Hola my beauties! Your favorite makeup artist TanikaGreen.com coming to you LOUD, LIVE and DIRECT! Now ladies we all know that on certain areas of the body we have the choice of not having hair, in other cases some women (and men) are left with no choice. There are all kinds of medical reasons as to why women lose their hair but ladies don’t let you be the reason. We all saw what micro braids and cat weaves/wigs did in the late 90s and early 2000s. Now we see how sew-ins are affecting a lot of these ladies edges due to the massive tension put on the hair follicle. But my God why are we now seeing a large number of women without eyelashes.
Eyelashes: (known as lashes) is hairs that grows at the edge of the eyelids. Eyelashes protect the eye from debris and perform some of the same functions whiskers do on a cat or mouse in the sense that they are sensitive to being touched, thus providing a warning that an object (such as insect) is near the eye. So in other words we need our lashes ladies!
As a woman I know how fun it is to have lashes added to give the look of a fuller lash, as it truly accentuate the eyes especially when you want to add some drama! But my God, we have taken lashes to the extreme with these nail salon clustered lashes and with some of the lash glue on the market right now, without knowledge women will continue to damage the eyelash follicle without even knowing. One of the most common components used in the eyelash adhesive is formaldehyde (a strong-smelling gas, used especially to preserve parts of animals or plants for biological study) and the most common business that use this harsh chemical in their adhesives to apply cluster lashes is your local nail salon. Yup, your local nail salon and in some cases your neighborhood hair salon. For starters the glue that is being used at the nail salon is damaging to the eye and should truly be banned.
The problem with most cluster eyelash extensions is that they are applied to multiple eyelashes at once and the bases are usually bulky from the adhesive that holds them together, which causes follicle tension along with other reactions such as bacteria build up, fungus and other eye infections. Because our lashes grow at different stages, the tension from the cluster can also cause premature lash loss which can cause permanent damage to the eyelash like Traction Alopecia if eyelashes are worn repeatedly.
Also, keep in mind that when you use clustered lashes you are also using double the adhesive that is needed, making the bases more clumpy and weighted. Because cluster lashes are so wide, they tend to cover free eyelashes so instead, they are glued to the eyelid. This is extremely dangerous for the eye and skin and any certified lash technician or professional makeup artist should know the side effects and dangers of cluster lashes. Make sure you are only using reputable services
I know I learned my lesson after the second time, yes I said the second time. The first time I said “well maybe because a hairstylist is doing its not being done right”, they were very irritating and hard as HELL to come the HELL off. So I decided that I’m going to go where everybody else is going “Lash Out” and well I was uncomfortable with that set to. I felt like the lamp being used for light was way too close and too hot on my eyeball. The fumes from the lash glue was very disturbing to my eyes. So to say the least, it was a NO GO for me!!! Told myself ”you going to learn how to put strip lashes on” and now, unbeknownst to me at the time of trial and error with strip lashes, I am now professional makeup artist…..LOL, funny how life plays itself out.
So as professional I will always encourage my customers/clients to stay clear of the nail salon lashes. Most know the damage that it causes to the real eyelashes. It will burn the follicle and the eyelashes will remain very thin and damaged or it will become damaged that your real eyelashes will not grow back at all.
If you truly want to learn how to adhere lashes please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.