Eyelash Extensions — When Not to Use Super Glue
First, can we please address the obvious: super glue and lash extensions do not, and should not, mix. Lash extensions can make your eyes pop but getting them is not the time to look for the best bargain. They should only be applied at a reputable salon by someone trained in to attach them.
This comes up because of a viral video which has been circulating online, which regards super glue removal from the eyelids of a 35-year-old woman, named Benyapa Supap, in Thailand. Supap’s eyes were super glued shut after a technician applied her faux lashes using super glue.
Supap’s eyes reportedly started to swell within minutes of the application, and when she blinked, her eyes were glued shut. When she complained to the owner of the Hair Infinity salon where the incident took place, they reduced the price from $35 to $23 but did nothing else to remedy the situation.
With her eyes glued shut, Supap walked to a second beauty salon and pleaded for help with super glue removal. Fara Foosaeng, the beautician who helped Supap, described the situation as “the worst case of malpractice” she had ever seen.
Super Glue Removal from the Eyes
Foosaeng, tasked with removing the super glue from Supap’s eyes, used things like glue softening solution and oil to dissolve the glue before scraping off the extensions with a steel cuticle pusher. If you ever, regrettably, find yourself in a similar position, we recommend visiting an emergency room or other doctor’s office to have the super glue safely removed.
Once the super glue removal process was complete, Supap was able open her eyes again, but they were painful and inflamed. She left Foosaeng’s salon without any eyelashes remaining.
Foosaeng said: ”I felt so sorry for Benyapa (Supap). It would have been very painful for her while it was being done. ”Removing the super glue was not easy. It was very strong. The glue had gone into her eyelid and eye socket which caused swelling and pain. It was very sore.”
What Kind of Glue is Appropriate for Lash Extensions?
Clementina Richardson, celebrity lash expert and founder of Envious Lashes stresses that medical-grade adhesive is best for applying lash extensions. “This is not something you can buy in a drugstore or a beauty supply store. Some adhesives dry clumpy and are visible, those are ones to avoid. Do not use crazy glue, hair glue, or any other glue, that is a big no-no.”
According to Susan Bard, MD, of Manhattan Dermatology Specialists, “reputable salons use a semi-permanent, latex-free, formaldehyde-free formula to decrease the likelihood of an allergic reaction.” In addition, Bard Says clients should also beware of lash-extension prices that seem too good to be true. “Go to a reputable salon and avoid the Groupons.”
Sabah Feroz, a Lash Expert at Blink Brow Bar London, emphasizes the importance of testing any lash glue on a small patch of skin before an eyelash application. “A patch test will be carried out 48 hours prior to the treatment to ensure the client doesn’t have any allergies to the products,” Feroz says. Never allow anyone to apply faux lashes without doing a patch test first.
Proper Lash Application
Faux lashes should only be attached to the natural lash – not the eyelid skin – and applied one lash at a time. “Damage to the natural lashes is the result of improper application, or the stylist not selecting the right type of lash for an existing one,” says Richardson.
Aftermath of the Thailand Super Glue Incident
Supap says she remained in pain for three days after the incident. She eventually filed a police report, “but they said there’s nothing they can do about it. I just want them to be sorry but they’re not,” she said.
Hair Infinity declined to comment.
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