We love them both—the lush, beautiful look of having lash extensions AND those fun, exciting getaways and vacations! It’s like, what the hell else do you need, right?! While we love to have our lashes and take them all over the place on adventures, there are a few things you should know about when pairing the two of them together. Am I saying don’t get them for vacations? Hell NO! They are perfect for vacations, however, there may be additional steps in care needed depending on where you are going and what you’ll be doing.
Let us explain a little about extensions so you get where we are coming from when giving you additional care instructions. I’ll also talk about tips and tricks we love sharing with our clients before heading out! Read below for the straight up talk about lashes and vacationing with them!
Alright, lets cut to the chase. Vacationing, whether you are going to Vegas to party it up, laying on a beach in Mexico or taking a week-long camping trip with your fam, I’m going to be real with you here—it is HARD on the retention of your lash extensions! For one, you are out of your normal day to day routine and doing things that you aren’t normally doing during the day. Extra movement, extra activity, staying up late, wearing extra makeup, swimming, sweating, heat, humidity and just plain not giving a crap about your appearance as much because you are trying to live in the moment and enjoy life!
Why does any of this matter when it comes to lash extensions? All of these can compromise the strength and durability of the adhesive and loosen the bond with the extension and the natural lash. Our adhesives are semi-permanent, however any type of oil (natural or by product) that comes in contact with the adhesive will begin to break it down. The adhesive will not be as strong as it should be and when combined with a lot of activity the extensions will not hold up as well as they normally would.
Here are some tips you can do to help keep the retention as best as possible while you’re away:
1.) Use a sealer! Better yet—Black Diamond! You can find it in our boutique or click here. This product not only increases bonding strength, extending the life of the lashes but it also leaves a lovely glossy finish. The Sealant dries with a black tint and protects the lashes from oil, moisture and dust, debris and the elements. This is an awesome product to add to your suitcase to help protect your lashes against things like sweat, saltwater, pool water, excess heat and humidity.
2.) Take extra care of your lashes! For instance, if you know you are going to be in the ocean, make sure you clean or at least rinse the saltwater off the extensions soon after you are done swimming. Why? The saltwater will dry on the extensions, leaving them stiff and brittle while also breaking down the adhesive. Same goes for when you are in the pools, with the heavily chemicals that are in those pools, make sure you are giving your lashes some love after you swim! Giving them a good comb does wonders too.
3.) Schedule your appointment 24-48 hours prior to leaving on your vacation. This gives the lashes plenty of time to cure. In addition, you will probably want to schedule a fill when you get back, regardless of how long you normally go on vacation. Trust us, your lashes WILL need the attention!
These steps will help increase the retention of the lashes. If you are new to getting extensions and are getting them prior to going on vacation, do not hesitate! They are great for vacations as they give you a great get up and go look without the hassle of applying mascara, especially if you are going to someplace warm. Just know that you may need to do a little more care and upkeep while away and that they may not hold up as well as they normally would and that once you are home if you keep up with the extensions, they should hold up and you’ll have longer retention between fill appointments. We both love vacationing and are great at caring for our lashes but have also seen what being on vacation can do to your extensions. We wanted to share with you so that you can be ready to hit that adventure running with those lovely lashes!