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How To Properly Clean Lash Extensions


Clean lash extensions last longer – lashes must be cleaned as part of your home care routine.

Some clients believe that keeping their lash extensions away from water will keep them on longer, however this is very untrue and has quite the opposite effect! Your lash extensions will fall off prematurely when you avoid cleansing them. Yes, always avoid water for the first 24 hours as per your lash technician’s instructions – however this doesn’t mean don’t get them wet forever!

It is critical that you cleanse your lash extensions. Improper cleansing or avoiding cleansing them all together will cause a few problems resulting in your lashes not lasting as long as they should. Not cleansing regularly or correctly also leads to potential nasty infections, irritations, poor lash health/growth and lash mites (yes these are a real thing!).


Dirty Lashes

Dirty lashes 🙁 Oil and dead skin cell build-up in the lash line. Not good for your extensions or for your lash/eye health.


A build up of dead skin cells, dirt, makeup and oils will build up within your lash line very quickly! All this build up and oil eats away at your lash extension’s glue bond, breaking it down over time. Lash glue LOVES to be kept clean in order to maintain it’s strong bond to your natural lash. Dirty lashes result in your lash glue becoming weakened causing lash extensions to fall off your natural lash instead of lasting the entire life of the natural lash and falling out when your natural lash is shed.

Dirty lashes don’t necessarily look dirty to you when looking in the mirror, but under your lash technician’s lamp with magnifying glasses the build up is very obvious.

Just as you wouldn’t go to the dentist with un-brushed teeth, always come to your lash appointment with freshly washed lashes at least from the night before. Do not wear any mascara to your appointment or the day of your appointment as removing it is tedious and eats into your lash application time meaning less lash extensions are applied by your lash technician. Mascara residue can often cause poor adhesion resulting in your lashes not lasting as long. I’m not a fan of mascara wearing on extensions as the rubbing required to remove it causes damage and lash loss. If you feel the need to wear mascara it MUST be a lash extension mascara.


Mascara on Lash Extensions

Before and After mascara removal at a refill appointment – lashes cannot be completely cleaned as residue still remains at the base of the lashes. This residue inhibits the glue from bonding to the natural lash properly.


Clients who wash their lashes correctly between refill appointments return with SO MANY more lashes remaining compared to those clients who don’t cleanse at all (or cleanse incorrectly). A refill shouldn’t be performed when you have little to no lashes left – it should be performed when you just start to see gaps ideally when 50% lashes remain which ensures your lashes are always looking full and lush.  Most clients who look after their lashes will be able to go 3-4 weeks between refill appointments and return with 50% lashes remaining.  If you’re not getting these results then it’s time to check your home care routine to see if we can figure out what’s going on…


Clean Lash Extensions will immediately look and feel shiny and new again – try it!


Clean Lash Extensions



NOTE: Always wait 24 hours after application before cleansing!

1. Clean lash extensions at least 2-3 times a week or every night if you’re oily or a regular eye makeup wearer.

2. Use a specific lash extension foaming cleanser to ensure you’re getting an anti bacterial solution on your lashes to maintain eye and lash health. Using this cleanser will avoid glycols, oils and other no-no’s for lash extensions getting onto your lashes that are often found in regular facial cleansers.

3. Avoid using products containing oils around or on your eye area. These include cleansers, moisturisers, cleansing oils, aromatherapy oils, spray toners, coconut/rosehip oils, etc. If you use any cleansers that aren’t safe for extensions you must take care to wipe it off your face rather than rinse as residual product will wash into your lashes.



1. Do NOT use makeup remover wipes while wearing lash extensions. They’re full of nasty oils, glycols and emollients that lash extensions do not like causing your extensions to fall off prematurely. Very prematurely! They won’t last long at all using when using makeup wipes. Makeup wipes are not an ideal way to cleanse your face in general as they leave residual makeup on your skin and tend to dry you out.

2. Do NOT use cleansing waters. These are not safe for extensions.

3. Do NOT use face cloths, sponges, makeup pads, cotton buds or other items to be used on or near your lash extensions. All of these items will tug at your lashes causing damage and premature lash loss.

3. Do NOT rub your eyes vigorously while cleansing – clean lash extensions with light fingertip pressure, be extremely gentle and soft. I recommend using a cleansing brush like I sell to my clients. Rigorous rubbing will cause premature lash extension loss as well as roughed up/damaged natural lashes that are short and frail and won’t be able to hold extensions safely. It doesn’t take much to cause damage to lashes, so always be gentle!


When should you clean your lash extensions?

  • Clean lash extensions at least every other day – or every day if you’re an eye makeup wearer or have oily skin or eyelids.
  • I recommend you clean lash extensions at night to remove all the days facial oils, dust and makeup.
  • Clean lash extensions after activities such as swimming, working out/gym, wearing sunscreen (make sure your sunscreen is oil-free). Chlorine, salt, sweat and oils should be removed immediately from your lash extensions to maintain the integrity of your lash adhesive.


How to clean your lash extensions:

Please watch the below video for how to clean your lash extensions correctly. I think this video really explains everything well. It’s also helpful to see how it’s done rather than guess how to do it.


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– Tasleema