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How to Live Without Your Lash Extensions During Quarantine

Posted by Courtney Macdougall on

While we know lash extensions are incredibly low on the concerns list for much of the world right now, we’ve gotten quite a few questions on the topic so we’re here with answers!

And to help out everyone going through extension-withdrawal, we're giving you 25% OFF our Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum until May 1st to make the transition easier! Enter code EXTENSIONDETOX for US customers, and EXTENSIONDETOXCAD for Canadian customers! 

How can I get rid of the remnants of my lash extensions since I can’t visit my lash tech?

While most of your lash extensions have likely fallen out, some of you have a few stragglers hanging on. The truth is, we wouldn’t normally advise removing your own extensions – you’re much better off entrusting the task to a pro. But the reality is, with physical distancing in full effect, we’re not able to pay our lash techs a visit.

So, should you DIY the lash removal process? After all, we’ve got lots of extra time to dwell on those mangled looking lashes, and there are so many YouTube vids and Pinterest how-tos on at-home extension removal!

The truth is, though, there’s no sure-fire way to remove your own extensions without risking damage to your own lashes. All those videos that promise safe removal are just false. 

What you can do, however, is speed up the shedding of those last extensions. And the best way to do it: with steam! The steam will dry out the extension adhesive, and help loosen the bond between your extensions and natural lashes. The effects won’t be immediate, but it will hasten the process quite a bit.

How-to: try steamy showers or steaming your face over a bowl of ultra-hot water with a towel over your head (keep your face about 8 inches from the water’s surface). And the best part: facial steaming is also incredibly detoxifying and beneficial for your skin! Use it as an at-home spa experience. 

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Image: Organic Authority 

I haven’t seen my own lashes in forever and now seeing them, I think alot of them have fallen out! Should I stop wearing extensions in the future? Are they damaging my lashes?

Many devoted lash extension wearers have seen no damage to their lashes while others have had major lash trauma. The difference is generally the lash artist.

An inexperienced lash artist can wreak havoc on your lashes and leave you with seriously sad eyelashes. If you’ve seen damage to your own lashes, it’s likely because: 

  • Improperly applied extensions can cause your own lashes to break, weaken, and/or fall out.
  • You had “cluster” lashes (multiple lashes grouped together) applied – these are laid across multiple natural lashes which interrupts the growth cycle of your own lashes. The immense stress on the hair follicle and can result in traction alopecia. Steer clear of these lashes at all costs.
  • Extensions that are too long or too thick for your lashes to bear can cause breakage and lash loss. If you already have fine, sparse, short lashes, they won’t be able to withstand the weight and length of extreme volume lashes. An experienced, prudent lash tech will assess each case individually and advise you on the safest option.
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I went to a very experienced, reputable lash artist and my own lashes still seem shorter and sparser. Why?

The cyanoacrylate-based lash extensions adhesives can have a drying effect on your natural lashes, which can inhibit healthy growth. This is the case regardless of how experienced your lash artist is.

This is why many experienced lash artists recommend using our Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum with your extensions to restore moisture to your lashes that’s lost through this adhesive.

For more information on lash extensions, including ingredients in the adhesive, how to best take care of them, and how to find a qualified lash tech, read our blog.

How do I grow my damaged lashes back?  

Many ladies have used our Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum to bring their extension-damaged lashes back to life and grow them longer and thicker than ever before. Use 2x per day for the fastest results!

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How fast does the serum work on lashes?

Most people will see noticeable results within 2-4 weeks however it all depends on what stage of the lash cycle you're in when you start! Also, if you're over 50, you may need to be a little more patient, but stick with it and the results will come! 

For maximum results, use up the whole tube (about 12 weeks). Once you've seen full results, you can switch to using the serum 2-3 times per week to maintain your newly lush lash look!

Can/should I keep using your serum once I return to getting lash extensions?

Absolutely! Our Lash & Brow Enhancing serum has been tested to have no effect on cyanoacrylate-based adhesives and their esters.  

Our serum will also help your extensions last longer by extending the growth-cycle and shortening the falling-out cycle of your own lashes. When less of your own lashes fall out, more of your extensions stay put.

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What can I do to make my lashes look longer/fuller right this minute?

For a 5-second lash lift, try our Curl & Lift Lash Curler! Wiggle the opening to the very base of your lashes and pump the curler open and closed repeatedly for about 5 seconds. Voila – lifted lashes that look noticeably longer and more fanned out! Use before mascara for a dramatic lash look, or all on its own for a naturally lifted look.

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Wishing you love, laughter, and lots of naturally long, lush lashes ;) 

-The Plume Team <3

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