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Eyelash Extension Contraindications: What You Need to Know

Hello, lash boss! Today, we're exploring the world of eyelash extensions, those small, fluttering friends that can transform appearance instantly. However, before we continue on our path to stunning lash extensions, we must address one crucial thing: contraindications. If the term appears complicated, don't worry; we'll simplify it together!

Ready? Let’s bat those lashes and dive in!

What Exactly Are Contraindications?

Okay, let's start with the basics. Contraindication is a medical term for a condition or circumstance that makes a particular treatment or procedure unsafe or inappropriate for an individual. 

Preventing medical procedures that might lead to harmful consequences is crucial to ensuring safe and effective treatment. When a contraindication is present, it means that a specific treatment or procedure could cause more harm than good, and alternative options should be considered to ensure the patient's safety. 

By taking contraindications into account, healthcare professionals can make informed decisions that help optimize patient outcomes while minimizing the risk of adverse effects.

What are the contraindications for eyelash extensions?

Before we delve into the enchanted world of fluttery lashes, let's discuss the different eyelash extension contraindications. These flashing warning signs, like lighthouses directing ships away from dangerous rocks, demand our attention.  So, just read on because we’re about to decode the language of lashes.

1. Eye Conditions

Consider your eyes to be the protectors of a fascinating realm. They carry secrets, dreams, and the ability to capture. But what if these guardians are already in battle with their foes? Dry eye syndrome, conjunctivitis, and other significant eye problems like Blepharitis, corneal disease, glaucoma, and styes can make our wonderful lash trip risky. When the eyes weep, it is a signal to pause. 

How to navigate:

  • Consultation Is Key: Before you use the lash wand, have a conversation with your client. Inquire about their eye health, current treatment, and previous ocular struggles. Remember that knowledge is your protection.
  • Patch Tests: These small patches are not only for show. They are your allies in the battle against allergic reactions. Learn more about patch testing on our blog!

2. Allergic Reactions

Picture this: You have just applied beautiful eyelash extensions, and your client is thrilled with the results.  But wait! Is that a twinge of discomfort? Allergic reactions are like uninvited guests at a glamorous party—they disrupt the harmony. 

Lash adhesives, while magical, can sometimes trigger skin reactions. Redness, itching, or puffiness are the telltale signs that your client’s skin is staging a protest.

How to Navigate:

  • Know Your Ingredients: Become best friends with the label on that adhesive bottle. The star ingredient? Cyanoacrylate. It’s the glue that binds, but it can also ignite allergic reactions.  In addition to cyanoacrylate sensitivities, other ingredients like latex, formaldehyde, and carbon black dye may cause allergic reactions in some clients. Choose wisely.
  • Patch Tests (Again): Yes, we’re back to patch tests. Remember to proceed if the results are clear and abort otherwise. For more detailed guidance and tips, check out our blog.

3. Skin Conditions

Lashes need a canvas, and that canvas is delicate skin. But what if the canvas is already painted with eczema, psoriasis, or other skin dramas? Applying extensions on irritated or inflamed skin is like trying to create a masterpiece on a stormy sea. The result? Chaos. So, before you pick up that lash tweezer, assess your client’s skin condition.

How to Navigate:

  • Visual Inspection: Examine the skin around the eyes. Is it calm or raging? If it’s throwing tantrums, if so, postpone the lash extension procedure.
  • Educate Your Client: Sometimes, clients may not be aware of existing skin conditions. Explain the risks, offer alternatives, or recommend waiting until the condition clears. 

Note: As lash techs, you are not a medical professional and should not diagnose or treat any skin conditions in the eye area. If a client presents with such a condition, it is recommended that you advise them to seek the advice of an eye doctor. This will ensure the client's safety and prevent any potential liability issues that may arise from an eyelash extension reaction being attributed to other underlying conditions.

  1. Previous Eye Surgery

Remember your client's eye surgery last month or a few months before that? Well, their eyes are still whispering sweet, healing songs. Lash extensions, though tempting, need to respect the recovery process. Imagine tugging at a delicate thread—it’s not pretty. So, let’s give those eyes the break they deserve.

How to Navigate:

  • Client Interview: Ask your client about recent eye surgeries. If the answer is “yes,” confirm when it happened and what the procedure might be, then hit the brakes. Wait until the surgeon gives the green light. You may ask them for clearance from their doctor.
  • Patience Is a Virtue: Let them know that you understand their eagerness to return to their normal routine, but remind them that patience is key for optimal healing. Avoiding anything that may interfere with their healing process is best during this time. You should check in with them occasionally to offer support and keep them as your valued clients.

5. Recent Use of Prescription Medications

Antibiotics, steroids, or other prescription meds are like backstage crew members—essential, but sometimes they need the spotlight. If your client has recently taken pills, their lash journey might need a slight detour. Medications can alter the lash landscape, so proceed with care.

How to Navigate:

  • Inquire About Meds: Ask about recent prescriptions. If they’re still in the system,  you may decide to reschedule your lash session. Safety first, glamour second.

6. Allergic Reactions After Using Eye Products

Ever met someone allergic to their mascara? It happens. If your client’s eyes have thrown tantrums after makeup sessions, it’s time to play detective. Allergic reactions are like cryptic messages—they need decoding. Lash extensions meet the mystery; mystery meets the extensions.

How to Navigate:

  • Client Interviews: Dig deep. Ask about skin care methods, makeup habits, eye creams, and past reactions. Sometimes, the culprit hides in plain sight.
  • Patch Tests (Yes, this again): Apply extensions strategically. Test the waters. If the eyes stay calm, proceed. If not, go back to the drawing board. Dive deep into patch testing on our blog!

7. Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

The hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding can impact the retention and lifespan of eyelash extensions due to the life cycle changes in their natural lashes. Some women may find their extensions fall out prematurely or require more frequent touch-ups. 

Additionally, the safety of certain adhesive ingredients for pregnant or breastfeeding women hasn't been definitively established. For these reasons, some lash technicians may advise against extensions during these times.

How to Navigate:

  • Patch Tests (Yes, this again): After informing your client of the impact of hormonal fluctuations on eyelash extensions, if your client persists in getting them, a patch test beforehand—yes, for the nth time—is crucial to rule out any potential allergies.

Remember, dear lash boss, these temporary contraindications aren’t roadblocks; they’re gentle nudges. They say, “Pause, observe, protect.” And when you do, your client’s eyes will thank you with every flutter.

Additional Questions about Eyelash Extension Contraindications:

  • Can I get eyelash extensions if I have dry eyes?
    • You may, but it's generally not recommended. Dry eye symptoms can worsen with lash extensions.
  • How long do I have to wait after eye surgery to get eyelash extensions?
    • Consult your doctor for specific advice. Healing time varies depending on the procedure.
  • What medications can affect eyelash extensions?
    • Antibiotics, steroids, and some retinol can affect lash retention. If you are taking any medications, discuss this with your lash artist.
  • What happens if I'm allergic to eyelash extensions?
    • Redness, itching, swelling, and discomfort are signs of an allergic reaction. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek professional medical attention.

Managing Client Contraindications in Lash Extension Services

If you are a lash artist, it is essential to take specific measures to ensure that clients with contraindications understand why they cannot receive lash extensions and prioritize their eye health and safety. Here are some steps you can take to achieve this:

  1. Be Transparent and Educate Clients:

As a lash technician, explaining to clients why they cannot currently receive lash extension services due to contraindications is crucial. Rather than simply telling them they are ineligible, it is essential to provide the reason behind it.

Use clear and straightforward explanations to effectively communicate the risks of applying extensions on inflamed eyes or weakened lashes. Avoid using technical terminology that may be confusing. You can also use visual aids such as diagrams or photographs to help explain the concept better.

  1. Build Trust and Rapport:

Build client trust, prioritize their well-being, and demonstrate your commitment to ethical practices. 

After you educate them about their condition and the role of eyelash extensions,  it's important to stress the long-term benefits of prioritizing eye health.

Healthy natural lashes are essential for achieving the most beautiful and long-lasting lash extensions.

Another effective strategy is to offer valuable content to your clients. This can be in the form of informative articles, discounts, and exclusive access to new services. By doing so, you can demonstrate your expertise in the industry and provide additional value to your clients.

  1. Prioritizing Client Care Through Follow-Ups and Referrals

While this client may miss out on a service they ask for, you don’t want to miss out on the sale you could've gotten. Here are a couple of things you can do to not miss out on a sale:

  • Offer an alternative service. They go to your salon looking for a service they can’t get, so don’t let them leave empty-handed. Instead, offer them a different service that they can get that you’re offering (e.g., lash lift and tint, brow tint, brow wax, etc.).
  • Maintain client engagement and follow-ups. While it might not be an immediate sale, following up with them can help you gain their trust and lead to a sale later on. By staying connected, once this client is fit for eyelash extensions, they may have you on top of their mind to get their service. 
  • Offer products that may suit them. You can recommend lash products suitable for their condition, such as lash shampoo and lash growth serum.
  • Refer to another service. Suppose you cannot provide the requested or suitable services for their condition. In that case, consider referring the client to another skilled lash technician who can assist them. This way, you can ensure that the client's needs are met and that they receive the quality service they are looking for, and you can also help your fellow technicians increase their sales.

Maintaining a loyal and engaged client base during challenging times is crucial for success. One way to achieve this is by taking a personalized approach to communication. This involves connecting with each client individually and showing genuine empathy for their temporary or permanent situation.

In addition to this, suggesting alternative beauty treatments or providing homecare advice for natural lashes can be a helpful way to expand your service offerings. However, it is essential to approach these interactions with sincerity and respect, avoiding pushiness and being mindful of your client's time.

Implementing these strategies can build trust and loyalty with your clients, ensuring they return to your business when they're ready for extensions.


Eyelash extensions can be a beautiful way to enhance the look, but it's important to be aware of contraindications to ensure your clients' safe and successful experience. These eyelash extension contraindications include eye conditions, allergies, medications, and recent eye surgery.

By understanding these limitations and performing patch tests, saying this for the nth time, you can educate your clients so they can make informed decisions about whether eyelash extensions are right for them and protect their eye health. Your client can achieve gorgeous, healthy lashes with some knowledge and caution.

Remember, healthy natural lashes are the foundation for beautiful extensions, so take care of them!

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