Getting darker, more refined, and thicker-looking eyelashes is a goal that most women (and men too!) want to achieve. After all, having thicker-looking lashes can make your eyes appear wider, brighter, and more youthful. If you’re like me who’s always had thin lashes, then you may find yourself weighing options on how to get your lashes to look darker and thicker.
For most gals, the quickest way to get a lash upgrade is through a generous coating of mascara. But the tedious process of putting on mascara and removing it thoroughly at the end of the day can get pretty exhausting to deal with.
So, if you’re sick of doing your mascara routine but would still like your lashes looking thick and permed, you can opt for lash tinting. Most salons now offer this service called lash tinting, this process can help you achieve that perma-defined but natural-looking lashes that you long for. It can also give the illusion of a 24/7 mascara for several weeks to come, the best part? You don’t have to deal with the hassle of clumping and streaking that typical mascaras do!
According to a trusted celebrity lash artist and founder of Envious Lashes, Clementina Richardson, lash tints are a happy medium between mascara and extensions. It’s like a sweet spot between the two, it can make your eyes look bolder and wide-eyed for a reasonable price and require minimal maintenance.
But how exactly do lash artists apply last tint?
Well, it’s a rather simple process. They just color each strand from the base of the lashes all the way to the tip in order to make it appear fuller and longer. The procedure is rather short too, no longer than 15 minutes. Lash artists usually charge around $47 – $75 for each session.
However, this service can be relatively hard to get depending on where you live. States like New York, Illinois, Florida, and Texas seem to have an abundance of lash tint services, California, on the other hand, actually prohibits the procedure. This is because although this process seems to be a convenient and affordable way to achieve luscious lashes, it also has some dangerous consequences too if it goes wrong.
According to the FDA, “permanent eyelash and eyebrow tints and dyes have been known to cause serious eye injuries, including blindness. There are no color additives approved by FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes and eyebrows.”
The dyes used by lash artists for the lash tint procedure may vary. According to San Diego-based dermatologist Dr. Melanie Palm, M.D., “Dyes used for lash tinting range from food dyes and semi-permanent dyes to chemicals similar to hair dyes and even coal tar dyes.” Of course, people may have different reactions when exposed to these dyes, it may cause irritation and can potentially damage your eyes as well.
For Richardson, she only uses semi-permanent vegetable or plant-based dyes on all her clients. She claims that she would never apply regular hair dye on a client’s lashes regardless of the circumstance. Before pushing through with the procedure, Richardson would actually require her clients to book an appointment beforehand. This is done in order to determine which shade and dye is the most appropriate for her clients. It’s also through the consultation where they can determine whether the client is suited for the procedure or not. If their clients had adverse reactions to hair dye before, they would also discourage them from getting a lash tint.
So for all the ladies (and gentlemen too) out there that are planning on getting this service, be warned! Do your research about the salon and lash artist that you plan on going to beforehand to ensure your safety. As much as possible, it’s better if you have a professional and licensed lash artist to administer the lash tint on you. That way, you can minimize the consequences and be able to achieve the lash goals that you want safely.