What You Should Not Put on Eyelash Extensions

When it comes to eyelash extensions, there are certain products and ingredients that should be avoided in order to keep them looking their best. Many chemicals, such as oil, can damage the bond created by the eyelash glue. Common cosmetic ingredients, such as PEG (polyethylene glycol), hexylene glycol, butylene and propylene glycol, should be avoided. Additionally, four oils should be avoided: mineral oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil and canola oil.

These oils have been shown to weaken extension adhesives. However, many other oils are safe to use with eyelash extensions. For example, the Lash & brow enhancement serum contains Coleus forskohlii root oil, castor oil and sweet almond oil. Additionally, glycerine- and oil-based makeup products should be avoided as they can cause the adhesive to break prematurely and eyelashes to fall out. Mineral-based extensions or safe makeup should be used instead. Unapproved eyeliners and mascaras for eyelashes should also be avoided as they can entangle and damage extensions, as well as natural eyelashes.

The Bella Lash mascara is recommended instead. If you prefer a black and inked look of the mask, there are three types of mascara that can be applied directly to extensions in the same way you would apply normal mascara to your natural eyelashes. When showering with eyelash extensions, cold or hot water should not fall on them under high pressure. This can cause damage to the extensions. Additionally, people with certain medical conditions such as alopecia areata, eyelid dermatitis, trichotillomania and blepharitis should not get eyelash extensions. When caring for eyelash extensions, any oil- or alcohol-based product should be avoided.

If your eyes itch, use your fingertips to gently rub your eyelids with your eyes closed. Rubbing and pulling eyelash extensions to remove products can cause premature loss of extensions or even damage natural eyelashes. Eyelash extensions require a budget and that's why it is important to make them last as long as possible. Educating clients about the do's and don'ts of eyelash extensions is an important part of an eyelash artist's work. With proper care and maintenance, you can wake up every morning ready to start your day with beautiful lashes.

Marlene Manwaring
Marlene Manwaring

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