Patch Testing Clients
We will patch test any clients who may have a fear of having a reaction, or may have had a past reaction, or those who have skin sensitivities to makeup or skincare products.
To do a patch test you will apply 3-5 lashes on the outer, inner and middle of the eye. Match the length of the natural lashes typically a 9mm or 10mm. The client must then report back in 48 hours, if she feels nothing at all you can go ahead with a new set of lash extensions, if she reports any itching or swelling then we must not lash this client.
*iNDIVIDUALS under the age of 18 must have parental consent*
Allergic Reactions & Complications
- Red eyes after the procedure can be due to an unsealed eyelid during the application. The fumes can irritate the eyes. If the client feels any burning sensation afterwards you may need to re-cure or dry the lashes more.
This can also occur if the eye pad has slid upwards into the clients eyes causing irritation from rubbing.
- If there is any indication of a reaction, to the eyes the client is to seek medical advice always, that includes doctors approval to have the extensions removed.
- Never prescribe over the counter medications to reduce reactions in the eyes, Or prescribe any other treatments. We are not Doctors and so we cannot legally give any medical advice.
- If you are experiencing clients coming back with problems, more than likely there is something going on with your technique that needs to be tweaked.
Here you will see a sever allergic reaction. Puffy, tender, red eyelids that are terribly itchy and painful. We must remove all the extensions immediatly and the client must seek medical attention. YOU MUST NEVER remove extensions with remover on a client who is having a reaction as it will cause more severe reactions. YOU MUST bananna peel off each extension one by one.
Client Allergic Reactions to Adhesive
- Fake reactions, client must not have any chemical procedures done within the first 48 hours before lashes and the 48 hours after lash extensions, otherwise this could result in extremely swollen eyes, typically when we see that is due to a chemical reaction from but not limited to; hair dye, botox, facials, microblading, lash / brow tints, etc. Typically we can rehash these clients but make them aware not to have these procedures done
True reactions, we can lash a clients 100 times and that 101 time they get a reaction, a true reaction is going to be gradual a little bit of itchiness, maybe a bit of swelling but nothing too major, typically it will subside and your client probably won't mention it till the next refill. We should not be lashing these clients they have a real allergy to the adhesive.
- SENSITIVITIES Do they have any allergies to bandaids, skin care or cosmetic products? If yes to bandaids be careful in using the micro-pore tape. If yes to skin care or cosmetic products then they need to be patch tested.
- PATCH TESTING Explain that you offer free patch testing and that they do have the option to do so before committing to a new set of lashes.
Here is a severe allergic reaction to cyanoacrylate. This client is no longer able to get extensions any longer.
Not every client is going to be a good candidate for eyelash extensions
- A reaction in the past to eyelash extensions, or sensitivity to cosmetic products, a Patch Test must be given prior to the treatment should be given to make sure clients can go ahead safely. 48 hours must pass before extensions are applied.
-You must not lash someone who has had laser eye surgery within a year without doctor consult, and letter of approval
- Lash / brow Tints, Permanent makeup, Hair dye, Microblading, botox. 48 hours or longer depending on which treatment they have had done.
- Your client does need to have 3mm of natural lashes to be a suitable candidate for eyelash extensions.
-If for any reason you are in doubt of lashing a client, do not proceed. You are the professional, sometimes we have to turn away clients.
-Inflamed or swollen eye area, infectious eye disorders such as conjunctivitis, styes, redness & puffiness to the eye area, cuts, bruises, abrasions or recent scars to the eye area.
-Hypersensitive skin, allergies
-Contagious skin conditions around the eye area
-Dry Eye Syndrome
-Blepharitis (mites, sticky sleep looking particles in the lashes) our lash shampoo will treat and prevent them.
-Do not lash anyone who currently has cancer or recent cancer or treatments. If anyone has had cancer I will not do their procedure without doctor consent as well as my insurance consent. This also applies to any other form of major illness the client may have.