State officials keeping a closer eye on eyelash extensions

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Amarillo, Texas - A popular beauty trend that can go wrong, has state officials now keeping a closer eye on eyelash extensions, with new rules for salons and stylists.

They come in all lengths and thicknesses that can give you a natural look, to a more glamorous look. But this procedure that has become big in the beauty business, can be easily botched.

Getting them is pain-free and wearing them, means you're mascara free.

Which is why so many women are getting the procedure done that makes their eyelashes longer and fuller.

Paulette Scott at the Scarlett Door Salon and Day Spa explains how it works, "They attach lashes individually to your real lashes and the full first set takes about two hours to do. They separate the lash and attach the fake lash by gluing it on."

This tedious process takes some practice. In fact, all estheticians and cosmetologists at this salon, go through extensive training.

Scott says, "We have them practice over and over on mannequins. We buy lashes and they practice separating and putting the lashes on the mannequins. We follow all sanitary guidelines."

But not everyone is following those guidelines or even getting a license.

Which is why this eye-catching look can lead to some actual eye problems, like infections and allergic reactions, if the extensions aren't attached properly or the wrong kind of glue is used.

Scott says, "That's a very delicate area, so you have to be very careful about the eye area."

While most never encounter a problem, the dangers have prompted state officials to take action.

Starting next month, not just anyone is allowed to apply them.

Texas stylists must get a special eyelash extension license, which means 320 hours of training and passing a test, to make sure they know exactly what they're doing.

Scott explains, "If you're not licensed in anything, you don't know the criticalness of sanitation. There are a lot of little things you have to pay attention to like how you lay your tools down, what you lay your tools on. Anything can contaminate your tools and any little thing that contaminates them can cause problems for the clients."

To clarify, the procedure shown in the video for the story was just a demonstration. When it's actually done, the client cannot wear contacts or makeup.