For people who want dramatic, luscious lashes on a dime, lash extensions are a godsend. These faux extenders attach seamlessly above the lash line, providing their wearer with glamorously framed eyes. If you’re a beauty fan wanting to enhance your lashes or a cosmetologist looking to recommend your client a lash treatment, you may wonder when lash extensions are the answer. Lash extensions aren’t for everyone. If you want to know who can and can’t wear eyelash extensions, read on.
Who Can Wear Lash Extensions?
Here’s the good news: most people can wear eyelash extensions! The condition of a person’s natural lashes and their natural eye shape can affect the lash length and the type of curl that’s best for them. However, these factors won’t prevent them from getting extensions.
Who Can’t Wear Lash Extensions?
Even though most people can wear extensions, there are some who can’t, either because it’s not safe or because the extensions won’t work or last. Here are five types of people that should think twice before booking a lash extension treatment.
People With Allergies
Most lash glues contain latex, formaldehyde, cyanoacrylate, and black carbon. People who are allergic to any of these ingredients should steer clear of lash extensions, or they risk unwanted symptoms, like redness, itchiness, and potentially anaphylaxis.
People With Sensitive Skin
Extensions are also a no-go for people with sensitive skin. To protect and care for their sensitive skin, they should avoid harsh chemical-based products, like lash glue.
People With Eye Infections/Eyes That Are Healing From Surgery
People currently suffering from an eye infection or those who’ve undergone laser eye surgery in the past two years should also avoid getting lash extensions. The eyes need time to heal from infection and surgery, and lash glue can irritate them and disrupt the healing process.
Pregnant people in their first trimester should also avoid getting lash extensions. The fumes that lash glues effuse could potentially harm the developing fetus.
People With Short/Sparse Natural Lashes
Sadly, lash extensions don’t work very well on people with short or sparse lashes. This is because the lash fans don’t have enough hair to hold on to, so they’re prone to snapping and falling off. People with short or sparse lashes can still technically get extensions, but they may need to opt for shorter-than-desired fans if they want them to last.
Lash Extension Alternatives
If you or your client fall into the “can’t wear extensions” category, don’t worry. There are other ways to achieve dreamy, long, and voluminous lashes.
If your client doesn’t want lash extensions, you can also recommend a lash lift. Lash lifts work on people with short and sparse natural lashes. The lifting process also doesn’t involve glue, so it’s safe for those with glue allergies. However, pregnant folks and folks with irritated/recently operated-on eyes should avoid this treatment as well due to the chemicals used. During a lash lift, the lash tech will perm the natural lashes using a chemical formula, which makes them appear longer and curly.
Fiber mascara is another option. These mascaras deposit tiny fibers on the tip of the lash, which artificially plumps and extends them. So when all else fails, this mascara is a great option!