Eyelash extension aftercare is the most important part of wearing extensions. When we understand how to properly care for eyelash extensions, both the lash artist and client are happiest!
When lashing first became popular in the states we had this false belief that if we just never touched our lashes, they would last forever (lol). We now know that the opposite is actually true, the healthiest lashes are the cleanest ones. This is because dirt, debris and makeup are actually the main causes of the glue bonds breaking and can lead to the lash fan shedding before the natural lash does. Washing our lashes every day allows them to stay clean and for the adhesive to stay perfectly intact, allowing the fan to live its best life on your natural lash.
Not only is the aspect of cleanliness important, but we must wash our lashes for another bigger, scarier reason… ready? Okay.
Many lash artists don’t understand the full extent of what blepharitis can do. Let me explain… We all have mites on our lashes. It is inevitable, they live in our lashes and everybody has them. The problem arises when they are not taken care of properly and washed away daily. They can build up and actually lay eggs on our lashes! When blepharitis 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 advise them to go to a doctor. The reason you need to turn them away is that it can be contagious if you do not clean your tools properly. You cannot take that risk! Send them to a doctor so that they can receive medication, which can only lessen the symptoms since blepharitis never actually goes away. This is why they are no longer candidates for lash extensions. No lash artist can afford to have the possibility of something contagious floating around their shop. Bottom line, make sure your clients wash their lashes every day and sanitize your tools properly every single time, without question.
The way to differentiate between blepharitis and dead skin or makeup debris is to wash the eyes thoroughly. If there is still residue that has a yellow tint on their eyelids, that is likely 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 even if it gets in the eye, it doesn’t sting. I always say you can wash your baby with our shampoo! On top of that, we now have a product called Fluff Guard, which does exactly what you think… 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 basically the same. It refreshes your lashes without the need to wash it off. As a client, it is used after you’ve finished your makeup and there is eye shadow fallout that is sitting on top of your lashes, making your lashes appear dirty. Simply spray it on a lash brush and wipe the makeup off so that your 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 really get between the lashes, allowing you to remove the tiny debris that only you can see. The fact that you don’t have to rinse with water saves 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.
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