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Lash Extension Aftercare for the Best Retention

For those of us that aren’t born with naturally long, gorgeous eyelashes, mascara and false lashes used to be our only options. But now, professional lash extensions make it possible to add length, volume, and even curl, giving you stunning lashes that require virtually no effort. 

One of the most common questions our lash artists receive is, “How long do lash extensions last?” There are a few factors that can affect the answer, and proper lash extension aftercare makes a world of difference. With just a little TLC, you can keep them looking fresh and full for longer.

Why is Eyelash Extension Aftercare important?

There are three major reasons to take care of lash extensions properly:

  1. Your lash health is at stake. You might have heard that extensions can damage natural lashes. But actually, most issues with lash health are due to poor aftercare (or an unskilled technician). 

  2. Properly cared-for lash extensions look better for longer. Eyelash extensions do have to be filled regularly. However, taking care of lash extensions will keep them looking fabulous for much longer.

  3. You can save time and money. When you can maximize lash retention, you’ll be able to stretch the time between fill appointments. Plus, you won’t necessarily need full sets as often, and your appointments will be shorter and cost less in general. You’ll also be able to avoid any unexpected charges or extended appointment times.

So, how do you take care of eyelash extensions? This guide will tell you everything you need to know. 

First, Know What to Expect from Your Lash Extensions

If you’re an eyelash extension first-timer, it’s helpful to know exactly what to expect in terms of the longevity of eyelash extensions. Depending on the type of lash extensions you choose, as well as your preferred look, you may be able to go more or less time between fills. The thicker, more voluminous styles usually last a little bit longer, since they contain more lashes.

Johnny Rodriguez The Salon® offers four types of lash extensions in Plano and Dallas, each one providing a specific look:

  • Classic lashes are ideal if you want a natural look. One extension is attached to each eyelash, making your eyes look more open and adding subtle definition. 

  • Volume lashes use a full, handmade fan of lashes that use two or more extensions. The result is a luxuriously full lash line that brings the drama.

  • Hybrid lashes give you the best of both worlds, combining classic and volume for a beautiful, but understated, look.

  • Mega volume lashes are the ultimate in gorgeously thick lashes, using a full lash fan made up of six or more lash extensions. 

Your lash artist will help you make an informed decision by discussing your desired outcome, lifestyle, and experience with extensions. That way, we can recommend an extension option that will best align with your expectations.

How to Take Care of Lash Extensions

Once you have your new lashes, it’s time to show them off! And of course, you should also be ready with basic lash extension aftercare instructions:

For 24 hours after your appointment

Keep your lashes dry, and skip any workouts or activities that would cause you to sweat. Hot, steamy showers are a no-no, as are saunas and spas. Stay away from oil-based products on or near your eyes, and do your best not to touch your lashes. Try to sleep on your back or side, rather than on your stomach.

After the first 24 hours

Once the 24-hour mark passes, your lashes are technically waterproof. However, it’s a good idea to minimize contact with water and steam as much as possible – mainly because you’re more likely to rub your eyes if your lashes get wet.

Here are a few other dos and don’ts:

  • DO make sure you know how to clean eyelash extensions and stick to a high-quality foaming lash cleanser (your lash technician can recommend one if needed).

  • DO use oil-free products on your face, especially when it comes to cleansers and eye makeup removers.

  • DO schedule your fill appointments regularly, so your lashes will always look well-kept.

  • DON’T play with, pull, or pick at your lashes.

  • DON’T use oil-based or waterproof mascara on lash extensions. Ideally, avoid mascara in general – trust us, you won’t need it!

  • DON’T attempt to remove the extensions on your own.

Keep in mind that it’s normal to lose a couple of lashes per day, so don’t panic. With or without lash extensions, our lashes naturally shed. It’s simply much more noticeable when it’s a large extension, not just your natural lash, shedding. 

Usually, planning for a fill appointment every 2-4 weeks is a good guideline.

Enhance Your Natural Beauty with Eyelash Extensions in Dallas and Plano 

Whether you want a subtle, natural look or prefer to make a dramatic style statement, the right lash artist can customize your extensions to suit your beauty vision. At Johnny Rodriguez The Salon®, we take a personalized approach to creating each client’s dream lashes – so you can be sure that you’ll leave feeling confident, beautiful, and thrilled with your results.

Get the lashes you’ve always wanted, no mascara required. Schedule your appointment for eyelash extensions in Plano or Dallas at Johnny Rodriguez The Salon® now!


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