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How Do You Take Care of Lash Extensions?

Individual eyelash extensions are semi permanent and meant to last up to 6 weeks. The better you clean your lashes and minimize applying makeup products such as mascara, the longer they will last.

Eyelash extension aftercare is crucial to keeping your real lashes, as well as your new extensions, looking as good and being as healthy as possible.

There are some things to do and not to do that we recommend after getting eyelash extensions. These eyelash extension aftercare instructions will help you prolong the life of your extensions and keep them looking nice and full.

Important Eyelash Extensions Aftercare Products

  • A clean spoolie to brush through your lash extensions

  • Non oil-based facial cleansers and eye makeup removers

  • A foaming lash cleaner

  • A silk or satin pillowcase

Eyelash extensions being applied

Frequently Asked Questions for Lash Extensions

Can you shower 24 hours after getting eyelash extensions? If possible, avoid showering for at least 24 hours after getting your eyelash extensions. You want to keep your new lash extensions dry for the next 24 hours. This is because the glue needs time to cure and dry onto your new lash extensions.

This will help prolong your lash extensions life and keep them full for the next few weeks. If you must shower, avoid getting your eyes wet so skipping out on washing your hair is recommended.

How to wash your face after eyelash extensions? When washing your face after getting eyelash extensions, it’s important to keep your lash extensions dry, especially within the first 24 hours. Avoid using oil-based cleaners and makeup removers, as this can break down the glue on your lash extensions. Wash your face with a washcloth so you can avoid your eyes and lashes.

How long do eyelash extensions last? This varies on the individual, but eyelash extensions can last up to 6 weeks with proper aftercare. It’s important to schedule a lash fill appointment early on, as appointments can fill up quickly.

Do eyelash extensions cause damage to your natural lashes? Having an eyelash extension certification ensures that the lash artist understands how to properly apply extensions to the eye, so the natural lashes are untouched. When applied correctly, eyelash extensions do not damage your natural lashes.


  • Avoid getting your lash extensions wet, you want to keep your lashes as dry as you can.

  • Make sure you are skipping out on oil-based products such as eye makeup removers and cleansers, using water-based products is best.

  • Be gentle with your face, especially the eyes.

  • Avoid touching your eyes as much as possible, especially within the first day. The more you touch them, the more oil from your fingers can get on your lashes and break them down.

  • Use a silk or satin pillowcase if possible. Cotton pillowcases are more likely to cause drying and snagging which can increase cases of losing more lashes.

  • Brush your lashes with a spoolie after the shower, as well as in the morning and evening. This will help to maintain your beautiful, fluttery lashes.

  • Avoid waterproof eye products, as these are harder to get off and can cause friction to your lash extensions when you’re trying to remove them.

  • When washing your face and taking a shower, use a washcloth to clean around your eyes and try to avoid directly wetting your lashes.

  • Avoid eyelash curlers, as these can pull out your false lashes.

  • Clean your lashes properly a few times a week to avoid lash fall-out and bacteria build-up.

    • You can use a foaming lash cleanser or baby shampoo in small amounts


  • Don’t get them wet within the first 24 hours, it’s important to keep them dry so the lash glue can settle properly.

  • Don’t use baby wipes or makeup wipes to clean them or remove makeup.

  • Don’t pick or pull out lashes, this can damage your real lashes as well as pull out your eyelash extensions.

  • Don’t try to remove the eyelash extensions yourself, this can cause damage to your natural lashes.

  • Don’t rub your eyes, this can cause your lashes to fall out and you’ll most likely need a lash fill sooner than anticipated.

  • Don’t apply mascara or waterproof eye makeup products if you can avoid it.

  • Don’t use cleansing oils on your face, oil free is highly recommended.

  • Don’t use false eyelash strips on top of your extensions because this will pull some of your extensions out when you remove the strip.

It’s important to take care of your lashes daily and follow these aftercare instructions to ensure the quality and longevity of your eyelash extensions. Here at Shani’s & Academy, we are certified, professional lash stylists who are experienced in proper lash extension application.

If you have any questions, always reach out to us and we will be more than happy to assist you. Want to book a lash extension appointment today? Contact us on our website to learn more about eyelash extensions and book your appointment today.

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