TikTok is a haven for beauty hacks, from the easiest smokey-eye look we’ve seen, to the lip gloss party glow trick, the social media app has provided us with a multitude of quick-fix beauty trends. Although not all are created equal. There’s been some weird, wonderful, and shocking advice going viral, too. The latest? Using eyelash glue to keep fringes in the perfect position.
We’ve all been there; blowdrying our hair expertly, only to step outside the house and have the wind ruin all our hard work. But we weren’t expecting TikTokers to take matters into their own hands in a bid to defy the elements.
While fringes are big news this season, hundreds of users have been sticking down full fringes, wispy fringes, and curtain bangs, using the glue usually reserved for false eyelashes. Whether it’s the weather, intense gym workouts, or power naps (hey, we’re not here to judge how you spend your day), there’s no longer a hair out of place. Literally. But is this really a hack worth adopting? Before you jump on the bandwagon, we’ve spoken to the experts to see what they have to say about the eyelash glue hair hack.
Should You Use Eyelash Glue to Keep Your Fringe in Place?
While fringes can frame a face, complement features, and are generally a trend-worthy addition to a hairstyle, keeping them in place can be a challenge. Celebrity hairstylist and Jerome Russell Bblonde brand educator, Jason Collier, believes that gluing your fringe isn’t actually the worst idea. “After styling your fringe for ages the last thing you want to compete with is windswept hair that blows your gorgeous tresses out of shape and style,” Collier tells POPSUGAR.
And while the hack might be new to TikTok, it’s actually been a trick on the red carpet for years. Think of all the times you’ve seen celebrities looking more glamorous than ever in all weather conditions, not to mention when hanging out at the afterparties. The chances are, there’s been a little extra help in the hair placement department.
“Using lash glue on the hair is very common and is something that has been used for adhering jewels into the hair, think Alicia Keys at the Met Gala,” Collier says. “Clear lash glue is, of course, the best option for this hack as it won’t leave any colour pigment on brows or skin. Just ensure you’re using the thin brush applicator to precisely apply a small amount of glue to where you need it.”
But before you grab the lash glue and go to town, it’s important to be gentle, so you don’t find yourself ripping your fringe out once you’re done with your stay-put style. “Pressing too hard can lead to a more exhaustive removal which can weaken hair strands and cause breakage,” Collier warns us, before adding that it’s important to “remove all traces of glue from your hair as it can harden and create build-up that will be extremely difficult to get rid of in your next hair wash”.
Is Eyelash Glue Safe for Skin?
Dermatologist and Magnitone brand ambassador Emma Colman believes the trend should be okay for occasional use, as eyelash glue is used on the skin of the eyelids, but it’s not something that should become part of your daily routine. “Eyelash glue is designed for use on the skin, so in theory is safe,” she tells POPSUGAR. “However, I would not recommend using this method if you have sensitive skin or active acne on the forehead. Additionally, over-application or repeated application of the glue could lead to a gunky residue on the forehead at the end of the day.”
There’s also the issue of the glue irritating skin that will ultimately give you more issues. Skincare formulator, and founder of Skin Masterclass, Cigdem Kemal Yilmaz, adds, “Users may experience redness, contact dermatitis, or an allergic reaction if used on skin, and the lash glue can also block pores and hair follicles, so it is best to safely apply for lash use and keep well away from [other areas of] skin.”
How Can I Keep My Fringe In Place?
While hair movement is simply something we all endure, and is totally normal, there are other, glue-less ways to help fix your fringe in place. Always blowdry your bangs out of the shower, as letting them air-dry often means your fringe ends up having a mind of their own. Pair your hairdryer with a round brush, and you’re golden.
If you’re not confident to style your own hair with a round brush, then once your hair is dry, you can use straighteners to get your desired look. Finish it off with a little hairspray. Or, if you’ve got curtain bangs, then 2023 is the perfect time to experiment with hair accessories. Slider hair clips and barrette clips can keep the wind from sweeping your hair away. But if all else fails, remember that wind happens to the best of us. Just grab a comb, and move on.