What You Don't Know About Lashes Can Hurt You

// Nicki Escudero

Choosing the right lash artist is more than just finding someone who offers a cheap eyelash extension service. Like any beauty service someone undergoes, asking questions of the lash artist, learning about their experience, and getting educated on the techniques and the products they use first can help protect you. If you simply agree to a lash application without research first, you could suffer from problems that result in messy lashes, red and puffy eyes, or even dangerous infections and reactions.

Getting lashes done should be a fun, luxurious, beautifying process – not one that makes the client wish they had never gone. Here are lash extension dangers that could occur if you don't research lash artists and their process before getting your lashes done.

Stuck-Together, Irritated Lashes

After getting lash extensions, your natural eyelashes should grow out normally and without pain. However, when improperly applied, they can get stuck together and will create a pulling sensation as they grow out or irritate you while blinking. 

The key to avoiding a snagging feeling is for the lash artist to use an appropriate amount of lash glue. Using too much adhesive can cause lashes to stick together at the base. Not only is the feeling annoying, but it can lead to broken lashes and even permanent damage.

After every lash treatment, the lash artist should brush out the lashes with zero snagging or pulling. The client should be able to do the same with zero problems because every lash should be separated. Clients should ask lash artists about their gluing technique and what they do to ensure no lashes get stuck together.

Eye Infection

Unsanitized tools, dirty work areas, and improper safety measures can cause several types of cringe-worthy, unpleasant eye infections. These include pink eye, or conjunctivitis, which is an inflammation of the white part of the eye and causes redness and itching. Because pink eye is highly contagious, it's easy for unsafe lash artists to pass it on to clientele.

Another infection is blepharitis, symptoms include greasy, itchy, crusted or dry eyes. An overgrowth of bacteria in the lash line causes this irritation. Anything from poor ventilation during the lash application process, to using stale adhesives or eyelid fixing tape, can cause infections during eyelash applications. 

Clients should ask a potential lash artist about their sanitization and hygiene methods. How are tools cleaned? When does the artist wash their hands while they're at work? What precautions does the artist take to make sure clients don't get eye infections? Would the artist perform a lash treatment on a client who exhibited symptoms like these? Clients can provide the lash artist's answers to their ophthalmologist before deciding to get lash extensions.

Painful Reactions

The adhesive that is used to apply eyelash extensions should be safe for your eyes, lash glue that is stored in the fridge can cause condensation that results in increased fumes and could decrease the integrity of the adhesive.

Some people are also sensitive to fumes from cyanoacrylate. This is an element that is used in lash adhesives. However, the gel pad placement is the main culprit of reactions, since placing it too high on the lash line can cause it to interfere with the eye's membrane. Placing it too low opens up the eye, which enables vapors from the adhesive to seep through. Proper training and application can prevent this.

Some clients have a sensitivity to vapors and fumes, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't get to achieve full and fluffy lashes through extensions. In this case, the client can ask the artist about post-cleansing options. This helps adhesives to cure more quickly, which could help to prevent reactions. 

Also, before any eyelash application, a patch test should be conducted to make sure the client is able to get lashes without a true allergic reaction. If a client has dry skin (this is common in winter, especially), prepping the eye with a barrier cream can help prevent a reaction. Clients can also ask to read the ingredients on the labels of any products being used, to identify potential allergies.

What to Look for in a Lash Artist

To avoid painful, inconvenient and potentially costly eyelash problems like these, clients should make sure to look for a lash artist who:

  • Is certified and licensed to apply eyelash extensions
  • Uses professional, fresh products
  • Practices proper hygiene and hand washing  
  • Has had proper eyelash application training
  • Can provide testimonials and proof of work  
  • Provides a thorough consultation and patch test before any work is done

New clients can ask lash artists for photos of clients they've worked on before, and inquire about their training and experience. Clients can blatantly ask a lash artist if any clients have had any problems and why they occurred.

The eyes are a precious body part, and no one should sacrifice their functionality just to get full lashes. Just like you would research an eye doctor or dentist, it's important to take the time to get to know who is applying lashes before it's too late, and problems occur. Share this post with your friends they can know how to have the best lash experience possible.

Nicki Escudero            
Writer | Traveler | Nature Lover | Learner | Yogini

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