BOTCHED LASHES

Why are there issues?

Why do some people have a bad experience and others do not? What precautions can be taken?


ISSUES DUE TO LICENSING


  • In Arizona, a non-licensed person is prohibited by law from performing a semi-permanent lash application; therefore, you have ZERO protection.


  • Professional lash product companies do not certify unlicensed lash artists.


  • Professional lash product companies do not sell to unlicensed lash artists.


  • Professional malpractice companies will not insure unlicensed, untrained lash artists.



IRRITATION OR INJURY DUE TO IMPROPER LOWER LASH PROTECTION


  • They use tape in place of under-eye pads. Edges of tape can lacerate the cornea (like a paper-cut on the eye).


  • The tape has an adhesive that may be irritating to the cornea because the chemical structure of the cyanoacrylates in the tape may be too strong for the think skin of the ocular area. Reactions could range from redness to severe.


  • The isolation tweezer tips are sharp. What will protect your skin should the tweezers puncture through the tape? The orbicularis oculi muscle, nerves, veins, and arteries lie mm's beneath the surface.


  • They say the under-eye is protected because the tape is layered. Ok, great. Now there are more layers of chemical to irritate the eye. The cyanoacrylates (adhesive) in the tape is a different grade of cyanoacrylate and not meant for use around the eye or open-wounds. Yes, there are medical adhesives used in place of sutures; however, the cyanoacrylate is medical-grade, not a cosmetic grade.


  • Paper tape often contains cotton fibers. Cotton reacts when in contact with cyanoacrylates in the lash adhesive. Check out the reaction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9mSbLHlzQs. 



SANITATION ISSUES DUE TO CROSS-CONTAMINATION


  • Not using an EPA registered, bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, and pseudomonacidal disinfectant? Regular Barbicide used in hair salons is not adequate as a disinfectant for tweezers. Unlike brushes, tweezers come it contact with the eyes, and tears, therefore, need next level disinfectant.


  • Disinfect is not changed as directed by the manufacturer.


  • Purchase a less expensive disinfectant that requires mixing. Disinfectant not combined to manufacture requirements is ineffective against the microorganisms that cause disease.


  • Are linens on the bed and headrest/pillow changed with freshly washed linens after each client? 


  • What if the lines are not changed and the client before you had a skin disease, infection, or lice - now you are lying on contaminated materials.


  • The use of linens to cover surfaces is costly to provide for the maximum number of clients per day and time-consuming to wash with hot water, dry and fold.



ISSUES DUE TO POOR PRODUCT QUALITY


  • Products purchased from China are cheap to buy because they use low-quality ingredients. Remember, China sold toxic blue wallboards to home builders. China sold pet food with contaminants in vegetable proteins that killed dogs and dogs across the U.S. The list of issues goes on.....


  • Lash products purchased from professional lash companies are quality controlled and made with higher-grade ingredients with expiration dates. To buy professional-grade products, the stylists must provide a current license and pay for training then pass their certification test based on requirements set by each company.


  • Professional lash companies create product lines of products chemically formulated together, reducing the chances of allergic reactions.



WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL LASH STYLIST/ARTIST


  • A professional lash artist business is primarily eyelash extensions. They have invested thousands of dollars in training and certifications and thousands of hours learning their skills. As Malcolm Gladwell discussed in his bestseller, "Outliers," to become an expert, it takes 10,000 hours (or approximately ten years) of deliberate practice. Deliberate practice involves goal setting, quick feedback, and countless drills to improve skills with an eye on mastery. It is not "just showing up."


  • They are artisans with precision working, keeping your natural lashes healthy, and create the most elegant lashes tailored for each client. 



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ARIZONA LASH LAW

Do I need a license in Arizona to perform eyelash extensions?
Yes. A.R.S. §32-506(13) exempts from licensure only people who perform eyelash enhancements, not eyelash extensions. 


Definition:  Professional Eyelash Extensions: Attaching one or a group of single fiber extension (s) without pre-applied adhesive onto another person's isolated natural lash with the use of a cyanoacrylate adhesive to extend and increase the length and width for compensation intended to last more than 2 weeks.


https://boc.az.gov/licensing/faqs


EXTENSION VS ENHANCEMENT
While eyelash extensions are an enhancement, an enhancement alone is not eyelash extensions


1. Intended Length of Wear
Enhancements such as strips are intended for several hours to several days while clusters, tabs or flares are intended for days UP TO 2  weeks. Eyelash extensions are intended for more than 2 weeks, averaging 3-5 weeks.


2. Type of Adhesive used
LashGrip Adhesive is a latex-based adhesive formulated for strip lashes to last several hours. It can also be used to apply individual lashes for an evening. LashTite Adhesive is latex-free. Eyelash extension adhesive is cyanoacrylate based.


3. Preparation of skin around lashes
Requires prepping lashes and skin around eyes with cleansers and moisturizers, applying the protective covering to bottom lashes over the upper cheek.


4. Use of implements
Requires the use usually of 2 needlepoint tweezers (one in each hand) that come in contact with lash hair, skin and secretions/discharge of the eye.


5. Isolation
Enhancements do not require any isolating of the natural lashes but rather are nestled into the lash line or attached to the lid skin. Professional Eyelash Extensions are applied to carefully isolated natural lashes so that the natural lash can grow in its respective cycle freely, unencumbered by neighboring lashes sticking together. When done properly, Professional Eyelash Extensions allow clients to wear extensions indefinitely (with touch-ups) without the natural lashes breaking off and thinning out.