As eyelash extension technicians, we hold a high responsibility to care for our clients and ensure their overall health and happiness. For this reason, there are several procedures and safety measures put in place. However, working in such a delicate area, there are bound to be the occasional mishap.
Today, we are talking about red eyes after eyelash extensions! Red eyes can occur from a number of reasons – allergic reactions, low-quality lash extension primers, harsh lash glue, poor lash salon hygiene, and more! Your job as a lash artist is to foresee the potential issues and proactively care for them.
Get ahead of the curve! Before a panicked client calls you at some ungodly hour, learn how to care for red eyes after eyelash extensions with these simple tips.
Give your client the best care with these tips for red eyes after eyelash extensions.
Administer immediate care
First and foremost, if the client is complaining of irritation or burning sensation while in the salon, get ahead of the potential ramifications and administer immediate care. Comfort the client and reassure them that this is a normal reaction that can be cared for. Next, provide the client with a cold compress to soothe the irritated area. The cold compress is more or less a band-aid solution for red eyes after eyelash extensions; however, it will comfort the client as the healing process begins.
Advice for short-term care
It may take several hours or even days for red eyes to heal after the initial irritation. To increase client comfort during the healing process topical creams like cortisone cream and Benadryl can be used to manage symptoms. For many, the combination of cold compresses, cortisone cream, and Benadryl is just what they need to bounce back to their former selves.
Seek professional help
In most cases, allergy eye drops, cold compresses, Benadryl, and topical creams should resolve the clients red eyes. However, if the red eyes persist longer than two to three days or for extreme allergic reactions the client should seek professional help from a doctor. In addition, you should offer a complimentary lash removal to the client at this point to prevent further eye irritation.
Take responsibility for your client’s wellbeing.
Your client’s health and wellbeing should be your biggest priority when applying eyelash extensions. It is a great honor to have the opportunity to enhance the natural beauty of women with eyelash extensions. Nevertheless, this opportunity comes with great responsibility.
While allergic reactions can happen, it’s important to apply appropriate preventive and safety measures. This means confirming if the client has any allergies or sensitivities to your adhesives. In addition, it is important to properly clean your tools and work area between clients to prevent cross-contamination.
This may also mean revisiting proper application techniques through training or refresher courses. The Lash Professional has several in-person and online lash extension training programs to correct and perfect your technique to industry standards. Contact The Lash Professionals to attend their next lash training with a community of boss women.