DIY Versus TLC: The Pros and Cons

In order for your clients to keep their gorgeous new lashes looking and feeling amazing, it is important that they take good care of them. As we have explained before in our post about Giving Your Lashes Some TLC, proud new owners of lashes should avoid using products that contain oil, avoid sleeping on their face, and definitely start a regular lash cleansing routine.

As for the best ways to clean lashes, there are two schools of thought: using a DIY lash cleaner or wash that you prepare yourself and sell to your clients, or using a professional product like TLC 3-In-1 foaming cleanser. To determine which option is best for you and your clients, let’s start off by looking more closely at the DIY Lash cleanser option.

Benefits and Drawbacks of a DIY Lash Cleanser

Spend a few minutes on Pinterest looking up “DIY Lash Cleanser Ingredients” and you will quickly find recipes with the same essential ingredients and supplies: combine a tablespoon of baby shampoo and a teaspoon of baking soda with some distilled water and then pour the mixture into a foam pump bottle. Easy enough, right? Well, yes, and no.

While the DIY Lash Cleanser is definitely less expensive than a professional product — the ingredients don’t cost that much — the DIY Cleanser does not contain anti-bacterial ingredients, added scents or other add-ons that salon clients have come to expect in their home-care regimen.

In addition, even if you buy the nicest-looking foam pump bottles you can afford, the resulting product will still live up to its “DIY” name in its appearance. You can go as far as creating and printing out professional looking labels or create a branded bottle, but the end product it will still look homemade and not be the salon quality your clients want and deserve.

While the ingredients are definitely pretty basic, the DIY formula could potentially leave you or your business liable if your client has a reaction to it, or if the product becomes contaminated.  It is also worth noting that baby shampoo actually contains some potentially harmful ingredients — took a close look at one of the most popular brands and its 2014 formula does not seem to be safe for many adults — let alone a young baby.

Baking Powder and Distilled Water

The Many Benefits of Using TLC 3-In-1 Lash Cleanser

Granted, the TLC 3-In-1 Lash Cleanser costs more than any homemade concoction, but trust us — it is worth every penny. In addition to helping to gently but effectively clean lash extensions, your clients can use it as a makeup remover and overall facial cleanser—this means they can cut their nightly routine down to one step! Saving time and money in the long run.

TLC 3-In-1 Foaming Cleanser is also naturally anti-bacterial; it contains pleasant-smelling tea tree oil, which is effective at preventing bacterial infections while being gentle on the lashes and skin. TLC 3-In-1 Lash Cleanser is sulfate-free so it won't strip skin of its natural moisture. As a bonus, the TLC Foaming Cleanser labeling has been translated into French for selling in Canada as well as America. It is also made in the USA and it looks amazing on your retail shelf.

TLC Lash Cleanser

We Have a Clear Winner: TLC 3-In-1 Lash Cleanser

After looking at both sides of the lash cleanser debate, the TLC Cleanser definitely comes out on top. Saving a few dollars is simply not worth the hassles that can arise from making a DIY cleanser, and you definitely want to come across as professional to your valued clients. If you would like to learn more about the many benefits of the 3-In-1 Lash Cleanser, please check out our blog on the topic.

Sydney Farrell
Content Creator | Extrovert | Amateur Chef | Weapon of choice: Glitter         

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