While you might think damage to the hair follicle is the nastiest possible side effect of having fake lashes, optometrists are now warning against something even worse – lash lice.
Demodex (the name for lash lice) can live on synthetic and real hairs, and are can be found near the follicle as they need to be close to a fresh blood supply to survive.
Lash combs and applicators are the main offenders when it comes to spreading lash lice, as are dirty towels.
However, not cleaning the eye area properly is the biggest offender when it comes to contracting lice, and while many with fake lashes avoid using oil and alcohol based cleaners for fear their lashes fall out, it’s essential to sanitise the area daily so bacteria doesn’t spread.
That being said, the existence of Demodex doesn’t mean you should immediately pull off your lashes and go scrub your eyes in the bathroom until they’re red.
Daily maintenance and choosing a reputable beauty salon for application should keep any kind of crawlies at bay.