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Cyanoacrylates and the “F” Word On May 6, 2013, I was contacted by ABC’s Good Morning America to give a very quick response to a video that featured Celebrity Kristin Chenoweth on the David Letterman Show sporting a pair of sunglasses in order to hide an allergic reaction to her first set of eyelash extensions. They also had a segment featuring a stay-at-home mother who had gotten a classic botch job, which we usually see week to week when we agree to accept clients from other salons, whom simply

the industry by combating shoddy eyelash extension applications. She was looking for contrasting information on this catastrophe so that she could throw a piece together that wasn’t so one-sided. I thanked her, because it could have sent our industry up in flames. I continued to watch the video so that I could make a statement. Kristin Chenoweth apparently had a reaction to a “formaldehyde based adhesive.” Let’s clarify – A formaldehyde based adhesive is one that was used in the Red

Watch online at entertainment/2013/05/eyelash-extensionspose-health-risk/ What we use is a cyanoacrylate based adhesive, which CAN omit a barely undetectable amount of formaldehyde into the atmosphere if combined with certain ingredients, or if the adhesive is not properly purified. Personally I believe Sophy Merszei, Founder of Novalash and chemist and molecular biologist, was being straightforward when she explained that adhesives must be properly purified and bottled correctly in order to prevent formaldehyde from forming. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think she was just trying to sell her adhesive.

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need a “fill.” She claimed that when she had to have them removed, her natural lashes came with them. Not surprising. At that point I honestly hadn’t even seen the video. I had been doing eyelash extensions all morning and finally had break to check my email. An ABC producer claimed she had found my website for an association that I founded in 2012; Association for DamageFree Eyelash Extensions (www.damage-free. com) in order to protect the reputation of

Cross trailers that were donated to hurricane Katrina victims, which ended up making them terribly sick. There is a big difference between that and what we use as eyelash technicians for applications. I think we all know that using formaldehyde “based” adhesive for eyelash extensions would be complete taboo; no adhesive we use on people’s eyes should contain formaldehyde as a base. Precisely what I meant when I responded with “adhesives should not contain formaldehyde.”

Both Sophy and I received some criticism in claiming that adhesives used for eyelash extensions shouldn’t necessarily contain formaldehyde. Of course that is to be expected over a controversial topic as this where there doesn’t seem to be a ton of information. This next view on the topic is taken from the PremierLash Learning Center Page , owned by Scott Hoonakker, whom is, in my opinion, a very knowledgeable individual and delivers unparalleled quality of customer service in the Eyelash Extensions Industry. The website states: “PremierLash uses the same type of ‘medicalgrade’ adhesive that is used by surgeons to perform sutureless closures. All Cyanoacrylate adhesive contain low levels of formaldehyde measured in ppm (parts per million) or levels that are considered negligible by USA Health Standards. Created as a by-product of the main ingredient. To further minimize exposure, steps are taken during the manufacturing process using the highest quality medical grade ingredients (ROHS or ISO Certified).” So, possibly containing formaldehyde, but in negligible amounts (so little it’s not much to

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Lash Inc Issue 2  

Lash Inc Issue 2