5 Fool-Proof Ways to Make Your Lash Extensions Last Longer

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While we love a good laugh, one thing we never kid about is the eyelash extension care and lash longevity. It’s no coincidence that taking care of your lashes gets you the most mileage out of your fluttery friends. Today, we’re sharing 5 fool-proof ways to make your eyelash extensions last longer!

Wondering how you should care for your lashes? Just follow the 5 steps below:

The Lash Lounge's Lash Detox foaming cleanser and box placed in a towel next to other bath products

1. CLEAN + BRUSH THEM DAILY

It may seem like “How to Care for Eyelash Extensions 101,” but one of the easiest ways to extend the life of your lashes is to keep your lashes clean. In terms of your day-to-day routine, that means keeping up with daily face-washing. If you’ve already built in the suds and scrubs, the good news is there’s no extra task for you. To wash your eye area, we recommend using our Lash Detox foaming cleanser. Both formulas (unscented and tea-tree extract) are oil-free and lash extension-safe and are the best way to keep your lashes clean and secure. We recommend pairing this with our Gel Eye Makeup Remover, which is infused with hydrolyzed soy protein to gently remove any trace of makeup, oil and debris from your eye and brow area. You can purchase both of these products at all of our salons! 🛍

Along with cleaning your lashes daily, you’ll also want to make sure you brush your lashes every morning with a clean mascara wand. Why morning? While you’re sleeping, your lashes can tangle and flip to the side, so the secret to keeping them in place is to brush through and fluff them gently.

Eyelash Cleaning Process

  1. Use our oil-free and alcohol-free Lash Detox foaming cleanser formulated specifically for lash extensions.
  2. Use a lash-cleansing brush to gently massage the cleanser into your lash line.
  3. Rinse with fresh water until the cleanser and makeup residue is removed.
Beautiful eyelash extensions that have lasted longer thanks to good lash care

2. BE GENTLE ON YOUR LASHES

As a general rule of thumb for eyelash extension care, the less you mess with your lashes, the longer they will last. So, no rubbing, tugging, or plucking when you have lash extensions! If you do a lot of rubbing and messing with your lash line, this could cause your extensions to fall off prematurely…who wants that?

We do know and understand everyone is human, and you may have an itch near your lash line from time to time. The good news is there are ways to soothe the itch without any vigorous rubbing or pulling on your lashes. A simple trick is to use your mascara wand to brush through your lashes gently. Don’t you feel better already just thinking about it? But if you must, a slight rub on your eyelid in a circular motion is A-OK, too.

Lash Armor lash sealant boxes from The Lash Lounge atop purple flower petals

3. USE A PROTECTIVE LASH SEALANT

If you have invested in lash extensions, then you will also want to be sure to invest in a protective lash sealant. This product goes a long way to extend the life of the adhesive used to attach the extension to your natural lash. It locks your extensions in place for a longer period of time. Be sure to purchase one of the two we offer: our Lash Armor – Crystal or Lash Armor – Onyx. What’s the difference between these two? The Onyx formula adds a darker sheen to your lash line thanks to the gardenia florida fruit extract. The Crystal formula is clear and applies like a clear lash gel.

In short, a lash sealant is the perfect aftercare product to extend the life of your lash extensions and increase retention in between lash fills. Next to the investment you’ve made in your lash extensions themselves, purchasing a lash sealer is a close second!

Eyelash extension refills making extensions last longer

4. DON’T MISS YOUR REFILLS…LIKE, EVER!

When it comes down to it, making your extensions last longer boils down to keeping up with your lash refill appointments every two weeks. It’s the only way to keep your lash line looking full. When you come in for your lash refill appointment, your stylist will perform maintenance to freshen up your current set, then place new extensions for added fullness. When you come in for refills on the regular, you ensure a full, lush lash line and the fresh lash look we all love!

On the other hand, if you don’t keep up with your regular refills, your stylist will need to add more extensions than usual to bring that fullness back. This could mean you need to invest in a service upgrade. This is definitely doable! If you know you’ll need a little extra lash love, make sure you let us know when you call to book. We’ll make sure we book you for the right amount of time to get your lashes back to the fab fullness you adore. 

Bird's eye view shot of some of The Lash Lounge's retail products on a marble countertop

5. ONLY USE LASH EXTENSION-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

Not all beauty products are okay to use with lash extensions. Be sure to stay away from waterproof mascara and any oil- or alcohol-based products or cosmetics. And yes, this includes any moisturizers with oil that are applied around the eyes.

If you’re ever unsure about the products you’re using or something you’re doing you’re afraid could harm your lashes, talk to us. That’s what we’re here for! Whether it’s before, during, or after your appointment, fill us in and we’ll set the record straight for you and your lashes. Together, we’ll conquer eyelash extension care!

Find Your Local Lash Extension Salon!

So, schedule your lash fill appointments regularly and even ask us about our membership program, which will save you money on regular refills and make sure you’re always looking and feeling your best!

You have invested in your beautiful long, voluminous lashes, and we want you to protect them!