But Do I Have To?
A lot of clients believe that water and lash extensions are a big no no. Why? Is it because we tell our clients not to get their lashes wet for the first 24 hours? Do they then get scared thinking if they get them wet they might loose all their beautiful lash extensions? Or, are some of our clients just being lazy?
So, do I have to? YES!
It's important for every lash technician to have a deep understanding of why our clients need to thoroughly cleanse their lashes. When both lash technician and client understand this, they will both be extremely happy with their service and product.
Infections And Little Friends
Eyelashes themselves harbour bacteria, meaning that anyone can gain an infection. So what happens when we add lash extensions into the mix? We increase the risk of infections, such as, styes, bacterial infections, conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.
But... What else could our clients obtain when they don't care for their extensions?
Let's Talk About Blepharitis
Let's be honest, it's not a topic that I like to talk about and the thought of these mites make my skin crawl. However, it is really important to understand exactly what blepharitis is.
Believe it or not, everyone has a small amount of blepharitis regardless of lash extensions or not, the mites actually help clean our lashes, ew, right? It's just the way it is. Although, we increase our risk of obtaining an overload of mites and infection when our clients and lash technicians lack knowledge about aftercare.
Blepharitis is one of the most common eye infections. It is identified by swelling, scaling, rawness, and crust on the eyelids (like the image above). Blepharitis is accompanied by burning, itching and a sand like feeling. Blepharitis is not eye threatening. Although, is can cause permanent alterations to the eyelid.
Mites love to feed on bacteria, oil and dead skin cells. So if you haven't cleaned your lash extensions, you are only feeding the mites. If I haven't scared you enough yet, then you would like to know that mites like the dark and will mate when you are sleeping. Yuck!
So how do you determine if you client has blepharitis? Thoroughly give your client a lash bath and try to remove any dead skin and makeup. If there is still any residue on your clients eyes that has a yellow tinge, it is likely to be blepharitis. Kindly turn your client away and ask them to see a doctor. You are not intending to be unkind to your client, however, you do need to protect your business. Blepharitis can contaminate all your tools due to it being highly contagious. Once your client leaves, sterilise your equipment as thoroughly as possible.
You must know, blepharitis can only be managed. It never really goes away. Unfortunately your client is no longer the best candidate for eyelash extensions.
So How Do You Successfully Clean Your Lashes?
Cleaning your lashes daily helps to remove any dead skin cells, and bacteria. It also stops the premature shedding of your lashes. It halts the chance of allergies and promotes lash growth. So how could you say no to cleansing your lashes everyday?
Attached is an aftercare video for a visual understanding of just how easy it is to clean your lashes. Aftercare kits are available in store and on our website.
Apply your lash cleanser to your lash extensions and thoroughly brush downwards, under, through and around your extensions. It's okay to be a little rough.
Tilt your head and rinse your eyes with water to remove the cleanser. You can fan dry your lashes, or dab dry. (Avoid any cotton towels as this can pull the extensions out).
Brush your lashes with a clean mascara wand. They are not going to fall. Brushing them will help them separate and fluff again. It's that easy. Let do this ladies!