How To: Eyelash Extension Adhesive Patch Test

Why do I need to carry out a patch test?

It is very important to always carry out a patch test on new client and those who have had any kind of reaction to glue in the past. You should also carry out a patch test if you change the adhesive you use as you don’t want any of your client’s to get a reaction to it once it is on their eye area. A patch test should also be done on client’s that are pregnant as pregnancy can make some people more sensitive to products that they may have had no problems with ever in their lives. A patch test is a really quick and simple process to carry out and can prevent many problems from occurring whether that be mild irritation or a severe allergic reaction.  Like the saying goes, ‘better to be safe than sorry’, keep this in mind if a client tries to avoid or refuses to do a patch test prior to the service.

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How do I carry out a patch test?

Patch tests are super quick, straight forward and there are multiple ways they can be carried out. As long as you carry out a patch test, the method you choose to use is completely up to you. You should always leave at least 24 hours between the patch test and carrying out the service to make sure no problems have arose. You should refuse to book someone in for an appointment if they avoid or refuse to have a patch test. If the client has a patch test and results are good they still need to sign a liability waiver / form. Here are a few popular methods for patch testing eyelash extension adhesive:

  • Apply a small amount of eyelash extension adhesive behind the client’s ear. Behind the ear is an effective area to use for patch tests due to the area of skin being sensitive. The patch test for eyelash extension glue need to be near or just as sensitive as the eye area to check for any reactions or sensitivities etc.
  • Alternatively, you can apply a small amount of eyelash extension adhesive to the outer corner of your client’s eyelashes. This is a great area to check for any sensitivities or reactions as it is around the area the glue will be used. If the client does have a reaction it is better that it is in such a small area in comparison to both your client’s eyes.
  • Another popular way to carry out a patch test is by applying around 2-4 eyelash extensions on the outer corner of the clients eye. Wait for at least 24 hours before giving it the ok and carrying out the service. The 24 hours will give enough time to see if any problems have begun or have occurred.

If a new or existing client does have sensitivities or a reaction to the eyelash adhesive. You could always run another patch test with a different glue. Your client will very much appreciate this and could just get you another loyal client!

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