Do’s & Don’ts of Lash Extensions

You’ve been eyeing the lashes on Katy Perry, Adele and Kim Kardashian and are ready to give yours a boost. What next?

At Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, our skincare therapists provide a lash extension service that will give you the safest, most natural, most beautiful lashes imaginable. Before you rush to our salon (or any other), check out these dos and don’ts to help you make the most of your lash extensions.

Don’t just wing it.
Do your research. Find a salon with certified eyelash technicians and call ahead to ask any questions. Make sure lashes are applied individually and that the adhesive used is non-formaldehyde. If you want to have control over color, shape, length and/or curve, double-check that the salon offers customizable lashes. Gene Juarez meets all of these requirements, and our certified staff undergoes intensive training to ensure you have the best experience possible.

Do prepare to sit tight.
Because your lash extension tech must carefully apply your extensions lash-by-lash, the process will take a while. It typically takes two hours to apply 40 to 100 lashes per eye, so bring your patience, your conversation skills, and maybe even an iPod loaded with your favorite tunes. When you get the first glimpse of your new, fuller, thicker, sky-high lashes—just trust us on this one—the wait will be worth it.

Don’t worry.
The lash extension process should be 100% pain and worry-free. You’ve done your research and selected one of our certified technicians, so just sit back and relax. You won’t go blind, your natural lashes won’t fall out, and your eyelids aren’t going to get glued together. Your eyes will be closed during the entire procedure, so you needn’t worry about glue stinging your eyes. If you do feel an unusual discomfort let your technician know right away.

Don’t get them wet for the first 24 hours.
Once you’ve got your bangin’ new lashes, avoid the gym, showers or pools for 24 hours. Moisture reactivates the adhesive, and may cause your lash extensions to fall out or clump together. When you do get your lash extensions wet after the first 24 hours, gently fan them back into place (use a blow dryer set to cool, on low, arm’s length from face). This simple trick will help to maintain their beautiful shape.

Do avoid excessive touching.
We know—they’re gorgeous! Just be careful to avoid pulling, tugging, or over-combing your lash extensions. Doing so can damage your natural lash and/or cause your lash extensions to fall out prematurely. If you no longer wish to wear your eyelash extensions, return to one of our professional estheticians to have them safely removed.

Do get a touch-up.
The best way to maintain your new lashes (and get the best return on your investment) is to get a touch-up every 3 to 4 weeks. Like your natural lashes, lash extensions fall out every month or so and scheduling regular touch-ups will keep your lashes looking as full as they did on day one. We recommend scheduling your touch-ups in advance to make sure you don’t miss an appointment.

Don’t be shy!
You’ve paid a pretty penny and sat through hours of application—time to flaunt ‘em! Bat your eyelashes as much as possible, and be ready for all the oohs, aahs, and compliments that are sure to come your way. If you want to play up your new look, apply a light coat of mascara to the very ends of your lashes. (Truth is, though, you won’t need to bother with mascara anymore!)

Homecare, specific to our selected lash extension service and product, is available. The kit consists of oil to condition, combs and special mascara.