Should I be avoiding all oils with lash extensions?

Eyelash extensions and oils don’t really sound right together, don’t you think? Well generally, avoiding oils in eyelash extensions is indeed a staple. It is because oils have the ability to break down the bond of your lash glue therefore greatly affecting its retention. However, one of the most common misconceptions about eyelash extensions is that all kinds of oils should be avoided at all costs. This is not true! In this article, we’ll dive into the details of which oils are okay and not okay for your eyelash extensions.

How do oils affect your lash glue?

Whatever it is that you use – may it be a latex free eyelash glue or not, can have lower adhesion when it gets contact with oil. Adhesives are made from a chemical compound called cyanoacrylate. This is what a lot of strong glues are consist of, such as crazy glue. Cyanoacrylate polymerizes rapidly with water so it’s a super fast-drying acrylic resin. While it bonds well in the presence of water, it significantly breaks down with some oils. This is why certain types of oils are a major no-no for eyelash extensions.

Not all oils are bad for eyelash extensions

Now here is where we answer the question: “Should I be avoiding all oils with eyelash extensions?”. The answer is, NO. Not all oils have a negative effect on cyanoacrylate. There’s a type of oil that’s safe to use with eyelash extensions that’s why it’s a very common lash care oil product. On the other hand, there are oils that can weaken the bond of your latex free eyelash glue. This is what we’ll discuss first in the next subtopic. 

4 Types of oils you should avoid at all cost

As previously mentioned, many oils can be very bad for your eyelash extensions and therefore should be avoided at all costs. Here are 4 main oils that can break down the bond of your lash glue.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Mineral Oil

Some of these oils can be found on eye makeup products such as mascara and eyeliner. So after your clients gets their eyelash extensions done, make sure to inform them to stay away from products that contain these oils. It won’t hurt to take a bit of their time to look through the ingredients of the makeup or skincare products they’ll purchase. Otherwise, this will compromise the quality of your work! Regardless of whether you used a top-notch latex free eyelash extension glue.

Using Castor Oil to care for your lashes

Now here’s a type of oil that’s safe to use for eyelash extension wearers – castor oil. Some lash extension supplies and products even contain castor oil for this can also significantly nourish the lashes. But, don’t get too excited! Don’t get yourself fooled because you can only use castor oil once the extensions are on and completely cured. Don’t use this prior to applying a new set because the residue of any type of oil will lower your retention due to the lashes not being completely clean.

If your clients use castor oil to care for the lashes on a regular basis, make sure to inform them to stop using it at least 2-3 days before the appointment. Oils like castor oil are thick and not easy to remove so it will stay onto the lashes for a couple of more days before getting completely worn off.

Lash care is very important, and we know how many of us would love to keep our lashes long and nourished. But if you have eyelash extensions on, here’s something to take note of: Castor oil can help grow your lashes at a faster rate. That being said, be aware that the faster your lashes grow, the faster you’ll need fills.

We hope this blog post helps clear things out for you in terms of using oil with eyelash extensions!