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Should you tint your eyelashes at home and can you make them grow faster?


Eyelash extensions are a thing of the past (Picture: Getty)

As the UK nears the end of its eighth week in lockdown, many have turned to tinting their own eyebrows, cutting their own hair and doing their own nails.

And while these home treatments might not yield the results you can expect at a salon, you can generally – as long as you’re careful – get relatively passable results.

However, eyelashes are a whole different kettle of fish, as messing around with chemicals close to your eyes seems like a recipe for disaster.

So, should you tint your eyelashes at home? And how can you help your eyelashes grow?

Here’s how you can emerge from lockdown with bambi-like lashes.

How to help your eyelashes grow faster

You should prioritise maintaining healthy lashes as a first step, as looking after your lashes will help them appear thicker and avoid breakage.

There isn’t, sadly, a magic wand which will guarantee their growth, but some love and care can go a long way.

Kirsten Maine from Live True London told Metro.co.uk, that you should look after your natural eyelashes by making them ‘feel as loved as the rest of your facial features.’

She advises binning any mascaras that over 3 months old – even if you find it difficult to wave goodbye to them – and to avoid long-lasting or waterproof mascaras if you don’t need them in lockdown, as they are incredibly drying.

It’s important to care for your lashes, especially if you’ve had treatment on them (Picture: Getty)

If your lashes are natural and do not have dye in them, she advises ‘conditioning them with a tiny bit of caster or coconut oil once a week after gently cleansing them with water.’

You can use a disposable mascara want to help apply the oil, or pat it on with a cotton swab.

And then of course, you should remove your mascara every evening, avoiding any heavy rubbing.

Maintaining healthy lashes should stimulate growth – and stop them from falling out – but if you’re looking for an extra boost, consider using a lash serum.

‘While lash serums do seem too good to be true, in my past experience they have been very beneficial for anyone who wants to give their lashes a boost,’ Hollie Bennett, senior therapist at Cecily Day Spa, who has 12 years experience working with lashes, told Metro.co.uk.

If you’re prepared to splash the cash, check out our review of six popular lash serum brands.

Should you tint your eyelashes at home?

While styling your brows at home can be relatively low risk, the expert opinion is firmly to avoid tinting your lashes.

Kirsten said: ‘Please do not try and tint your own eyelashes at home – this could cause significant injury unless you really know what you are doing and most significantly to make sure you have patch tested properly for any product that you use, like any salon would.

‘This is not the time to risk any type of reaction to an incorrect technique or product allergy.’

Traders who offer this service require a license from the council.

What can’t coconut oil do? (Picture: Getty)

How to care for your eyelashes if you have lash extensions in

Firstly, if you still have remnants of any treatment you got before lockdown, you might have to treat your eyelashes with a little extra TLC.

Kirsten said: ‘For those of us that have tinted eyelashes, avoid where possible any oil-based facial products. This will remove the tint faster or dissolve the glue if you have eyelash extensions. The tint colour will also last longer.’

And if you have any eyelash extensions, don’t be tempted to pull them off.

‘Brush them daily with a clean mascara wand and let any lashes fall out naturally – do not pull or force any lash extensions away as this could pull away natural lashes and at worst injure you,’ advises Kirsten.

‘Leave your extensions to be professionally removed by a technician with the proper materials. If you have an eyelash aftercare serum, make sure that you are using this daily. You will be able to book in for a full set infill or removal before you know it.’

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