Most of us would want to be extra beautiful, and there is nothing wrong with it. We get hair treatment, we buy facial products, we improve our teeth among many others. But now, the beauty trend is getting bigger, this includes having eyelash extensions. If you are considering to get a pair, you can do so but equip yourself with ample knowledge about it. Don’t just join the bandwagon because like any other treatment or beauty procedures, there are risks. In this post, let’s take a deeper look at the eye extensions.
What are eyelash extensions?
This is different from strips of falsies which can only last for hours. Eyelash extensions are done meticulously by experts and the process can take multiple hours. The effect is having full or long eyelashes for weeks. Most people who underwent the procedure can now spare time energy from adding mascara and curling their eyelashes.
Generally, there are different types of eyelash extensions. You can choose from a variety of fiber, curl types, and even length.
If you are just going to look at the aesthetic perspective of eyelash extensions, then it is easy to fall in love with it. And with all the ‘before and after’ photos online, it is quite hard to resist even if you need to shell out a significant amount of money.
But what are the risks?
Before you go to the salon to get yours, consider the risks and weigh if you are ready for it. Not because a procedure works well for others, you can expect the exact results for yourself.
Losing your eyelashes
We don’t mean to scare you, but this really happens. The glue being used for the procedure can cause your lashes to fall out. In fact, few experts believe that wearing eyelash extensions can lead to a condition called traction alopecia. This means that your hair will fall out because of the tension experienced by your hair shaft.
More often than not, allergic reactions are caused by the glue used in eyelash extensions. These adhesives usually have formaldehyde and that can cause the reaction to the skin. One doctor shared that he usually sees these allergic reactions a couple of days after the eyelash application or procedure.
Those who have applied eyelash extensions are more prone to infection. These extra ‘hair’ can easily harbour bacteria and you could end up getting styes. If you notice redness, slight swelling, and irritation, it is best that you consult a doctor or specifically an optometrist right away. In no case should you feel these when eye extensions are added.
Losing your vision
And worst, you can turn blind if your eyelash extensions are not applied properly. If you must know, one woman temporarily lost her vision because of the adhesive used for her extensions. Even at the onset of application, she felt a sting on her eye and immediately told this to the attendant. However, she was informed that this was normal. Apparently not, and she had to visit another clinic that provided her with eyewash. Good thing that her eyes were able to recover. Otherwise, it would be tragic.
So what do you need to do before getting eyelash extensions?
Look for a reputable salon with equally reputable people that can do your lashes. It wouldn’t hurt if you do some research and check reviews before getting those dreamy eyes. In addition, ask if you can have a skin test using their adhesive. This is so you can be sure that there will be no allergic reactions.
Again, if something out of the ordinary happens, immediately have an expert to check your eyes.