Is Getting Eyelash Extensions Safe?

For those of us in search of long and luxurious lashes (and when regular mascara just doesn’t cut it) eyelash extensions are the way to go. Women are flocking to salons, booking appointments to add length and volume with the help of glue and synthetic lashes. With so many women (and celebrities!) getting this beauty treatment in such a sensitive area, one may stop to ask: Is it safe?

A recent video segment on Good Morning America explored some of the ugly side effects that can come with lengthening those lashes. Swollen eye lids, bloodshot eyes and painful burning are just some of the allergic reactions women can have when getting this done.

So are getting eyelash extensions completely out of the question? Not if you follow these three precautions before going to the salon: 

Make Sure You’re A Good Candidate

If you're already at risk for getting an eye infection, then you should not seek eyelash extensions as that could exacerbate the problem. That includes those who wear contact lenses and who have issues with overly dry eyes.

Make Sure The Glue Doesn’t Contain Formaldehyde

The adhesive used in the lash application process causes many of the bad reactions women have to extensions. When you go in for your appointment, make sure your stylist is using one that is formaldehyde-free, like the Adhesive for Individual Eyelash Extensions. $75, damage-free.com

Seek A Certified Professional

Like any other service you have done at a salon, make sure the person you go to is a certified stylist. Those who meet the high standards of the The Association of Damage-Free Eyelash Extensions have their seal of certification. Visit their directory to find one in your area!