Sticking Around: Tips To Boost Eyelash Extension Retention For Long-Lasting Lashes!

In the world of lash extensions, the pretreatment routine is often likened to the foundation of a building. Just as a building requires a strong foundation to withstand external pressures, lash extensions need a solid pretreatment routine to ensure longevity and durability. 

Lash extension pretreatment products

Enhanced Adhesion

The primary purpose of Pretreatment is to create an optimal environment for the adhesive to bond. By thoroughly cleansing and priming the lashes, you can ensure that the adhesive bonds the lash extension more effectively to the natural lash. This not only means that the extensions will look better immediately after application but also that they will last longer.

Efficiency in Application

A clean and primed lash surface makes the application process smoother. Extensions adhere faster, and there's less likelihood of them sticking together or not bonding correctly. This can reduce the overall application time, allowing you to see more clients and generate more income. Remember, if you’re a beginner, you don’t need to rush, use fast-drying glues, or speed up your Pretreatment for this purpose. Simply put, a thoroughly clean lash means that no matter the speed of your lashing, your glue and extensions will adhere smoother and much faster than if the lashes were covered in oils or debris.

Lash extension application for classic lashes

Client Satisfaction

A good Pretreatment routine directly correlates with client satisfaction. When lash extensions last longer and shed less, clients feel they are getting better value for their money. This means repeat bookings, referrals, and positive reviews, all of which are crucial for your business! You can always reassess your work when a client returns for an infill to see what you have done successfully and has worked for that particular client’s lashes, so in future you can repeat the same process for that client and their individual needs.

Professionalism and Expertise

Clients often gauge a Lash Tech’s expertise by the thoroughness of their procedures. A meticulous Pretreatment routine shows your dedication to your craft and your commitment to delivering the best results. It instills confidence in clients, assuring them that they are in capable hands.

A Deep Dive into London Lash's Pretreatment Products

Lash Shampoo:

Our Foaming Lash Shampoois crafted to provide a deep cleanse, ensuring natural lashes are devoid of oils, sebum, dust, and makeup residues. The shampoo contains antibacterial Tea Tree extract which not only guarantees a profound cleanse but also acts as a preventive measure against potential eye infections. Dispense an ample amount of the Foaming Lash Shampoo onto the lashes, massage across the lashes and then rinse with water.

Protein Remover Pads:

Protein Remover Pads are essential for breaking down any residual proteins on the lashes. They are enriched with amino acids that not only remove proteins but also nourish the lashes. Just gently wipe the lashes with the pad, ensuring all lashes are covered and cleansed.

Protein Remover Pads for Eyelash Extension Pretreatment

Lash Cleanser:

Our Lash Cleanser is formulated to gently yet effectively remove makeup, oils, and impurities from the lashes and eyelids. Infused with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile, it ensures a comfortable experience for the client. Simply apply a small amount to a lint-free applicator and gently cleanse the lashes in a downward motion.

Lash Primer:

Lash Primer prepares the natural lashes by balancing their pH level and reintroduces hydration to the natural lashes, ensuring the adhesive bonds effectively. It contains agents that help in increasing the bond strength between the natural lash and the extension. Using a micro brush, apply a thin layer of the primer to the natural lashes.

Lash Booster:

Lash Booster is innovative in the way it works. It gently lifts the cuticles of the natural lash hairs, which in turn creates a larger surface area for the lash glue to bond to. It contains bonding agents that increase the adhesive's grip on the lash, resulting in better retention. Apply a thin layer to the natural lashes using a micro brush.

Lash Booster application


Whilst Superbondershould be used AFTER you complete the lash extension set, and should not be used in your Pretreatment routine, it is a great product for improving retention. Superbonder adds elasticity to the lash adhesive, making the bonds more flexible. It also instantly cures the eyelash extension glue to lock in any fumes, reducing irritation. Apply onto the bottom 2-3mm of the finished lash set with a microfibre brush.

The Optimal Lash Pretreatment Routine

  1. Massage Lash Shampoo into the lashes and around the eyes to remove any makeup or product residue.
  2. Use a Protein Remover Pad to break down any residual proteins as well as clean the skin around the eyes.
  3. Cleanse with the Lash Cleanser to remove any oils, residues, and impurities.
  4. Prime the lashes to rehydrate them.
  5. Boost the lashes with the Lash Booster for enhanced bonding strength.

A robust pretreatment routine is not just a step in the lash extension process; it makes or breaks the outcome of the entire procedure. By investing time and effort into perfecting this routine, you can ensure optimal results, happy clients, and a thriving business. If you have any pretreatment questions, just send us a message on the chat icon below! Check out our whole lash extension pretreatment collection here.