Lashes Gone Wrong – The Dangers of Wearing Artificial Lashes
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There’s no doubt, having artificial lashes put in can be great fun. Everyone from the biggest celebrities and social media beauty stars are seen rocking long bold lashes as they incorporate them into their makeup beauty routines. South Africa’s very own, Queen B, Mihlali Ndamase and Nadia Jaftha are among some famous personalities that are often seen rocking this beauty trend – and wow do they slay. However, what happens when things start to go wrong?

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Although many people support the safety and successful installation of artificial lashes, it is still not yet 100% guaranteed that all will go smoothly. There are many things that could go wrong, from adverse allergic reactions to natural lash damage, there are many factors to consider before one goes ahead with installing artificial lashes. With that in mind, here are the top factors to consider:

1. Adverse Allergic Reactions

In the case of allergic reactions, more than often, the adhesive used is the cause of the problem. Cheap glue purchased for lash installation can sometimes contain harmful ingredients such as Formaldehyde which is known to cause adverse reactions including eye irritation, redness, itchiness and swelling. Therefore when purchasing artificial lashes, it is important to not compromise on your health by cutting costs. It is rather better to accept the high costs involved and seek out a reputable lash expert or salon to ensure the process of lash installation runs successfully and most importantly, safely.

2.Damage to Natural Eyelashes 

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Wearing artificial lashes on a regular basis can have a negative effect on one’s natural eyelashes. The same way fake nails can weaken and harm the natural fingernails underneath, is the same way artificial lashes can cause damage to the natural eyelashes. Damage is caused by the pressure inflicted by the fake lashes onto the natural  lashes. This pressure then harms the hair follicles, resulting in further breakage and slowing down proper growth. This explains why some people may experience eyelashes falling out at some point. To avoid this, it is vital that artificial eyelash use is limited to instances such as special occasions and not used daily. If used daily, it is critical that high-quality lashes purchased instead of cheap alternatives. Additionally, like makeup, it is not advised that you sleep in temporary eyelashes as this could cause further damage to one’s natural lash line.

3. Eye Infections 

Should the fake eyelashes contain bacteria or the artificial lash installation process not be carried out in a clean and safe environment, artificial lashes can cause serious diseases such as corneal ulcers. Corneal ulcers can be described as open sores on the cornea which is a thin clear structure that overlays the iris.

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So although eyelashes can be fun, it is important that one takes extra precaution to ensure safety and to avoid possible dangers. Always conduct research on the lash salon you are thinking of getting your lashes done to ensure that they are indeed a reputable establishment. Lastly, cutting corners by purchasing cheap lashes is never advised in this area of beauty as cheap alternatives can often prove to be dangerous.



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