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Xtreme Lashes® Is Dedicated To Your Safety
Xtreme Lashes® is dedicated to safety; we sell the highest quality products only to Professionals in the Beauty and Health industries. And, we require professional hands-on training. As a registered nurse, the President of Xtreme Lashes®, LLC insists on nothing less!
Recently, we received inquiries about formaldehyde in eyelash extension adhesives. Some inquiries asked if we carry the FDA approved adhesive. We discovered that these inquires directly correlated with misinformation that is being published by a competing eyelash extension company on their website and in printed advertising material.
Although we respect competition, we are obligated to respond to these inquiries since they stem from what we believe is false advertising that harms the reputation of the eyelash industry as a whole. Unfortunately, this one company in the USA has attempted to make a safety issue related to all “non-USA” eyelash extension adhesives - based on formaldehyde content. They claim to have the only “formaldehyde free” adhesive. In our opinion, this company has done a disservice to our industry and created unnecessary safety concerns about formaldehyde exposure from eyelash extension adhesives.
This company also makes misleading claims related to FDA recommendations. They claim that their product is “made in accordance with FDA recommendations for formaldehyde content”. Please read the following documentation for a better understanding about cyanoacrylate adhesives, formaldehyde and FDA recommendations.
A note on Cyanoacrylate Adhesives and Formaldehyde:
Xtreme Lashes® adhesives are made using the same properties and ingredients found in medical grade adhesives used by surgeons to close wounds without stitches: suture-less wound closure.
Secondly, all cyanoacrylate medical grade adhesives do contain ultra-low quantities of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde at ultra low levels is considered negligible – see below.
Thirdly, our extensive scientific and medical research has revealed no evidence that a completely “formaldehyde free” cyanoacrylate adhesive exists.
On September 25th, 2006, the adhesive from the company that claims to supply “formaldehyde free” adhesive was tested by a third party independent lab and it was found to contain 2.0 ppm (parts per million) of formaldehyde. Even though this is a very small amount of formaldehyde, it is 5 times the formaldehyde found in our HP-A adhesive which tested at only 0.4 ppm formaldehyde and almost 3 times the formaldehyde found in our HP-3 adhesive which tested at only 0.7 ppm formaldehyde.
These levels of formaldehyde are truly insignificant when considering that we are exposed to formaldehyde everyday! Formaldehyde is released into the air from various consumer products such as building materials, carpets, clothing, and home furnishings.
Many products that contain formaldehyde, as is the case with eyelash extension adhesives, will not have formaldehyde listed on the ingredient list because the percentage is negligible.
The primary concern about formaldehyde is exposure via inhalation of airborne material. To put the formaldehyde issue in perspective, please consider the following information. If a technician poured out a full bottle of HP-3 adhesive with 0.7 ppm (parts per million) formaldehyde, and allowed the contents to completely evaporate in a small (12’ X 12’) enclosed room, the formaldehyde content in the room would rise by an extremely small 0.12 ppb (parts per billion). If the technician poured out 10 full bottles of HP-3, the formaldehyde content in the room would rise by only 1.2 ppb.
For comparison, note that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performed a survey of airborne formaldehyde level inside homes around the USA (1). Formaldehyde tends to concentrate indoors, where it is released from various consumer products such as building materials, carpet and home furnishings. The airborne formaldehyde levels in homes across the USA ranged from a low of 100 ppb to a high of 3,680 ppb. Thus the amount of formaldehyde found in some homes is over 30,000 times more that the amount of formaldehyde released to the air from vaporizing a full bottle of HP-3 adhesive in a small enclosed room.
For further comparison, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services performed a survey of the formaldehyde level in external, ambient air in urban areas (2). The average concentrations reported in the USA were in the range of 11 ppb to 20 ppb - outdoors. Thus, outdoor air in the USA can have over 160 times more formaldehyde than the amount of formaldehyde released to the air from vaporizing a full bottle of HP-3 adhesive in a small enclosed room.
The levels of environmental formaldehyde that people are exposed to everyday dwarf the small amount of formaldehyde exposure from lash adhesive - even in the extreme example given above where 10 bottles of HP-3 are poured out in a small enclosed room.
A note about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
Unfortunately, the company that claims their adhesives are formaldehyde free, also claims that their product is “made in accordance with FDA recommendations for formaldehyde content”. This competitor further states that “most lash adhesives … are not FDA approved”. Both of these claims are misleading. The FDA does NOT regulate nor does it make any recommendations concerning eyelash extension adhesives or eyelash extension systems. It is unfortunate that this company continues to mislead the public in this way.
A note about Training and Safety:
Xtreme Lashes® believes it is irresponsible to sell eyelash extension products without requiring training. Sending a DVD and a workbook are not sufficient. We are focused on safety and the long term health of your clients, your business and our industry. After all, improper application technique, which will likely result without proper training, can result in injury. Improper application technique IS a valid safety concern (not insignificant levels of formaldehyde in the adhesive).
And unlike other companies which require you to call the “trainer” to order your workshop, Xtreme Lashes® has a dedicated Corporate Training Department that establishes and maintains quality control over its training curriculum. Our trainers go through extensive training with ongoing continuing education and evaluations to ensure that the latest techniques are shared and implemented into our curriculum. Comprehensive hands-on Training is essential for safe eyelash extension application! The application process, which requires the use of a strong bonding and long lasting adhesive and sharp tweezers near the eye area, is very meticulous. Only under the supervision of a well trained Certified Trainer is a student able to learn how to properly position their hands, pick up the lash extension, isolate a single natural lash, and apply the lash extension safely and beautifully. In fact, a qualified trainer works with each individual’s specific needs to help him or her overcome weaknesses and utilize strengths. Even proper posture and table height is assessed. Expecting a student to learn application of eyelash extensions utilizing a video or DVD is like expecting a student to learn how to cut hair or perform a surgical procedure from a video or DVD.
To help ensure safe, hygienic, and beautiful eyelash extension applications, Xtreme Lashes® REQUIRES our customers to attend our unique hands-on training workshop. Proper training is absolutely critical for safety as well as beauty. We believe it is irresponsible to sell an eyelash extension product without requiring professional hands-on training. Watching a Video or DVD is simply not enough.
Xtreme Lashes® will only sell product to licensed professionals in the beauty or health industries (such as estheticians, cosmetologists, nurses, etc) or to persons with strong credentials in the beauty industry (such as make-up artists with lengthy experience at a reputable salon). Again, we believe it is irresponsible to sell an eyelash extension product to persons that have no training or credentials in the beauty or health industries.
MSDS forms available to clients upon request (Email info@xtremelashes.com.
A note about Selecting an Eyelash Extension Company:
Xtreme Lashes® recommends the following to licensed professionals who are concerned about safety and that are interested in becoming successful eyelash extension technicians:
  • Select a company that REQUIRES comprehensive hands-on training – for you and your client’s safety - as well as the long term health of the industry. Avoid companies that attempt to convince you that you can learn the technique of applying eyelash extensions safely and beautifully by watching a video or a DVD.

  • Select a company that only sells products to professionals with licenses and strong credentials in the health or beauty industries.

  • Avoid companies who utilize misleading information or scare tactics regarding formaldehyde content and FDA approval. These tactics harm our industry and discourage use of lash extensions altogether.

  • Select a company that has an extensive inventory of eyelash extensions and accessories with a variety of shipping options including overnight and 2nd day delivery.

  • Select a company that has a Corporate Training Department that requires their trainers to complete continuing education and sharing of best practices to always provide the best and latest techniques.

  • Avoid companies that require you to purchase or schedule your training from an independent trainer. This situation indicates limited quality control, because each trainer is acting independently and their incentive is only to sell you a seat at her workshop.

  • Select a company that has a corporate office with a corporate training department, a product development team, full time customer service and business support.
Consumers should avoid companies that resort to using misleading scare tactics in order to sell products. These companies may be compensating for their deficiencies in product quality, training and customer service. These scare tactics are disingenuous and are a disservice to our industry.
Xtreme Lashes® is dedicated to providing the highest quality products, the most comprehensive hands-on training, the best customer service and business support in the industry. We are proud to be the leader in this industry with the most extensive inventory of products, a dedicated training department and will continue to work diligently to further improve our products and service to our clients.
(1) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Health and Environmental Effects Profile for Formaldehyde. EPA/600/x-85/362. Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office, Office of Health and Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development, Cincinnati, OH. 1988.
(2) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Toxicological Profile for Formaldehyde (Draft). Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, GA. 1997.
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