What even is eyelash shampoo?
According to Bridgette Softley, founder of cult lash brand , lash shampoo is an essential product for anyone who has eyelash extensions.
"A lash shampoo will freshen your lash extensions to banish all impurities, bacteria and irritants," she says. "If you know Nouveau Lashes, you will already know how important lash health is to us and this is an important step of the treatment aftercare. We highly recommend using our Vegan friendly Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser 2-3 times per week to keep your eyelash extensions perfectly cleansed, hydrated and moisturised, without effecting the adhesive bonds."
How does it differ from eye makeup remover and other cleansers?
"A large amount of skincare products; eye make-up removers, cleansers, moisturisers, are oil based," explains Bridgette. "The oily formula can loosen the bonds holding your lashes on, meaning you will need that infill appointment a lot sooner than you usually would! To prevent losing your lashes too early, use our oil-free Gentle Eye Make-up Remover, which contains a burst of many vitamins and anti-oxidants, around the eye area. Take extra care when removing eye makeup, we advise to try to avoid cotton wool pads, as there fibres can become stuck or manipulate the lashes."
Ok, so what else will help to keep eyelash extensions healthy?
You've got your oil-free makeup remover, you've got your lash shampoo... now what? Luckily, Bridgette has a few tricks up her sleeve for long and length lashes.
1. Be shower savvy
"Your technician will advise you not to get your lashes wet at all in the first 48 hours after your treatment. You should also avoid saunas, steam rooms, sunbeds and use oil free make-up remover. When the 48 hours are up and you can shower, be mindful about how you position your face towards the flow of water. Do not stand directly under the showerhead with your face up, and try not to rub your eyes with the towel afterwards. Pat your face dry and be careful not to pull around your eye area."
2. Sleep beautifully
"Slightly tricky to concentrate on whilst you are asleep, but it is important to make as much effort as possible not to disturb your lashes during the night. Position your pillows around your head to reduce the chance of crushing one side and manipulating the lashes, and avoid sleeping on your front completely."
3. Appointment advice
"It is important to keep on top of your infill appointments. Each treatment requires a different time period between each infill, so be sure to check this with your technician before you leave the salon, and if possible, book your infills there and then so you don’t forget. Attending regular maintenance sessions will preserve the condition of your natural lashes, as well as retaining the volume you desire."