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Beautiful eyelashes speak volumes. When they look and feel fantastic, they provide us with confidence in the blink of an eye.
But many people don’t think about the chances they’re taking with their sensitive eye area when they use a salon without properly researching beforehand.
A survey of 1,000 women found that just a third choose their eyelash treatment based on the safest technique and only a sixth (16%) find out the level of training their eyelash technician has received.
But failing to respect our eye health can lead to irritation and infection.
Optometrist Francesca Marchetti warns: “Poor extensions can damage the hair follicle. This causes lashes to drop out completely and in some cases the damage can be permanent. This can then lead to blepharitis, a condition in which the edges of the eyelids become inflamed.”
But it doesn’t mean that lash lovers have to shy away from their favourite look. By following a few essential rules, eyelash treatments can be as safe as a regular salon treatment on your hair.
So, don’t let your lashes become a sight for sore eyes. You can achieve the lash look you’ve got your heart set on with this step-by-step guide towards safe eyelash treatments.
Eyelash treatments include extensions, tints, lifts and traditional strip lashes, so the first step is to find out how they look, how they fit with your style and whether they suit your lifestyle too.
Deborah Law, Nouveau Lashes’ international lash trainer, advises: “Think about the occasion, how much time and money you want to spend, and your expectations. You should also make the health and condition of your lashes and your eyes a priority.”
If you’ve decided the look you want, but you’re not too keen on a ‘one eyelash size suits all’ approach, it’s important to research the right brand for you.
Nouveau Lashes offer a range of premium eyelash treatments that are tailored to suit your style, budget and schedule.
Many of us choose our hairdressing salon based on the brand’s style and how it fits the look we want to achieve. Choosing a salon for your eyelash treatment should be no different and brand can be a good indicator of quality.
Different brands will use specific materials for the actual lash extensions (which can include mink, silk and other synthetics) as well as different adhesives.
The salon’s technicians will also be trained to specific brand standards, so identifying a good brand will help you narrow your search.
You wouldn’t let anyone other than a trained expert examine your eyes. And you shouldn’t walk into a salon or let a technician near your eyelashes without confirming their safety standards or that they’re fully qualified.
Eyelash treatment processes use elements that, if not handled correctly, could cause lasting damage to your eyelashes.
“Extra weight on lashes from extensions can have an adverse effect on lash growth and condition, so ensure you see a professional,” warns trichologist Trisha Buller.
The sensitive skin around your eyes is also at the mercy of the salon and technician you use.
Dermatologist Justine Hextall says: “Inappropriate product use can make skin hypersensitive, leading to inflammation and dermatitis, which can also damage lashes.”
Eye health expert Francesca recommends reading online reviews of both the salon and the technician and asking to see up-to-date safety and training certificates.
You can easily find Nouveau Lashes technicians who are trained to the highest standards with a health-first approach on Salon finder.
If it’s your first time in a new salon, with a new technician having a new treatment, a consultation is a must.
Deborah explains: “A consultation gives the lash technician the opportunity to look at your eye shape and lashes to find out exactly what can be achieved by each treatment.”
It’s also a good opportunity to see how professional they are and if they put you at ease.
Some treatments may require a patch test, which can be applied in this appointment. Just as you would expect a hairdressing salon to require a patch test when using a new hair dye, the same goes for an eyelash lift and tint.
A patch test will check whether you are allergic to chemicals used in the process. Prior to your treatment, the eyelash technician will apply a very small amount of each solution to your skin and wait a minimum of 48 hours to check how your body reacts.
Nouveau Lashes technicians are trained to the highest standards, putting the health of your eyes first. You can recognise a Nouveau Lashes technician by their use of a branded head band. They will also have certifications to demonstrate their Nouveau Lashes training and will use Nouveau Lashes treatment products.
If you want to maintain your new look, aftercare is crucial.
When it comes to extensions, it’s important to keep them free from water for two days after treatment and avoid swimming or washing your face with hot water during this time.
You should also look out for any irritation, particularly when you begin to use eye make-up again. To ensure your lashes look their best, clean the eye area thoroughly before you go to bed. Use an oil-free make-up remover, which will avoid affecting the adhesive bond. Avoid rubbing off make-up, instead delicately press or dab a cotton pad on the lids to remove eye shadow and liners.
If you want to apply mascara to your extensions be sure to use one that has been specifically developed for lash extensions.
Extensions can last for up to eight weeks and although it may be tempting, you shouldn’t remove them by pulling them out. This will pull out your natural hair too, compromising your eye health and potentially causing long-term damage. Book an appointment with your technician to remove them safely or use an eyelash extension remover from a reputable brand.
For eyelashes that have been tinted or chemically lifted, a lash conditioner can help nourish and strengthen the hair to keep them healthy and looking full.
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