Getting lash extensions can be a great way to enhance your natural beauty! However, it is important to remember that allergic reactions can occur, whether it is your first or tenth time getting them done. These reactions can present themselves immediately or within 24-48 hours. It is possible to be allergic to the adhesive itself or the ingredients in the adhesive.
It is important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and irritation. Allergic reactions tend to be more severe and can lead to swelling, itching, tearing, and redness. Irritation, on the other hand, is a less severe reaction that can also cause redness and discomfort. This can be caused from the fumes or incorrect eye pad placement. These symptoms will usually go away within 48 hours.
Remember to prioritize your health and safety when getting lash extensions by going to an experienced lash technician. If you experience any discomfort or unusual symptoms, let them know as soon as possible. The most they can do is remove the lashes to reduce the symptoms and advise you to apply a cold compress at home. If the reaction is very severe, seek medical attention immediately!
TIPS TO REDUCE OR PREVENT ANY ALLERGIC REACTIONS OR IRRITATION
PERFORM A PATCH TEST
Performing a patch test is recommended before getting the full set of lash extensions. This is especially important for new clients and anyone who may have had allergic reactions to lash extensions in the past. The patch test involves placing at least four lash extensions on the outer corner of the eyes and waiting for 24 hours to see if any reactions occur.
The reason behind this test is that everyone's skin reacts differently to different products, and there is a small chance that an allergic reaction may occur. While the risk is minimal, it's always better to be safe than sorry! In the unlikely event that an allergic reaction does occur, it's much easier to deal with just a couple lashes than an entire set. Overall, it’s a simple and effective way to ensure that your lash extension experience is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
USE A SENSITIVE GLUE
Lash adhesives can contain very high fumes from cyanoacrylate, the main ingredient in most adhesives that may cause irritation or discomfort. Sensitive glues in the markets tend to have lower fumes due to having less amounts of cyanoacrylate. That's where our sensitive glue specially formulated to be gentler on both your client's eyes and your own respiratory system!
By reducing exposure to potentially harmful fumes, you can protect your own health and work more comfortably for longer periods of time. So why not give our sensitive glue a try and see the difference for yourself? Your clients (and your lungs) will thank you!
PLACE EYE PADS NOT TOO CLOSE TO THE WATERLINE
Placement of eye pads is critical during the application process. The eye pads should be placed under, not directly on waterline to protect the client's eyes from glue and any fumes that might be emitted during the procedure. It also helps to create a smooth and clean application. Placing it too high can cause it to scratch their eye, especially when they talk as the eye pad can move. This can result in redness and soreness at the bottom of their eye.
USE AN ANTI-ALLERGY GEL
Anti-allergy gel is formulated to lock in any fumes or vapors that may be emitted during the service. This prevents the inhalation of harmful chemicals or irritants that may be present in the adhesive used during application.
To use anti-allergy gel, simply apply a small amount of the gel to a lip applicator and apply it to your client’s eyelids and eye pads. Once the gel has been applied, you can leave the container open next to the client the whole duration of the appointment. Another trick is that you can also place it onto a glue ring to wear next to your glue ring that has adhesive in it!
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GIVE A LASH BATH AT THE END
Wash the lashes with a gentle cleanser once you’re done with your set and have applied bonder. This is great for getting rid of any remaining fumes from the adhesive, and also to reduce any potential irritation. Clean the surrounding area on the skin and around the eye lid.
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KEEP THE CLIENT’S EYES CLOSED AT ALL TIMES
Make sure your client’s eyes are fully closed. One common mistake that new lash artists make is pulling back the client's eyelid with tape too much. Chemical burns can occur when your client’s eyes are evenly slightly open. This can cause discomfort and they may experience some stinging. You can check if their eyes are open using a lash mirror to get a clear view of the lash line. This will help to ensure that the glue doesn't get into their eyes.
As a professional lash tech, it's essential to know the triggers for allergic reactions to eyelash extensions and how to handle them. Remember, the comfort and safety of your clients should always come first. By using high-quality products and being prepared to handle any adverse reactions, you can provide your clients with beautiful, long-lasting lashes and create a safe and enjoyable experience for them.