You get a call or a text in the morning from one of your clients saying that her eyelids are the size of ping pong balls. Her eyes are extremely red and very itchy. Not a pretty sight at all. What do you do?
We all know how scary this can be whether you’re the client or the lash technician. In this post, I will share some ways on what to do if you get an allergic reaction to lash extensions.
What Can Cause The Reaction?
First of all, let’s begin with some of the reasons why you might have had a reaction.
- The chemicals and other components that make up the eyelashes and adhesive products may cause an allergic reaction such as eyelid swelling
- If the glue directly touches your eyelid, that can also cause the eyelid to swell
- The gel pads/lash extension tape if not positioned properly can cause the adhesive to go into the client’s eyes
- You can also experience additional symptoms such as bloodshot eyes, itching, discomfort and excessive watery eyes
How To Treat It
Note: NEVER give your clients medical advice.
- Take Benadryl to help ease some of the swelling and itchiness. Take a small amount and monitor your symptoms over the next 48 hours.
- Cold Compress – This will make your eyes feel good if you are feeling discomfort. You can use an ice pack, frozen peas, pretty much anything that is readily available for you to use in your freezer.
- Get your lashes removed as soon as possible. Do not rub or touch your eyes as it may get worse.
- Go to your eye doctor if swelling or the redness gets worse after 48 hours of getting your lashes removed.
As lash technicians, it’s important to stay educated especially when issues like these arise. You need to know how to remain calm and how you can best help your clients. To whoever is reading this, I hope this information was helpful whether you’re a client or a lash technician.
Happy Lashing! 🙂
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