in any gaps and refresh your current set, so it looks like you’ve not lost a single lash. Best of all, infill appointments are much cheaper than an appointment for a new full set.
If there’s a significant gap between appointments, your eyelash extensions may end up looking quite bare, so your lash artist may need to book you in for a new eyelash extension appointment. This means you’ll need to pay the full price to have your lashes topped up.
Just remember that no matter how careful you are, it’s natural for your eyelashes to shed as part of the lash cycle. By taking the steps above, you’ll prolong the life of your extensions.