Can I get lash extensions if I have sensitive eyes?
Updated: Oct 31, 2022
While it is true that eyelash extensions may not be for everyone, you shouldn't immediately write them off because you may have sensitivities. A prepared lash artist has a full arsenal of products that includes products for clients who may be sensitive to adhesive, light, or tape; as well as knowledge of several techniques that may make you more comfortable during your service. So the answer to this question is: yes!
Cyanoacrylate is the active ingredient in most lash adhesives. It is also the most common allergen, which is what some clients may have a sensitivity or allergy to. At Muse, Melanie has a cyanoacrylate-free adhesive in her rotation, which is specifically formulated without this active ingredient, and therefore decreases the risk of sensitivity or irritation.
An adhesive that is formulated with sensitive clients in mind is important for a lash artist to have in order to make her services accessible to more people, however it is never guaranteed to work. For this reason, it is always recommended to ask for a patch test. The artist will apply a couple of lashes to each eye—one using regular adhesive, and one using sensitive—to see how you do over the following days. If the patch test shows that you have a sensitivity, opt for a lash lift! It's a great alternative to lash extensions. But if not, you're good to go.
If you're especially sensitive to light, placing black eye pads on top of your closed lids is a great way for an artist to accommodate your discomfort. Clients who are sensitive to light often tend to have watery eyes throughout the service, which can also make it difficult for the artist to work; but if black eye pads—and anti-allergy gel—are used, it can minimize the watering and create a more comfortable environment for both the client and the artist. Anti-allergy gel captures fumes, directing them away from the eyes to reduce tear-production.
Generally, lash artists have various types of tape on hand. If you find that you develop a sensitivity to any specific tape, let the artist know so that she can try using a different kind!
Again, eyelash extensions aren't for everyone, but if these sensitivities are the reason you've been hesitant to try them, just ask your artist whether she has the means to accommodate you! A good lash artist will have various ways of making sure her services are accessible to you; communication is key!