The Importance of Patch Tests

July 30, 2021

The Importance of Patch Tests

Do you offer lash extension patch tests to your clients?

If you don't, it might be time to start. 

A patch test is a simple way to protect yourself and your clients from any issues that may arise. Setting the groundwork to keep your clients safe will show them a level of professionalism they may not have received from other lash artists. 

Want to know why lash extension patch testing is so important? Keep reading to find out. 

Why Patch Test Your Lash Adhesive?

Patch testing is a great way to determine if your client is sensitive to lash extension adhesive. Even if they haven't had issues with lash extensions before, they can still react over time.

A patch test is simple to do and can help keep your client safe from a potential adverse reaction.

It's always best to discuss the potential risks that come with eyelash extensions when your clients book the service. Offer them a patch test at the time of booking. If they decide not to move forward with the patch test, ensure that you have documented their decision and had them sign a waiver before the treatment. 

A client who becomes pregnant should be patch tested before doing their lashes. Pregnant women can be more sensitive to products that may not have bothered them in the past. 

How to Patch Test Eyelash Extensions

Patch testing eyelash extensions is a simple process. There are a few different ways you can do it. 

The first is dabbing a little bit of the adhesive behind your client's ear. The skin is sensitive there, so it should mimic how the sensitive skin on the lash line will react.

The second is adding a tiny bit of the adhesive to the lash line at the outer corner of your client's eye. This keeps it to a relatively small section of the eye if they do react. 

Last but not least, you can add 2-4 lashes to your client's eye on the outside corner. Wait for 24 hours and see if they react. If there's no adverse reaction, you are good to go!

What to Do If They Have an Allergic Reaction

If your client gets itching, burning, stinging, or swelling after a patch test, it can indicate they have a sensitivity or allergy.  

To reduce symptoms, your client can take an antihistamine to reduce swelling and use a cold compress. 

There are ways to reduce the chance of an adverse reaction. You can use less glue, use saline solution to cleanse the lashes, and ensure your client understands the importance of keeping their lashes clean. 

Lash Extension Patch Testing is Important

Lash extension patch testing is a great way to protect your client and yourself. Offering the service to new and old clients lets them know that you are taking their well-being seriously. 

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