Monday, March 14, 2011

The Soaring Popularity & Dangers of Eyelash Extensions


With eyelash extensions being the newest, hottest and biggest beauty trend in the world (recently surpassing breast implants), this is one trend that has even the smallest salons raking in the big bucks.  Eyelash extensions are worn by famous celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Gwen Stefani, Lucy Liu, Naomi Campbell and Eva Longoria to name a few.

I know several women and young girls that have chosen to get this done for special occasions or simply because they want longer, fuller lashes.   But when has it ever been safe to mimic a look or participate in a trend because celebrities initiate it?  Does anyone do the research necessary to find out what ingredients are in the "medical grade" eyelash adhesive used to apply these semi-permanent lashes prior to deciding to get this procedure done? 

Here's some useful information I've found upon exploring these falsies -

Most high-end salons use products from a company named NovaLash.  On NovaLash's website they advertise, "Award-winning, long-lasting, medical-grade lash extension adhesives have earned NovaLash its reputation as 'the healthiest' professional eyelash extension system." 

In reviewing their Material Safety Data Sheet for their Fume-Free Adhesive, I noticed their Hazards Identification section which reads as follows:





2- Composition/Information on Ingredients:
Hazadous Component (relative %)
Ester Proprietary 95-100%   TWA 0.2 ppm
Urethane Rubber Trade Secret 5-10%




3- Hazards Identification:
Toxicity: Skin contact may cause burns. Bonds rapidly and strongly to skin.
Skin and eye irritant. Estimated oral LD50 more than 5000mg/kg.
Primary routes of Entry: Inhalation
Signs of exposure: Vapor is irritating to eyes and mucous membranes above TLV. Prolonged
and / or repeated overexposure to vapors may produce symptoms of non-
allergic asthma in sensitive individuals.

Doesn't seem anywhere near fume free to me.

On to their next available adhesive, Platinum Bond:


2 - Composition/Information on Ingredients:
Hazardous Component (relative %)
Ethyl-2 Cyanoacrylate (90) *. *below those levels specified by the FDA and OSHA as significant or hazardous) Exposure Limits (TWA) ACGIH (TLV)


3 - Hazards Identification:
Toxicity: Skin contact may cause burns. Bonds rapidly and strongly to skin. Skin and eye
irritant. Estimated oral LD50 more than 5000mg/kg.
Primary routes of Entry: Inhalation
Signs of exposure: Vapor is irritating to eyes and mucous membranes above TLV. Prolonged
and / or repeated overexposure to vapors may produce symptoms of non-allergic
asthma in sensitive individuals.
Poly Methyl Methacrylate (5)
Elastimer Agent (5)
Chemical composition testing has confirmed that this adhesive is essentially formaldehyde free
(Ethyl2 Cyanoacrylate 0.2 ppm)


The active ingredient (which makes up 90% of the formula),  Ethyl-2 Cyanoacrylate, in their Platinum Adhesive rates a "5" on EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database as a moderate hazard due to it being a known human immune system toxicant and has been classified by the European Union as an irritant.

Please do not interpret NovaLash's clever claim of being "the healthiest" extension system as being safe.  Most other adhesives score an 8-10 (very high hazard warning) on the database because they contain formaldehyde and fragrances.  One such super toxic, top rated, over-the-counter eyelash adhesive is Duo Eyelash Adhesive (a makeup artist favorite).  But NovaLash's "essentially formaldehyde free" statement doesn't sound quite convincing enough and their rating of 5 is in no way HEALTHY!

If you decide to go to your local salon looking for a bargain, I can guarantee they will be using some other cheap adhesive formulated overseas that contains formaldehyde, which has been linked to Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) and Occupational hazards.  Also, please note a recall in October of Locks Eyelash Extension Glue due to large amounts of formaldehyde present.  Some salons could still be using this product.

If you read this post and still decide to get your lashes extended, you might want to make sure to use an all natural mascara to avoid layering the chemicals and cause any (or further) irritation. You should also note that they cost a small fortune to maintain. The initial procedure costs about $200 and refills are $75 each and are to be done every four weeks. So you’re looking at over $1,000 per year ( a little pricier than a really good all natural mascara, wouldn’t you say?).  

Don't be afraid to ASK what adhesive and additional products pertaining to the appication of the lashes are used at your chosen salon and certainly don't be afraid to WALK OUT if they don't volunteer the labels for your inspection!

Here are the links to NovaLash's Material Safety Datasheets mentioned:
Fume-Free Adhesive 
Platinum Bond Adhesive


68 comments:

  1. I have had my eys puff up and itch, leaving my eyes look swollen for at least five days after NovaLash extension and NovaLash glue. The sensitive Nova lash glue was used, a little better but still an allergic response. I was able to get them on for 6 months, and after 5 months my eyes began to have a reaction.

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    1. same here! No problem for 6 months then all of a sudden my eyes rejected them. Even tried again 6 months later, same thing. Would love to know if anyone's had luck with another glue--Novalash sensitive glue did not stop the allergic reactions

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    2. There are many sensitive glues out there, they are just really difficult to work with! Xtreme makes a quicker drying one, so it's easier for the lash stylist to work with it. I have a client that reacted to the glue I usually work with, so I used the Xtreme and Lavish sensitive glue and both have worked on her. Nova is one of the worst glues out there!!! Hope this helps!

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    3. I don't brand of glue used but wore lashes for 3 months,and then had a sudden allergic reaction, causeing severe itching and swelling....had to take a prednisolone pack...

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    4. I have many clients who are allergic to adhesive tapes, pads, patches, stickers that contain adhesives, glue, gels, oils and etc. All those chems are sitting on the skin for a long time that enough to do the harm. I checked the ingredients and many of them are not good for the skin. I tried everything that available at every eyelash extension supplier. For several years I cannot find any product that is completely safe in the US and Western Europe. I care about my clients very much and my heart is hurting when I was pulling adhesives together with my clients’ skin and lashes from under the eyes. Many women are on the strong exfoliants as retinol, etc. How can I stick those adhesives on such thin skin? This kind skin often reacts on wet patches also. Often the level of stress is overwhelming. Every time when I get a call from my client with an allergic reaction complain, I want to scream and cry. (Redness is exactly where the patches, pads or tape were attached to the skin.) I lost substantial amount of time and money offering free services because of those bad reactions incidents. I’m ready to pay $3-$10 for each pair of the safe protector for my work. I cannot believe that all those companies who are supplying us, cannot come out with some REALLY safe and dry skin protector. Does somebody can suggest anything safe for the protection of the bottom lashes? Thank you very much for your help.

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  2. Like everything else that uses harsh chemicals, the body will react one way or another.

    The ducts and glands around the eyes are very susceptible to irritants. Always take in mind that such chemicals were never intended for the skin or human consumption.

    The old saying "buyer beware" is a tool, investigate those quick fixes and artificial looks before imposing yourself to short and long term risks. Read those labels and ask questions. It's your right to know what is being put on and into your body.

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  3. As a licensed cosmetologist and eyelash extension professional, I will say that most of the glues I have used have caused both my eyes and nose to burn. I have also had clients that that have had similar reactions as mentioned in other comments here. However..... After tons of research and many many hundreds of dollars spent, along with the industry advancements, I now use a glue that is fume and odor free and have had not even 1 problem whatsoever, not even on my most sensitive clients. Its quite expensive glue, but for my safety and that of my clients as well, its so worth it!

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    1. Could you please let me know the name of the glue?
      I have been getting bad reactions to my extensions after 6 months of getting them done I Suddenly developed an reaction where my eyelids swell up the next morning lasting 3-4 days. I am trying to find a better glue that i can buy and try out.

      Thanks a lot.

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    2. Ditto. I would love to tell my salon about a fume free glue. Thanks in advance.

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    3. Can you please tell me the name of this glue as I have had to stop having mine done as I developed sensitivity to the glue used. many thanks. SJ 07887 511 890

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    4. I have been using one by eyelash addict that's MSDS is okay as far as Health Canada's regulations are concerned. It is low fume, and dries really fast with a long lasting bond. The only thing is, you absolutely have to do one lash to one lash, cause it's bond is so strong.

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    5. Hi! I am having a reaction to my lash extensions right now. I'm really sad because I LOVE them so much. Can you please tell me what glue you are using now so that I can wear mine? Thank you so much! sklvmadonna@aol.com

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    6. I have been getting my eyelashes done for 7 months now. I have now developed a reaction. It's really too bad... I love my eyelashes & always receive compliments. Wierd that just out of the blue I develop an allergy. What type of glue do you use & I will let my estetian know. Thank you

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    7. Where can I buy sensitive glue as my eyes are rejecting the label removed product used by the salon I went to...and will never go back to!
      Dawn dawndubois57@yahoo.com

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    8. what is the name of glue?

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    9. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE GLUE????!!!!!????

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    10. Please let me know the name of the glue!!! jeniehatfield@gmail.com

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    11. I doubt she will ever share the name....After doing a lot of research myself, I am yet to find an odorless and fume free glue (Im inclined to think it doesn't exist). If I do find one however, I will post again INCLUDING the name for all to benefit ;)

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  4. I am surprised that eyelash extensions can be legal. It seems so dangerous. I got eyelash extensions for about a year. I had no idea why I would have allergic reactions sometimes and sometimes I would not. I first thougt maybe the glue was getting in my eyes. So I went to another specialist who used a different type of glue. I was fine for a while. Then again bloodshot eyes! She suggested I go to a 'sensitive' eye formula. So I did that and my eyes were fine for a while. In the meantime I had troubles breathing and coughing at night. I thought I had bronchitis or something which lasted about 10 weeks (later I read that these are all symptoms of formaldehyde). I did not know my trouble breathing at the time had anything to do with the eyelash extensions. So back to the sensitive glue...my eyes were fine for a while, then again I started getting bloodshot eyes. I was convinced she was getting glue in my eyes. So I went to a different salon (that used a different glue). The same story, my eyes were fine for a while then bam, bloodshot, swollen eyes! I got to thinking...how in the world are all the eyelash people getting glue on my eyes, they should be trained professionals (and were!), so I looked up on the internet to see if anyone else had this problem and found that there is formaldehyde in eyelash adhesive. I did not know what this was and read about it. Scary stuff!! All those bronchitis sysmptoms were side effects of formaldehyde exposure!!! I can not believe that this stuff can be on the market! I wish I would have know these before I did these for a year. I have used Extreme Lashes, Nova Lashes, and The Lash Lounge lashes (they didn't say what kind of glue that used, but there are a really nice/upscale lash lounge/franchise)

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    1. Yes, all symptoms of formaldehyde exposure indeed! But, sadly, it's not just lash glue that contains it but also nail polish! Try Scotch Naturals or Priti NY polishes as alternatives. (Scotch can be found on EVOKEElegance.com) Please read the labels and KNOW what you are reading. This is the very reason I ALWAYS say "Knowledge is everything - attain it, retain it, and share it with the world!"

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  5. You should continue your research. There's more to the story than just formaldehyde in the glue.... Although Extreme and Nova Lash would like everyone to believe that to be true and claim to have patented exclusive top secret lash glue, that's not the case. Yes Nova was the main well known pioneer in the lash extension industry, but there are SO MANY equivalent and some better lash glue available theses days. They just want to corner and control the lash market. What is/was making your eyes bloodshot is the solvents used in the glue to make the glue dry faster. And this is NOT something that happens to everyone, or even most people that get eyelash extensions. You obviously are one of a small amount of people that have built up a sensitivity to the glue. The eyelash extension industry is continually coming up with new, better, and safer glues. Your situation is not typical.

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    1. Hi! I, myself, have never gotten lashes but, based on my readers' feedback, allergies to lash glues seem more typical than not. If there are formaldehyde free, fume free, allergy free lash glues out there, please be sure to list the names of them for the benefit of others. Thanks! M.

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  6. Women out there should be educated!

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    1. AMEN! That's exactly what I strive to do with my website, blog, and line of EEM Collection Cosmetics! My hope is that "acquiring knowledge" grows to be as popular of a trend as lash extensions!

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  7. I was told that most of the eyelash glues that are used in the cheap shops in los angeles are for hair weaving. No wonder why my eye burn me when I put in eyelash extensions. These cheap shops in los angeles are using hair weaving glue. california beauty shop enforcers need to look into this.

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    1. YES! An those seeking lash extensions need to not be afraid to demand to see the ingredients list of the glue being used. Chances are it matches most of the ingredients I've listed in this post...hair weave glue, eyelash glue, elmers glue...still not natural or safe for use on your skin anywhere - let alone the sensitive eye area. M.

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  8. There is definitely reasons for worry where glues are used this close to the eyes. I have been a single extension technician for three years now, and in that time have had many women develop what I thought was a glue allergy. When a woman calls to say that she has developed a glue allergy, I send her to an optometrist to see if there is an eye infection masquerading as a glue allergy, because most of these 'glue allergies' have developed on regular long time clients. Most of the clients I send to an optometrist have come back saying that it was indeed an eye infection of some sort, and come back after that clears up. I have recently begun using a glue that has a very low fume and does not irritate even my most sensitive client's eyes. It is a liquid consistency, and dries in about two seconds. According to the MSDS, it falls within Health Canada's guidelines. If applied properly, you are using the most minuscule amount, and do not touch the eyelid with the glue at all. I also choose not to apply the lashes as close to the eyelid. I apply them approximately 2 mm away from the eyelid. Since I began using this glue I have not had any customers develop glue allergies. I have been using it for approximately eight months, and new clients comment all the time about how the glue does not irritate their eyes. I purchase this glue from a company called Eyelash Addict.

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  9. It is the formaldehyde fumes in the glues that is causing the allergic reactions not the actual glue touching the skin. Look up formaldehyde allergic reactions on google and a lot of these people that are having allergic reactions are having allergic reactions to the formaldehyde fumes.

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  10. Hi , I recently got some nova lashes done where I live . they looked great when they were finished but now 4 times daly my eyes burn up that bad that I cannot open them for about 10 mins , my eyes are very sore and now a week later very dry and itchy skin on eye area . will my natural lashes come off if I get them off ? or why is this happening to me ? please help as it is very annoying after paying for them and this is the result .

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  11. I have been getting nova lash for several months i too developed itchy,swollen,dry upper eyelids.and in my inner eyelid a itchy pink bump.it will go and come for several days i switch to sensative glue its still bad.I thought it would go away i only get my lashes do.e every 2 weeks but it hasnt.I am going to stop getting the lashes done its a shame they were so pretty but I am beginning to feel like my eyelids are scarring up.I even went to the doctor and she said stop getting it done!please

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  12. Also I got mine done in beverly hills California and in my town by a very experieced lash trainer and its not her fault but the glue the actual product has messed my eyes up

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  13. So after getting all these warnings about the lash glues which ones should or could we be looking for or getting our lash techs to get for us??

    I too have developed problems with my eyes, I love the lashes but can hardly endure with the itchy, red, painful eyes for the 1st 3-5 days after having the fill :-(

    Please NAME some non-toxic glues if they are available, so we women don't suffer anymore or God forbid lose our site!

    Help us to enjoy our lovely lashes!

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    1. Sorry to hear about your eye irritation from the lash glue. Try brewing chamomile tea bags and allowing them to cool. Then place them on your eyes for up to an hour (if possible)for some relief. Unfortunately, there are no ingredients found in nature that can be used as a temporary or semi-permanent adhesive. I have consulted with several chemists and have received the same answer. As of right now, it is impossible to make a natural and/or organic lash glue. I will continue my research though for all the lash lovers out there! xoxo

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  14. Google "Kristin Chenoweth allergic reaction" she recently had an allergic reaction to the formaldehyde in the eyelash glue. There needs to be more awareness about the dangers of formaldehyde in eyelash adhesives. Thank you Evoke Elegance for the information and feedback on your results of research for a natural and/or organic lash glue. It is too bad that there is not a natural/organic alternative :(

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    1. So sorry to hear about your friend, Kristin. I do my best to try to get this article read by as many people as possible in hopes they do their research PRIOR to making the decision to get lash extensions. With my readers' help (sharing to Facebook and Tweeting this article), we can all work together to prevent others from having the same reaction as Kristin and so many others to toxic glues. xoxo, M.

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  15. Nice to know!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Sensitive glues only last a week or two and unless you want to return to your lash tech every 9-14 days, you may want to forget EE.

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  17. I've had a rather different, but severe, allergic reaction to the glue. After wearing them with no problems for 5 months here's what happened. Within an hour of having them filled I began to wheeze and cough, it felt like my lungs were on fire; it was difficult to breathe. At the same time, my eyes began to swell and itch which progressed into full redness and oozing like pink eye. I immediately took two Benedryl but it didn't phase the reaction. In hindsight I should have gone to a clinic for an EpiPen injection. The next day I was still very ill so I decided to remove the lashes. My reaction subsided but my lungs are still quite aggravated. I have not heard of anyone having this kind of reaction and I would love to know what could have caused it. My reaction, by the way, totally matches that of a latex reaction...but I don't think the glue has latex in it. Any ideas??

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    1. You had a reaction to the formaldehyde. Read about side effects of formaldehyde and you'll find your symptoms.

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    2. Latex is in tape and pads/patches. Glue has no latex.

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  18. Well as I am typing this, my left eye is swollen, I went to the ER on Saturday night. The Dr said my eye was infected. I have a BIG long red lump on my temple, my face and neck are incredibly swollen and the lymph nodes behind my left ear is sticking out. It looks like I was in a fight. I have bags of fluid under both eyes but the left eye is the worse. I have been on antibotics for 3 days and the swelling has not gone down.

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    1. Ohhh no! What drama these glues are causing. Please stay away from them. Your symptoms sound like a severe allergic reaction to formaldehyde. We are in the final stages of developing an amazing natural mascara and eyelash growth serum. These alternatives would be great for those long lash lovers. Stay tuned.... Hope you feel better soon!

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    2. I've been wearing lash extensions since July. Since mid-August I have had hell. I've made three trips to ER and one to my family doctor. All the reactions above except the coughing one. Eyes so swollen and scratchy and irritated and looked like the Bride of Satan that had been in a fight as I had two black eyes - one worse than the other. I've been letting them fall off. On the third round of prednisone (latest started yesterday), as puffy and itchiness started all over again. It can't JUST be the fumes as I haven't had them filled in probably 5 weeks. Clears up with prednisone then goes away. As of today - scaly and itchy and puffy under both eyes. On one eye it if puffy where the lashes touch the upper part of the lid. (They are a mess of course now and are going in all directions). The thing is - after all this time, I'm still having a reaction with only about 10 lashes left on each eye. I've lost most of my real lashes. The lashes are nowhere close to touching the lid anymore, and they have never touched under my lower lashes??? I'm trying to wear false eyelashes today and hope the lids can tolerate plain ol' eyelash glue. My question - why the reaction for so long if it is only from the fumes? Opthamologist on board next week. I even feel as if my sight has deteriorated. :-(

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  19. Hi. I am certified lash stylist from Czech Republic. Up to now I have made lash extensions to more then 200 clients and NON of them had alergic reactions. The more, I am myself wearing lash extensions for about 1,5 year without ANY problems. I work with Blink Lashes and Care (Korean brand) and Luxus Lashes (Austrian brand) I have also tried The Lashe (American brand). In every case, Evoke Elegance is doing great job, but as I said I have NO bad experience and I am obviously very happy for that :-)

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  20. It is highly irresponsible and ignorant of EE to confidently declare here that every reaction is to glue or formaldehyde in lash glue. This is simply not the case. If different glues with the same ingredients cause reactions in one person then clearly its not the glue. Many of the symptoms described above do not even sound like symptoms from formaldehyde exposure. In any case the glue should not touch the skin and by the time the lashes are completed the glue has cured anyhow and is virtually inert on a part of the body that is not even living tissue (ie lashes like hair). So why do you assume the glue is the problem? The more likely cause is my opinion in many of these cases is the liquid that often seeps from the pads placed under the eyes. You should check the ingredients that the gel is composed of and see if any of those are known irritants (many are). On top of that the state of a persons general health and immune system is another factor that affects whether or not they will react to a given substance. This changes over time and varies with their nutritional status and a whole host of factors you cannot possibly know. That is why the assumption that its always the glue or always latex or formaldehyde is jsut plain wrong and totally annoying.

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    1. Thank you for visiting the EE Blog and for taking the time to state your opinion. The majority of the symptoms explained in the readers' comments can be indicative of formaldehyde exposure as well as allergic reactions to having had the lash extension procedure done - symptoms that were not there prior to doing so. The purpose of this article is simply to advise readers as to what the ingredients are in ONE very popular glue used and to encourage them to not be afraid to ask to read labels of ANY and ALL products used for the procedure whether that be another brand of glue, products used for prepping, gel, cleansers, etc. As with anything that is put on or in your body, you should be well informed as to the composition of such and base your decision on knowledge attained from your own research - not a trend. Beauty is NEVER worth risking your health on any level. God bless! M.

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    2. OMG !! how right you are !! I have been wearing Xtreme Lashes for over 3 years now and NEVER NEVER has there been a problem or have had an issue of ANY KIND ! I Until this week but I will come back to this in a min. First let me say I go to one of the best eyelash stylist one could ever hope to find ! she is so sanitary it borders on a phobia and I'm glad ... not only is she trained and keeps training to advance in what evers new, she's good at what she does and I mean good because she always takes the time to do the best job and get every lash possible she can ... and what's even better is that she cares AND LIKES her job applying extensions .. now with that said I had my first reaction after 3 years and it had nothing to do with the glue and everything to do with the pads placed under the eyes and here's why ! I normally have my fill every 2 weeks , after I shower I never apply anything to my face and I mean NOTHING ( I didn't realize it at the time ) ! for some reason I put on my eye cream that morning like I thought I had always done ... 4 or 5 hours after procedure I looked as if in some sort of bar fight or car accident .. turns out the under eye pads and my eye cream together did not mix well in turn I got red and swollen all under my eyes bad of course by the next morning 90 % of it was gone ... so my point is that you cannot always assume it's the glue and in my case not even the pads but with the eye cream and the pads together well there you go !

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    3. The pads and tape are a nightmare for my work. I tried many of different ones, some are better than others but all cause irritation to 1/3 of my clients includes me. It causes red swollen eyes and itchy skin where the tape and pads were attached. It lasts for days. After the swelling come down, the skin get dry and flaky like eczema. It looks horrible! Silicon pads do not work for me also, because it needs to be taped to the skin. My eyelashes should be an advertisement for my work but I still wear mascara because I’m allergic to tape and patches. I’m very frustrated! I’m ready to quit!

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  21. After 1 week in and out of the hospital for specialized allergy testing (after years of having my nails done they started developing blisters and burning after having both acrylic or gel nails put on) - they discovered I developed an allergy to acrylates. Acrylates are in the glues used for nails, but sadly also found in make-up, face creams, contact lenses, eye glass frames, dental implants, including fillings, the list goes on. They told me this is becoming a more and more common allergy - one that is awful because it limits you in what you can use on your face and body. Standing in a store looking for that teeny word on packaging is not fun. Knowing I will never be able to use contacts when the time comes when I need glasses - sucks! Finding this and other sites explaining the ingredients in the glue, I now find I can't get eyelash extensions - ugh! Just be aware that this may be your issue and not formaldehyde.

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  22. On my first application, id wake up with swollen puffy eyes for about two days. I went back for a refill 5 days ago and the itching, irritation and puffiness has not stopped. I just want to rip my lashes off. Not sure if i should wait it out or not since the refill was $60 =( needless to say, i wont be getting extensions again.

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  23. I got my lashes done on Saturday the 22nd, for the holidays. I was fine Saturday all day. Fine Sunday. Monday comes, and my eyes turned blood red. I ignored it and thought maybe I slept on my face or something. Then yesterday, my eyes were super red, and irritated, not to mention ITCHY! Today I got up, my left eye was closed shut as they were both swollen and redder than ever. I couldn't go to work or anything. I just contacted an eye doctor today, and paid $175 for the visit. She said my eyes had a reaction from the glue, and I should consider removing them. I called the place where I got em done, and i went and got em removed. I fell in love with the way they looked, but my eyes that God provided for me, are way more precious than a silly extension to my lashes. I write this as my eyes beg and plea my hands, to rub the itchyness out. Ugh. I feel the pain anyone may be going through. If you haven't gotten them done before and don't know whether or not you may be allergic, I suggest requesting a patch test before the service is provided. God bless, and wish all well.

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  24. Can Simeone help me ive had my lashes done and now have a clear bump on the White of my eye

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  25. must only beapplied to a single natural lash and never touching the skin. Number three make sure the salon has ventilation and air circulation to allow any fumes to disperse rather than being breathed in directly. Number four, trying to find a technician who has good feedback from their clientele and atleast uses a non fume adhesive. Number five. Dont go forward with the treatmeant if you are aware of any sensitivities you have that may cause you to experience a reaction. Number six, always do your best to follow aftercare procedures and only risk using the natural based cosmetics that are compatible to use when you have received the treatment, it will give you longer life out of your extensions and eliminate the extra risk of irritation by adding extra chemicals. Now my clients come first! I must say I do not do this for money, I sincerely do it for passion!! I have spent months of late night and at times had little sleep in the weeks of trying to find a solution to using these harmful products. I support animal rights so I refuse to use mink, and I only use light weight customised natural silklash extensions. I have in depth client consultations and registration information forms for all my clients before they receive treatments to eliminate irritations caused by underlying personal factors and deliver good results by assessing whats suitable to each individual based on their lifestyle, habits, health and medical history.patch tests are a must 48 hours prior torecieving lashextensions. I unfortunately have not found an adhesive I can buy that has been 100% what it has been claimed to be or 100% free until I developed my own. It is plant derivedusing componentsof certain low allergenic plants for their ability to produce rubbery substances and the sticky hold that can be achieved. It is very expensive to do this and pay manufacturers to developed and create a product specifically for yourself and to posess just as effective adherance as common brands without the harmful factors. It is possible to obtain safe adhesives, however they are very rare as people will continue to use the cheaper manufactured products regardless of whats in them. Im now much more succsessful since taking the time and effort to better my products and treatment methods and have not had a single issue for the past year of making this change. Unfortunately I cant refer the products I use as they aren't openly distributed and I have to constantly custom order everything with specifics, but there is one adhesive I would recommend by the lash boutique that I have had great results with and not a single issue, while it may not be 100% chemical free, it does not admit any fumes or sting or cause irritants, it dries fast but sets with a smooth surface, is effective for applying lower lashes as it does. Not irritated the eyes whatsoever when they are open even during a treatment, it is a strong adhesive. That is flexible and softer that doesn't break down or cause discomfort under tension. And is also liquid rubber based rather than medical grade glues that were designed to hold wounds together. Try lash boutiques, no fumesensitive liquid rubber adhesive for top and lower lashes.

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  26. I started with eyelash extensions approx. 7 months ago - I never had any issues until the last month - currently, I had to remove them since my eyes around my eyes are extremely dry and irritated - looks like I've been punched! It's sad since I was so in love with them; however, be aware- i know have also ruined my own lashes as they are extremely frail. In the search of beauty I am know hiding at home until full recovery as I look HORRIBLE!!

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  27. I read with interest some of the comments posted about the use of cyanoacrylate adhesive used as a bonding agent for eye lash extension. Having been in the business of making these adhesives for some 25 years most of what I have read is not true lotsd of hype perhaps but not true. Certainly when I read about "formaldehyde exposure" casuing problems this is certainly not the case free formaldehyde in cyanoacrylate would be untraceable a super glue is a super glue medical grades are made the same way as industrial grades it just a different type of monomer being produced same process I could go into how the products are made but that would bore you all. What can cause problems certainly with ethyl based CA when used they can give off a certain amount of free mononer this can cause the eye and nose to be irritated. Why use ethyl well it is cheaper to produce and it cures faster. Of course you could use a alkoxy based CA these have no odor they are more expensive and slightly slower curing. Will any super glue cause you long term harm who knows but I can only say that after 25 years of handling these materials in large bulk I am still alive and kicking. Can these product be used safely well I would have some concern being near the eye but this is more to do with bonding the eye tissue in a nut shell they are being used in surgery so I think that speaks volumes as a skin bonder the medical grades work very well without to many problem don't be taken in by any company that says there lash glue is a medical grade that is not true. Medical grades come in sterile packaging and are only used on one patent to stop any form of cross contamination. Hope that puts a few minds at rest.

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  28. Eyelash extensions are fantastic but now everyone can wear them. Some people are very sensitive to the fumes produced by the glue while it "dries" or "cures". If you know that you are sensitive, work with your technician and do a patch test. Apply 5-10 lashes on the outer corner of your eyes and wait 24 hours. If you don't have a reaction you can go ahead and get a full set, but if you are sensitive you can have them removed.

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  29. please am presently working on a bio-material project on the bio-compatibility of the eye lash glue, its effects and possible microbial infections that may occur due to the composition,duration and individual differences.please u can contact me via prinsco4life@yahoo.com or possibly comment on this site.i will be grateful

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  30. I just got lashes on this past Saturday for the very first time and my eyes have been burning and tearing up for the past two days. I assumed that my eyes needed to get used to the lashes, but the burning is getting progressively worse and more frequent. The sensation is somewhat like having soap in your eyes. After reading this blog, I think I'm going to head to the salon in the morning and ask them to remove them. It's a shame because not only did my eyes look much better with the lashes but they also cost a good amount to get them done.

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  31. Eyelashes are an essential part of a woman's beauty, so enhancing it through extensions is a smart idea.

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    1. Have had my lashes on for year now and go nevery 2 weeks for the infills , but the firtst time i noticed my lids were very itch and my eyes are ll bloodshot this is nown the 3rd time this has happened and my eyes are getting worse. Cant breath through the night and this is aslo new.
      Cant even stand the day light and i am sure this is effecting my eyes.

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  32. About NovaLash Adhesives
    NovaLash’s adhesives are in full compliance with the FDA’s recommended maximum concentration for formaldehyde of 0.2% for cosmetics. When using EPA method TO-11A/8315HPLC-UV, NovaLash’s adhesives do not contain any detectable formaldehyde as manufactured and delivered in the bottle. Laboratory tests show that there is no detectable formaldehyde present in the bottle in NovaLash’s adhesives based upon a detection limit of 0.05 parts per billion or 1 nanogram per cubic meter. When cyanoacrylate adhesives are exposed to ambient air, the formation of formaldehyde may occur, therefore, opening the bottle and performing lash extension procedures may result in the production of de minimus amounts of formaldehyde. In an effort to minimize this potential as much as possible, NovaLash is committed to producing and delivering the purest product possible prior to the bottle being opened.

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  33. Hi do you currently have the MSDS from this? They have changed it in the past year. I used to have a copy of the MSDS from last year, and lost it. I want the orginal copy. Please let me know if you still have it :)I could just print it off from their website but I wanted the one that has not been altered.
    Thank you

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  34. After only 3 days had to be removed. Trip to doctor, 1 shot, 3 prescriptions. Eyes are swollen, baggy, itchy, burning. I look like I have been in a fight. No more for me

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  35. Ive been getting xtreme lashes for 8mths & ive now startef getting a reaction, had my infil 3days ago & my lids look like lips, red & itchy, im so sad because I luv the look of them always getting compliments but im having them removed tomorrow & I will have a break, ive just ordered a eyelash serum to see how that works instead.

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  36. I took my eyelash extensions off 2wks ago it was the best thing I ever did, my eyelashes are so ridiculously short now, who ever says they don't damage your lashes are lying, I know they will grow back again though. Im actually glad I started to get a reaction from the glue because if it wasn't for that, who knows how long I would have been doing them & God knows how much more damage would I have done to my natural lashes, thank goodness Ive only been doing them for 10mths, never again!!

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  37. I had worn these lashes for a little over a year without any problem then recently I went to add new place and had a horrible reaction to the glue both of my eyes swelled up I looked like I had been in a boxing match and they burned and it's just something terrible

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  38. This is the fourth time I have had my lashes done the first time they got really red but I thought it was due to using antihistamine drops- the second fills I had no problems then I missed my fills and needed a whole set my left eye swelled and were very blood shot I got antibiotic drops from MD and I was fine had them for 6 weeks just went in for fills today and the bottom inner eye is red again no pain or swelling just red- I have not put any drops in - should I have them removed?

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