The REAL Truth: Eyelash Extensions & Demodex


There are always random times when specific topics come up in the beauty industry. 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 conversation.

Let’s begin with discussing the Demodex facts, that are true:

  • It can be completely natural to have Demodex on your skin
  • The issue with lashes is when there is an infestations of mites
  • The mites burrow 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
  • Other health conditions can also cause itching, redness and irritation of the lash line, not just Demodex
  • Demodex is NOT a type of lice (lice and mites are two DIFFERENT animals)
  • Demodex can be contagious like other forms of lice and jump from person to person
  • Bacterial build-up in the lashes could lead to lash mites developing

Now that you know some of the facts. The two big 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 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”.

Biologist and Cosmetic Chemist, Sophy Merszei

Eyelash extensions are a service around the eye area… this requires detailed education that should be from a reputable and accredited brand. Being properly educated on the science and health of eyelash extensions is not something that is required by a company, but should be thoroughly covered in training.

Clients should ALWAYS inquire about the lash artist’s experience and education. I always suggest clients to ask to physically see the products being used on them every service as well as proof of certification.

While Demodex can happen to someone wearing eyelash extensions, proper aftercare and products are important factors to be aware of.

Did you know about Demodex mites and how they can become an issue for someone wearing extensions? Share this post with all your lash friends to make sure they understand this important topic.

Keep your standards high! oxox





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