After a full day of lashing, even after wearing a charcoal filter mask all day, have you ever felt difficulty in breathing properly or developed a cough or flu like symptoms that last for days? Have you ever thought what could be the cause of this?
Let’s review how the Eyelash Extensions Glue manufacturing process is like…
Every Eyelash Extensions Glue manufactured on the market contains Cyanoacrylic (CA) which is a main active ingredient of the adhesive. When CA is used to bond lashes or comes in contact with moisture (air), formaldehyde is produced as a byproduct. Formaldehyde is a colourless gas and is the gas that gives that strong pungent “super glue” smell.
Now, we understand that Formaldehyde in CA can cause irritation to a client’s eyes, skin and body. Some clients who are exposed to CA for a few hours may develop an allergic reaction, what about a lash technician who is constantly having to work with CA all day long and breath in unfiltered formaldehyde fumes? Because you are dealing with fumes that may affect your long term health, it should be worth considering about protecting yourself from it.
How do we protect ourselves from the long-term damage that formaldehyde may cause?
Unfortunately, a single layered Carbon Surgical Mask will not sufficiently protect a technician from the harmful fumes. The best filter most suitable for a lash technician is a filter with a P100 rating, which is the highest rating for personal respiratory protection, with carbon layered mask and VOC filter (Volatile Organic Compound).
At Mollylash, our lash technicians use 3M’s Half-Facepiece Reusable Respirator with 3M 2097 P100 filter. The 2097 filter is replaceable and lasts up to 3 months with daily use. Our technicians feel really comfortable with it and have no issues using the mask for work up to 5 hours at a time! Furthermore, being able to have pure filtered air with all day comfort & convenience makes it a worth while investment for our team!