Lash lifts offer a convenient and long-lasting solution for those who wish to have long, defined, and curled lashes without needing to use an eyelash curler or mascara. It’s no wonder this quick and hassle-free treatment has become so popular!
Back when this process was first introduced, the first 24 hours after a lash lift were crucial and required strict measures to protect the lashes and maintain the effects of the lash lift. Today, however, this has changed with the formulation of innovative products that seal the lash lift almost immediately. This is especially true when it comes to moisture. While once getting the lashes wet after the procedure was a big no-no, you can now get your lashes wet once they have been sealed, almost immediately after the lash lift!
Beyond this, there are some basic precautions one must take to ensure that the lashes remain lifted and curled for longer.
Let’s explore all that goes into lash lift care after 24 hours!
Are the First 24 Hours Still Important?
In the world of beauty, advancements in science and technology make even the most complex beauty treatments seem easy and hassle-free. This is also the case with lash lifts. What was once a complicated process can be done in just an hour today with no pain or inconvenience to the client.
The first 24 hours after lash lift procedures were considered extremely crucial. Clients were told to keep their lashes completely dry and avoid moisture — an almost impossible feat to accomplish. However, advancements in cosmetic technology and formulations have made it much easier and more convenient to care for your lashes after getting a lash lift. The lashes can be immediately sealed to protect them from moisture, thereby allowing the lift to maintain its shape and curl.
Despite this, however, some basic aftercare is still required to prevent your client’s lashes from losing their lift prematurely or having a misshapen appearance. It can also protect the client’s lashes from damage.
It is, therefore, necessary to inform the clients of the proper aftercare guidelines and the importance of following them.
General Rules to Follow in the First 24 Hours and On
For clients looking to enhance their lash lift and increase its longevity, there are some simple aftercare steps they can follow:
Avoid Extreme Heat
Exposure to high heat, such as in saunas, hot yoga classes, or steam rooms, can alter the lash lift chemical and cause it to lose strength. This can make the lashes lose their lift and begin drooping, compromising the lash lift. It’s thus best to avoid any direct contact with heat after a lash lift procedure, particularly in the first 24 hours, so the solution can set properly.
Be Careful with Makeup
It is generally recommended to avoid applying products to the lashes immediately after a lash lift, particularly eye makeup. This is especially true for mascara, though it applies to eye makeup in general. This is because the lashes may get disrupted in the application process, which can make them set wonky. Removing the makeup can also alter the setting of the lashes and make the lash lift less effective.
It is important to be gentle with the lashes after a lash lift procedure, as the lifting solution needs time to fully set. Any rubbing or tugging at the lashes can compromise the final results and also damage the lashes. It is also important to be careful while removing makeup; advise your client to be gentle when cleansing the eye area to prevent breakage and damage to the lashes.
How to Sleep With a Lash Lift?
Sleeping with a lash lift is easy and can be done with minimal effort. To ensure your lashes stay in place and look their best, there are some important tips to keep in mind.
Rule #1: Sleep like royalty on your back! It's the winning sleeping position for keeping your lashes lifted and protected. But if you're a side- or tummy-sleeper, switching to your back can be a little tricky. We've got your back - read on!
Rule #2: Upgrade your beauty sleep with a smooth silk or satin pillowcase. These luxurious fabrics let your lashes glide across the surface, preventing spoiling and breakage. And have you heard about the LLBA Mulberry Silk Pillow Case? Get ready to fall in love with its tender care for your skin and lashes.
Rule #3: Change your pillowcase regularly - every 2 to 7 days. A dirty pillowcase can cause an infection that threatens your lash lift and eye health. So why not grab 2 or more silk/satin pillowcases while you're at it?
Rule #4: Always wash off your makeup before bedtime. Sleeping in makeup is a beauty sin, but it's an even bigger no-no with a lash lift. Your eyes are vulnerable to irritation, infection, and itching. And we all know what happens when we itch our eyes - potential lash lift mess up!
What If I Really Want To Wear Mascara?
While it isn’t advised to wear mascara immediately after a lash lift, it is okay to do so after about 48 hours.
For those who do wish to wear mascara, some general tips include:
- Wearing non-waterproof mascara with a lightweight formula that is easy to remove.
- Not tugging at the lashes and using a clump-free spoolie or mascara wand to apply the product.
- Using an oil-free makeup remover to lightly wipe off the mascara in a downward motion to prevent tugging and pulling the lashes.
Proper aftercare can make a huge difference in the overall effectiveness and longevity of your lash lift. You can guide your clients on the correct lash lift care after 24 hours, which includes being gentle with your eye area, using oil-free cleansers, and nourishing lash products. Basic measures like these can enhance the effects of the procedure and help your clients care for their lashes to maintain their health and curl.