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Wednesday Wink – 6 Tips for Better Lash Extension Retention 

Better Lash Retention 6 Tips

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Posted by Maryann Matykowski on May 15, 2019

We all are interested in getting great results with our lash applications. From the best glue to what to do with our most challenging clients. We have struggles and victories and I’m going to share a few tips that have worked for me, and some helpful tips I have tried for other lash artists. So let’s get started!

1. Let’s Talk Lash Prep

Clean lashes are the best canvas to work on. Teaching your clients how to clean their lashes on a regular basis is an absolute must. I give my clients the Glad Lash aftercare kit with a lash wash, a cleansing brush, mascara wands, and a few micro brushes. This guarantees they will have the proper products. I walk them through how to safely clean their lashes and eyelids. Answer any questions they have before you send them home.
after care kit Recommend an aftercare kit to your clients so that you always have a clean canvas to work on.

2. Pre-book Your Brand New Clients for Their First Fill

By pre-booking, you can address any issues early on. If the client is having issues with retention, cleaning or just keeping a new lash client educated, it’s easier to get them on a good program at the beginning of their lash experience. Many times new clients may be wary of getting their lashes wet – they think they may get damaged or fall off. Explain that water is not the enemy.

3. Makeup and Lash Extensions can be Friends

As a lash artist, I encourage my lash clients to enjoy wearing eye make up, however, the products must be extension safe. Eyeshadow and eyeliner are ok, as long as proper cleaning is done. Volume lash wearers should avoid mascara on the fans. Lower lash mascara is perfectly acceptable, particularly if it is formulated for use with eyelash extensions. Gel liners, if not properly removed, can get caught in the lashes and become difficult to remove. Liquid, pencil or cream liner is a great alternative. So, look out for products specifically made for use with eyelash extensions, like these from GladGirl, and enjoy your make up!

4. Lash Masks for Night Time Retention

Many of us sleep on our faces at night. Pressure on the lashes can cause premature lash loss. Many clients sleep heavily on one side. This side can have more lash loss. Try suggesting a new 3D sleep mask for those clients so they can protect lashes while they snooze. For complete protection, try out this sleep mask and pillowcase gift set by Glad Lash for your heavy sleepers. I have seen very good results for those face sleepers.
satin sleep mask Try this gift set, which includes a sleep mask and satin pillow case!

5. Keep Inner and Outer Corners in Place Longer

Inner corners are very challenging for most of us. Using a taping technique that stretches the lid to the side, exposing the inner corner lashes to help you get every viable lash. Start at the inner and outer corners so you aren’t weary toward the end of the service. The trick to better retention is to keep the inners and outer shorter. Do not overburden those tiny lashes.

6. Use the Right Glue

What climate do you live in? What glue will work best in your temperature and humidity? This can vary widely depending on where you are in the world. I’m my area, we are very dry in the winter with sub-zero temperatures. In the summer we are hot and extremely humid. So, for me, I use different glue in the summer and winter. These are things to consider when your seasons change and your glue isn’t performing as it had in the past. Keep your glue fresh! Personally, I change my glue every 4-5 weeks. I hope you are all lashing like pros. Let us know what your hot tips are below!

Maryann Matykowski

Maryann Matykowski

Maryann has an accomplished, 30+ year background in the beauty industry. As a cosmetologist she opened her first salon in ’83. She has specialized as an educator since 2006. Maryann knows what it takes to create successful salon businesses and is here to share her experience with you.

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