Eyelash extensions have been popular for quite a while now, and with the evolution of knowledge and science behind them, old common standards from the lash industry are being outmoded. As the understanding of eyelash extensions improves over time, it's essential to debunk common myths and misconceptions surrounding this popular beauty treatment.
Myth One: The 24-Hour Water Rule
One prevalent myth surrounding eyelash extensions is the belief that one must avoid getting them wet for 24 hours after application. However, this is not entirely accurate. Our salon uses ethyl-cyanoacrylate as the main ingredient in our adhesive, which makes our lash glue water-resistant after about 3 minutes of application.
It is crucial to note that while the adhesive becomes water-resistant quickly, it is still important to avoid exposing it to large amounts of water. However, due to the rapid drying time of most adhesives (1-2 seconds), it is generally safe to wash the lashes after fanning and using a nano mister. In fact, if a client experiences any irritation such as itchiness or redness after their appointment, we wash the lashes for them once the application is complete. This ensures that the adhesive is fully cured and any fume residue on the skin is removed, which has been effective in preventing allergic reactions for some clients.
In our salon, we do recommend as an aftercare measure not to wash or touch the lash extensions for 24 hours. This recommendation is based on the fact that when clients leave the salon, the lashes have already cured by about 90%. While the core of the adhesive may continue to cure over the next 24 hours (approximately 10%), washing them after leaving the salon should not cause significant damage. Nonetheless, clients should refrain from touching them during this period.
Myth Two: Quality Doesn't Matter
Another prevalent myth in the world of eyelash extensions is the belief that the quality of lash products does not significantly impact the results. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. In most cases, you get what you pay for.
One of the most crucial products we use is the adhesive. While it may seem like a big investment for a tiny bottle, the adhesive plays a pivotal role in maintaining your reputation as a lash technician. Even if you possess exceptional skills, if the eyelash extensions don't last due to subpar adhesive, clients are unlikely to return. Moreover, clients trust that the products used on them are low in toxicity and safe for their eyes.
It's important to note that certain low-quality lash extensions can cause discomfort and irritation, especially when washed, due to the chemicals they release. Therefore, it is crucial to be mindful when purchasing lash products, especially online. Always prioritize the best interests of your clients by choosing high-quality, reputable products that prioritize safety and longevity. Your clients' satisfaction and well-being should always be the top priority.
Myth Three: Clients Need to Give Lashes a Break
In the early days of eyelash extensions, it was common practice to advise clients to give their natural lashes a break from extensions periodically. However, with advancements in lash extension technology, this recommendation has evolved.
Today, we no longer recommend giving natural lashes a break due to the significant improvements in the quality of lash extensions. When I started my career in lashing, the only available thicknesses on the market were 0.25 and 0.20, which are now considered outdated and heavy. Modern lash extensions are lighter and softer, reducing the strain on natural lashes.
Moreover, the quality of your work plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of your clients' natural lashes. Proper isolation and the application of one extension to one natural lash allow the natural lash to shed naturally without causing damage. It's essential to avoid multiple lashes sticking together, as this can lead to trauma for the new lash trying to grow. Additionally, clients should refrain from picking or pulling at their natural lashes, as this can cause damage.
Therefore, as long as proper techniques are employed and clients refrain from interfering with the natural lash cycle, there is no need for them to take breaks from lash extensions. Advise your clients to focus on proper aftercare and maintenance to ensure the health and longevity of their natural lashes while enjoying the benefits of beautiful lash extensions.
In conclusion, understanding the facts behind these myths is crucial for both lash technicians and clients. By debunking these misconceptions, we hope to provide clarity and promote the safe and effective application of eyelash extensions.