Eyelash Extension Use among Female Students in a Tertiary Institution in Nigeria: A Study of Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna


Eyelash extensions involve the attachment of synthetic eyelashes made of chemical fibers or other materials    onto natural eyelashes.    It has become common practice among Nigerian women for various reasons. Aim/Objectives: The    aim    is    to    assess    eyelash    extension    use    among    students    of    a    higher institution in Nigeria, the reasons for its use and related eye complications. Materials and Methods: This is a cross‑sectional descriptive study using structured self‑administered questionnaire. Stratified sampling technique    was used. The key items in the questionnaire were sociodemographic variables, knowledge    and use of eyelashes extension, reasons for the use of eyelashes extension and eye symptoms/complications experienced during such use.    A total    of 310questionnaires were completely and correctly filled.    The were analyzed using SPSS version 23.0 statistical package. Results: There were 310 respondents; the age range was 16–52 with a mean of 23.0 years ± 4.8. The prevalence of eyelash use was 38.7%.    Beauty was the most common reason for lash extension 56.1% (n = 174). Others were curiosity, peer pressure, and replacement therapy. The    most    common    complication    was    itching    45.8%    (n = 142). Others were redness, pain, heavy eyelids, loss of lashes, casting of shadow in vision, tearing, burning sensation, foreign body sensation, and boils (stye) on the eyelid.