As great as they look, so many women have vowed never to have eyelash extensions ever again. Why is that?
Eyelash extensions can highlight and provide additional emphasis to your eyes, there is no denying that but, as they say, all good things do come at a cost – the procedure involves placing individual synthetic lashes using adhesives that contain formaldehyde; a chemical used to preserve corpses – this procedure can cause nasty negative effects like loss of eyelashes, red/swollen eyes, irritations, and possible blindness in extreme cases.
It is so important to be aware of the products and chemicals that will be used and make sure you are not allergic to any of them.
I’ve had extensions in the past. I really did enjoy having them, the look was so natural, and you come out of bed ready for liftoff…
BUT I kept feeling uneasy about the glue because I’ve always just seen them as “super glue”, and the last time I checked, they were for DIY household projects and crafts not lash application.
Ok ok, it’s not super glue, but…
Your aesthetician won’t tell you or just doesn’t know that it does contain formaldehyde; a colorless strong smelling flammable chemical that can cause the following:
According to Dr. Brian Wachler, a Beverly Hills optician, “you can have permanent loss of your own lashes from a reaction to the glue being used that causes damage to the hair follicles and remember your eyelashes they're not just cosmetic ornaments right they're there to protect your eyes so you need them all like windshield wipers kind of they're there to protect things from flying into your eyes”
Look at the picture above, that’s a photo of a bad reaction a woman had from getting eyelash extensions. We need to talk about this more because you don't want your eyes looking like that, right?
I don't think fake eyelashes are worth dying for.
It is very difficult to assess the current state of your lashes while you have semi-permanent lash extensions on.
If the wrong products are used or something goes wrong during the application procedure, you could end up with serious eye problems or even blindness.
Yahoo!, reported the case of a U.K. girl, Megan Rixson who lost her sight for two hours immediately after getting eyelash extensions.
According to her, during the procedure, she felt a burning sensation in her eyes and then realized she couldn’t open them anymore.
Two long hours and many eyedrops later, she was finally able to recover her sight, although her eyes were still very sensitive.
Megan later found out that they had used nail glue on her eyelashes, almost costing her her sight.
Infections are almost inevitable if you get extensions often enough.
“These are hard lashes so if they're not attached properly they can actually swing down like a door and scratch your cornea and cause an infection” – Dr. Wachler.
Angie, a New York native, went to a great salon with 5 stars on Yelp. According to her “they did a good job. It was clean. I can't complain. I washed my face constantly. And still, several mornings I woke up my eyelids were swollen. Like the beginning of the eye infection. And sadly my natural eyelashes are half the length they were. If I had it to do over again I would have not have gotten them.”
Bacteria can also grow in semi-permanent lashes which can lead to infection and some people can lose their real lashes from too many treatments.
Allergies don’t care if you got the extensions from a professional or novice. If you're allergic this would happen. Remember you’re putting chemicals near your eyes and on the eyelid which is a very sensitive place.
Corneal abrasions are also very common if the lashes are too long or very hard.
“You can have a skin reaction that causes an allergy from the glue being used” – Dr. Wachler.
According to a Japanese web-based survey, 26.5% of the people that got extensions, experienced some type of reaction such as irritation, swollen eyelids, and more.
Strip lashes are your best bet as the glue doesn’t contain formaldehyde. I personally try to stay clear of anything glue.
I’ve found refuge in magnetic eyelashes and I don’t see myself leaving them anytime soon.
I don’t struggle to put them on like drugstore falsies.
They don’t use glue, just magnets. No latex to worry about.
With magnetic lashes though, you need to know that they’re not all created equal, and with that being said, I’ll advise you to avoid the double-stack ones – they’re hard to apply.
With Kinky Lash, you don't have to be a pro to pop them on in seconds, and there's no glue involved. It's so easy to apply. Just use the magnetic eyeliner like your regular liquid liner, wait for it to dry, and then line up the lash with eyeliner as you can see in the video below.
Fun fact: Even if you didn't line the lash correctly, it's easy to redo unlike with glue.
Kinky lash uses NO glue so you are free from formaldehyde, latex, and all the dangerous chemicals found in traditional lash glues.
The magnetic eyeliner contains iron oxide which is rated 2 for safety according to the EWG.
There are no heavy metals or parabens in the formula. Iron oxide doesn’t cause problems even for people with sensitive skin. If you don’t get allergies from your car keys, then you should be just fine.
If you’ve had eye problems/surgery in the last 12 months, please consult your doctor.
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