Posted on March 07 2015
If you have ever had lash extensions before you may or may not have come across a lash technician who has recommended that you use baby shampoo as a cheaper alternative to lash shampoo to wash your lashes. It is a common misconception in the lash industry. Unfortunately, these technicians are uneducated on the dangers of using baby shampoo. Below are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t use it.
1. It is TOXIC for use around the eye and mouth area
Although baby shampoo is marketed as “Tear Free” this does not mean that it is safe for use around/in the eyes. It contains numbing agents to prevent the FEELING of irritation, however, irritation to the eyes will still occur. Baby shampoo contains Fragrance which is rated as highly toxic. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. Other ingredients contained in baby shampoo can cause irritation to the eyes, skin and lungs.
2. Your extensions will have poor retention
Baby shampoo contains glycol; an ingredient known to break down the bond of the glue, therefore resulting in premature loss of extensions.
3. It is not effective in killing bacteria
There is no active ingredient in baby shampoo that is effective in killing the bacteria that builds up on the lashes. Your clients will be subject to blepharitis, conjunctivitis and other eye infections. The bacteria that most commonly cause these eye infections thrive on dry skin cells so the drying effect of baby shampoo may actually increase chances of infection.
4. It is not Ophthalmologist tested
Not only has baby shampoo not been specifically tested for use in/around the eyes, brands such as Johnson & Johnson have actually confirmed that it shouldn’t be used for cleaning eyelash extensions.
In conclusion, use of professional lash shampoo is strongly recommended over baby shampoo. Lash shampoo's contain gentle yet effective ingredients which have been formulated for specific use around the eye area. It also helps to prolong the life of your lovely new lashes. Our Ultra Lash Shampoo is available to purchase for professionals in retail packs or individually for clients.