As a lash artist, one of the most common concerns you'll encounter from clients is how to sleep with lash extensions. It's crucial to provide them with the right advice to ensure their lash aftercare is effective, and that their eyelash extensions remain intact, comfortable, and beautiful.
Don't fear: this guide is designed to help you educate your clients on maintaining their lashes while they catch their beauty sleep! From the best pillow choices to the ideal sleeping position, here's everything you need to know about sleeping wearing lash extensions.
Understanding the Basics of Lash Extension Maintenance
Before diving into sleep-specific tips, it's essential to remind clients about the general care of lash extensions. Lash extensions require gentle care to maintain their appearance and longevity. The extensions are more fragile than natural lashes and can be easily damaged if not properly cared for.
Remind clients that rubbing their eyes, using oil-based products, or applying mascara can lead to premature shedding of the extensions. Don't forget to advise clients to gently clean their lash extensions daily. A foam or gel-based, oil-free cleanser is ideal. This helps remove buildup of dirt, oil, and makeup residue. You can provide a clean spoolie brush and instruct clients on how to gently comb through the extensions to keep them aligned and free of tangles. However, explain that over-brushing can stress the lashes, so it should be done sparingly, preferably once a day.
Now we've covered the basics, let's dive into the perfect routine for anyone who needs to sleep with eyelash extensions!
Adopting the Best Sleep Position
The best thing you can do after getting lash extensions is sleep on your back. Although it might not feel comfortable at first, becoming a back sleeper is the best thing you can do to keep your fresh set of extensions in perfect condition.
Adopting a sleeping position on your back prevents lashes from rubbing against the pillow, which can cause lash loss or alter their direction. For those who find it challenging to maintain this position, a memory foam pillow can help by providing neck support and discouraging turning onto the stomach or side.
The Importance of a Silk or Satin Pillowcase
Another important tip you should offer is the use of silk or satin pillowcases. Unlike cotton pillows, silk and satin pillowcases create less friction and do not absorb moisture, thus helping to keep the lashes dry.
This is particularly important for side and stomach sleepers who may find themselves switching position in the night and putting more pressure on their lashes. Silk pillowcases can also benefit the skin and hair, reducing facial wrinkles and hair frizz more than other materials. That's not to mention the fact that a silk pillowcase simply feels super luxurious -- your clients will still feel like they're being pampered even after they leave their appointment!
Using Eye Masks
A sleep mask, especially a contoured sleep mask, can be a great ally for lash extension wearers. They protect the lashes from any undue pressure and direct contact with the pillow or bedding. Recommend that your clients fall asleep wearing silk eye masks, as these offer the same benefits as silk pillowcases and are gentler on the lashes and skin.
Top tip: look for sleep masks with adjustable straps. Tight straps can put pressure on the head and indirectly on the lashes, while very loose straps won’t provide adequate protection. An adjustable strap on your eye mask allows for a snug, comfortable fit without unnecessary pressure.
The Perfect Night Routine
So your client has already got their silk or satin pillowcase, a comfy eye mask, and is ready to sleep on their back to avoid putting pressure on their new lashes. That's great! But don't forget to remind them to maintain their lashes before they go to bed.
Advise clients to gently brush their lashes each night with a clean spoolie. This practice not only keeps the lashes neat but also prevents any crisscrossing or tangling. Also, stress the importance of removing makeup thoroughly yet gently, preferably with an oil-free cleanser, to keep the lash area clean. Check out our full guide about how to clean eyelash extensions to find out more!
Managing Humidity and Moisture in the Bedroom
It's important to remind clients to keep their lashes dry at night. This means being cautious around bath or shower steam and not sleeping with wet lashes. If they've showered or washed their face, they should give ample time for their lashes to air dry. Sleeping with wet or damp lashes is a big no no; this can cause the individual eyelash extensions to stick together or lose their shape.
High humidity levels can affect the adhesive used for eyelash extensions, potentially weakening the bond and leading to premature shedding or misalignment. Using a dehumidifier in the bedroom can help maintain an optimal level of humidity, especially in naturally humid climates or during summer months.
Good air circulation in the bedroom can also contribute to maintaining a dry environment. A gentle, quiet fan can help circulate air without creating too much airflow that might disturb the lashes. However, make sure that the fan isn't positioned directly at the face as this almost constant pressure can cause more harm to the eyelashes. The stream of air can cause the lashes to flutter or move excessively, potentially leading to tangling or misshaping. That's why we always advise clients to position their bed or sleeping area away from direct air flow or adjust the direction of the air stream.
Educating your clients on how to sleep with lash extensions is vital for their satisfaction and the longevity of your work. By offering these tips, you not only enhance their overall experience but also showcase your expertise and care as a lash artist. Remember, a client who is well-informed is more likely to be a repeat client, and will trust you with their lash needs for years to come! Want more tips for educating your clients on the best maintenance techniques for their eyelash extensions? Contact us today or check out our blog for all things eyelashes!