Today I would like to tell you about the Eyelash Extensions Post Procedure. Not sure if you have seen the news go around all the lash forums lately but it’s a pretty hot topic right now. Jill Heijligers-Peloquin from Lash Fx was one of the first well know lash artists to use this method successfully.

Washing the lashes of a client right at the end of the eyelash extensions application.

Yes, you heard that right. The times where we need to tell our clients NOT to wet the eyelash extensions for at least 48 hours after the procedure are over. How so? Let me explain a little further:

Lash adhesive is made mainly from cyanoacrylate, a monomer that cures through the contact moisture. If you would like to know more about the behaviour of Eyelash Extensions adhesive then have a look at one of my latest blogs where I talk about adhesive and what we, as lash artists, can do to make Eyelash Extensions last longer.

So, today we know that adhesive cures with moisture. Science and research evolve and after attending webinars and researching about this topic I have been doing this successfully for the last few months. Telling our clients NOT to wet them doesn’t add up if you really think about it.

Doug Schoon is one of the most respected chemists in the Nail and Lash Industry and has been studying biochemistry for years. He says that washing the lashes right after the procedure has great benefits.


Washing the client’s lashes gently with a tiny amount of lash cleanser and rinsing with sterile water ( or saline) may potentially reduce sensitivity or reactions that client’s may have experienced in the past. And I find the retention is also excellent.
As cyanoacrylate settles on and around the eyes, it leaves a residue. This is due to the monomer volatilising (vaporising).
Have you ever noticed the white, powdery residue around and next to your glue dot?
Frosting – Blooming – Chlorosis.  That’s what it’s called. And it’s a bi-product of the curing process of the adhesive.
If we don’t clean the lashes after, then that’s what’s on the lashes and around the eyes and can cause reactions.
Once cyanoacrylate comes in contact with moisture is will always leave a residue.

So how do we clean and rinse?
I never rinse right after the application. I wait for a good 3-4 minutes ( or longer if I can) and in this time I clean up my work area, get my lash strips ready for the next client and so on. Then I clean and rinse and dry.
If we rinse too fast after the application, some of the glue may still be wet or not quite cured. Humidity is what cures cyanoacrylate but if we cure too fast the glue with shock cure and cause an over-blooming effect (the glue cracks and turns white and brittle and won’t last for very long. It also doesn’t look very good)
By waiting for a few minutes after nebulising we can avoid the shock during and blooming effect.

I have been washing my clients lashes now for a few month and I have no issues with retention and my sensitive clients feel much less sensitive.


Does is take away allergies? Not in everyone… but perhaps in a few cases. I have heard of a few anyways. But is definitely reduces the chance of a reaction.

So don’t be scared and start washing the lashes after applying Eyelash Extensions. Your clients will thank you for it.


Julia Mann

International Eyelash Extensions Trainer, Lash Tribe

M: 0433063053
Skype: juliamann81
Stay awesome and don’t forget to sparkle! xxx


  1. Kim Kent on May 24, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Could washing the lashes cause shock curing? What would that look like?
    I would love to do this but it is a little scary to me! How do you sterilize the cleaning brush?
    I live in Vancouver Canada . We don”t have the same humidity levels as Australia. I have found that I am adding humidity. Sometimes it confuses me… as I add more humidity the lashes seem to be more sticky. My room humidity is usually 43 to 50 and the temperature is usually 20 degrees. The weather has been getting warmer and my room has been 23 or 24 degrees. Do I increase the air-conditioner? Do I increase the humidity? Could the added heat be why my glue is becoming sticky? I have a studio in my home and my home is air-conditioned. But my room has been getting a bit warmer as the temps increase outside. Last summer was my first summer doing lashes. I had a lot of trouble with sticky lashes on some days others days no issues… I could lash a lot faster if I didn’t have to wait for them to dry. Lost and looking for help.

  2. Kim Kent on May 31, 2017 at 3:05 am

    When do you apply the Sealant? Before you wash or after you wash the lashes? Do you apply sealant?

    • Julia Mann on May 31, 2017 at 3:52 am

      I do not recommend sealant.

      • Rachael on October 17, 2017 at 7:49 am

        Why no sealant?

  3. Cindy on June 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Does washing the lashes work fine with any adhesive

    • Julia Mann on June 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      absolutely 🙂

      • Mai on March 23, 2018 at 2:22 am

        Even novalash?

  4. Andrea on June 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Hi, would you still use a nano mister 3-4 minutes after application? or just cleanse and rinse the lashes after 3-4 minutes? Thank you.

  5. Cecilia on July 17, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Do you still cleanse the lashes at the start of appointment? Before you begin to lash?

  6. Nicole on October 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Is this a good thing to do for a very sensitive client? Her eyes tear over everything, including the light..

  7. Deborah Agnew on October 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Why don’t you recommend a sealant?

    • ivana on February 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

      There is 3 questions why not sealant and never any reply.So I ask same , why not sealant?

  8. Danielle on June 13, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I happened to stumble on this question and felt it needed a response. I hope my answer is helpful. . . A sealant is much like a mascara. Adding a sealer will cause the client to have to clean their lashes much more “in-depth” in order to remove the sealer and the excess “wear and tear” on the lashes can cause to premature lash loss. On the other hand, if a client does not clean their lashes enough to remove all of the sealer then this can result in a build-up of product and possibly leading to a hygiene related issue such as an infection, and thus, resulting in premature lash loss. If you have applied your lashes properly and done your water scrub at the end of the application then there should be no retention issues!

  9. Olga Hardy on September 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    What about using Ruthie Belle Superbonder sealant?

  10. Jaxi on September 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    What adhesive did you use for n this video I want to try to do this using the exact products

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