5 December 2014
With everyone from Nicole Kidman to Lindsay Lohan lining up for the latest eyelash extensions, many unqualified and inexperienced practitioners are seeking to capitalise on this new beauty trend with sometimes alarming results for consumers.
From horrible infections and chemical burns to permanent lash loss, eyelash extensions are not without risks and serious post-procedure complications.
“The main issue is lack of experience and training in applying the extensions which, in combination with a body part as delicate as the eye, can at times end in disaster”, says CHOICE investigative journalist, Kate Browne.
“The most important thing to do before considering the procedure is to do as much research as possible on the beauty business or salon and make sure the practitioner is professional and experienced.”
“Eyelash extensions are applied directly to the natural eyelash with a bonding agent and can last for up to six weeks. While it may be appealing to have longer, fuller eyelashes without mascara, complications arise when foreign bodies get into the eye and cause corneal ulcers,” Says Ms Browne.
“While the beauty industry is pushing to have a nationally recognised qualification for eyelash technicians next year, training is not currently a legal requirement in Australia. In theory, this means that anyone can set up a business or sideline in applying extensions.”
“As a rule it’s best not to consider lash extensions if you have sparse lashes, cannot afford the time or money for regular maintenance, are allergy prone or have known allergies to an ingredient in the adhesive or are pregnant.”
- Look for a well-established practitioner or salon that provides lash extensions as their primary business.
- Read the labels of the products being used to make sure that the adhesive is pharmaceutical grade and safe for use on the eye area.
- Opt for softer, lighter lashes such as mink so less tension is put on the hair follicle.
- Make sure a fan is used to keep fumes out of your eyes throughout the procedure and that no adhesive residue is left on the lashes by the end.
- Follow the aftercare advice given by the practitioner.
- See a health professional immediately if you experience any discomfort or irritation.
 CHOICE magazine December 2014 – 34 - 35
 CHOICE magazine December 2014 – page 34 / 35