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Is Eyelash Perming Safe?

I see how eyelash perming could sound enticing: You'd have perfectly flipped-up lashes 24-hours a day, no eyelash curler required. The way it works is that your lashes are treated with a special glue, and then wrapped around a mini sponge-y roller. While holding your eyes tightly shut, the perming solution is applied to the upturned lash, and then it is left to set for about five minutes. The result is that "wide-awake" look, which lasts for two to three months. But before you get too excited,


  • The lash perming solution has not been approved by the FDA.
  • Eyes are extremely sensitive organs, and they react differently than other parts of your body to certain chemicals. Even if the chemicals do not come in direct contact with the eye (which they absolutely should not during this process), they can still cause severe reactions, particularly if you wear contact lenses. These reactions can include anything from mild irritation to a full-blown allergic reaction, even blindness.
  • While the normal eyelash has a lifespan of about five months, perming chemicals can be damaging to the lash, making them fall out even sooner.
  • If you do choose to give it a try, make sure that the person performing the procedure has completed a training course and has the certificate to show for it, as such courses are available through most cosmetology institutions. Have any of you tried this procedure? If so, what did you think?


Chere-Gaterie-Nail-Spa Chere-Gaterie-Nail-Spa 6 years
I just wanted to take a quick second and respond to this post. We have been doing eyelash perming in our studio, in Canada for over 10 years now. This is a beautiful and safe procedure ..."if" you choose a trained professional. The results are amazing and our clients LOVE eyelash perming. We discuss eyelash perming in this video:
camilia camilia 8 years
I have long straight eyelashes and its blonde and not curl. I just got eyelashes perm and tint last month,its so beautiful,voluminouse curl.I have fabulous lashes after 70minutes. It's wonderful and safe.
thompssj thompssj 8 years
My friends talked me into getting this done when I was in Mexico City and I hated the entire 40 minute perming and dyeing ordeal and swore I would never do it again. That said, I am now OBSESSED with how good they look. I'm blonde with long lashes that were very fair. I wake up every morning with dark curly lashes and they look AMAZING. You never have to wear mascara, which is great for people who are rubbing their eyes all the time (moi) and it's one less thing to worry about. Stings like hell and you have to make sure they don't drip perm solution on your lower lashes or they'll kink but TOTALLY worth it.
britalia britalia 8 years
I first heard about eyelash perming about 22 years ago, read about the risks and decided to stick with the eyelash curler. Fast forward to about 3 or 4 years ago: Nothing - and I mean Nothing - stops them from being completely stick straight. I'm 41 and I don't know what has changed but I even invested in a heated curler from Japan and that didn't keep the curl for more than 2 minutes. I never thought I'd be trying the perm thing, but I did and Loved, Loved, Loved it. It took years off of me - absolutely unbelievable. So I went for the third time today (same salon)and it didn't work. Am very disappointed. Does anyone know if things like fatigue or hormones can affect result?
issysquaw issysquaw 8 years
The last couple of weeks I have to use a curler to help with fullness. Adding this to my prior comment
issysquaw issysquaw 8 years
I perm my eyelashes and love it. My lashes are straight so it is nice to have them looking like doll lashes for a couple of months. I pay 35.00 every 8 weeks, the last couple I have to use a curler. Never had any problems during or after the procedure takes about 1/2 hour.
xxxsarahxxx xxxsarahxxx 9 years
i WANT to try this!! i think ill wait tho, until i hear its safer, etc. also, my lashes are currently id like them to be longer and look like falsies if i get them done ;) i watched a youtube video (nbc?) about this and they said they use a milder/diluted perm solution on your lashes, so it is "safer." AND (i thot this was cool), you can get your lashes tinted at the same time!!! so for busy people, or someone going on vacay to a tropical (read humid) place, this would be ideal. i so want this!! but i just had lasik so my vision is more important right now. cost $5000 - and SO WORTH IT!!
hellosunshine23 hellosunshine23 9 years
I agree you have to get a professional to do it. I got it done and i didn't get any irritations or anything. Except the lady put on actual clippers to bring your eyelashes out to their fullest potential, not the spiral rollers. They are heated clips and she used permanent mascara before putting on the clips and then when I was done she put on another coat of permanent mascara. Afterwards, she just said don't let water get on the lashes for 4 hours. I paid 40 for it and it does last for 3-4 months. I recommend it to girls that can't get their eyelashes to curl at ALL. I'm the prime candidate for it, and it worked so well for me, because I've tried every mascara imaginable, the "heated eye lash curler" and none of those worked for me, but this did!
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