If you do not carefully select your lash stylist and just carelessly walk into the first salon you come across, you might end up with your hands in your hair screaming. Natural lashes that shed prematurely are just one of the horrors that you might face if you neglect to do proper research to find a reputable salon and a certified lash stylist.
With a successful history spanning 10+ years, Lavish Lashes® does not shy away from telling you how fabulous our lash extensions are: they can lengthen, thicken, and volumize your lashes ─ making your eyes pop! However, we also prioritize safety and make it a point to inform you about the potential risks associated with lash extensions. Not to worry, you can still be part of the “in-crowd” because there are simple ways to prevent premature shedding and other complications. With a little homework before your salon visit, you can look forward to safely batting your eyes like the diva you are.
Premature shedding of natural lashes. On average, natural lashes grow in and shed in a cycle of 90 to 120 day. You might not notice it, but during this time you lose 1 to 4 lashes per day, per eye. If the extensions attached to your lashes are too heavy, the excess tension can cause your natural lashes to fall out prematurely, and in worst-case scenarios your lashes might refuse to grow back.
Ensure that the lash stylist you are using is properly trained and certified in the application of lash extensions. Do not be shy! Ask to see her credentials, and if you must, call the company she is certified through to verify her qualifications. You can save yourself a lot of drama by dealing with a trained professional. A Lavish Lashes® Certified Stylist, for instance, will be able to identify your lash tolerance and will know which extension weight and diameter to apply. You do not have to look far to find one, just use the “Find a Lash Stylist” search function on our website.
Allergic reactions. Itchiness, swelling, and redness within 24 hours after getting lash extensions can be an indication of an allergic reaction. All lash extension adhesives are cyanoacrylate based. Although rare, this known allergen can trigger allergic reactions in some people, especially during allergy season. You might find yourself returning to your lash stylist to have the extensions removed.
A thorough intake screening by the lash stylist before applying your extensions is essential to prevent undesired side effects. A professional lash stylist will ask you questions and have you complete Intake and Consent Forms to determine whether you are a good candidate for lash extensions. Hormone imbalances, seasonal allergies, and certain medications and medical conditions, are just some of the factors that might not make you an ideal candidate.
Excessive or misplaced adhesive. Lash extensions should not be touching the skin and not stuck to other lashes; you should never be able to feel that you are wearing them. Using too much adhesive, or gluing lashes together, can cause premature or temporary loss of your lashes due to much stress on the natural lash. Also, if you pull your lash out due to discomfort, you may shock the root and cause permanent loss of the lash. Misplacement of adhesive may mean adhesive on your skin or in your eyes, if not properly protected.
Again, prevention requires finding a trained professional who knows what she is doing and will ensure that your eyes are shut and properly covered during the application process. She should also know how to isolate the lashes to prevent gluing them together and if adhesive gets on your skin, she should know how to use an appropriate adhesive remover to safely remove it.
Bacterial infection. Poor sanitation and disinfection, as well as a severe allergic reaction or eye irritation/inflammation, can leave your eyes vulnerable to an infection.
Find a reputable salon and observe the stylist’s workstation and safety practices. All non-porous tools, such as sponge applicators, that touch the client must be disposed of – tools, such as tweezers, that touch the client must be disinfected with a chemical disinfectant (typically found near a sink) or heat sterilized with spa equipment known as an autoclave. Lashes should always be handled with clean tweezers and never reused, nor should towels or headbands, or any material that the lashes are placed on, unless it can be properly disinfected. If you have any doubts, or if your lash stylist neglects to answer your questions, do not walk, but run out of the door!
To minimize the risk of a contracting a bacterial infection due to a severe inflammation of the eye, avoid having your lashes done if you have a known allergy to cyanoacrylate based glue products. If you experience any signs of irritation, immediately discontinue lash services. Severe eye irritation may also occur if your eyes open momentarily during the procedure. To prevent this, make sure your lash stylist covers your upper eyelids with gel patches, or a gentle tape, to keep your eyes closed and protected during the procedure.
Contact lenses. Removing your contacts prior to having your lashes done is vitally important – if anything foreign would come in contact with your eye for any reason, your stylist will need to flush the eye. Contacts will block the flow of irrigation needed to remove the foreign material from you eye and damage to your eye could occur.
Wear glasses to your eyelash appointment, or bring a contact lens case and solution so you can take out your contacts and store them while the lashes are applied. You can put them back in right after.
Now that you know about the possible risks associated with lash extensions and how to prevent them, what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment with a certified lash extension professional. Remember, not all licensed estheticians and cosmetologist are certified lash professionals. In most states, licensed estheticians and cosmetologists are legally able to perform the service, even though they may not have had proper training from their school, since lash extensions is a relatively new specialty. Not sure where to find a Certified Lash Stylist? That’s easy! Check out Lavishlashes.com‘s “Find a Lash Stylist”, and let us know below how you love your Lavish Lashes®!
*Bonus Fun Fact: Did you know that eyelashes are not just there to make you look better? They actually protect your eyes from sand, debris, dust and other small particles. They also warn you when something is too close to your eyes for comfort so you can prevent injuries.