Eyelash extensions are taking the world of beauty by storm. They help to give you a volumized look that makes your eyes appear bigger and brighter. Lash extensions enhance your natural beauty and can cut back the time you spend on your daily makeup routine.
Eyelash extensions are single strands of synthetic lashes (PBT) customized to add an extra layer of volume. They are similar to synthetic lashes and are applied seamlessly to your natural lashes using adhesive glue.
Lash extensions are designed to hold a natural curl. Your lash specialist can tailor your lashes to you. You can custom create a more pronounced curl for your classic or volume lash extensions if you’d like a more dramatic look.
Following the do’s and don’ts of maintaining your lash extensions is crucial to having long-lasting extensions. These tips will ensure that you get the absolute most out of your investment.
Curling Your Lash Extensions
Should you curl your extensions?
We advise against curling your lash extensions. They are made from a thermoplastic synthetic fiber called PBT. These fibers are manufactured with specialized tools to create a permanent curl.
Re-curling extensions at home, especially when they are applied to your natural lashes, is not an easy task. Your natural lashes are fragile, and in doing so, you run the risk of damaging your extensions and even your natural lashes.
With that being said, there are a few ways to give your lashes a dramatic curl without causing any significant damage.
Using a Mechanical Curler
Traditional curlers are too harsh for your extensions. They are metallic tools infused with rubber or silicone pads. Using the improper tool on your extensions can lead to damage and even infection. If your curler is heated, you run the risk of interfering with the adhesive glue.
Replacing the rubber pads on your curler is essential. If the pads are worn down or dull, you could accidentally remove your extensions. No matter how expensive or high-quality your curling tool may be, you always run the risk of damage as they tend to tug and pull at your extensions.
If you do decide to curl your lashes, heated lash curlers are the way to go. They are specially designed, run on electricity, and can gently heat your extensions. Unlike mechanical curlers, they work softly on your lashes. As a result, they minimize the risk of any excess pressing, squeezing, or pulling.
Some heated curlers come with silicone heating pads that have a heating element on both sides. These curlers offer temperature control settings and are often equipped with LED lights for a better view.
The temperature you use depends on the volume, strength, and size of the lashes. Although heated lash curlers can be pricey, they are the safest way to curl your extensions at home.
How to use a Heated Eyelash Curler
- Cleanse your lashes
- Use a comb or lash wand to separate your lashes so there is no visible clumping.
- Allow the lashes to dry completely before curling.
- Avoid placing the curler near the base of your extensions to prevent any damage to the lash bond. Instead, press your lashes to the curling pad and simultaneously brush them with your curling wand.
- Manipulate the lash curler to achieve your desired look
- To lock the curl in place, keep the heat applied for three to ten seconds.
- Repeat the process as needed to create a flawless curl.
Why Do Extensions Lose Their Curl?
The after-care process is crucial to the longevity of your lash extensions. They are designed to last at least a month, but it all depends on how you care for them. There are many reasons why lash extensions may lose their curl. We’ve listed a few of these reasons below to help you avoid them.
- Material- Wearing mink lashes instead of synthetic PBT can cause your extensions to lose their shape faster. Mink lashes are not water-proof and tend to straighten when they come into contact with water.
- Overheating – Your extensions are incredibly fragile and can be easily damaged by heat. Excess heat can cause the synthetic fiber in your lashes to lose its shape.
Indirect heat can also pose a risk to your extensions. When blow-drying your hair, keep the heat away from your lash extensions. Hot baths or saunas can cause adverse effects as well.
- Sleeping Habits – Sleeping face-down can damage your lashes. To keep your lashes looking flawless for as long as possible, try to get in the habit of sleeping on your back.
Pillowcases made from cotton, linen, or polyester are not lash-friendly. However, non-abrasive surfaces, such as silk or satin, will not only prevent damage to the shape of your extensions but reduce premature shedding.
- Lack of Cleaning- Eyelash extensions must be washed and cleaned daily to avoid germ build-up. Failing to clean your extensions (especially after wearing eye-make-up) can cause excess dirt and oil to build up. This causes clumping, which will also affect the curl of your lashes.
Should You Get a Lash Lift or Perm with Eyelash Extensions?
Lash perming is very similar to perming your hair. Your natural lashes are permanently curled using specific tools and chemical solutions to hold the shape.
When the chemical perming solution comes into contact with your lash adhesive, an adverse reaction occurs. We advise against lash lifts and perms while you have extensions as they can cause premature shedding.
Our lash extensions are designed with a curl that lasts. Our experienced lash specialists can tailor your extensions specifically to your style and preference.
Curling your lash extensions at home can decrease the longevity of your investment and cause damage to not only your extensions but natural lashes.
Choosing to apply a more voluminous and pronounced lash at your appointment time and implementing the proper after-care can help to ensure that your curl holds until your next appointment. Hop on our website to get flawless extensions today!