The 411 on Lash Extensions

Before getting on to the heavy, something I think we can all agree on is that a lot of guys get the world’s most beautiful eyelashes and don’t even deserve them SMH.

The bad news: Eyelash Extensions are dangerous. I know, total bummer, but after researching the facts on what can happen through the process of the application I was scared into never complaining about my natural lashes ever again.

The American Association of Opthalmology reports that the most common cases of mishaps involving lash extensions are an infection of the cornea, infection of the eyelid, swollen eyelids, and temporary or permanent loss of lashes. Yikes! Another concern is damage to your hair follicles that are responsible for eyelash growth. A lot of the time these gruesome side effects are caused by the glue that is used to bond the artificial lashes to your own natural lashes because they include the ingredient formaldehyde. If you aren’t familiar with formaldehyde it is a chemical compound that is commonly used in the embalming process for the deceased. It is known to give allergic reactions, and is also a probable human carcinogen.

Another interesting fact is that the optimal length for eyelashes is supposed to be 1/3 of the width of your eye as concluded by experimental studies. This optimal length is crucial for protecting your eyes from the elements such as wind, dust, and debris. When you get eyelash extensions you are tampering with this length thus endangering your eyes. Having lash extensions can make your eyelashes too long which results in dry eye symptoms because of the fan-like airflow to the surface of your eyes.

Although they are pretty, lash extensions are purely a cosmetic procedure, and the products used to achieve the end result is not regulated by the FDA. So basically, you’re at your own risk.

The good news: If after reading this you still feel like you need eyelash extensions in your life, by all means, get them. I would recommend finding someone that works at a reputable establishment, has great reviews, asking your aesthetician what ingredients are in the glue they use, and going in to get your lashes maintained on a regular basis. And if all else fails Ardell wispies from the drugstore it is.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

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