While we here at Cabelo Hair Co love lash lifts, lash extensions are still a popular way of enhancing the eyes and making them look bolder. However, unlike lash lifts, extensions can have some serious health drawbacks, and it’s all about how your body reacts to the adhesive used to keep the extensions in place.
Many people find out that they’re allergic to eyelash extension adhesive the hard way, but just going with lash lifts mean you’ll never have to find out!
What Causes Eyelash Extension Allergies?
Allergic reactions to eyelash extensions are rarely caused by the fake lashes themselves, but rather the adhesive used in the procedure. The reaction develops in response to either the material used to pigment the adhesive and help it match the surrounding hairs, which is usually carbon black; or it’s caused by the base material of the glue, a powerful chemical adhesive known as cyanoacrylate. Cyanoacrylate is used because it is a fast-drying glue, but it is usually the culprit for allergic reactions.
A person can develop an allergy to these materials any time in their life, just like anything else. Even when one has had a successful extension in the past, they could still find themselves fighting an allergic reaction after an appointment. These allergic reactions are not fun!
What Does An Allergic Reaction Feel Like?
If someone does have an allergy to the adhesive used in extensions, they will typically start experiencing swelling and itching of the eyelids within the first three days after the appointment is complete. The impulse will be to rub your eyes to relieve the itching, which can cause an infection – not to mention ruining your expensive extensions.
The best way to take care of the allergy? Remove the lashes ASAP. No one should ever try to power through the itchiness and inflammation, because they’ll only ruin them in their suffering. As well, they should never, ever just try the extensions again; your reaction wasn’t a fluke! They should try an alternative that won’t cause problems, an alternative like a lash lift and tint.
Why Are Lash Lifts Better?
Lash lifts do not use a harsh adhesive like cyanoacrylate to work. Rather, the procedure uses an ultra-hydrating keratin treatment that brings out the lashes naturally, rather than using a fake extension that has to stay on with glue. The process even uses a conditioner to strengthen the hairs and is completely free of chemicals like formaldehyde (another chemical used in extension treatments). It’s a much more natural process, with fewer chemically-derived ingredients your body wouldn’t enjoy.
The team at Cabelo uses Elleebana Lash Lifts and Belmacil tints, both of which are formulated to nourish the eyelashes and keep their lift and colour no matter what stress you put your lashes under. If you’ve had a negative experience with eyelash extension glue, don’t think that you’re out of options – come in for a safer, healthier lash lift and tint!