Short Answer: No, but it depends on who you go to.
This is the most asked question I receive about lashes - and rightly so. Lash extensions are a fairly new service to the beauty industry, and as consumers, we expect that if a professional is doing them, they must be doing it right. It would be their moral and professional obligation to do what’s right for the health of the client. Sadly this is not always the case because some lash technicians are either:
1.) Not licensed
2.) Not educated
3.) Do not care about the client
But as we have seen and heard the many horror stories regarding them, I wanted to talk about this a little more in depth because my clients, the followers of this beauty page, and every one else deserves the education.
I have had THREE clients come to me in the last two weeks who needed a complete removal and new full set because they went to another salon and were given one of my worst fears: a bad lash job.
What’s wrong with this photo?
1.) There are FOUR natural lashes GLUED TOGETHER, causing tugging and pain. The eyelashes were not isolated.
2.) The pre-made fans used are twice as long as the natural lash, which is too much weight on the lashes.
3.) The pre-made fans are made using heaps of glue, and even more glue is required to apply them to the lashes.
All of these technical mistakes directly cause traction alopecia (gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair). These are the cases where over time with improper technique, a client’s lashes WILL become weak, will not grow as long, and may not ever be the same as they did previously.
Lash artists, with education and meticulous care, will always utilize proper length, weight, glue, and placement to ensure the client’s lashes remain healthy and unaffected. Lash extensions are meant to only sit on the lash itself, never touching the client’s skin. When using fans, I personally feel as though hand-making fans (rather than pre-mades) is the better choice of the two as to ensure customization for every lash AND the glue is never too heavy.
In this photo, notice the triangular base, rather than a square. The fans, being hand-made, can also be wrapped around the natural lash. This gives clients even better retention because the glue is encapsulating around the lash. This fan is a 0.06mm, which means it’s even lighter than a single Classic lash. They feel like air because they are so lightweight, soft to touch, and never stiff.
If applied correctly, lash extensions:
Never cause pain
Never feel clumped, tugging, uncomfortable
Should be isolated with each natural lash growing out on its own
Feel completely weightless on the eyes, like your own lashes do
Will not cause any damage to the natural eyelashes
Never touch the skin or felt on the wet line of the eyes
Are customized by length, diameter, and curl based on the client’s own natural lashes/eyes
A perfect example of what proper isolation looks like on the natural lash.
An example of a grown out, isolated lash extension. It did not tug any other natural lashes, therefore remaining healthy and unaffected.
The most important actions you can take as a client when you are considering getting lash extensions:
1.) Do your research. Take the time to get to know the credentials of your desired lash artist or salon. Are they a licensed Esthetician or Cosmetologist? This licensure alone does not mean they will use proper technique, but it does mean they have went through their state required training, took examinations, passed, and continue to pay their yearly fees to retain a license. Individuals who have went through these programs will know proper sanitation and regulations required by their state.
Do they have a lash certification through a NALA certified education program? Although a lash certification is not required in the state of Oklahoma to do lashes, this DOES mean that your lash artist has taken action to continue their education and have become certified by a company who will undoubtedly ensure they know the complex intricacies of lashing, technique, lash health, and much more.
2.) Ask your lash artist what kind of products they are using. You are entitled to know exactly what an artist uses, what kind of glue, their lash brand, etc. There are unfortunately known cases within some sketchy salons that the tech used super glue, hair glue, or nail glue around clients’ eyes. This just gives me the shivers thinking about it. Imagine the inflammation and discomfort.
You can also ask them questions about their technique and how the lashes are applied, how many lashes are they using per fan, how long is the lengths they will be using on your natural lashes, do they isolate each individual lash, etc. You should be able to confidently allow your lash artist to lash you because they are educated, experienced, and doing what’s best for you, the client.
3. Look at the lash artist’s portfolio of work. Does the lash artist show their work online with CLEAR, up-close pictures? Do they post regularly with their new and recent work? As a client, you can tell a lot about an artist just based on the photos they post of their work. I see, very frequently, photos of work that I truly love by amazing artists, where you can see even the small details that make it awesome. However, because I know what to look for, I do see a lot of bad work too. But just recently I chose a lash artist to start getting my own lashes done… and I had to find an artist that was able to provide clear photos of their work.
Look for artists that you really like their work and how it compares to others in the area, comparing not just by price alone. If their photos are fuzzy, and they provide no up-close shots of their work so you can’t see the detail in their lashes, I would stray on the cautious side. And when in doubt, just don’t book with them.
Client Education is Everything.
The more you know and understand about good and bad lashing techniques, the more likely you can avoid a bad lash job! They aren’t fun - they’re painful. But when lashes are done right, you can wear them long term (years!) because the natural lashes are being thought of and taken are of by your lash artist.
Of course, if you have more questions regarding lash extensions, first check out our FAQ Page with quite a few frequently asked questions and answers. And if you would like further information, please feel free to Contact Me Here!
Sending you lots of love wherever you are in the world.