Updated: Oct 5, 2019
Retention is something we’ll need to work on together. As a lash artist, I do many things to make sure you experience the best retention possible, such as making sure the temperature and humidity in my lash room are correct, using quality products and continuing my education in the industry to learn the latest techniques and products. However, one thing that is essential for me to do, is to make sure you have information about how your lashes grow so you'll have realistic expectations. I also need to make sure you understand how big a role aftercare plays in keeping your lash extensions full and beautiful.
What your lashes do naturally
They shed. The average person loses up to 20% of their natural lashes every two weeks. When a natural lash matures and falls out, a new lash has already been growing and is all ready to replace the fallen lash. This is one of the reasons why fills are needed every 2-3 weeks. If you are wearing volume lashes, keep in mind that with each one of your lashes that sheds, a whole lash fan is coming off with it, so the loss may appear more dramatic than it is. This is something, neither you or I can control, but good and consistent aftercare practices go a long way toward preventing unnecessary lash extension loss.
Lash Extension Aftercare
No sleeping on your face. This seems obvious and honestly, I’m sure we all lie down with the intention of preserving our lashes. But once those ZZZs kick in, who knows how we’ll end up. One thing you can do to limit tossing and turning is to lie on your back and place a pillow under your knees, not only does this support your back, but it can deter you from moving around so much while you're sleeping. Also, consider sleeping on a satin pillow, which reduces friction, and helps keep your lashes from catching on it while you sleep. Sleep mask eyelash protectors are another solution, but look for one that's deep enough to protect your lashes.
No rubbing, pulling or shower water beating down on the extensions. Be kind to your lash extensions. If you rub, pluck, pull, twist or place your face in the direct path of the shower head, your lash extensions will pay the price. The glue’s bond will weaken prematurely, and your retention will suffer.
Stay away from oil based anything near your lashes. Yes, that includes mascara, liquid eyeliner, foundation, eye shadow and so on. Oil is the enemy of the glue’s bond. But, if you absolutely must wear mascara, please look for products designed specifically to wear on lash extensions. Mascara on your bottom lashes is fine, but be sure to wash it off before you close your eyes and fall asleep so that it doesn't transfer to your lash extensions.
Cleanse your lashes daily with a gentle, water-based cleanser. Pay special attention to your lash line, because a healthy lash line means healthy lashes. Build up along the lash line can block the lash follicle and hinder the growth of your natural lashes.
Avoid excessive heat and steam. Heat can singe the tips of the extensions. An example would be to allow heat to escape from the oven before getting to close.
Get 2-3 week fills please. Your natural lashes grow daily, and how fast your lashes grow will determine how often you will need to return for a fill. On average, fills are required every 2-3 weeks. After that, you may need to get a full set. As a rule, if you have less than 40% of your lash extensions remaining, you have left the fill zone.
I hope this information has been helpful to you.
Peace and love and beautiful lashes to you all.