We’ve all been there. You wake up from a lovely, deep beauty sleep, walk to the bathroom expecting to see a replenished, reinvigorated reflection looking back at us in the mirror, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Having slept awkwardly, our pillows have taken it upon themselves to restructure our fluttering eyelash extensions in the form of an ambiguous modern art installation.
We’ve got kinks here, clumps there, one resembles the lightning bolt on Harry Potter’s forehead — it’s not a good look. The good news is that there are a couple of ways to get those unruly lashes back in line and following orders.
The bad news is, depending on how severe the sleep damage is, they might not give your lashes that fresh from the salon look you had before hitting the hay.
Removable fake eyelashes are easy. If you’ve been for a night out, had one too many, and fallen face-first into bed, when you wake up, you can peel them off and fix them up.
It only takes a firm grip, a pair of tweezers to bend them back onto the lash, then a hot and steamy towel press to ensure they stay where they’re supposed to be.
When it comes to full-blown eyelash extensions, prevention is better than the cure, so it’s best to sleep on your back whenever possible.
However, being that we’ve already gotten ourselves into this situation — lashes all over the shop like members of a band on a 90s album cover — we have to play the hand we’re dealt.
You might be able to solve clumping by simply running the plastic brush your lash technician should have provided you after you had your lovely lashes applied in the salon.
This little miracle brush will straighten out the wandering lashes to a certain extent too. How do I brush my lash extensions?.
Never underestimate the power of the mini brush. It may seem like a simplistic device, but you’d be surprised how effective it is for keeping those lash extensions looking luscious and improving lash retention.
Should the mini brush fail you, don’t worry, there’s one more thing you can try…curling. Before you get started, it’s important that you don’t use a mechanical curling device on lash extensions.
They’ll cause more harm than good, prematurely damaging your beautiful extensions.
No, for this emergency, you’re going to need a heated eyelash curler. As your extensions are already curled to perfection, you should try and avoid making contact with them.
If you can, it’s best to focus the heat on your actual lashes rather than the extensions.
Give them a once over, and with any luck, those dissenting lashes will have abandoned their protest and joined back up with the dreamy team!
If your lashes are still looking like a cat’s whiskers after falling out of a tree, I’m afraid there may only be one solution left: calling your salon to book another appointment.
They’ll either have a few tricks up their sleeve to fix your current extensions or remove your current ones and replace them with a fresh set. Before you’re even off the table, they’re also likely to have a stern, yet polite word about lash extension care.
How can I straighten my crooked eyelashes?
As we’ve already established, there are only really three things you can do to fix up your eyelash extensions after they go askew.
- Use the mini brush – A few strokes of this little brush should straighten out those lashes that have decided to throw some shapes on your lids.
- Use a heated curler – a heated curler should be your next port of call. Bringing your natural lashes under control is a great way to cure wonky extensions. Be warned, though, your curl is going to go OFF!
- Hit the salon – This is a worst-case scenario, but it’s also the best way to deal with the problem. A decent lash technician (or lash whisperer, as we call them) might be able to work some of their magic and fix you up.
Otherwise, they’ll remove your faulty set, and apply a fresh set. It’s not the cheapest solution, but it might be the only way to get that reflection looking right.
Before we part ways, let’s discuss some top lash extension maintenance tips in order to prevent this unfortunate event from occurring ever again.
- Sleep on your back – We know everyone has their go-to sleeping positions, and flat on the back is not normally anyone’s first choice, but keeping those lashes high above your bedding is essential.
No pillow contact means they’ll stay exactly where they’re supposed to be, and you’ll never have to wake up to crooked lashes ever again.
- Invest in a silk pillow – Sleeping on their back is simply not an option for some, and no matter how gorgeous your lash extensions are, if you’re not getting any sleep, your eyes are going to look puffy, discolored, and exhausted.
If you’re a belly-sleeper, this is the perfect excuse to get fancy and buy some silk pillowcases. You should still try to avoid heavy contact, but the silk will allow your lash extensions to glide over the pillowcase rather than drag.
Cotton pillowcases may have a lovely skin-feel, but they’re incredibly fibrous.
When you try and catch some ZZZs, even if you don’t end up with kinky lashes, there’s a much higher chance that one or more of your extensions will snag on a thread or fiber and become dislodged. So, if you want your lashes to last, choose silk!
What’s more, silk pillows are known to prevent facial wrinkles and combat acne, so, yeah…it’s a win, win, win situation.
- Sleep in an eye mask with a beveled socket area – Normal eye masks are strictly out of the question, as they’ll smash up your eyelashes as much as any pillow or blanket. Are sleep masks bad for eyelashes?
. A special eye mask with space for your eyelashes to breathe, on the other hand, is the perfect lash-care accessory.