Why Baby Shampoo is NOT for Lash Extensions
Cleansing your lash extensions is vital to your eye health and to extend the life of your lash extensions. Occasionally you will hear lash techs suggest using baby shampoo...but I am going to argue against that.
Baby shampoo is going to be gentle enough for your eyes to not cause any burning and it's relatively inexpensive so almost everyone can afford to purchase it. It's also going to do a decent job at removing any germs from the lash line but that doesn't mean it what is best for your eyes or your lashes.
There are a couple of flaws when it comes to cleansing your lashes with baby shampoo. One of the first issues that clients will experience is that it doesn't contain anything to remove your makeup so unless you are barefaced all the time you're not effectively cleansing. The second issue also has to do with the ingredients. With continued use, the fragrances and mineral oils found in baby shampoo will start to alter the bonds of the adhesive which will cause shorter retention time.
Now for the kicker, when you are using a baby shampoo to cleanse your lashes you are potentially stripping the eyelid of its natural oils. If the eyelid is stripped of its natural oils it is going to produce more oils than were prior to cleansing to compensate for the fact that those glands were just stripped. If you are producing excessive oil on your lids you are risking those oils breaking the bond of the adhesive.
Foaming lash cleansers are designed specifically for extensions and are formulated with ingredients to help extend the life of your extensions so its best to invest in a cleanser. If you need help choosing your lash cleanser I am glad to help you at your touch-up appointment!