5 tips for long and luscious eyelashes

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Who doesn’t want long, full, thick lashes that last for weeks and require little-to-no maintenance?

Eyelash extensions are the latest go-to makeup trend. Who doesn’t want long, full, thick lashes that last for weeks and require little-to-no maintenance? But before you make your first appointment, you need to know how to care for your lashes.

Your natural eyelashes shed, on average, two to three lashes per day and can take up to 60 to 90 days to completely regrow. Your stylist will apply extensions to your natural lashes, so that they will shed with their natural cycle.

Here’s what you can do before and after eyelash extensions to keep your lashes healthy and strong:

1.Use caution with certain mascaras. Unless you’re planning a deep-sea diving adventure, it may be a good idea to avoid waterproof mascara. Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D. told Self.com that waterproof mascara could cause a few issues. First, it’s extremely hard to remove. Instead of losing two or three lashes a day, the wear and tear of scrubbing waterproof mascara away could cause you to lose more. Plus, waterproof mascara dries out your eyelashes.

Pro-tip: If you get eyelash extensions, mascara isn’t necessary at all. You can officially call yourself low-maintenance.

2.Keep your lashes clean. “Wash your face every day!” “Take your makeup off before going to bed!” Sound like anyone else's mom? It turns out; mother really does know best. Your eyelashes will suffer if not properly cleaned.

Now, when you have lash extensions, you are not to use oil-based cleansers. Repeat: Do NOT use oil-based cleaners with eyelash extensions. Groom and primp your lashes to perfection with oil-free products made specifically for extensions. Companies like Amazing Lash Studio make gentle cleansing products exclusively for extending the life of your lash extensions.

3.Moisturize your eyelashes every day. When you’re dealing with your natural lashes, it’s important to moisturize (just as you condition your hairwho’d of thought?!). Applying a growth serum like NatureLashes will transform, nourish, and maintain eyelashes, and it’s safe to use with extensions.

4.Brush your lashes twice a day. You wouldn’t leave the house without brushing your hair or your teeth, so don’t walk out the door without brushing your lashes! Brushing your lashes every day (with or without extensions) is a total game-changer.

Cosmopolitan.com suggests combing your lashes with a retractable styling wand twice a day to make sure they’re not going the wrong direction and to allow the lashes that should come out to leave gently. Brushing your eyelashes daily also stimulates the lash follicle, so your natural lashes will grow nice and strong.

5.Keep up with eyelash extension refills. Want full eyelashes without the hassle of mascara? Eyelash extensions require the same amount of care as your normal lashes and need refills every two to three weeks to replace outgrown lashes that haven’t shed and those that have. Wait too long and you might have to pay for a new set.

Are you interested in eyelash extensions? Choose from one of four customizable eyelash styles at Amazing Lash Studio. There are seven Amazing Lash Studios in the Austin area, go to www.amazinglashstudio.com and find the location nearest you!