How to Sleep with Eyelash Extensions


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The Best Way to Sleep with Eyelash Extensions

So, you’ve been wearing eyelash extensions for a few weeks now. You’ve learned a lot about how they work, their pros and cons, but now you want to know the best way to sleep with your lash set.

Being careless with your eyelash extensions can have expensive consequences! Failure to properly maintain your lashes may cause the extensions to fall faster than expected, leaving undesirable gaps. Excessive gaps in your lashes may disqualify you for a fill-in, causing you to require an entirely new set!

If you’re new to eyelash extensions and not sure how to properly protect your lashes while sleeping, we’ve got you covered. Keep those luscious lashes in tiptop condition with our helpful tips!

This post will go over how to properly prep your lashes for bed, the best sleeping positions, and the best pillows and masks


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Prepping for bed

Caring for your lashes starts with your pre-bedtime prep. You may be wondering, “can I wash my face with eyelash extensions?” Yes, you can!

It’s essential to keep your lash extensions clean. Debris and dead skin cells can accumulate along the lash line if it’s not cleaned regularly. This neglect can lead to accelerated shedding of the lashes and a nasty infection!

First, take off your makeup with an oil-free remover. It’s crucial to use an oil-free remover as the oil can disintegrate the adhesive used to bond the extensions to your natural lashes. If you need more precision, try using Q-tip.

After removing your makeup, it’s time to clean your lashes! We recommend Beauty Time’s cleanser. It’s specifically formulated for the delicate eye area and helps preserve your extensions’ integrity. In a pinch? You can use baby shampoo diluted in water as a temporary solution.

After thoroughly cleaning your extensions, gently pat your face and eye area. Do not rub your eyes! When possible, avoid going to bed with wet lashes. You can use a hairdryer on the cool setting to slowly dry the lashes. After they’re dry, gently comb out your lashes with the clean mascara brush provided by your stylist. This will help your lashes to retain their shape.



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The best way to sleep with eyelash extensions

Now that you’ve finally washed the day away, it’s time to get ready for bed!

The best way to sleep with lash extensions is on your back. Sleeping on your back reduces the likelihood that your extensions will brush against your hand or pillow. This will help prevent breakage or damage to the lashes.

Of course, some of us are more comfortable resting on our side. If this is your preference, try to lay with your face off the edge of the pillow. Side sleepers will eventually notice that they lose lashes faster or have excessive thinning or shedding on the preferred sleeping side.  This will lead to a need to refill sooner – which is much more expensive and time-consuming.

If you’re not naturally a back sleeper, this may prove to be a difficult habit to form. Try putting a pillow under your knees or lower back to alleviate pressure on your spine. You can also build a pillow fortress around your body before going to bed every night. This will help train your body as you sleep, reminding it of the boundary set.

Try to form a new habit of becoming a back sleeper – your lashes and wallet will thank you!


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The best pillows to get when you wear lash extensions

While pillows are necessary for a good night’s rest, they can wreak havoc on eyelash extensions! The ideal pillow will provide good support, restrict your moments, and be gentle against your skin, hair, and eyelashes.

We recommend purchasing a memory foam pillow with a wave pattern. This shape cradles your neck and aligns your spine, and it also helps keep your head from turning while you sleep.

We also recommend switching your cotton pillowcase for silk or satin! Cotton’s texture is too rough for lash extensions. Just how it dries out your hair and causes bedhead, it will do the same to your new lash set. The slick surface of satin or silk drastically reduces the amount of friction you experience when sleeping or lounging. Not only is this best for delicate extensions, but it’s also excellent for your skin because it prevents sleep wrinkles so you can wake up looking fabulous.

Try these pillows and pillowcases to extend the life of your extensions!



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The best sleep masks for lash wearers

Sleep masks are another great option to protect your eyes and help you to get a good night’s sleep. However, choosing the wrong sleep mask can cause more damage than necessary.

The best sleep masks that prevent breakage are contoured sleep masks. They have an ergonomic design that doesn’t put any pressure on your eyelids. Our eyelids naturally flutter and move while we sleep. With this sleep mask style, the mask’s fabric is not touching your extensions. This eliminates the friction and rubbing against your lashes, giving you a better retention rate.

If you’re a side sleeper, a contoured sleep mask is an excellent way for you to protect your extensions. The contoured design creates a small cushion between the pillowcase and your eye area. This will prevent your lashes from brushing against the fabric.


Waking up

Avoid scratching or rubbing your eyes when you wake up in the morning. Remember, the less friction, the better retention!

Repeat the gentle cleansing routine you did before bed, and your lashes will remain in tip-top condition until your next refill.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll master the art of how to sleep with lash extensions in no time.



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