How to keep lash extensions long lasting
By Bamidele Kolawole
Whether you’re blessed with natural voluminous lashes or not, a set of lengthy or dramatic falsies can add a ton of glamour to any makeup look in a matter of seconds. But despite the growing number of people adding false lashes to their beauty routines, the common misconception surrounding them is that they’re difficult to apply or look too obvious.
There are, however, different types of false lashes that can be tailored to exactly give you what you’re looking for, whether it’s something super-natural or the total opposite. It’s all about picking the right pair and knowing how to apply them.
But unless you can afford to get them replaced regularly, you now need them to last for as long as humanly possible – which means there are a few maintenance rules you’ll need to follow.
First thing is to come without any eye make-up on. Your lash technician will clean [your lashes] for you. But if you arrive with a thick coating of mascara, it may be tricky to completely remove the residue. This can create a barrier between the bond and the natural lash, which means the extension won’t bond effectively. As a consequence, the extension could come off prematurely.
Listen to your lash tech’s advice. After a close look at your lashes, they will be able to advise which length and thickness are appropriate for your natural lashes. For instance, fine short lashes will not be able to hold onto thick, long lash extensions as effectively.
Avoid using oil-based products on or near the lashes, including cleansers and make-up. It may loosen the glue bond holding your lashes in place.
Treat them with care. Avoid touching them when possible and stop rubbing your eyes (which you’re best not to do anyway) and sleeping on them. Swimming and showering will not affect them.
Don’t pick at your lash extension. Pulling out extension that are growing out is a big no-no. It’s like plucking your brows – they may not grow back.