You’re looking forward to summer...pools, parties, summer sports and trips to the beach, if you're lucky...but what about your lashes? Contrary to popular belief, eyelash extensions are perfect summer wear. You just have to know how to care for them properly. I’ve been a premier lash technician for over 30 years, and it’s time I shared my expert know-how with all you Glad Lash gals. I always recommend splurging on a set of extensions right before a vacation, so you can enjoy all that summer has to offer, without having to worry about running mascara, or untamed lashes.
Follow my complete guide to after care, and you’ll be loving your lashes all summer long. And, for all of you lash artists reading this, be sure to pass on these tips to your clients to ensure they get the most out of the services you provide.
Your eyelash extensions can’t get wet for 24 hours after application. After that 24 hours is up you can shower, soak, swim, and go crazy with water all you want. But those first 24 hours are a water-free zone! Plan ahead for this.
When applied correctly, your lash extensions are sturdy and resilient, but high heat can take even the best-applied lashes down. Don’t point your blow dryer in the direction of your lashes. The heat will straighten out and distort them. Likewise, avoid exposing your lashes to high-heat cooking. In other words, don’t stand in front of that pot of boiling water! Relaxing in the sun by the pool or beach? No problem, of course!
After washing them, or any other time, if you see that your lashes are not straight, brush through them gently with a mascara wand (spoolie). Glad Lash has several to choose from, such as our Pink Spoolies, which come with 25 per pack, to keep your lashes looking pretty.
The oils in many makeup and remover products are the worst enemy of your lashes. The oil breaks down the adhesive causing premature lash loss. Lucky for you there are oil free options for you to use. You can use mascara on your lash extensions for a more dramatic look, but I recommend only a light pass, and only occasionally. If you choose to apply mascara, similarly, use an "extension safe" mascara option.
Coating sealants are thinner than mascara, and when you apply a light coat over your extensions, they help to seal and protect lashes from dust and chlorine. I suggest using a coating sealant on your lash extensions once a week, after cleaning your lashes with an eyelash extension shampoo. Here's my pick of the best sealants.
To keep lashes gorgeous throughout the summer, follow your natural eyelash growth cycle and keep up with a fill every two to three weeks. Yes, eyelash extensions do require maintenance, so please be prepared for the upkeep. This is a super important part of your after care regime. Still wondering if you should get those lashes done for the summer? I say go for it! I can tell you this—I get such a kick sending happy customers off to enjoy their summertime fun, feeling great about themselves and their choice to invest in a set of eyelash extensions.
Let me know how your lash extensions hold up this summer, in the comments section below!
Comments will be approved before showing up.