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What does eyelash tinting involve?

Updated on March 26, 2012

The application of eyelash tint enhances the appearance and defines and
emphasizes the lashes with intensified color. It is recommended for all
age groups and especially for those who are allergic or sensitive to
mascara. Contact lense wearers also enjoy it. It eliminates the use of
mascara, something which is especially welcome in the hot summer months.

For the application, the undereye is protected with shaped cotton
pieces that fit under the lower lashes. With the eyes closed, the tint
mixture (made of vegetable dye and a harmless oxidant) is applied
carefully to the lashes. A protective eyepad is applied and left for
approximately eight to 10 minutes. The time might varies with redheads and
those with grey hair as their hair is more resistant to the dye.

The tint usually lasts approximately four to seven weeks as the natural
growth cycle of the hairs and general sunlight exposure and cleansing
gradually reduce the color intensity.

Is it safe?

There are two very different schools of thought on the subject of eyelash tinting. Most medical experts express concern over the sensitivity of the eye area to dye-induced irritation, claiming that even non-toxic vegetable dyes are capable of causing serious inflammation, as well as allergic reactions. While acknowledging that there is some risk of irritation if the process is not carried out by a professional, most estheticians say that, based their experience, the service is completely safe because of the all-natural vegetable tint used.

Whether eyelash tinting is as riskless as estheticians would have us believe, certainly, you should never let any other hair-coloring product except those specifically formulated for use around the eye be used to dye your eyelashes. And before having your lashes dyed, ask the salon to administer a patch test on the inside of your arm. This will not rule out the possibility of irritation to the eye, but it will help check for an allergic reaction.


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