Eyelash Tinting and the Side Effects You Should Know

Eyelash tinting works by coloring the eyelashes with dye from their roots to tips. It results in more noticeable, mascara-free, darker lashes. The effect is greatest on women who have natural pale eyelashes. Tinting is safe when done properly, however, there are some potential side effects — specially when using the incorrect type of dye. The surest way to avoid most of the potential complications is to do the service with a trusted a licensed beautician or cosmetologist. This is not something to do by yourself at home.

1. Eye Irritation

Irritation on the eyes is the most frequent lash tinting side effect. Even the best dyes have ingredients that could irritate when entering the eyes. If the client, even slightly, opens her eyes during tinting, dye will get there. Also, during the removal process, when the technician is manipulating the eyelid, one of the eyes might open a little and tint may enter. This could cause slight stinging and burning. It often goes away as soon as the eye begins tearing as a response to this irritation. Should the sensation continue after the technician has already removed the dye, the client can simply flush her eyes with abundant water and complete removing the irritant agent.

irritated eyes from eyelash tint dye
Do not rub your eyes, flush with water to remove the dye

2. Allergic Skin Reactions

Our skin around the eyes is easily irritated because it is specially delicate. Even specially-designed dyes for eyelash tinting have ingredients that potentially cause allergic reactions, such as pH adjusters and plant-based substances. Women with nut allergies may be triggered by some dyes that contain walnut extracts and other nut-based compounds. Dye shouldn’t touch skin in a properly done eyelash tint application. However, dyes may cause flaking, itching, and redness if they contact the tissues surrounding the eye directly. Technicians prevent accidental contact when applying a barrier product, like petroleum jelly or something similar. Any client with sensitive skin or allergies should also perform a patch test. Women who face an allergic reaction should visit a doctor or dermatologist immediately for treatment.

3. Chemical Burns

Using hair dyes for eyelash tinting causes extreme eye damage. Hair dye usually contains anilines such as p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) and other ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, coal, and tar. These substances will cause chemical burns in the eyes and allergic reactions on the skin. This has been a common occurrence among women starting in the 1930s, and still happens as recently as the 2000s. Using proper eyelash dye prevents this side effect. Even “all-natural” hair dyes can contain tar or coal. Responsible clients should read the product’s MDSD (Material Data Safety Sheet) before performing the service. They should never allow a technician to use hair dye to tint their eyelashes or eyebrows.

4. Blindness

The FDA (Federal Food and Drug Administration) warns that the using hair dyes, or any dyes containing aniline substances, to tinting eyelashes may even cause blindness. This warning can be read on the side of every package of both over-the-counter and professional hair dye. There are specific products for dyeing the eyelashes and eyebrows that don’t contain this warning, meaning they are safer for using on the lashes.

Eyelash tinting, though a very popular and trending beauty procedure, does have its risk especially with the use of dye near the eyes. Therefore, it is imperative that you find licensed and experienced practitioners for the job. It is one of those you cannot try do-it-yourself at home. It could end very badly.