The Hidden Risks: Understanding Dangerous Chemicals in Eyelash Extension liquids, Glue and Super Bonders

It’s crucial to be aware of the potential risks associated with the chemicals found in some adhesives. By staying informed and advocating for safer products and practices, both clients and professionals can enjoy beautiful lashes without compromising their health and well-being.

Many technicians and clients may not realise that the adhesive and products used for lash extensions can contain potentially harmful chemicals. In particular, the use of super bonders, glue, and glue remover has raised concerns among both consumers and professionals in the beauty industry.

Unfortunately, suppliers out there are using these chemicals and selling them, and technicians and clients are none the wiser!

Eyelash extension glue typically contains various compounds designed to create a strong and durable bond between the extension and the natural lash. While these adhesives are generally safe when used properly, some formulations may include chemicals that can pose risks to both clients and technicians. Let’s delve deeper into some of the most concerning chemicals found in eyelash extension products:

  1. Poly isocyanate: This compound is commonly used in industrial settings as a binding agent, particularly in the production of polyurethane products. In eyelash extension glue, poly isocyanate serves a similar purpose, helping to create a strong and long-lasting bond between the extension and the natural lash. However, exposure to poly isocyanate can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Prolonged or repeated contact may even lead to more severe health issues, such as asthma or dermatitis.
  2. N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP): NMP is a solvent that is often used in adhesives and coatings due to its ability to dissolve other substances effectively. In eyelash extension glue, NMP helps to keep the adhesive in a liquid state until it is applied to the lashes. While NMP is generally recognised as safe for use in small amounts, exposure to high concentrations or prolonged contact can result in skin irritation, headaches, and nausea. Pregnant women should take caution, as NMP has been linked to adverse effects on fetal development.
  3. Phthalic anhydride: Phthalates are a group of chemicals commonly used as plasticizers in various consumer products, including adhesives, to improve flexibility and durability. Phthalic anhydride is one such compound used in the production of certain types of eyelash extension glue. However, phthalates have been the subject of increasing scrutiny due to their potential to disrupt hormone function and contribute to adverse health effects, including reproductive and developmental issues.
  4. GBL: Gamma-butyrolactone is a chemical compound commonly used as an industrial solvent. It is also used in some chemical processes and manufacturing, such as in the production of plastics and polymers. Additionally, GBL has been used in certain pharmaceuticals and as a cleaning agent and Eyelash Extension glue removers. However, GBL is perhaps best known for its illegal use as a recreational drug. When ingested, GBL is rapidly converted into gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in the body. GHB is a central nervous system depressant that can induce feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and drowsiness. Like GHB, GBL can also have significant risks associated with its use, including addiction, overdose, and potentially fatal respiratory depression. Due to its potential for abuse and its harmful effects, GBL is often subject to legal restrictions in many countries and is banned in Australia, Its possession, distribution, and sale for recreational purposes are prohibited by law and banned in Lash glue remover.

For technicians, it’s essential to research the products you’re using and enquire about the ingredients if you have concerns about potential health risks. Lash technicians should prioritise safety by choosing products with safer formulations.

Having been in the eyelash extension industry since 2001 and producing a quality range of eyelash extension products, we have done tons of research into this topic, so we can assure all our customers that the products we sell are safe and of the highest quality from our suppliers.

Shop our range of safe liquids and give our friendly team a call if you have any questions.

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