How do I clean my eyelash extensions? Why is proper care for my eyelashes so important? Red Lotus in Beaverton, Oregon talks about how cleaning your lashes is the most important aftercare.
Keeping your eyelashes clean is so very important! Not only will they look better (nasty, caked-up, dirty lashes are never a good look!) but also they will last longer and will protect the health of your eyes. Often I hear that a client thinks......“I’m scared to clean my lashes, I don’t want them to fall out!!” The fact is, if you DON’T clean your lashes you will lose them sooner anyway! Our skin secretes oil and as your lash tech will have told you, oil is one of the main things that will cause premature lash loss. Also, we all have microscopic parasites which live happily on our lashes (Demodex Folliculorum) which are completely harmless. However, an excessive number of mites in the lash follicles caused by poor hygiene will usually result in the eyelash falling out. Constant neglect of your lashes will result in increased sensitivity and a higher chance of allergic reactions. Unfortunately, if you develop a sensitivity to the lash adhesive it is very unlikely you will ever be able to wear extensions again according to most, however I have developed a techniques to overcome glue sensitivity and have actually done it myself.
At a VERY MINIMUM:
Give your lashes a daily wash with a very simple baby shampoo formula that you can email us for, cup up to your eyes warm water to rinse and a gentle brush through with a mascara spoolie…
It’s a very simple but effective way of removing light debris and dust from the lashes on a daily basis.
At LEAST once a day and some may need twice to get in there and clean those lashes!
Here’s the recipe:
1 part baby shampoo
3 parts bottled/distilled water
1 teaspoon of baking soda
The baking soda regulates pH and neutralizes impurities.
~ Using a foam pump dispenser, pump your chosen cleanser onto your hand and smother your lashes.
Gently work the foam into the lashes.
~ Lint free flocked applicators (disposable lip make up applicators) are fab for thorough removal of make up along the lash line.
~ Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
~ Using your fingers gently wipe the lashes in an upward direction while blinking gently to remove excess water.
~ Pat dry your face, (DON'T RUB) but avoid your eyes.
~ Leave to naturally dry or use a hair dryer on it’s minimum COOL setting.
~ Use a CLEAN dry mascara spoolie to GENTLY brush through the lashes to make them neat and fluffy again, being careful not to drag the brush through the base of the lashes.
DO NOT use mascara!
Respect your lashes and your eyes and you can continue to wear beautiful lash extensions for years to come!
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