Part 3 of Eyelash Enhancements, Allergies and Allergic Reactions
Eyelash Lid Irritation
Extensions themselves can cause irritation of the eyelid skin because they sometimes rub against the eyelid skin while the client is sleeping. The thicker the extensions, the more irritation they can cause in sensitive individuals. To rule out mechanical (i.e. non chemical) irritation, try switching to the thinner extensions (.15 mm). If the symptoms are reduces or eliminated, you can conclude that the adhesive is not the cause. People with sensitive skin are more likely to suffer eyelid irritation from the friction of thick lash extensions rubbing against the lid. Make sure the extensions are placed perfectly at the lash line. If they are too close, they will rub against the lid and cause itching, redness and swelling. If they are too far away, they’re able to move around too much, which causes more friction and irritation when sleeping.
Eyelash extensions should NOT touch the skin, the extensions should be applied about 1 mm away from the lid. During a ReLash/Fill appointment, the extensions that have grown beyond 2 mm should be removed and a new extension is applied. Within the last year there have been more options for thinner lashes, such as .07 and .05. At EyeDeux, we use a variety of diameters to customize the look and feel for each person. For a free consultation and to schedule an appointment, click HERE or call us at 757.742.3389.
While reading posts from fellow lash stylists around the world on Facebook I decided to share this important post. Those who are not part of that private online group, fellow lash stylists and anyone who is currently and/or thinking about wearing eyelash enhancements, this should be read:
Allergic reactions are very complex because they can be caused by many different factors relating to the eyelash extensions and they can manifest themselves at any time and in many different ways. Some people experience redness and swelling of the eyelid close to the lash line. Some people have diffused redness and swelling all around the general eye area. Most of the time the redness and swelling is accompanied by itching.
There are several different causes of reactions and it is important to be able to distinguish a true allergic reaction from simple irritation. Irritation also has several different causes and differs from a true allergy in that it does not cause the body to produce histamine. Sometimes the only way to distinguish between an allergy and irritation is to see if the symptoms respond to anti-histamine medications such as Benedryl. Because we cannot give medical advice to our clients, we sometimes have to refer them to their family doctor if we suspect that they may be having a true allergic reaction. So how can an eyelash specialist recognize the causes and symptoms of a true allergic reaction? The following is a list of variables that must be considered:
1. Medical tape
3. Eyelash lid irritation
4. Seasonal allergies
5. Eye irritation
6. Inflammatory skin conditions
Please check back to this blog on further explanations of each point. At EyeDeux we take the profession of certified and licensed lash stylists seriously and want to assure or clients new and seasoned that we have their best interest at heart.
Out of curiosity, have you searched “eyelash extensions ” and viewed some of the pictures? While composing a photo shoot for the EyeDeux studios in Hampton Roads VA, I’ve noticed majority of the faces……are the same color! Where’s the diversity?!
While some lash stylists feel its ok to use corporate photos for their marketing, I question what these pictures are saying to your future clients.
I am quite disappointed when people ask, “what is your clientele like”? This tells me that they have seen very few pictures from major brands showing that women of all shapes, sizes AND ethnicities are able to get eyelash extensions.
At Eye Deux, we have made it a point to showcase not only the qualities mentioned above, but also different eye shapes and the eyelashes in their natural state. The before pictures are important especially to those who have weak, damaged, extremely curly, thin, downward pointing, short……..lashes. The after pictures show a realistic result in a complete set of extensions. Through our web site and social media, future patrons will be able to see that Yes, they too can wear eyelash extensions!