Common Risks of Lash Extensions and How to Avoid Them

While nobody wants to dwell on the negatives of eyelash extensions, it's crucial to recognize potential hazards. The primary risks include chemical burns, allergic reactions, and abrasions from under eye pads or tapes. Since these issues can manifest similarly, understanding how to distinguish them is vital.

Let's delve into these three potential risks of extensions, their symptoms, and the appropriate course of action if encountered. Remember, lash artists aren't medical professionals, so this information shouldn't be construed as medical advice. Always advise clients to seek medical assistance if needed.

Chemical Burns Caused by Lash Extensions

Chemical burns may occur if adhesive comes into contact with the skin or if the client's eyes are exposed to adhesive fumes. Lash extension adhesive contains various chemicals, some of which can be highly irritating to the skin or eyes.

To prevent chemical burns, ensure that adhesive fumes don't reach the client's eyes by instructing them to keep their eyes closed and refrain from talking once eye pads are in place.

Symptoms of a chemical burn include redness and irritation inside the eyes, with redness extending throughout the eyes rather than being localized. Unfortunately, there's little that can be done to treat a chemical burn once it occurs. Reassure the client that these burns typically resolve on their own within a few days, but they should consult a doctor if necessary.

Allergic Reactions to Lash Extensions

Allergic reactions happen when the body's immune system overreacts to substances in the adhesive. Common allergens in adhesives include carbon black and cyanoacrylate.

Clients sensitive to certain eye makeup, such as mascara, may also be sensitive to black adhesive. Switching to a clear adhesive might alleviate the reaction. However, if the reaction persists, it may be due to cyanoacrylate, which is harder to avoid.

Unlike chemical burns, allergic reactions manifest externally, causing swollen eyelids, watery eyes, and possibly respiratory symptoms. If a client experiences an allergic reaction, remove the extensions and advise them to consult a doctor for symptom management.

Eye Abrasions Caused by Eye pads/Tape

Eye irritation from eye pads or tape can resemble a chemical burn. Poor placement or shifting of eye pads/tape during the service can cause uncomfortable rubbing, akin to a paper cut on the eyes.

If you observe a sharp, straight irritation line in the client's eyes, it's likely due to eye pads or tape. Unlike chemical burns, which are more diffuse, these abrasions are more defined. Unfortunately, there's little that can be done except waiting for them to heal over a few days.

Prioritizing proper application techniques and client comfort is essential in minimizing the risks associated with eyelash extensions. While some factors may be beyond control, maintaining awareness and vigilance can contribute to a safer and more enjoyable experience for clients.

Here's to ensuring every lash appointment is both happy and healthy!