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Are eyelash extensions safe?

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “are eyelash extensions safe?” The short answer is yes – if they are applied correctly.

Eyelash extensions can be one of the most dramatic changes to the look of your makeup routine. Bringing out your eyes, drawing attention to the most important feature of your face, and finishing off your look, eyelash extensions can look good on any occasion and more and more women aren’t going out without them.

While some people are afraid of damage to their eyes, this is highly unlikely. The most likely negative consequence of eyelash extensions are infection, or allergic reaction. The eyelid is an extremely sensitive area of the body, and can be prone to infection if dirt and bacteria gets trapped within the pores of the eyelid during application.

Allergic reactions can occur and are usually a result of the glue that is used during the adhesive process. Some glues may contain formaldehyde which is an allergen for some people. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, it is better to avoid any possible interactions and opt for formaldehyde-free adhesives and hypoallergenic lashes.

Infection can occur due to poor hygienic practices of the salon, or through self-application. If the person applying eyelashes is using equipment or their hands that have not been cleaned properly, this can lead to a painful infection of the eyelids.

To avoid negative outcomes, it is extremely important to take care when choosing your lash studio, and lash types. You should always avoid unlicensed salons, or salons that do not employ licensed lash technicians. Lash technicians have obtained a specialized license specifically for eyelash application that is separate from a regular cosmetology license, and not included in a nail technician certification.

Before choosing a lash studio, it is important to do research. Ensure that the technicians at the studio are taking care to use sanitary equipment, and practice good hygiene. This should be a standard for any reputable salon. Look at online reviews, ensure that there have been no complaints about the cleanliness practices of the lash salon before booking an appointment.

Talk to your stylist about what lash extension type is the best option for you. While there are many different looks that can be obtained with lash extensions, there are also options that may work better if you are prone to allergies.

The complications of lash extensions are few and far between, and when using a licensed, trusted salon, you can be assured that you can have fabulous lashes with no negative outcomes and very little maintenance.