In my 10+ years of being in the lash industry, the one thing that has mystified me is lash allergies. There have been clients that I have lashed for years and suddenly they are showing signs of irritation, some of a slow nature and others much more radically. I started to follow people on social media all over the world to see what could be the culprit. In my research, I have found that almost all lash adhesives have an active ingredient called Cyanacrylate (sai*a*now*a*kruh*leit). This ingredient is a colorless liquid acrylate monomer that is used as a powerful, fast acting adhesive. Without this ingredient it would be impossible for lashes to adhere to the natural lash follicle.While the glue dries (or as we techs refer to as curing) a chemical reaction occurs changing from a liquid to a solid. While this curing occurs it releases a fume that has been known to be the main irritating ingredient. Another known ingredient that can is the Carbon Black that gives the glue its pigment.
Avoiding Lash Glue Allergies
Although no one can predict body chemistry, I have learned that by thoroughly washing the lashes after the application and curing with a nano mister is a great tool. Lash wash after the service can help to not only reduce but minimize the risk of a reaction by removing any residues of eye pads, removers and fumes. A well ventilated room also helps to ensure that fumes are not just stagnant. Nothing is ever guaranteed but it is a valuable piece of information to help prevent a full blown reaction from happening. Once a reaction does occur, I do suggest waiting a few years before trying eyelash extensions again.