Eyelash extensions are popular for a reason – it makes your eyes stand out to add an amazing glow to your face even without makeup.
For the most part, people won’t complain about the procedure nor the days after. At least, not our clients. In fact, some clients find themselves getting sleepy in the process, with some actually falling asleep while their lashes are being applied!
However, horror stories about painful eyelash extensions are not unheard of. Some would share stories about the pain and discomfort they felt when they had their lash extensions. And because of stories like these, some actually steer clear of lash extensions even if they’re itching to try it out.
Why does this happen? Are there ways to avoid this from happening to you?
H ere are reasons why some people find the process painful.
Irritating ingredients in glue
It’s glue, so it’s expected that there could be a few harsh ingredients that could hurt the eyes. Some kinds of glue may also emit chemicals in a process that would have the same effect as chopping onions.
Of course, we’re careful enough to use glue that has the mildest ingredients. This is also one reason why we choose our materials well. We don’t need to overdo our use of glue because our glue sticks the lashes right in even with just a small amount.
T he problem here is when the glue used is not the right kind. Not only would the technician have to put in such a huge amount just to make the lashes stick, the material could trigger an allergic reaction.
For those who have a sensitivity to the glue used, the discomfort should be gone within 24 hours. By this time, the glue would have completely settled.
Poor application technique
The way that the lash technician applies those lashes could be one of the culprits if you find yourself feeling a little pain.
Some lash technicians may end up placing the lashes too close to the eyelids. This means that the additional lashed would be poking at your lids the whole time they’re there. They may also have little control over the amount of glue they end up putting, which could end up with some of your lashes getting stuck together and pulling at each other.
Removing extensions yourself
Especially for first-timers, they may feel weird with their new lashes on. Some may not be able to resist the urge to keep touching their lashes. Some even try tugging at their new lashes, as if trying to see how durable these lashes are!
Now, here’s the problem with that.
Your fake lashes are glued right onto your natural lashes. This means that every tug, every pull, is felt by your hair follicles and your eyelids.
Some may also find the area around their eyelids to be itchy after the lash extensions are in place. This could cause you to scratch the area in an attempt to soothe the itchy feeling.
Some also attempt to remove the extensions themselves the moment they feel something weird or different. This could result in your own lashes beging pulled out. There’s a special procedure to be followed in removing lash extensions. This is not something you should be attempting on your own.
Wrong choice of extensions
You may ask for the thickest, longest, baddest set of lashes available. But professional technicians know that you can’t just give in to client requests like that.
Can you imagine how lightweight your lashes are? Your natural lashes do not have the ability to carry anything bigger or heavier than their own weight. So what does this have to do with anything?
Remember that it’s going to be your natural lashes bearing the weight of the additional lashes. There’s a limit to how thick and how long you can go depending on your natural lash. When you apply lashes that are too heavy or too thick, you will definitely feel like your eyelids are being weighed down. Stress is applied to the hair follicles, which could cause not only some discomfort but some pain as well.
So should you avoid getting lash extensions just because of these risks?
The key here is to choose the right salon. It’s not just about getting the lowest price. Rather, it’s about knowing that your lash technician knows what she’s doing.
What if the lashes are already in and the process is already done?
Always go back to a professional so that they can perform the right procedures to remove your lash extensions.