About Lash Extensions and Care..
Lash extensions are imitation singular eyelashes that are dipped in glue and adhered to your individual lashes one by one. The three most common types of extensions are silk, mink, and synthetic. Silk and mink might sound very luxurious, while "synthetic" is a dirty word in some beauty circles, but synthetic extensions are your best bet if you're a first timer. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin and eyes, you could have an allergic reaction to mink lashes.
How long will my extensions last?
The lash glue adheres the extensions to your lashes permanently, so they shed with the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes, which is about 6-8 weeks. All of your lashes are on a different growth cycle, and everyone sheds differently depending on their lifestyle. It is usually recommended to get your lashes filled every 2-4 weeks.
Lash Extensions require special care and treatment in order to maintain their beauty and longevity. It is very important to do your best to keep the natural lash extensions clean, on a daily basis. It is best to use a oil free make up remover or a baby shampoo to cleanse the lashes at least every other day (with or without the use of eye make up). Daily washing will not only keep your eyes bright and healthy, it will also keep lash extensions from shedding because of oils and bacteria that may cause the adhesive to break down prematurely.
It is a good idea to keep your baby shampoo in your shower to ensure daily cleansing. When drying your face, be careful of your lashes. Pat dry after cleansing and comb them to straighten them out before they dry all the way. When combing the lash extensions, its better to start at the middle of the lash rather the base of the lash, to avoid too much pulling on the extension. Be mindful of hot blow dryers near the extensions as the shape may change due to heat. To keep lashes looking their best, the less you touch them, the better. This goes for your eye health in general.
Try not to touch them if your fingers are not clean, to avoid potentially harmful bacteria, as well as oils from your skin. It is advised that you learn to sleep on your back, or take special care while sleeping on your sides. Sleeping directly on your face is never advisable, for both your lashes and the care of your delicate facial skin! It will take a little time, but you must get used to rubbing your lashes from underneath, rather than on the top half of your lashes.
For those who still want to wear mascara on the bottom lashes, or to blend any gaps between fills, it is very important to wearing mascara made for lash extensions, or an oil-free mascara. The black lash extension mascara sold at Lancer and Lace is an excellent choice for mascara. It is also advised that all eye make up used with individual lash extensions is oil-free, in order to keep lashes on and avoid glue degradation.
Tips and Tricks
Keep oils away from the eye area.
Wash your face around your eyes, but use the special oil-free cleanser with a makeup brush to cleanse the eyelashes.
Sleep on your back.
Do not put face under the shower, the drier the lashes stay, the better!
Never pull, twist, rub, or pick at the lashes, oils from your hands can degrade the adhesive.
Get regular Touch-Ups.
Use an extension approved lash serum/extender for those with finer lashes.
If you must wear eyeliner or mascara (for a more dramatic look), use ONLY products made for use with extensions.