Candles, diffusers, and room sprays: oh, my! Even the most natural options have no place in the professional treatment room. Possible chemical interference, oxygen depletion, and the chance of client allergies are just too high. Just as importantly, the air YOU breathe should be healthy and free of potential irritants, since you are exposing yourself to that environment all day, every day.
One of the biggest problems with scented candles is the scent itself. According to Anne Steinemann, an environmental pollutants expert, certain candles
“May emit numerous types of potentially hazardous chemicals, such as benzene and toluene.” They can cause damage to the brain, lung, and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties. “I have heard from numerous people who have asthma that they can’t even go into a store if the store sells scented candles, even if they aren’t being burned,” Steinemann added. “They emit so much fragrance that they can trigger asthma attacks and even migraines.”
Since many diffusers and room freshening sprays contain strong natural or synthetic fragrance as well as various other chemical ingredients, you may want to think twice before using them in your treatment room.
Essential oils, while natural, can also cause client sensitivity. Though considered safe when diffused, some clients may be put off by the scent you have chosen, which may make their time spent with you somewhat unpleasant. No one likes a smell they don’t like.
When looking to keep the air in your room healthy and fresh, you can look into professional ventilation units/systems or even a simple and beautiful houseplant! You’d be surprised at the wide variety of common household plants that have the ability to purify indoor air. Here are the eighteen best air-filtering plants, according to the NASA Clean Air Study:
There are also tons of options when it comes to air purification units/systems. They will not only help clean the air of naturally occurring irritants like certain odors, dust, and mold (with a HEPA filter), but they will also aid in ridding your space of vapors emitted from eyelash extension adhesive. Whether you opt for an addition to your current HVAC system or a stand-alone unit, make sure its cleaning capability is adequate for the size of your treatment room. Doug Schoon, President of Schoon Scientific and regular guest speaker at the Global Lash Summit, recommends the Sunflower Aerovex System
Regardless of which option you choose, any measure taken to improve the quality of the air in your workspace will be beneficial to both you and your clients.
Cecilli Pearse | Lash Artist | Seattle, WA