Properly applied eyelash extensions do not cause damage to your natural lashes.Situations where damage has or can be done to the natural lashes are typically caused by one of the following unfortunate situations:

  • Unqualified professionals applying semi-permanent eyelash xtensions.The application process,which requires the use of a strong bonding and long lasting adhesive and sharp tweezers near the eyearea, is very meticulous.Only under the supervision of a well-qualified trainer can a student learn how to properly position their hands,pick up a lash extension,isolate a single natural lash, and apply the lash extension safely and beautifully.Trained lash artists often see the work of unqualified professionals first hand and must repair the damage that has been done to the client.
  • Cheap work. Everyone wants a discount, and yes,you can find lashes at inexpensive prices.Butwould you really want to? At cheap prices,technicians need to speed through the procedure to maximize their time. This leads to short cuts and poor quality work.
  • Flares,clusters and strips applied as shortcuts. Flares,clusters and strips consist of a minimum of 3-8 blunt-end bundled lashes,often with a knot at the end. These types of lash enhancements aredesigned to be applied using a temporary lash adhesive for short term wear. There has been cases where technicians have taken these lash groups and have used semi-permanent eyelash extension adhesive to adhere the flares,clusters and strips directly to natural lashes.Of course applying lashes in bundles like this will take significantly less time to apply and achieve a ull look than a single lash by lash application,however this is an unhealthy method for natural lashes. These bundled lashes are far too heavy for a single natural lash to support. If applied to one natural lash they can break the natural lash and inhibit future regrowth. Alternatively, if they are applied to multiple natural lashes to properly support their heavy weight, multiple natural lashes will be adhered together. Since natural lashes grow at different rates the flares will cause faster growing natural lashes to prematurely pull out slower growing lashes from the root because they are bonded together. This can result in lash damage and baldness.
  • Careless adhesion.This leads to 3-4 natural lashes being clumped together.Again,this comes downto training and quality of materials. Lashes applied properly should be attached one-by-one.One small single strand extension is applied to one natural lash. If several natural lashes are adhered together because the technician has not been trained to isolate a single natural lash, or is being too careless or too quick to do so,it can cause pain,and in the end,damage to natural lashes.The pain will be felt a day or two after application as a faster growing lash begins to pull on a slower growing lash it is adhered to. While not a significant pain (it can be equated to a small pinpricking sensation along the lash line)it is a sign that something is not correct with the application. Properly applied eyelash extensions should be seen but not felt. There should be no discomfort during or after the  A trained professional will not only isolate a single lash as they apply, but also constantly check throughout the application to ensure that no lashes are adhering together as they cure.
  • Inappropriately sized lashes.These lashes are applied while not taking into consideration yourclient's natural lash health.Lashes that are too heavy in diameter and/or length can cause the natural lash to shed prematurely,causing a condition known as traction alopecia.

    - Christa Mcdearmon. The Eyelash Extension Professional Training Mannul. [M]2014, PP.5-6.

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