Following the correct aftercare nail advice is the most important factor to maintain your nails and keep them looking their best. It’s important that you follow the advice that we recommend to make the most out of your nail treatment. The nail advice that we give are general guidelines that everyone should follow to help maintain the condition of the natural nail.
Treat your nails like jewels, not tools! Do not use the tip of your nails to pries open anything or put unnecessary pressure on the free edge that will cause breaks and potentially cause damage. Be aware of your nails when opening a can or car door.
Use cuticle oil daily. Applying Cuticle Oil twice a day especially at night will ensure your nails stay nourished, strong and flexible whether you have natural, polished, Shellac or acrylic nails. This natural nail and cuticle oil helps to condition the nails and can also be used on any dry skin areas.
Wear rubber gloves. Protect your nails and hands when using cleaning products, gardening and washing up as many household chemicals can effect the longevity of your nail treatment and start to break down the product before it’s due time.
Do not bite, pick or cut. This can cause them to lift, become weak and break, and possibly cause damage and thinning to your natural nails. If the nail enhancements appear to be lifting from the nail plate, contact us and make arrangements for a revisit as soon as possible to prevent bacterial infections. Do not be tempted to pull off the lifted part as this will cause nail distress and weaken your natural nail.
Allow for drying time. Professionally applied nail polish can take up to 2 hours to dry through thoroughly and 24 hours to completely set. Although they will be touch-dry in 20-30 minutes, you will still need to be careful with freshly painted nails.
Avoid intense heat. Up to 24 hours after application nail products– no hot water, sauna or sunbed as it may cause heat spikes on your nails and prolong the setting or curing process.
Wash your hands. After you apply sun cream, tinted lotions, insect repellent and colored hair products. Some products contain ingredients that can possibly cause nails to discolour, fade or weaken. Avoid products that contain lanolin or mineral oils as these will give you service breakdown.
Top up your color. You may apply nail polish or a top coat over your manicured or enhanced nails for a change of color or as a top up every few day to increase longevity.
Use non–acetone remover. If you are removing nail polish you need to be aware of any products containing acetone can compromise longevity of your nail treatment.
Maintain between 10–14 days. Your nail enhancements will last up to two weeks and will require a maintenance appointment after this time. It is vital that you keep up with maintenance to avoid natural nail damage. The more you have your nails maintained the stronger they will become over time.
Nail enhancement and Shellac removal. It is advisable to make an appointment for this service as you could cause damage to your natural nails if you do them yourself. We use a gentle but effective, conditioning soak off solution that will remove product with ease.
Adverse reactions can occur. If you experience any itchiness, redness, burning, tightness, swelling or soreness up to 48 hours after any nail treatment this could be the sign of an allergic reaction and the nails you had done will need to be removed immediately.
Please note that all repairs are chargeable. Our nail enhancements are not indestructible and are as likely to break as your natural nail would. Please contact us within 24 hours if any chips or breakages occur so that we can assess the nail to see if a repair is necessary
Okay, so you’ve tinted your lashes and/or brows and you’re good to go, right? Well…kind of. With a little aftercare, you’ll be sporting show-off-able lashes for longer. Here’s what to expect right after your treatment and how to get the best possible results long after you’ve left the salon.
It will fade
If your brows or lashes look too dark, don’t worry – it will fade. It’s important the colour is a little darker to begin with so the tint lasts. The initial darkness will only last a few days and will get a little closer to the right colour every time you cleanse your face.
Keep them dry
Avoid getting your lashes or brows wet for 12 hours after having them tinted. Cleanse around the areas with a gentle product instead. Giving the dye longer to settle is a tried and tested way to make your tint last longer.
Avoid oil based cleanser
Check your cleanser/eye makeup remover isn’t oil-based. Oil strips the tint from your lashes/brows, which means you’ll have to return to the salon sooner than you’d like. Swap for gel or cream based cleansers: they’re nice and gentle and will save you time and money in the long run.
The Lash Lift is a very low maintenance procedure compared to eyelash extensions, however, there is a little extra care required over the first 24-48hrs whilst the lift is still settling into place and a few tips to help you get the longest results.
Be gentle with your lashes; no rubbing.
Do not get your lashes wet for the first 24 hrs.
Do not use harsh products on your eyes/lashes.
Use of Sauna/Steam is possible after 24hrs but may weaken the effect of the lift.
No eye make up for 24 hours.
Do not use eyelash curlers.
Avoid waterproof mascara’s.
Swimming should be avoided for at least 24hrs.
No other facial beauty treatments for 24hrs.
Remember, the lash lift procedure is similar to a hair perm, and as such the hair must be kept well nourished and treated delicately to avoid breakage/weakening.
Using gentle soap free products around the eyes (the simple range is suitable and inexpensive).
Daily use of a lash nourishing serum/conditioner (we sell these or can advise you of products).
Pat gently to dry.
Be aware that swimming can weaken the lift quicker.
Once you have your eyelash design applied you may just fall in love… But without these tips, you could be in for an early breakup. Here’s how to be an A* student in eyelash extension aftercare.
Our application method is designed to ensure no damage to your natural eyelashes along with a long lasting design but we need a little help from you to deliver that promise.
Always arrive at your appointment without eye make up. This is very important as it means your lashes will be dry and the best bond can be achieved.
Never use mascara on the day of your appointment. If removing eyeshadow/liner after work really focus on those eyelash roots! If any trace of mascara or oil remover remains on the eyelash when you arrive at your appointment… your extensions won’t last past two weeks.
Ideally you should thoroughly cleanse your natural lashes the night before/morning of your eyelash extensions being applied. We can only use a water based cleanser that is specifically designed to prepare the natural lash for application and it won’t cut through mascara at all.
Please wash your hair prior to your appointment if you need to as you won’t be able to get your lashes wet for 24hrs.
Gym Bunnies: Please reschedule any exercise plans for 24hrs after your appointment.
The 24hrs following the application of eyelash extensions is critical to their longevity. Although your eyelashes are dry when you leave us, the glue is not cured so you must avoid water for 24hrs.
When washing your face/showering during this time frame: avoid water coming into contact with the eye area. Allowing your extensions to become wet during this initial phase could potentially cause irritation, it’s extremely rare but do not risk it. The final reason is water could allow the extension to move from its perfect placement! So wash your hair (if you need to) before your appointment and be careful when cleansing your face.
Sauna/Steam/Bikram/Pools do need to be avoided for 48hrs. This is for safety reasons as well as longevity of application so please adhere to this.
When cleansing please do not let cotton anywhere near them, it will hook onto the base of the lash and tear it free: face wipes, cotton pads and flannels should be avoided. Simply use an oil free, gentle cleanser or baby shampoo and lightly massage the make up away with your eye closed. Splash some water and then pat (don’t rub) dry with a towel underneath your eyes.
Give your extensions a thorough clean every day: Using an oil free foaming or gel cleanser lightly massage at the base of extensions and along the eyelid. Splash with plenty of water and very carefully pat dry. This is a very important part of your eyelash extension aftercare so don’t skip it! Some people are under the impression the should be left alone but this is not the case. You’ll find this method removes eyeshadow and eyeliner in a flash.
Golden rule: DON’T PLAY with them: Especially in the first golden 24hrs. I know it’s tempting, they’re new, shiny and soft and you want to touch them BUT, just like the kittens in the Harrods pet department, you can look but you can not touch. Too much touching may result in damage to your natural lashes, we take every possible care to ensure their health during application. Our goal is for your own eyelashes to be healthier for wearing extensions.
We provide you with a comb to brush them out: Just brush the tips if you feel they need it, don’t go to the base as you risk unhooking that seamless bond we’ve spent ages perfecting. Following exposure to a lot of water i.e shower or swimming your lashes may need a quick comb. They dry quickly but if you wish to speed up the process you can dry them with your hair dryer on the cool option. Use the lowest power setting.
Please don’t use mascara on your extensions: Your extensions are designed to look long and natural without clumps or smudges. It will also mean we can’t rebalance your extensions and they will shed very quickly.
This may sound like a lot of work but you’ll actually find your new eyelashes save you so much time!
Once you’ve gone through the eyelash extension aftercare routine once you’ll see how easy it is to enjoy (and protect) your eyelashes!
Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your skin is cared for properly over the next few days.
Keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24 – 48 hours.
- No hot baths or showers (cool to lukewarm water only).
- No saunas, hot tubs, massage or steam treatments.
- No tanning (sunbathing, sun beds or fake tans).
- No sport, gym work or other exercise.
- Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed
- Wear clean, loose fitting clothes.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.
- Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area, other than those recommended by your therapist.
To soothe and protect the skin, apply an antiseptic cream to the waxed area regularly for 3 days following your treatment. Always wash your hands before applying any product.
To prevent ingrown hairs: starting a few days after your appointment and then continuing a couple of times every week, exfoliate the areas you get waxed using a dry brush or exfoliating mitt. Take the brush and just before you step into the bath or shower gently brush the area you get waxed whilst your skin and the brush is dry. After you’ve bathed/showered, apply some baby oil or E45 lotion to the waxed area. Moisturise every day to keep the skin supple and help new hairs to grow through normally. Don’t exfoliate too much or too rough as this can graze the skin and cause ingrown hairs. You may notice a small amount of re growth after a week or so. It can take up to 4 treatments for your hair to get on a growth cycle that gives best results. You will need at least 3-4 weeks growth of hair before it can be successfully removed by waxing. Please do not shave between your appointments. To maintain your smooth appearance, we recommend regular waxing every 4-6 weeks.
Please note: some slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax. These symptoms should subside over the next 24-48 hours. If you experience persistent redness or irritation, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Avoid wearing make-up for at least 6 hours after a facial treatment
- Always cleanse, tone and moisturise your face; to prevent loss of moisture, protect the skin from make-up and to keep the skin soft and supple
- Always remove all traces of make-up at the end of the day
- Drink plenty of water (recommended 6-8 glasses per day)
- Do not undertake any other facial skincare treatments within 48 hours of facial
- Avoid sun-bathing for up to 12 hours
- Avoid direct heat (intense sunlight & sunbeds) and indirect heat (sauna, hot bath, shower) for 48 hours after treatment
- Do not apply perfume or perfumed products to the treated area within 48 hours
- Do not apply any other exfoliating skincare products for 72 hours after facial
- Cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day
- Use the correct skincare products for your skin type
- Use a gentle eye-makeup remover to remove mascara, eye shadow etc
- Always remove makeup before going to bed
- Do not use soap to wash your face, as it will dehydrate the skin
- Always wash your hands before and after applying makeup or using skincare products
- Do not share makeup with anybody, as this can lead to cross infection