Are Eyelash Extensions Safe?

When it comes to getting longer lashes, the go-to has always been mascara. Most ladies have at least one tube in their makeup bag. Others, however, want a more dramatic look and opt for false lashes, a lash lift, or extensions. 

Permanent makeup, eyelash transplants, medications for lash growth, and lash perms are among other methods of obtaining those coveted long eyelashes. But, eyelash extensions don’t fall into any of these categories.

For those that want long, luscious lashes but haven’t yet made the leap, the question arises – Are eyelash extensions safe?

How Are Eyelash Extension Applied?

Eyelash extensions consist of individual fibers that are glued individually or in groups to each lash–attached with a special kind of skin-safe glue designed for exactly this purpose. Most eyelash extensions consist of synthetic fibers, however some types of extensions are made of organic materials or animal furs like mink. 

Lash extensions are applied most commonly in a salon or spa. The procedure is done by a trained professional, usually an esthetician, a lash artist or lash technician. 

The technician uses two pairs of tweezers to apply the lashes, One pair separates your natural lashes, and the other applies the extensions. A lash is picked up and lightly dipped in glue, then attached to the separated natural eyelash. After a few seconds, the lashes bond to each other. Anywhere from 40 to 100 lashes are applied for each client’s eye. 

How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?

Lash extensions get shed with your natural lashes. Eyelashes naturally fall out and grow every six weeks or so. Half of your extensions will be gone in about a month, as a rule of thumb. Clients can obtain touch-ups every few weeks, often offered at a lower cost compared to the initial “full-set” application. 

How Much Do Eyelash Extensions Cost?

The cost of your lashes will vary depending on where you live and what type you are getting. Real furs, such as mink, can cost hundreds of dollars for a full set. This is especially true in bigger cities.. For synthetic, silk, or other lash extension materials, you will likely be saddled with a much less substantial bill.

Typically, salons offer an initial application for a larger price and then a reduced price for each touch-up. Touch-ups can start at $50 and go up depending on the region. 

The Risks of Eyelash Extensions

When you get your lashes done, you’re having something done right on top of your eye. Although a certified salon or spa utilizes the best sanitation practices, there is always a risk for complications. This risk is relatively small, however, and eyelash extensions applied in a professional spa or salon are exceptionally safe.

Most complications that can occur are mild reactions from the glue used to apply the extensions. Some lash glues contain formaldehyde or other chemicals that can cause mild allergic reactions or localized irritation. 

Some researchers say eyelash extensions can cause dry eyes because there is a preferred length for an eyelash to have total productivity. Your eyelashes protect the eyes from the air, wind, and debris. The “ideal” size is one-third the length of the eye. 

Once the lashes exceed the ideal length, a fan-like effect gets created with each blink. This process causes the airflow to increase into the eyes, thus potentially causing them to be dryer than they normally would be. More research is needed on the topic to form a scientific conclusion, however.

To reduce the risk of side effects and other complications:

  1. 1. Make sure you know your salon and lash artist/esthetician.
  2. 2. Ensure they are certified, and check their previous work.
  3. 3. Make sure they use proper sanitation procedures.
  4. 4. Become aware of the ingredients they use —  especially in their adhesives. 

Removal of Eyelash Extensions

Eyelashes get applied with a strong glue, so they can be difficult to remove by force alone. If you want your lash extensions removed, the best advice is to return to the salon to get them removed professionally. There are at-home recipes for eyelash bonding remover, but these solutions should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are not guaranteed to work.

If you feel you need to remove them yourself, consult your esthetician/lash artist and ask for their advice. 

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