If you’re going to spend time and money on eyelash extensions, you want to protect your investment and make sure that you’re taking great care of them. It’s important to note that your extensions will naturally fall out over time along with your natural lashes, but with the right care, eyelash extensions can last for up to 6 weeks. We’ve broken down the steps you should take below to keep them healthier for longer, so if you’re considering extensions, read on!

Pre-appointment care

Your eyelash appointment should take between 1-2 hours depending on the volume of lashes you’ve selected. If you want a more voluminous look, and therefore more individual lashes applied, you can expect the appointment to be on the longer end. Make sure that you’re prepared to lie down for the duration of the appointment so that the application can go seamlessly and without disruption.

If you’re really sensitive to caffeine, consider avoiding coffee (and other caffeinated beverages) for up to 4 hours prior to your appointment. Caffeine can not only make you restless and find it difficult to relax, but may also cause your eyelids to flutter, resulting in a more difficult application process. You’ll also need to remove any eye makeup in order for your new extensions to adhere effectively to your lashes, so consider coming into your appointment bare-faced, and definitely avoid putting strip lashes on as the adhesive can compromise the longevity of the extensions.

Post-appointment care

After your appointment is complete and you’re fluttering your new lashes in the mirror, make sure to pay attention to the instructions from your lash technician on how to maintain your extensions to keep them looking fresh and full for as long as possible. The number one rule of eyelash extension aftercare is don’t get them wet! Not forever, just for the first 24 hours following your appointment as water can react unfavorably with the fresh glue. So be careful in the shower, don’t go swimming, and avoid watching tear-jerking movies.

Once the 24 hours is up, you’re free to get them wet but remember to always pat them dry, don’t rub. You can use a Q Tip to help dry them off genty if you need to as well. Be mindful of what products you apply to your face and lashes, and where possible, avoid oil-based products. You shouldn’t need to wear mascara on top of your lashes (they should be dazzling on their own!), but if you insist, opt for an oil-free mascara.

Lastly, don’t pull them off! Whether you don’t like the look, or some have started falling out and you don’t want to get them filled in again, please see a professional to get them removed or you may end up pulling out half of your natural eyelashes prematurely which in most cases, is not a great look.

If you have any questions about eyelash extensions, or you’re armed with all you need to know to book in your appointment, click here to schedule a consultation with us.