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Will the ‘Ayes’ have it on lashes bill?


Driven by the philosophy that less government regulation is always better, Rep. Holly Richardson, R-Pleasant Grove, is proposing looser rules on applying eyelash extensions.

Right now a person must be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist to perform the service. Richardson does not think that is necessary.

"There are no recorded instances of anyone being harmed by the application of eyelash extensions," she said via email. "I believe in limited government. Hundreds of hours of training with thousands of dollars in expenses are not needed to be able to apply eyelash extensions."

Local professionals, however, do not see eye-to-eye with her.

Corinne Early, owner of Vie Nouveau on Park Avenue, said anyone applying things to a face should be properly trained.

"There’s a lot more to this beauty stuff than people think," she said. "It’s using strong glues near the eyes. I think she’s inappropriate."

If passed, Richardson’s House Bill 430 would likely create more competition for places like Vie Nouveau, but that isn’t the concern, Early said. If anyone can apply strong glues to people’s eyes in their homes or in tanning salons for example, there’s no telling that the right products are being used properly, she said.

The level of risk at play is in the eye of the beholder, said Tia Lucero at Align Spa. She, too, has never heard of anyone being harmed in the process. But that’s likely because up until now everyone has been properly trained.

"Would you get a massage from someone without a massage license?" Lucero asked. "I wouldn’t have anyone applying eyelashes with an adhesive so close to my eyes who isn’t licensed in it."

The process can take up to three hours and there’s a lot that could go wrong, Lucero said.

The future of the bill is uncertain. It is getting late in the session and the House is keeping a lid on it by moving slowly on holding a vote.

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