Cleansing your lash extensions is critical if you want them to last and to avoid potential infections. Your lash extensions can fall off prematurely if you do not properly clean them. Yes, it is important to avoid water for the first 24 hours, however, this does not mean you shouldn’t get them wet ever.
Improper cleansing, or not cleansing at all, can and will cause problems in your lashes not lasting as long as they should and leads to potential infections, irritations, poor lash growth and even lash mites.
Dead skin cells, dirt, makeup and oil causes build up in your lash line. This build up can eat away at your lash extension's bond. Having dirty lashes causes the lash glue to become weak which will result in your extensions falling off your natural lashes rather than lasting the natural life of your lash’s cycle.
DYK: Your lashes have a natural life cycle that consists of three phases: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. These phases determine the growth area of your lash and a fully grown lash lasts about 2-3 weeks before naturally falling out and starting a new growth phase.
And, while dirty lashes don't necessarily look dirty when you look at them in the mirror, your lash technician can see the build up and occasional lash mites under a lamp/magnifying glass.
To ensure you maintain the healthiest and prettiest lashes, here is how you should cleanse them regularly.
Wash your lashes daily if you wear eye makeup often, and about 2-3 times a week if you do not.
Use a lash extension cleanser or something gentle such as baby shampoo.
Gently rub the lashes and lash line using the cleanser and either a lint-free applicator, disposable lip swab, or brush.
Rinse the soap off with saline solution or clean water.
Allow the lashes to air dry and style them with an eyelash brush.