It might sound like an ineffective gimmick you’d spot in a midnight infomercial, but magnetic lashes are actually the preferred falsie method for many people. Not only are they easy to use, but they also give you voluminous curls with zero glue, instead using tiny magnets to secure the strips on. But just because there’s nothing sticky involved doesn’t mean it won’t pose any risks for hair loss. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the thick flutter without causing harm to your natural hair.
How do magnetic lashes work?
Magnetic lashes provide two sets of lashes: one for above the lash line and the second for underneath. Once the magnets meet, they lock into place. The two sandwich your natural eyelashes, and you’re left with accentuated volume and curl. They’re also reusable and will last indefinitely with the right amount of care.
Can magnetic lashes cause hair loss?
The short answer is: yes. If used improperly, magnetic lashes can cause you to lose your natural lashes. In some cases, your natural lash hair may even grow in the wrong direction as a result. However, they are considered safer than their gluey counterparts. Optometrist Mila Loussifova tells the International Business Times  that using magnets near the eyes isn’t a cause for concern, but ideally your magnetic lashes should have the FDA stamp of approval.
Any other precautions?
When touching the area surrounding your eyes, your hands should always be clean to avoid irritation or a possible infection. Your magnetic lashes will also come in a case or package that you can keep to store them, which you should also keep clean at all times. And of course, if you already have an eye infection you shouldn’t be wearing anything on your eyes, especially lashes. In other words, don’t let bacteria linger around your falsies at any time. Another important thing to note is that if you happen to be getting an MRI , you should ask the technician about removing them as the machine could be sensitive to the magnets.
How do you apply magnetic eyelashes? How do you remove them?
First, if you think your lashes are too long, give them a slight trim so they fit right across the width of your lash line. Second, although mascara will allow the magnetic lashes to grip more firmly, know that it might make them harder to remove and therefore, increase the chances of hair falling out. We recommend trying your magnetic lashes on without mascara first and seeing how secure they feel.
Next, using your dominant hand, take one lash and place it as close to your lash line as possible. Then, take the bottom lash and place it underneath your lash line until they both snap together. The key here is to make sure you’re balancing the top lash above your lash line for a seamless application. If that top lash is not balanced properly, it can quickly gravitate towards the bottom lash and away from the lash line. You have to be fast and steady. Keep your elbows on your vanity for stability and place a mirror close to your face. It might take a few tries before you get the hang of them, but once you do it’s literally a snap!
To remove them, gently sandwich them with your thumb and index finger and slide them until you feel the magnets let go of one another. This is the part that often causes people to inadvertently pluck out natural hair -- by sliding them too harshly or for too long. You want cause as little friction as possible before releasing the magnets. Practice this part before they’re even on your lashes so you get a better sense of how easily the magnets come apart.
After you remove them, use a makeup remover to clean any mascara residue or other particles off your magnetic lashes so they’re clean and ready for next time. Remember: the more gunk you allow to accumulate on them, the more likely they will cause issues with your real hair. Thinking of trying these out? Your lashes will likely thank you for swapping out the glue and tape. Not everyone is blessed with volume and lift, and this is a simple way to get both!