Long-term use of synthetic lashes can be hazardous, particularly in terms of the condition of your natural lashes, which can suffer from lash trauma and become shorter, thinner, and weaker, from continuous use of lash extensions. In extreme cases, prolonged use of eyelash extensions may even result in total lash loss. There's also the risk of eye medical issues including conjunctivitis and the long-term condition of Blepharitis, which puts wearing lash extensions in the future out of the question completely.
Eyelash extensions should be removed every six to eight months to allow the eyelid line to be thoroughly cleansed after months of make-up and bacteria build-up, as well as enabling natural lashes to grow and thicken, and to guarantee that natural lashes recover from regular eyelash extension use. To allow natural lashes to heal and grow fully, we recommend taking a two-month break from eyelash extensions.
Another factor in some people's natural eyelash weakening after wearing eyelash extensions is the size and length of the extension. The heavier the glue-loaded extension on the natural lash, the more likely the hair will break, so it's best to seek advice from an expert before asking for the longest and thickest eyelash extensions available, as your poor eyelashes may not be able to handle it for long periods of time.
So, what can you do while your natural lashes heal? After removing eyelash extensions, we advise our clients to avoid getting eyelash extensions for at least two months and to help with the loss of eyelash extensions. If you need something to make your eyes look wide awake, we recommend an eyelash lift and tint (tinting after the lift).
You could also use eyelash serums to help grow your lashes. Many eyelash growth serums are available on the market, and they may be purchased online or from some department stores. At Skinlash, we also carry a range of eyelash homecare kits that you can try here. If you want to save money, you can also make your own DIY lash serum using simple items you can find in your kitchen. Here’s how to make your own DIY lash serum:
Pour a teaspoon of castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and vitamin E oil into a small clean bottle. Shake well and cover with a cap. When you're ready to use the serum, get a clean mascara wand/spoolie, dip it into the bottle, and gently stroke the contents into your lashes. Another approach is to use a clean finger to dab some solution onto the eyelid and lash line and massage it in. After allowing your lashes ample time to convalesce, you may be ready to have lash extensions done again. If so, get in touch with us to book your next appointment!