Since lash extensions have increased in popularity, more and more people are curious about how to do them on themselves at home or if it’s even possible.
Is it a great way to save money to get the look you want without having to go to a salon?
In this blog post, we’ll talk about the safety of applying lashes on yourself. We’ll also throw in some alternatives. Here’s what you need to know;
Can I use lash adhesive on myself?
The fumes from professional lash adhesive are dangerous to open eyes. You should know what professional lash adhesive is made of. The main component of lash adhesive is Cyanoacrylate. It’s the ingredient that permits bonding. When Cyanoacrylate is exposed to air,it cures and it tends to release gentle fumes, and it will irritate sensitive mucous membranes in the eye, nose, and throat.
When you get your lashes done by a professional lash technician, your eyes are closed, and you won’t get adhesive fumes entering your eyes. Unless your eyes open by mistake, but even then they can be fanned away in 5 seconds. No big deal.
However, if you attempt to apply lashes on yourself, your eyes are wide open, and the membranes in your eyes are exposed to the adhesive fumes. Exposing your eyes to the adhesive fumes, soon, your body will start to produce antibodies, and you may eventually get an allergic reaction to the adhesive. Once an allergy is developed you are most likely never able to get lash extensions again. Check out our blog on how to manage allergies or irritations to adhesives here: *link*
Adhesive allergy can show up in different forms like a runny nose, itchy, watery, swollen eyes, tightness in the chest, nausea, dizziness, and other flu-like symptoms in one of both eyes. This allergy will disappear once the eyelash extensions are removed.
Is isolation really that important?
The whole point of lash extension is to apply one extension fiber to one natural lash (classic) or multiple fibers to one natural lash (volume). We need proper isolation to permit your natural lash cycle to take place healthily. Without it, your natural lashes will suffer irreparable damage.
Isolation is the reason your lash artists spend many hours applying your full set of lashes. Basically, adhering lash extensions to your own natural lashes while looking in a mirror is nearly impossible for proper isolation. You are highly likely to glue several natural lashes together, this results in damage, plus they won’t look very nice if the lashes are glued in clumps.
Natural lashes all individually have different growth cycles and speed. Some lashes grow faster and some slower than others. Imagine how your eyes handle natural lashes that are glued together in clumps but grow at a different speed? It will hurt and pull on your eyes. Your poor lashes are begging you not to do this.
Drugstore lash strips can’t replace lash extensions. Don’t even think about it.
Although these are a great choice for a night out or a way to enhance your eyes for a day, they are definitely not designed to be used with professional grade lash extensions adhesive.
Let us explain why; These strips or clusters are designed to be glued to your lash line with a water dissolvable adhesive and removed at night before bed. Gluing these drugstore strips or clusters with a professional grade eyelash adhesive will cause incredible irritation to your eyelids. The professional adhesive we use is not made to be in contact with skin. If you are to glue them to your lashes only using our professional adhesive, well, now they are not isolated and you’re guaranteed to rip out your natural lashes and your skin when you try to remove them. Perfect mixture for an eye infection!
Most of the online tutorials showing how to properly apply lash extensions are given by people who are certified to do so. They have practiced countless hours, and they have a very steady hand. They know how to properly hold lash tweezers and how to handle them safely around the eyes. But do you have these skills? Let’s be honest, probably not. Could you? Probably if you took a course and practiced.
You will be using sharp tweezers in the immediate vicinity of your precious eyes. The consequences are totally not worth it. You can definitely poke your eyeball with the tweezers sharp edge. What if they are not sanitized properly? The risk is too great! You only have one set of eyes per lifetime.
Try these instead
Lash growth serum; Lash serums are concentrated treatments that promise healthier, fuller lashes. Some can be applied along the upper lash line with a small applicator, and others are combed through the lashes just like mascara.
While many lash serums claim to make your lashes longer, over-the-counter products typically act as lash conditioners rather than having ingredients that prove new lash growth.
One of the only clinically-proven lash growth serums available in Canada is called Latisse and requires a prescription. Latisse was approved by Health Canada in 2010, after undergoing clinical trials. Studies showed that Latisse was effective at thickening natural eyelashes, but some patients experienced side effects like irritation, dry eyes, redness, blurry vision, darkening of the eyelids and permanent iris darkening.
Lash lift; is like a perm for your eyelashes. Unlike a lash extension, a lash lift simply alters the shape of your natural lashes by curling them from root to tip. They are low maintenance and cost effective compared to eyelash extensions. They last about 6-8 weeks and cost from $60-$150. You can also add a tint, which dyes your lashes into a darker color, perfect choice for blonde lashed people.
Practice strip lashes; Strip lashes or individual cluster lashes are a bit difficult to get the hang of but, if you watch a few videos we promise you can do it! They come in all different shapes and sizes for every eye shape. They can be placed in ways that you cannot tell the difference between them and eyelash extensions. The only difference is how long they last.
Now that you know all the risks associated with attempting to do eyelash extensions on yourself, Heavily consider another alternative. We don’t want anyone to have permanant lash damage or to damage their vision! We want to thank you for reading! We hope you enjoyed learning! Stay tuned for more beauty tips and education from your friends at TheBeautiverse.
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