After Care for Eyelashes
What are they?
Single lightweight synthetic strands made to imitate your natural lash. They are available in different lengths and thicknesses so they can be completely tailored to the look you want. Lash extensions are attached with medical grade glue one by one to your own lashes. They will last anywhere from 4-6 weeks with good care.
The natural lifecycle of an eyelash is only about six weeks. Every day we shed and grow new lashes. You will always have new lashes coming in, so for those who become lash addicted we recommend touch ups every two weeks to keep them full. The process takes anywhere from 60 minutes to 90 minutes depending what look you are going for.
- We recommend that you come to your appointment with your eye make-up completely removed.
- Please remove contact lenses.
- During the process you will be lying down relaxing with your eyes closed throughout the procedure. You may bring your ipod.
- Avoid oils around your eyes, face creams, eye creams etc. Oil can break down the bond of the glue.
- Avoid rubbing and pulling on your lashes.
- No manual eyelash curlers.
- Do not get your lashes wet for 24 hours after the treatment while the glue is curing.
- Always use oil free eye make-up remover.
After care products are available for purchase to prolong the life of your lash extensions.
Most women don't have the time or patience to apply fake eyelashes every day. (We barely have enough time to use an eyelash curler!) So it's no surprise that lash extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years.
What are the most common types of lash extensions?
There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Size availability ranges from 6mm to 17mm. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash. However, since allergic reactions are possible, there are different types of glue based on one's sensitivity.
How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
Applying a full set of lashes takes between 60 and two 90 minutes, and can be maintained year-round with touch-ups recommended every three to four weeks. A half set of lashes are an economical alternative to achieve a similarly dramatic effect, applied as filler to thicken natural lashes, or applied outward from the eye for a specialized look.
Everyone has different lashes, and depending on the condition of your own natural lashes, lash experts can only go a certain length or thickness. (This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy.)
For example, if your natural lashes are on the shorter, thinner side, you won't be able to get a crazy, dramatic Kim Kardashian look, because it won't last. It's better to start out with a natural set (90 lashes) if you aren't sure or it's your first time. It’s easier to add more than to remove lashes!
What happens if glue gets in your eyes?
Since your eyes are shut the whole time lash extensions are being applied, no glue will ever get into your eye. Additionally, it's important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. A licensed and experienced lash technician will not let an infection occur, but if you’re allergic to the glue, you’re still going to be allergic -- this doesn’t mean the glue is inherently harmful.
Can you go blind?
No. Your technician should be trained properly to apply the adhesive and lashes in a way that is completely harmless. Your eyes are closed the entire time of the procedure. No matter how bad an allergic reaction may get, you will never go blind. The worse case scenario is that you need to go to the eye doctor to get specific eye drops to treat an allergic reaction.
What happens when you cry?
If you experience any burning or discomfort during the procedure, causing your eyes to tear or making you cry, this is a huge red flag and you should certainly speak up. You may need to have your technician change the glue. Getting lash extensions should be a completely pain-free experience.
What are the pros and cons of wearing mink lashes like Beyoncé?
People want all different kinds of looks – some people go for drama, and some opt for something more natural. The benefits of mink lash extensions are that they are more feathery looking and lighter in general, so they put less pressure on your lashes. Mink lashes also come at a higher cost.
How often do you need to get lash extensions redone?
Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes, typically six to eight weeks. That said, because each person’s lash growth is somewhat variable (just hair growth), I suggest light lash maintenance every three to four weeks to maintain a full look.
Do lash extensions fall out over a certain period of time?
Since each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of each lash. We recommend a touch-up every three to four weeks.
When an inexperienced professional applies lashes, he or she often applies one synthetic lash to three to four natural lashes, causing clumps or the lash to break and fall out. In addition, your lashes might fall out if you pick at them or try to pull them out yourself, which is a big no-no. But if you avoid those two problems, your lashes should stay intact.
Can you shower or swim right away? Are there products you should absolutely avoid?
Keep water away from your lashes for the first 12 to 24 hours after application or touch-ups. Water can weaken the adhesive before it is set and cause lashes to fall off. The after-care varies depending on the glue used. For instance, with glue for sensitive eyes, oil-based products or makeup removers around the eye area are not recommended. Using water-proof mascara on the extensions is not recommended for any type of glue, as it is hard to remove and can actually pull off the lashes prematurely when trying to take it off.
Is it okay to also wear mascara?
If you are planning to wear mascara in addition to the extensions, only use it on the tips of the extensions and with a very light hand. This will be enough to give your eyes that "pop" along with the extensions. Using mascara at the base of the extensions will get very clumpy.
Will your natural lashes get harmed or damaged?
If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out.
What questions should you ask when searching for a reputable salon or professional?
Because of the sensitive nature of the lashes and the surrounding area, finding someone who is certified to apply the lashes is definitely a must. Professionals use professional products and have been properly trained to apply the lashes without damaging your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes.
After Care for Eyelashes
1. Don’t wet your eyelashes for 24 hours after your service. This will give the glue an appropriate amount of time to dry and hold the lashes. This means you should also avoid steam rooms / saunas and swimming during this period.
2. Do not use waterproof mascara on your eyelashes. A water soluble mascara or one designed specifically for eyelash extensions is fine to use, although you’ll probably find that you no longer require mascara.
3. Use cotton swabs to remove makeup by working gently around the eyelashes.
4. Do not use cleansers, makeup removers or moisturizers that contain oil or solvents on your eyes, as these will compromise the bonding agent used to adhere your eyelashes.
5. Do not rub your eyes, instead you should get used to patting your eyes gently which is in fact much better for the eyelashes and the sensitive skin around the eyes.
6. Be careful not to get your eyelashes caught on clothes when you’re dressing and undressing or towels when you’ve showered.
7. Never pull your eyelash extension off as it will pull out your natural eyelash. If you want them removed contact the spa for our professional eyelash removal service.
8. Do not perm or tint your eyelash extensions.
9. Do not use eyelash curlers on your eyelashes.
10. Book your next eyelash refill at 2 week - a maximum of 3 week interval in order to maintain your optimum eyelash effect.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED my eyelashes and will definitely be getting touch ups frequently.
Also got eyelashes done here as well. And Grace was very gently and fast and the lashes looked gorgeous!!!
It's done in a private room which I really appreciate & I've had my lashes on for over 5 weeks without touch up.
I got my eyelashes done by Beverly today and I must say I was very impressed with her service and my eyelashes look great!
Got my eyelashes done in May and they looked great! It was my first time & Amy was very helpful on what looked best on me based on my eye shape and length of current eyelashes. She was very professional & helpful.
- Lucy C.