Can You Sleep with Strip Lashes On? – Falling Asleep With False Eyelashes

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Can You Sleep with Strip Lashes On?

Today’s post is all about a question I get asked a lot – can you sleep with strip lashes on?

Added some extra drama to your look? Great. But sleeping with fake lashes is not a good idea and can actually lead to some serious problems.

After all, they’re just strips of synthetic fibers glued to your lash line. How could they possibly cause any harm?

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the dangers of sleeping with fake lashes and give some tips on how to remove them safely.

Can you sleep with fake eyelashes on?

Yes, it is possible to sleep with fake eyelashes on occassionally, but it is not recommended to sleep with your Falsies regularly. Sleeping with false eyelashes can strain your natural lashes and can lead to an accumulation of dirt and bacteria around your lash line, which can lead to infections.

It can also be uncomfortable and lead to poor quality of sleep and we all know that sleep and rest are important. So make sure to remove them every night when possible.

What are the risks of sleeping with strip lashes on?

1. Risk of eye infection

The risk of eye infection is high due to the combination of dirt and glue that can create the perfect ground for bacteria. The toxic waste that Staphylococcus aureus produces can cause blepharitis, while an allergic reaction to eyelash glue can cause swelling of the eyelids or even lash loss.

Sleeping with false eyelashes can also cause contact dermatitis of the eyelids and keratoconjunctivitis, so it is not recommended due to the associated health risks.

2. Risk of traction alopecia, eyelash loss

Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss caused by tension on the hair shaft. When pulling force is applied to the hair shaft it loosens the hair from the follicle. Hair loss is then exacerbated by the weight of the false lashes and is further increased relentless sleep.

Additionally, the constant rubbing of the lashes against a rough pillow can reduce retention and cause premature shedding of the lashes.

When wearing a wig for sleep, it also can happen. It is important to take steps to reduce friction and strain on the scalp to prevent traction alopecia.

3. Risk of eyelash glue residue

The glue used to apply fake eyelashes can contain harmful chemicals that may cause an allergic reaction, such as redness, swelling, and itching around the eyes. If the glue is not applied correctly or is left on for too long, it can pull out natural hairs and lead to lash loss or breakage.

The glue can create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, which can cause eye infections and blepharitis. As false eyelashes aren’t breathable, your natural lashes can become dry and more prone to breakage.

4. Risk of eyelash irritation

Sleeping with strip lashes can pose a variety of risks to the eyes, including allergic reactions, bacterial infections, and contact dermatitis. Allergies to the glue used to apply falsies may cause redness, swelling, and itching around the eyes. Dirt and bacteria can accumulate on the lashes and cause irritation, infection, and even eyelash loss.

The chemicals used in the manufacture of artificial lashes can lead to allergic reactions. To help avoid these issues, it is important to choose a hypoallergenic glue and to clean the lashes regularly. If irritation occurs, remove the lashes immediately, rinse with cool water, and apply a cold compress.

5. Difficulty sleeping

Sleeping with strip lashes can be difficult for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is a risk of the lashes coming off due to the pressure and friction against the pillow. This can cause the lashes to fall out and create a gap in the lash line. During the REM stage of sleep, our eyes will dart back and forth rapidly, which can cause the eyelashes to become misaligned or even fall off.

Our pupils constrict as we fall asleep, which can cause strain on our eyes and make it more difficult to open them when we wake up. Sleeping with strip lashes can be uncomfortable, as they are not designed to be worn when sleeping.

6. Risk of makeup residue

Synthetic false eyelashes are not breathable and can trap dirt, bacteria, and other particles. The materials used to make the lashes may contain hazardous ingredients like formaldehyde, which can cause allergic responses. Additionally, tugging and pulling to remove the lashes can cause traction alopecia, which is a form of hair loss that can become permanent.

How to sleep safely with false eyelashes on?

Use a silk pillowcase

  1. Change your regular pillowcase to a silk one. This will allow your false eyelashes to glide over the pillow and prevent damage.
  2. Place some cotton wool on each eyelid to act as a barrier between your lashes and your pillow.
  3. Use an eye mask with contours to keep your lashes from getting squished and protect the skin around your face.
  4. Keep your blankets off your face to avoid any friction
  5. Gently brush through your eyelashes before going to bed with a clean, soft mascara wand or spoolie brush for proper care of your real lashes.

Try a lash pillow

Using a lash pillow can help to safely sleep with strip lashes by protecting them from damage and reducing friction. The lash pillow is U-shaped and designed to keep the head in place while sleeping and to protect the lash extensions from damage if the sleeper moves in their sleep.

A silk pillowcase can also help to protect the lashes from snagging, drying out and absorbing moisture which can cause bacteria growth.

Use a sleep mask for eyelash extensions

It is important to use a sleep mask when sleeping with strip lashes because regular eye masks will cause friction against the extensions, potentially damaging them and decreasing their longevity.

  • 3D masks are recommended because they leave a gap between the lashes and the mask, allowing you to freely blink and wink without disturbing the extensions.
  • Cupped masks are also a great option, as they provide extra protection against rubbing against the pillow.

Using a sleep mask can help preserve the life of your lashes and ensure they stay looking fresh and beautiful. Washing your eye mask regularly is also important!

What if I have to sleep with my lashes on?

If you find yourself having to sleep with your lash extensions on, there are a few steps you can take to ensure the safety and longevity of your extensions.

  1. Sleep on your back: Sleeping on your back will help prevent your extensions from rubbing against your pillow or bed linen.
  2. Wear a contoured eye mask: Wearing a contoured eye mask will provide an additional layer of protection and help keep your extensions from being disrupted.
  3. Sleep on a silk pillowcase: Silk pillowcases are known to be gentle on the skin and will help keep your extensions in place.
  4. Clean your lash band: As soon as you are able to, be sure to clean the lash band. This will help remove any bacteria and germs that may have attached to the lashes.

Do not fall asleep with a blanket over your head

Many people feel more secure when sleeping with a blanket above their head – the meaning of a blanket over the head is rooted in psychology. The weight of the blanket may provide a sense of comfort for some that helps them to relax and fall asleep faster. But if you wear your fake lashes during sleep it is not recommended to fall asleep with your head under the blanket as it may damage your lashes.

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How do you keep strip lashes on overnight?

If you want to keep your strip lashes on overnight, there are some important steps you can take to ensure they stay in place.

  • First, make sure the glue used is waterproof and long lasting.
  • Position each lash carefully on your lid and consider using an adhesive eyeliner underneath the lashes for an extra layer of support.
  • Avoid applying creams around the eye area before putting on the lashes, as these can cause them to slip off during the night.
  • For individual eyelashes, cycle between periods of wearing them and giving your lashes a break.
  • Finally, create a bedtime routine to gently remove makeup and bond the strip lashes and your natural lashes together along the base of your eyes for maximum hold.
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What are strip lashes?

Strip lashes are false eyelashes that are glued along your lash line and can stay in place for longer than most. They typically made from synthetic fibers, like polyester or nylon, and can come in different materials, such as mink, silk, and synthetic. Mink lashes tend to be soft and fluffy, and can be natural-looking or dramatic. Silk lashes are made of synthetic materials intended to mimic real silk in terms of being super lightweight and soft, and are very flexible to wear. Synthetic lashes can be made to look natural or dramatic, and are the most common type of false eyelash.

What is the best way to apply fake lashes?

The best way to apply strip lashes is a five-step process.

  1. wait for the glue to become sticky before attaching the Falsies – about 30 seconds should be enough.
  2. grip the strip lash at the outer corner and, keeping your eye half-closed, gently place the lash onto the centre of your lash line.
  3. use a pair of tweezers or a lash applicator tool to firmly grip the false eyelashes as you apply them to your lash line.
  4. bond your falsies to your natural eyelashes using your fingertips or a pair of tweezers to squeeze them together along the base of your eyes for maximum hold.

Is it safe to sleep with strip lashes on?

No, it is not safe to sleep with strip lashes on. Wearing strip lashes every day may cause some damage over time due to the adhesive used to stick them onto your lids, and sleeping with them could increase the risk of losing a lash or two and experiencing irritation and inflammation from extended contact with an adhesive product. It is very similar to clip in hair extensions: we do not sleep with it. Therefore, it is best to remove strip lashes before going to bed for safety reasons and potential damage to your natural eyelashes.

How do you remove Falsies?

How do you remove strip lashes? [Step-by-step instructions]

Step 1: Start by saturating a cotton pad or round in an oil-based makeup remover.

Step 2: Gently hold the eyelid taut with one hand and use the swab to clean off each individual lash until they’re all removed.

Step 3: Wiggle the base of the lash between two fingers while you move towards the tips of your lids so that any adhesive residue is loosened before removal.

Step 4: Grip the strip lash at the outer corner and then, keeping your eye half-closed, gently place your lash onto the centre of your lash line.

Step 5: To remove the lash strip, grasp the lashes as close to the 100 percent cotton lash band as possible, starting in the middle of the lash band.

Step 6: Once you’ve pulled your lash strip from the middle of your natural lash line, you can grasp the ends of the lash band and gently pull outward, removing the lash strip completely.

Step 7: Clean the lash band.

Can you sleep with glued on lashes?

No, you should not sleep with glued on lashes. Glued on lashes require a strong bond that can be easily disrupted when sleeping. Sleeping in glued on lashes increases the risk of losing your lashes from contact with an adhesive product. It is best to remove these types of lashes before going to bed.

Can you sleep with individual fake eyelashes on?

Yes, you can sleep with individual fake eyelashes on, but it is not recommended. Sleeping in false eyelashes can be damaging to your natural lashes, uncomfortable, and lead to poor quality of sleep. Additionally, it is important to make sure they fit properly and not irritate the eyes or skin around the eyes. Furthermore, it is important to remove all traces of adhesive with an oil-free remover and to avoid using heavy glues. Ultimately, it is best to remove false eyelashes before going to bed.

How long can strip lashes stay on?

Strip lashes can typically stay on for up to 24 hours, but their longevity depends on the adhesive used and application techniques. However, they are not designed for long-term wear and should be removed before going to bed, as sleeping with them can lead to them becoming dislodged, lost or cause damage to the lashes.

Can you wear strip lashes everyday?

Yes, you can wear strip lashes every day as long as you take the proper precautions to ensure they are clean and stored properly. Opt for strip lashes that are labeled as medical grade or hypoallergenic as these materials have been tested for safety and have passed all regulatory standards. Additionally, remove makeup residue and natural oils from the lash line and use a disposable sanitizing wipe or a mild soap and warm water solution to clean them before storage.

What is a safe alternative to fake eyelashes?

Fake eyelashes are a popular way to enhance the appearance of one’s lashes, but they can also be dangerous. A safe alternative to fake eyelashes is eyelash extensions, which are much more comfortable and safe to wear. Unlike fake lashes, eyelash extensions are individually glued to the natural lashes, which prevents irritation of the skin around the eyelids.

Lash extensions can be worn for weeks whereas fake lashes should only be worn for one day or night. Additionally, fake lashes contain chemical and adhesive components which can damage the natural lashes, so it is recommended to wear high-quality individual lashes that are applied with safe adhesive.

For those who are looking for a cruelty-free and vegan-friendly option, synthetic false eyelashes are the best choice. Synthetic lashes are affordable, comfortable, and provide tons of volume and length.


By lezt

Lez Taylor, Founder and CEO of Corala Blanket. She tried every sleep system and trick to conquer her insomnia for good.