Photography by Bethany Petersen
Let's start with the basics! A natural lash cycles is typically about 6 to 8 weeks! I'm sure you've noticed that you don't cycle through them all at once, and let's take a moment and thank mother nature for that! That being said, it is typically suggested that you book your lash maintenance every 2-4 weeks. It all depends on your own natural cycle and extra lash care can't hurt, right?!
So, let's talk about the Do's & Don'ts!
- Lightly, [Keyword LIGHTLY] brush them on the daily. Brush them when you wake up or after washing your face, and after you shower.
- Gently, [Keyword GENTLY] pat them dry when getting them wet. Never rub.
- Invest in real makeup remover and/or eye makeup remover.
- When removing your makeup, make sure to be ever so gentle around the lashes. Use a wet Q tip to remove makeup from hard to reach places.
- Try sleeping on your back and as last resort on your sides. Completely avoid burying your face in the pillow!
- If you like wearing sleep masks to bed, invest in a "Dome Shaped" sleep mask! You can get your shut eye, avoid light, and still take care of your lashes!
- Avoid water and oil on your lashes (AT ALL) within the first 24 hours.
- Avoid oily products on your face and eyes.
- Avoid excessive eye makeup. Any eye makeup, mascara, eye shadow, eye liner, etc. You got lashes now, why would you need extra eye make up on the daily anyway?!
- Avoid Water-proof makeup
- Avoid super hot water and super hot baths/showers as the heat weakens the glue and the bond.
- Do not tug, pull, or bend your lashes! Like, eva!
- Do not rub your eyes. We know, that one is a hard one!
- Cotton swabs, pads, wipes, Q tips leave behind fiber that can get caught between your lashes and bug you all day long. When using cotton material, wet it or use different kind of material around your eyes.
- For dry eyes, invest in Eye Drops with Lubricant.
- If you are experiencing itchiness due to dryness, with a CLEAN finger; dab on some baby oil or coconut oil and Gently dab on the tiniest bit on the itchy area of your eyelid.
If you have a well trained lash artist and you yourself are taking the best care of your own lashes as well, then you can avoid natural lash damage and maybe even postpone your lash extension break a little longer. Here are some tips of what you should do, when caring for your natural lashes!
- Drink lots of water
- Do not go to sleep with makeup. Much less eye makeup.
- Brush and massage your natural lashes with real coconut oil or real flaxseed oil. real olive oil or avocado oil are great too. Best time to do it is usually before bed time.
- Still treat your lashes with love and care like you would with lash extensions. This includes no tugging, pulling, or bending your lashes.
- Avoid any kind of alcohol based eye products.
- Warm green tea bags on your eyes help stimulate growth and healthy follicles.
- Switch to an eco-friendly mascara.
- Keep up with your makeup's shelf life. More on that HERE.