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 for eyelash extensions can seem tiresome and annoying, having to book a Client in 24 to 48 hours prior to the treatment. It’s tempting to think it’ll be fine. Until that is, a customer experiences a reaction to a product and you feel the panic rising! So here’s some handy tips for you to try to make patch testing quick and simple:

Always patch test behind the ear and at the outer corner of an eyelash.

If you wish to use a fast drying fumey glue or eyelash adhesive, patch test behind one ear with the fumey glue and also behind the other ear with the sensitive glue. This will save the Client a second trip if a reaction to the stronger glue occurs.

If you are patch testing a fumey glue, stroke a cocktail stick with the glue down the lash with the eyes closed. (Remember to cover the bottom lashes first, so they don’t stick together!).

If any redness, itching or irritation occurs the treatment must not go ahead.

It is always good practice to ask them to sign a consultation form to say that they have had a patch test.

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 an eyelash extension reaction occurs.