Can I Shower With Eyelash Extensions?

When considering whether it's possible to shower with eyelash extensions, one of the first questions to answer is how long it takes for the bond to set on new eyelash extensions. It typically takes 48 hours for the bond between natural lashes and eyelash extensions to set - so, the rule of thumb is no showering is allowed until then! However, that only applies if there are no questions when it comes to proper application. 

With proper application and the use of high-quality materials, you can expect your eyelash extension retention to be excellent. To ensure long-lasting results, we always recommend wearing goggles when showering. They will protect your lashes from coming into contact with water, soap, or shampoo (or anything else you might use in the shower). Following these simple tips could make all the difference in retaining beautiful lashes for as long as possible!

The Takeaways:

  • Showering with eyelash extensions doesn't have to be a problem, but you must make sure to take the proper precautions in order to avoid any damage.
  • In order to ensure your new eyelash extensions' longevity, it is essential that you keep them dry for the first 24 hours after application - even when showering.
  • When showering with eyelash extensions, it is important to avoid using hot water, as this can cause the extensions to become brittle and break.
  • When cleansing with lash extensions, make sure to maintain a gentle touch and never rub your eyes as this can loosen the adhesive of the extensions.
  • When showering with eyelash extensions, it is important to avoid using any harsh cleansers or soaps, as these can strip the extensions of their natural oils.

Things To Remember When Showering With Eyelash Extensions

You may already be aware that you can wet your eyelash extensions, but many people are still curious about how often they should clean their lash extensions. Ensuring your lashes stay hydrated is essential for optimal results - here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Reduced Water Pressure

When showering with eyelash extensions, it's important to find a showerhead that is gentle on your lashes. Look for shower heads with lighter shower jets and gentler sprays instead of shower heads with high-pressure streams, as these can cause the extension adhesive to break down, leaving your lovely extensions falling out or making them look sparse. If you find the shower pressure still too strong after switching shower heads, consider using the hand-held showerhead instead or turning down the knobs so only the tiniest bit of pressure is coming through - just enough to rinse off the excess shampoo and conditioner. To avoid this:

  1. Wash your face in the sink instead of the shower.
  2. Wet your face with your hands by splashing water over it.
  3. Wash the cleanser off of your face while avoiding your eyelashes.

Avoid Steamy Hot Showers

When it comes to false lash extensions, steam can be a major enemy of the health and longevity of your appearance. Hot steam can dry out lash adhesive and cause them to come loose prematurely. To ensure that this doesn't happen, it's best to avoid saunas, steam rooms, facial steams, and hot showers altogether. If your lifestyle doesn't permit total avoidance, try to keep your face away from the source of the steam as much as possible and lower the temperature so moisture doesn't get too terribly hot. If your lashes come loose due to heat damage, don't try to reapply them yourself - go to a professional for assistance!

Avoid Scrubbing And Rubbing

Eye health and maintenance are very important factors to consider when it comes to taking care of lash extensions. Clients should avoid scrubbing or rubbing the eye area, including the lash line, as this can create too much friction which may loosen and make them fall out. It is best to gently pat the eye area with a clean, soft cloth instead. If there is a need to remove something from your eye, use only a cotton swab or Q-tip to do so. Additionally, never use harsh chemicals or makeup removers around your eye area as this could damage the lashes and compromise their adhesion over time. Following these simple steps will ensure that clients get the most out of their lash extensions for as long as possible.

Using A Gentle Cleanser

Clean skin is essential for maintaining a healthy complexion and preserving eyelash extensions, so using a gentle cleanser is key. Specifically, you should look for skin-friendly ingredients such as aloe vera and honey. Start by removing makeup and dirt with cotton pads soaked in a water-based cleanser or makeup remover. This will help to gently remove impurities without pulling on your skin or lashes. Once your skin is clean, use a light cleanser to remove grime, oil, and other residues from the skin. Avoid using harsh detergents with alcohol as these can strip away natural oils and dry out skin, resulting in dryness and irritation. Cleaning your skin with a gentle cleanser will ensure that dirt and bacteria are efficiently removed while nourishing the skin to maintain an optimal balance.

Dry Your Lashes Properly

Properly drying your lashes after washing your face or bathing is an essential step to help maintain their health. Using soft, dry towels and a spoolie brush can help absorb water and dry away tears or sweat that may have collected on the lashes. To minimize damage, do not rub them dry, simply gently dab and draw the excess moisture away from the base of your lash line to avoid unnecessary strain on them. Taking the extra time to dry each lash thoroughly will ensure that they stay firmly attached and prevent breakage.

After A Shower, Pamper Your Lashes

Taking care of your lashes is an important part of keeping your eye area looking amazing. After each shower, take a few minutes to brush them gently with a mascara wand. This helps to remove any unwanted debris that may have built up throughout the day and helps keep it looking voluminous and healthy. Be sure to brush them in upward strokes starting at the lashline, so as not to harm or break them. If you make this a part of your daily bathroom routine, you're sure to have gorgeous eyes that will draw stares everywhere you go!

Check And Review Your Cosmetic Products

Taking caution with your eye makeup is essential in order to maintain safe and long-lasting eyelash extensions. Be sure to check the ingredients of your cosmetic products before applying, particularly avoiding any oil-based items. Furthermore, it’s important to always review your cosmetics regularly, discarding those that are expired or that you don't use anymore, to help minimize the risk of damaging your lash extensions. Taking the time to ensure safe practices when it comes to eye makeup can help keep your beautiful look lasting longer!

Final Thought

Taking the plunge and getting eyelash extensions is a great way to enhance your natural beauty and elevate your look. Before you head to your appointment, there are a few tips that you should know in order to ensure the best result possible. First, make sure you find an experienced and qualified lash technician that can guide you through the process. Research online or ask around for recommendations of the nearest salon or place offering eyelash extensions.

Then, pay attention to post-appointment care instructions. To avoid weakening the adhesive, be careful when showering or washing your face, and avoid getting it wet for 24 hours after the appointment if possible. Even if they do get wet, gently pat them dry using a soft towel. With proper care and attention, your lash extensions are sure to last for weeks! has a great blog post that covers everything you need to know about eyelash extensions, from selecting the right type of lash to aftercare instructions. Check it out for more information!