Lash lifts are a relatively new beauty treatment that have become a popular alternative to eyelash extensions and fake lashes due to the procedure being quicker and cheaper, with fewer potentially damaging side effects and longer-lasting results. A lash lift is often combined with a lash tint resulting in darker and thicker permed eyelashes lasting for up to three months. While the procedure is easier and less risky than eyelash extensions, much depends on the skill and experience of the beauty therapist in terms of minimising the possibility of an adverse outcome.
The keratin glue used during lash lifting poses the biggest risk, as the chemicals it contains can trigger an allergic reaction if it comes into contact with the skin with potentially very serious consequences. The pads used to protect the lash line may not serve their purpose, or else a therapist may spill the keratin glue onto exposed skin. Skin irritation including rashes, redness, blistering and inflammation are common side effects of botched lash lifts, while the lash hair can become dry and brittle with the possibility of temporary hair loss.
A further possibility is the keratin glue solution entering the eye itself, resulting in irritation and the possibility of a burn or corneal abrasion. The use of chemical formulations on the eyelashes and in the eye area has inherent dangers, and much depends on an individual’s skin sensitivity, which is why skin patch tests are essential to check for pre-existing allergies and other contraindications. When a lash lift is combined with a lash tint, the exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals increases, as does the chances of an adverse reaction, emphasising the need for thorough and efficient pre-treatment care.
Our firm offers an experienced all-female team of lawyers specialising in eyelash perming, eyelash tinting and eyelash extension injuries. Every year we help hundreds of injured women make claims for compensation against beauty salons on a no win no fee basis for botched treatments. Find out more on our dedicated eyelash injury pages: