Is It Safe to Dye Your Natural Lashes?

Natural Lashes

Thick and luscious lashes are always in trend. Nowadays with our incessant need for quick and convenient solutions, people have opted to create treatments such as eyelash extensions and even eyelash dying to create the illusion of perfect lashes. But of course there is always the question of safety. Are eyelash dyes more good than bad?

Dyed Eyelashes: A New Fashion Trend?

We live in the “microwave” age where everything is supposed to be quick and easy. This state of mind has trickled down even to our makeup routines. A perfect example of this would be eyelash dyes. A lot of women what the look of thick eyelashes without the hassle of having to go through like a million makeup products so they opt to just dye their eyelashes. Also some women with blonde or extremely light lashes choose to the just dye their lashes into a darker color.

Is It Ever Safe to Dye Eyelashes?

This question has gotten all sorts of answers. Depending where and whom you ask it can be a yes or a no. For example some dermatologists will actually encourage eyelash dyes especially for women you have extremely light eyelashes. This is of course qualified by them saying that as long as it is done by a professional that is not only skillful but is also experienced.

But if you asked government authorities such as the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America or even Health Canada they will tell you to stay away from eyelash dyeing because of its coal-tar based ingredients.

Although a lot of eyelash dye manufacturers may claim that their eyelash dyes are extremely safe because it is made of organic ingredients such as vegetables, what they don’t tell you is that the dye basically needs peroxide to work. Yes you read that right, peroxide. How scary is that right? Can you just imagine having peroxide near your eyes? The mere image of it scares me.

Alternative to dying your eyelashes

 If you are still wary of using eyelash dyes, here are some great alternatives to actually dyeing your eyelashes.

  1. Wear mascara

Well no duh right? Mascara is a great way to add color and definition to your lashes without having to resort to eyelash dyeing. Using a mascara in a severe color is great for special events.

  1. Use an eyelash curler

Remember to use an eyelash curler when applying mascara this adds an extra oomph and definition to your lashes. Just remember to be a bit more careful as not to press on the handle too hard as this may cause eyelash brittleness.

  1. Use eyeliner

A great makeup trick is to use less drastic (as compared to jet black) eyeliner colors such as dark brown. Apply the eyeliner as close to your waterline as possible to create the look of thick lashes.

  1. Use false lashes

If the event calls for a little more drama then why don’t you consider using falsies? False eyelashes add a whole new level of sultry illusion that all the other tips here just cannot provide.

Side effects of dyeing eyelashes

Side effects to a bad eyelash dye job can range from the normal rashes to the more serious case of it affecting your eyes. As we know the eye area is one of the most sensitive parts of the face, not to mention the body. Having a chemical such as peroxide, as was mentioned earlier, can be extremely detrimental to the health of your precious peepers. It really all boils down to you deciding whether or not running the risk of damaging or hurting your eyes is worth it just so you can get nicer eyelashes.

Dyed Eyelashes: The Bottom Line?

This really depends on why you want to have your eyelash dyed. If you just want extra definition on your already great set of lashes then we wouldn’t advice going through the whole process of eyelash dyeing, it is advisable that you stick to the more traditional ways of defining your eyelashes like using mascara. However if you are really hell bent on dyeing your lashes just remember to do the proper research, patch tests and always have a professional apply the dye.

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About Ferland Manuel

Dr, Manuel Ferland is health care specialist,