You just got a new set of lash extensions for the holidays and you’re looking fabulous! In fact, you’re probably wondering how you’ve ever lived with out them, right? We get it! Lash extensions are great way to wake up looking like you stepped off the front page of a magazine without any of the hassle that comes with strip lashes or mascara. As great as they are, the one thing we always remind our clients (especially newbies) is that low maintenance doesn’t not mean no maintenance! In fact, if you do one thing to maintain your lashes in between fills, it should be to brush them daily.
Brushing your lashes may seem like an easy (and fairly obvious) part of your at-home care routine, but you’d be surprised at how improper brushing can lead to poor retention. To make sure you’re brushing your lashes the right way, here’s a few tips you can use to ensure flawless fluff when brushing at home.
Use the right tool. Again, this may seem obvious but it’s very important. You should only be using a disposable mascara spoolie or eyebrow brush to fluff your lashes. Not a fine tooth hair comb and not your fingers! If you opt for something non-disposable, make sure it stays clean. Cleaning the brush before brushing your lashes will help keep bacteria away from your eyes.
Brush your lashes for 10-15 seconds a day. Don’t overdo it! Averaging this amount of time will ensure that you’re taking extra effort to carefully untangle any lashes. It’s also very important not to brush your extensions too close to the base of your lashes. When applied correctly, extensions are adhered at the base of the natural lash, therefore, brushing them too close to the base can cause the lashes to lift and come off prematurely. Brushing them from the middle of the lashes up is the best method that will help prevent criss-crossed lashes without causing damage.
Above all, don’t pick at or pull your extensions when brushing them (or otherwise!) Pulling at them will cause the extension, and even your natural lash, to fall out. Remember that the base of your lashes is delicate because it’s where your extensions were applied. Be gentle and use slow motions. It took a lot of hard work to give you great lashes, so it’s worth a little extra time to keep them looking great!