We’ve all heard stories in the press of women having suffered severe allergic reactions from various beauty treatments without having a patch test. The same can and has happened with eyelash extensions and it’s easy for us as technicians to read the stories in shock and then say “I’m sure that will never happen with me.” But you never know, it just might.
Patch testing can seem tiresome and annoying, having to book a Client in 24 to 48 hours prior to the treatment and we know that It’s super tempting to think “oh, it’ll be fine.’…..Until that is, an eyelash extension customer experiences a reaction to a product and you feel the panic rising wishing that you had done the patch test. It’s important to remember as I said in one of my recent blogs, as professionals we need to make sure we can say no! Clients rushing to an event that really ‘need’ their eyelash extensions is no excuse for putting them at risk.
In these sorts of situations you can do the patch test on the client as she is right there with you, and so that she has lashes for her event, pop some knot free flares on with Flutterfix (our fantastic wholesale false eyelash glue – a must have on your trolley and it’s on offer for £6.99) so that she has beautiful eyelash extensions that are safe, won’t drop off at her party and probably will still be there the next day. Don’t take the risk, it’s just not worth it!
So here’s some handy tips for you to try to make eyelash extension patch testing quick and simple:-
Always patch test behind the ear and at the outer corner of a lash. Stroke a cocktail stick with the glue down the eyelash with the eyes closed. (Remember to cover the bottom lashes first with a gel pad, so they don’t stick together!).
If any redness, itching or irriation occurs the treatment must not go ahead. It is always good practice to ask your eyelash extension client to sign a consultation form to say that they have had a patch test, but always remember a signature from a client stating she doesn’t want a patch test means nothing. You will not be covered by insurers if a reaction occurs. Don’t be persuaded!!!
My golden rule: If in doubt…leave it out!
Love and best wishes