Updated: Nov 30, 2018
So, your eyelash extension technician tells you not to wet your lashes for 24-48 hours post service to ensure those babies stay where they're meant to be. You go home, 48 hours goes by and you think to yourself, "Maybe if I don't wash them at all they'll stay on even longer!" Maybe not ... Let's look at why!
I'm going to start off with telling you, you absolutely MUST cleanse your lashes, regardless of whether or not you wear makeup or not. Our eyelids still shed skin cells, our skin still has natural oils, not to mention the outside environment having an impact on cleanliness as well.
It boils down to you wash your hands, hair, body, vegetables ... lashes are just as important! If we aren't keeping our lashes clean then we are susceptible to irritation, infection (pink eye, Blepharitis, even mites) and of course premature lash extension loss!
So what is best to wash your lashes with?
Whether you're reading online or hearing it straight from your technician's mouth or listening to what your BFF recommends, you're probably getting 3 different answers. Let's take a look at the options!
Firstly, water doesn't really clean anything on its own. Moving on.
I personally find that this doesn't do enough to remove the dirt, debris, oils and makeup. MW is derived from plant-based oils. Vegetable glycerin is produced from vegetable oils (plant oils, palm oils or coconut oils). Cutting to the point ... oil and extensions do not work.
Okay, back in the day we alllllllll thought this was the bomb. We recommended it to our students and clients. Hell, we even made a water/shampoo concoction to give to our client's after their first full set! (I see you baby; we all did it!)
Opthamologists do not recommend using baby shampoo for the eyes. It can clog lash follicles and can put a coating on the extensions which will of course affect how well the technician's adhesive can adhere to the natural lash!
Lash Extensions Specific Cleansers
There is a MASSIVE variety of lash cleansers on the market now. These cleansers are formulated specifically to be used on the lashes and to be around the eye safely. They also contain conditioning ingredients to be gentle on our natural lashes. Lash cleansers tend to be foaming which makes it really easy to cleanse the lashes, using a fluffy brush also helps to get in between the lashes, ensuring they are squeaky clean!
At The Beauty Room, we have formulated our very own Foaming Lash Cleanser. This cleanser LITERALLY has zero sting to it and contains conditioning ingredients to ensure the natural lash's integrity. There were several trial runs with formulations; some smelled beautifully perfumed but stung, some smelled clean and fresh (think Tea Tree oil) but stung, alas we found THE ONE ...