Can You Curl Eyelash Extensions With A Lash Curler?

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As a lash artist, I often get asked if it’s possible to curl eyelash extensions. The answer is yes and no, but it is possible!

However, it may seem tricky at first, with the right technique and tools, you can  achieve beautifully curled extensions that will make your eyes pop.

The key is to not using a mechanical curler but rather a heated eyelash curler to curl the base of your natural lashes.  So, let’s dive in and explore how to get those lashes looking fabulous!


 In this article you will learn:


Can You Curl Eyelash Extensions?


No, you shouldn’t curl your eyelash extensions, but you can safely curl your natural lashes with a heated eyelash curler. It might be possible to curl lash extensions with a heated curler, but that doesn’t mean that it should be done.

Extensions are already curled, and you can damage them and your natural lashes if you try to curl them even more. Looking for more curl you can use a heated eyelash curler to curl your natural lashes to get a little more curl to your lashes and eyelash extensions by curling the base of your natural lashes.


Should I Curl My Eyelash Extensions?


No, you should never try to curl your eyelash extensions. This is because the synthetic fibers of the extensions are already curled. By trying to curl them more yourself, you only risk damaging them or even breaking them. They are also unlikely to last as long as they should.

If you are wanting more curl to your lash extensions you need to use a heated eyelash curler that will curl your actual lashes. The lash extensions already have a curl to them.

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How To Curl Your Eyelashes With Lash Extensions


While you shouldn’t need to curl your eyelash extensions in the first place, and it isn’t recommended to do so, it is possible. You should avoid using a traditional or mechanical eyelash curler, as they will damage the synthetic fibers too much. Instead, use a heated eyelash curler.

These are far less likely to cause damage to the synthetic fibers as well as your own natural lashes.

Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Clean lashes
  2. Separate eyelash extensions with a wand or comb
  3. Ensure lashes are dry
  4. Curl lashes with the heated curler. Avoid placing the curler near the base of the lashes. Brush the lashes with a wand while pressing them to the curler.
  5. Curl until you reach the desired look
  6. Apply heat for 3-5 seconds to “lock in” the curl
  7. Repeat as needed

How To Curl Your Eyelash Extensions Safely


You can safely curl lash extensions by making sure your lashes are clean, dry, and separated with a wand. Use a heated curler, avoid placing it near the lash base.

Simply brush the lashes up with light pressure from the curler and keep going until you reach the desired look! You may need to do this a few times to get your lashes how you like.

Mechanical Curlers Vs. Heated Curlers


Mechanical curlers are the ones we are all likely used to. They work by the user placing the open device by the root of the lashes and pinching the device for a few seconds. This motion is repeated up the length of the lash until you get to the tips.

Heated curlers are very easy and simple to use. Allow it to heat up, then just brush it through your lashes in a gentle upward motion. This will gradually curl the lashes into the desired shape.

Both options work, but the mechanical curler is more likely to damage your lashes (natural and extensions). Overall, the heated curler is the safer and easier method, and it’s less intimidating to use. However, if you don’t have lash extensions, the mechanical option is fine as long as you’re careful.



The Best Curler For Eyelash Extensions


Heat curlers are the best option for lash extensions because they will not damage the lashes like a mechanical or traditional curler will. Instead of using force, this curler will use the heat to allow you to gently manipulate the lashes as you wish. To see a break down of the best heated eyelash curlers we recommend click on the article link.


The Best Way To Curl Lash Extensions


Separate your lashes after cleaning and drying them, then use a heated lash curler to carefully brush up the lashes. Keep the curler away from the base of the lashes and apply a light pressure as you brush. Keep brushing up until the lashes are as curled as you want them.


Why You Shouldn’t Use Mechanical Eyelash Curlers?

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It isn’t a good idea to use mechanical eyelash curlers, as they make it easy for eyelashes and extensions to be ripped out or otherwise damaged. Overuse is likely to lead to damage to the eyelash. If you need to curl your lashes, using heated eyelash curlers is a safer (and easier) way to get the desired effect.


How To Curl Eyelash Extensions By Different Methods


It isn’t possible to curl eyelashes without using a heat curler. Not only will a traditional/mechanical curler damage the synthetic fibers, but it won’t work. This is because lash extensions already have a curl in them that is very difficult, if impossible, to change.

You can try curling them using a heated eyelash curler, but it isn’t 100% guaranteed to work. You can try curling them by using a heated eyelash curler on clean, separated lash extensions.

All you need to do is brush the heated lash curler up, avoiding the lash base, and keep brushing them in an upwards motion. Keep going until you reach your desired look, and lock in the curl by keeping the heat on for 3 to 5 seconds.



While curling eyelash extensions is not recommended, you can safely curl your natural lashes with a heated eyelash curler to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking curl.

Remember to be gentle and only curl near the base of the natural lashes to prevent damage. With the right technique and tools, you can get those lashes looking fabulous without compromising their health.

If you have any questions or concerns about lash curling, don’t hesitate to consult with a lash artist or beauty professional. Thanks for reading, and happy curling!


Frequently Asked Questions About Curling Lash Extensions


Why Do Lash Extensions Lose Their Curls?


Low-quality or poorly made lash extensions may lose their curl. However, overheating can also cause them to lose their curl. This can happen by spending a lot of time cooking, as the heat will impact the fibers


Why Is A Heated Eyelash Curler Better For Lash Extensions?


Because it won’t tug or pull at the extensions and your lashes. This will make them last longer and not get ripped out accidentally or damaged.


How To Prep And Check Your Eyelash Curlers?


Mechanical lash curler pads should be replaced every three months if you use them frequently, as this will protect your lashes. Ensure it stays clean as well. Wash it with mild soap and warm water after every use.


Can You Use A Traditional Lash Curler For Extensions?


No, it is not recommended to use a traditional/mechanical lash curler for your eyelash extensions. They are likely to damage the extensions as well as your own lashes.


How Do You Keep Eyelash Extensions Curled?


Avoid too much heat, as this will make them relax. You can also use a heat lash curler to curl them up every day, or get lash extensions that are more curled!


How To Uncurl Eyelash Extensions?


Use a heated lash curler to straighten out lashes as much as you like. Instead of curling up, just angle the curler down to move in the opposite direction. You can also brush petroleum jelly into your lashes to help straighten them.


Why Won’t My Lashes Curl?


You’re using the wrong lash curler for your eyes. You need to use the correct one for your eye shape to get the results you want!




What Should You Not Do With An Eyelash Curler?


You should never “crimp” your lashes with a curler, and you definitely should not tug or pull at your lashes with it. Vigorous squeezing and pulling can result in the lashes snapping or being ripped out.


What Is The Healthiest Way To Curl Your Eyelashes?


A heated curler will be the healthiest way to curl your lashes, as it removes the risk of damaging or ripping your lashes out. However, you need to be careful with these, as they will get hot.


How Long Do Your Eyelashes With Extensions Stay Curled After Curling Them?


Your curled lashes will last anywhere between a few minutes and all day, depending on what you do to them! For the best and longest-lasting results, you should use a heated curler.

If using a mechanical curler, you need to make sure to get as close to the lash line as possible without pinching the skin. We highly recommend not going this route as it can rip out your lash extensions and cause damage to your natural lashes.


How Long Should You Squeeze An Eyelash Curler?


Squeeze or pinch your eyelash curler against your lashes for around 10 seconds. You should make the curler pulse slightly, and work your way up from the base of the lashes all the way to the tips. Be careful and do this very gently, or you can rip out our lashes!


How Do You Train Your Eyelashes To Curl?


You can try to train your eyelashes to curl by curling them every day. However, you should be aware that doing this can also damage your lashes, especially if using a curler every day. Using a mechanical lash curler is more likely to damage lashes than a heated one, too.

Eyelashes also fall out and replace themselves over a few weeks, so you can never truly train them to be curled all the time!


How To Choose The Right Eyelash Curler For Your Eye Shape


Not every lash curler will work for every eye shape! Check out our guide to find the perfect heated lash curler for your eyes.