Getting lash extensions is truly the start of a marriage... to your artist. Its an open relationship in that you can see other people if your schedule needs it, but in general you come back to the same person who has a history of the pattern your lashes grow in, the cycle and speed in which it sheds and the quirky behavior of your natural lashes. Like in every relationship there is give and take and everyone plays a role.
That means you are not off the hook!
After care is our job to teach, but its our clients responsibility to follow those in order to achieve the best retention. In general if lashes are shedding excessively within the first 3 days, something has come in between the natural lash and the extension at some point either during the application process or immediately after.
Lash glue is finicky. New artists can make rookie mistakes... but the top reason lashes don't stay is poor cleansing. You don't want to wear lash extensions with any products that contain oils in its list of ingredients. Pretty safe to say, all the products at Sephora & over the counter have oil products in it. If it doesn't, it usually says oil-free. Look for that!
Oils break down the bond of the adhesive and its everywhere including our own fingers. If you can't stop touching your lashes, or if you wear makeup with these oily ingredients, you can expect your new lash extensions to not last. You would spend more money on fills if you can't get with the rules. If you do need to break the rules here and there, make sure you invest in a good lash cleanser that is formulated for cleaning the lashes. Get a good lash cleansing brush so the soft bristles can get in between like floss, and keep those lashes cavity free for your next fill. If you don't your artist will know! We can see all the leftover stuff in between your extensions and in some cases, it can harden and prevent us from getting in and completing a great fill (when we remove grown out lashes and replace with new extensions.
So in a nutshell, please do your part. Invest in a good lash cleanser, a tool for cleaning in between lashes and I also highly recommend Avenova for keeping bacteria away from your eyes! Another blog coming on that soon.
Ta ta for now.
Hi! It's Judy
I am the owner of LASH LAB & my goal is to be as transparent as possible, and to provide a real perspective on the lash biz and the different services to help you, as you shop for a trusted salon to do your lashes. I'm accessible all the time and its my way of keeping close with my customers since I can't be at everyone's next visit. Ask me anything, and visit often. Most of all, thank you for your business, all the referrals and your loyalty to our woman owned/operated business throughout the years. We've seen this lash biz really explode & it's all thanks to you!!!