From the perspective of both thicker naturally looking lashes that the lash extension professional and the consumer, training and certification of lash extension stylists is of paramount importance. Lash extensions were introduced in the US in 2004, as a unique service whereby women may have longer, thicker naturally looking lashes that wear, shed, and feel like their natural lashes. The adhesive is different, the lashes are different, the application is different, and the result is different than what has been traditionally taught in esthetician and cosmetologist programs.
In this country, there is a misconception that if a person is a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist they are automatically qualified to perform lash extension services, which is not the case. Licensing does not equate with training and certification. In most states, a person licensed as an esthetician or cosmetologist may legally perform this service, regardless of whether or not they have been trained and certified to safely perform lash extension applications. Curricula, that is currently used for licensing, does not include content regarding lash extension applications and testing for esthetician and cosmetologist licensing does not evaluate or require the demonstration of lash extension skills. Therefore, the importance of professionals being properly trained in the procedure and consumers engaging only the services of a trained and licensed professional, cannot be stressed enough.
When a well-educated consumer can discern between a certified lash extensions professional and a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist without training and certification, any safety risks associated with lash extensions will be greatly minimized. Are Lash Extensions Safe? Absolutely, when done properly by a trained and certified lash stylist.
This being said, it would be a disservice, to both lash extensions professionals and consumers to not discuss the potential safety risks associated with lash extensions, particularly if the person applying eyelash extensions is not trained specifically in eyelash extensions by an experienced and reputable company. Quality training and certification programs benefit both the professional and the consumer by emphasizing the safety and well-being of the consumer and providing the professional with the skills to appropriately address any issues that may arise. Professionals and consumers should be aware of the following five health risks associated with lash extension applications.