Eyelash extension aftercare is the most important part of wearing extensions. When we understand how to care for eyelash extensions, is when the artist and the client are both happiest.
When lashing first became popular in the states we had this stigma that if we just do not ever touch our lashes they will stay forever. (Lol) we now know that the opposite is actually true. The healthiest lashes are the cleanest ones. This is true because dirt, debris and make up are actually the main causes of that glue bond breaking and causing that lash fan to shed before the natural one does. When we wash our lashes every day that allows them to stay clean and for that adhesive to stay perfectly intact allowing that fan to live its best life on your natural lash.
Not only is this aspect of cleanliness important but for another bigger scarier reason we must wash our lashes… ready? Okay.
Blepharitis is real and it is scary. A lot of artists do not know the extent of what blepharitis can do. Let me explain it this way… We all have mites on our lashes. It is inevitable, they live in our lashes and everybody has them. The problem is that when they are not taken care of properly and washed away on the daily they can build up and actually lay eggs on our lashes. When that becomes present on someone’s eyes they are no longer a candidate for eyelash extensions and you cannot see them in your shop. If someone comes in with blepharitis, you must tell them to leave and go to a doctor. The reason for this is that it can be contagious if you are not cleaning your tools properly. You cannot take that risk. Send them to a doctor to get some medication (which can only lessen the symptoms it never actually goes away which is why they are no longer candidates for lashes) and you really cannot afford to have that possibility floating around in your shop. Bottom line make your clients wash their lashes every day and sanitize your tools properly every single time without question.
The way to know if it is blepharitis or just dead skin and make up debris is that if you have washed them thoroughly and there is still residue of a yellow tent on their eye then that is blepharitis.
The solution to all of this is to simply use bubble lash shampoo every day! We love our Bubble lash shampoo because it is so mild that if it gets in the eye it does not staying. I always say you can wash your baby with our shampoo! On top of that we now have something called fluff guard. And what that does is it guards your fluff!
One of my students once asked me if fluff guard was dry shampoo for your lashes and she wasn’t wrong lol. Although it is wet, the idea is the same. It refreshes your lashes without having to wash it off. As a client it is used after your make up is done and there is possible eyeshadow fall out that sits on top of your lashes. You spray it on a lash brush and brush the make up off so that black lash line returns. As an artist, we can use it to double wash our clients after they have already “washed their lashes" but you can still see plenty of residue. Fluff Guard is perfect for this because you can put it on a micro swab and get in there and get the little stuff out that only you can see. The fact that you do not have to wash it off save so much time.
When we care for our lashes as clients we can do the best and fastest work as artists. Teamwork guys. Let’s go.