Updated: Sep 16, 2019
If you're familiar with lash extensions, you may have heard the term "lash extension retention." Retention refers to how long a set of extensions lasts. Depending on the skill of your lash artist and the products they use, this retention period may vary. However, there are many things you can do after the appointment to maximize retention and maintain the health of your natural lashes.
The adhesive used to bond the extension to the natural lash requires a period of time to cure. During this time, it is essential to keep your lashes away from all moisture. Depending on the products used, this period of time varies. The average recommended time is usually 24 hours. Exposing your extensions to moisture or humidity during this time could mean the difference between keeping your set for a few days or a month.
In addition to keeping your lashes dry for the first 24 hours, here are a few DOs and DONTs to help maximize retention and lash health:
At least once a day, especially after heavy eye make-up use, cleanse lashes using an oil-free, extension-safe cleanser to remove build-up at the roots and promote lash hygiene. Within my practice, I sell a unique, all-natural lash extension cleanser. Aloe vera is one of the ingredients which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic to keep the roots clean and healthy.
Air dry or gently pat dry lashes. When dry, use complimentary spoolie to brush out lashes to desired level of fluffiness.
Schedule refills every 2-3 weeks to replace lost and out-grown extensions.
Don’t use saunas or steam rooms for the first 24 hours after getting your extensions.
Don’t pick, pull, or rub your lashes. This may cause you to lose or break your natural lashes. If the damage is severe, your natural lashes may not be suitable for extensions on your next visit.
Don’t apply oil-based products (oil-based make-up, lotions, and make-up removers) directly onto your lashes. Oil dissolves the adhesive and shortens retention.
Don’t use lash curlers and mascara. If you want to apply mascara, ensure you are using an extension-safe mascara.
Don't sleep on your face. The prolonged contact and pressure on the extensions will cause them to bend and/or fall off.