Recently, there have been many articles circulating the internet about Demodex mites. Specifically these have been about how Demodex are associated with eyelash extension services. As a professional in the lash industry, I wanted to add some information to the Demodex conversation.
Let’s begin with discussing the Demodex facts with lashes that are true:
• It can be completely natural to have Demodex on your skin
• The issue with lashes is when there in an infestations of mites
• The mites borrow under the skin into the follicle and feed on sebaceous material that is produced inside hair follicle.
• One of the most important symptoms is that people with an overgrowth of mites have natural eyelashes that effortlessly slide right out of the follicle with almost no tension placed on the hairs themselves.
• Sparse, unhealthy, weak eyelash hair that slides out helps to distinguish between a mite infestation and other health conditions that can also cause itching, redness and irritation of the lash line.
• Demodex can be contagious like other forms of lice and jump from person to person
• Demodex is NOT a type of lice (lice and mites are two DIFFERENT animals)
• Bacterial build-up in the lashes could lead to lash mites developing
As these facts are true, there is some more information I think should be added. The two biggest factors relating to lash mites and eyelash extensions are: cleansing and adhesives.
The most important thing is the fact that if you have eyelash extensions, you must cleanse your lashes DAILY. If this is not done, a client puts themselves and other at risk for a variety of eye issues. Proper aftercare education from an educated, certified lash professional is key.
Another important part of the eyelash extension service is the brand of adhesive being used. There are many adhesives on the market and quality ingredients are important for not only safety for the client but how well it holds up for a client. Some cheaper quality ingredients cannot tolerate a proper cleansing aftercare routine. These adhesives are immediately stiff after drying and will crumble into a dust, causing the extensions to fall off. Many adhesive aftercare instructions suggest not to touch the extensions or expose them to water, oil or eye makeup removers after application.
NovaLash Platinum Bond adhesives are instantly waterproof and oil resistant making it safe for clients to wear eyelash extensions while keeping their eyes from being infested with Demodex. NovaLash founder, Sophy Merszei states, “ NovaLash has an elastomer ingredient in the patent-pending Platinum Bond adhesives. With the rubberized-flexible ingredient, adhesives will tolerate scrubbing, wiping, shampooing, etc. Our non-cracking formula allows for normal, hygienic cleansing”.
It is important for anyone taking a lash certification to look into the company before signing up to make sure they will be educated on proper safety and sanitation. Eyelash extensions are a service around the eye area… this requires detailed education that should be from a reputable and accredited company. Being properly educated on the science and health of eyelash extensions is not something that is required by a company, but should be throughly covered in training.
Clients should ALWAYS inquire about the lash artist’s experience and education before they make an appointment. I always suggest clients to ask to physically see the products being used on them every service as well as proof of certification. “Clients should always research the company and products being used on them. There is no reason why a lash artist cannot show you what products, especially adhesive they are using on a client”, says NovaLash Trainer, Brigitte Sargent.
While Demodex can happen to someone wearing eyelash extensions, proper aftercare and products are important factors to be aware of. Always ask for MSDS sheets for products whether you are a lash professional or a client wanting extensions. Educate yourself to make sure the best products are being used with lash services and ensuring cleansing is being done correctly to have healthy lashes!
Did you know about Demodex mites and how they can become an issue for someone wearing extensions? Share this post with all your lash professional friends and clients who wear eyelash extensions so they know the correct information!