We want our clients to be happy with the lash extensions we’re applying, right? The worst is having a client call and complain that their new lashes are falling off prematurely. What do you say? Uh, sorry. Come back tomorrow, and I’ll touch them up for free. Your client will probably be okay with that, hopefully, but now you’re spending more time on a set of lashes than you should. And, as we all know, time is money! We don’t want to throw away our time or money. So, let’s figure out how to make your lash extensions last the first time.
Are you perfectly isolating each natural lash? When it comes to making your lash extensions last, isolation is a major contributing factor. Each lash must be isolated; you know one natural lash between your isolation tweezer. This goes for applying both classic and volume lashes. If your isolation needs some work, don’t worry, just practice on strip lashes, friends, and family to get this technique down. It’s so important! Also, taping can help isolate those more difficult natural lashes, thus helping to make your lash extensions last longer. Click the link below to get more information on taping up extensions and getting to those hard to reach natural lashes.
Lash Extension Weight
Are you applying extensions that are too heavy for the natural lash? When you apply a heavy extension to a weak natural lash, it can cause the natural lash to break or the extension to droop. Keep in mind that the diameter of a lash extension is not the weight of the lash extension. A 12mm, .20 diameter lash extension weighs .00030 grams. A 12mm, .15 diameter lash extension weighs .00015 grams. When choosing the diameter of extension to use for your set, keep the weight of the extension in mind. Also, the length of the extensions should not exceed double the length of the natural lash. The longer the extension, you guessed it, the more weight. Picking the right lash extensions will give your clients long lasting lashes they can brag about!
Are you using too much lash adhesive? Using too much adhesive will cause eyelash extensions to fall out quicker than they should. Less is more! If you’re using too much lash glue, it will add more weight which will dramatically reduce retention. Using too much lash glue will also cause the lashes to stick to each other causing an unnatural, painful, and short-lasting set. No thanks! To avoid using too much lash adhesive, dip only the very end of the extension into the adhesive and dab off any excess glue before applying the extension to the natural lash. That’s it; you’ll be ready to go!
Are you not using enough lash adhesive? Too much lash adhesive is not the way to go, but neither is not enough adhesive. Make sure that you have enough lash glue to properly coat the extension and natural lash. Remember, not too much, but not too little. It’s a balance thing.
Are you rushing when you’re applying your set of eyelash extensions? Okay, listen, I get it, we are busy. Heck, our clients are busy. They don’t want to lay on your lash table for hours; they’ve got stuff to do! However, I bet your clients wouldn’t mind their lash appointment taking a little longer if it means their lashes look better and last longer. I mean, what is the point in laying there if their lashes will just fall out the next day? So, slow it down a little. Take the extra 20 minutes today, so you won’t have to re-do the whole thing tomorrow. Make sure you are paying attention to the details because the details will make the difference.
End of Service Check
Are you checking your lash set before curing with a Nano-Mister or fan? The Lash Professional recommends checking your set to make sure there are not any extensions stuck together, all the lashes adhere at the base, and there isn’t excess adhesive or drooping extensions. If you find anything that isn’t right, fix it! It’s better to fix any mistakes at the end of the service than have the client call tomorrow complaining. Do it right the first time.
You also want to brush the lashes before sending your client on their way. Actually, I brush them four to five times throughout the service. And I don’t mean lightly fluffing them; I mean BRUSH THOSE BABIES! Better to have any weak links (extensions) fall off while they are there than when they get home! Speaking of home — send your client home with eyelash extension aftercare instructions so they can maintain their new beauties.
These 5 tips will make your lash extensions last! If you feel like you need additional information on how to properly apply extensions, we have great classic and volume lash classes that will break everything down in detail! Check them out.