Recently, more than 60 people in the state of Utah have been cited for practicing as an eyelash extension technician without being properly licensed. As eyelash extensions grow more and more popular, the demand for technicians rises as well. It seems simple enough to become trained and certified as a technician, however in the state of Utah you must hold a cosmetology or esthetics license in order to receive the training to be a lash technician.
Licenses and certifications are required by state entities as a measure of protection for the consumers. It a way for the state to keep track of services and goods provided by specialists so that consumers are not endangered (also for tax purposes but that is less of a focus here). According to this article from KSL, some of the reasons for the citations issues ranged from bacterial infections to severe allergic reaction.
Eyelash extensions are applied individually to your lashes using powerful adhesives, some of these adhesives contain caustic chemicals such as formaldehyde, a primary ingredient used in embalming fluid. The glues that are lower quality are typically also the ones that contain formaldehyde, so be careful because you don’t want to sacrifice safety in the name of affordability.
While Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare uses formaldehyde-free products that are locally made, there are many technicians both unlicensed and licensed who do not. Taking the time to know where your artist’s supplies are sourced from is something that all consumers should do.
The Consequences of Being Unlicensed
The consequences for providing these services without the necessary license(s) required by the state can lead to some hefty fines and possible criminal charges. In the instances that someone is cited for practicing without a license, it was most likely because someone experienced negative results after their service. In the event that someone suffers an infection or reaction, the technician who provided the service could be liable for the medical costs associated with recovery.
In the unfortunate event that there is permanent or long lasting damage the technician could also have legal action taken against them- which is certainly the last thing that anyone wants. Being reprimanded for working without a license can also jeopardize your ability to become licensed in the future, if you’re a student en route to becoming licensed, resist the urge to accept customers until you’ve passed the licensing exam and received clearance to do so.