Can I Use Hair Gel As Eyelash Glue? (Answered)

If you’ve run out of eyelash glue and you need an alternative, you’ll want something easy and accessible. In this article, we will examine if you can use hair gel as eyelash glue.

woman holding up a lash and lash glue

Can I Use Hair Gel As An Eyelash Glue?

If you’re in a fix and you need a quick alternative, you can use hair gel to stick your false lashes in place. It may not look exactly as you want it or hold your lashes in place for as long as you would like, but it is an acceptable short-term solution.

Hair gel is sticky and hardens as it dries so it can be a decent alternative to hold your lashes in place. 

In addition, if the hair gel is organic, it is rich in nutrients, so your natural lashes can get a little nourishing and strengthening as you enjoy your false lashes.

However, hair gel won’t have the same long-lasting effect as that of eyelash glue. But it should be ok if you need a short-term solution.

Other sources are of the opinion that hair gel should never be used as an alternative to lash glue. 

They believe that anything not originally formulated or intended for the eye area should not be used around the eye area.

Is Eyelash Glue Harmful For Your Eyes?

close up of a false lash and lash glue being applied

Some eyelash glues are formulated from a cocktail of potentially harmful ingredients. 

These can lead to all sorts of problems for the eye area including irritation, inflammation, infections, and allergic reactions.

Another ingredient frequently present in lash glue is latex. Latex is used as it has excellent sticking properties and can withstand oil and moisture. 

According to the Allergy Asthma Network, about 1 to 6% of people have latex allergies, which isn’t a huge amount. 

However, there have been findings to suggest that frequent exposure to latex can lead to the development of a latex allergy.

So, if someone is frequently exposed to latex through their lash glue, this could be an issue.

 For this reason, some lash wearers may find hair gel to be a workable alternative.

How To Use Hair Gel As Eyelash Glue

a false lash and lash glue in a close up

If you decide to use hair gel as a short-term solution to fix your lashes in place, do so with care.

You Will Need

  • Hair gel
  • Lashes
  • Comb with a thin, tapered end


  1. Using the end of the comb, apply the hair gel to the lashes.
  2. Allow the glue to dry a little for about two minutes.
  3. Attach the lashes just above the line of your natural lashes and press firmly but gently.

Avoid applying too much hair gel as this can leave the lashes looking a bit sloppy.

Also, ensure the hair gel does not come into direct contact with your eyes.

Alternatives To Hair Gel And Eyelash Glue

If you wish to avoid using either hair gel or eyelash glue, then we have put together a few alternatives for you to try:

Mascara Mixed With Eyeliner

Mixing mascara with eyeliner can be a good alternative to secure your false lashes in place. Just mix a little of both products together and apply as you hold your false lashes in place.

Sugar and Honey 

Mix together a few drops of honey, a few drops of water, and a quarter teaspoon of sugar then apply just above your lash line before applying your lashes on top.

Magnetic Lashes

These lashes have tiny magnets along the lash line which are held in place with an eyeliner that contains iron oxide.

How To Make Eyelash Glue At Home

How To Make Eyelash Glue At Home

With a few store cupboard ingredients, it is possible to make your own eyelash glue at home.

You will need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 drops of organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • a drop of non-toxic white glue
  • plastic mixing cup
  • Q-tips
  • Mixing spoon
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • False lashes
  • Tweezers


  1. Mix together the glue, honey, and water in the mixing cup.
  2. Get your lashes back into shape by wrapping them around your finger to get the curl back.
  3. Ensure your natural lashes are clean (and curled if that’s your preference) then apply any mascara or eyeliner you want to at this point of the process.
  4. Take hold of the false lashes using the tweezers and use the q-tip to apply a thin layer of the glue you prepared along the lash line of the false lashes.
  5. If you wish, you can also apply a few dots of the glue just above your own lash line too, so the performance of the product will be longer lasting.
  6. Take care to avoid getting any of the substance in your eye here.
  7. Attach the lashes as you normally would and hold them in place for about 30 seconds to let the glue set.

As this glue does not contain any of the preservatives of store-bought lash glue, you can’t hold on to it for use at another time. You’ll need to make a fresh batch each time.

So, can you Use Hair Gel As Eyelash Glue?

The choice is yours. Many sources say that hair gel is perfectly safe to use as eyelash glue but do so carefully. Other sources say this practice should be avoided. Perhaps it’s a good one to have up your sleeve if you find yourself short on lash glue. Just take care, especially if you have especially sensitive eyes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why Won’t My Eyelashes Stay Glued?

If humidity is either too high or too low, then the glue will not dry as it is supposed to. This means the joints between the lashes won’t last as long. Too much heat can also affect the performance of the lash glue and cause it not to do its job properly.

Can I Use Nail Glue For Lashes?

No, you cannot use nail glue to attach eyelash extensions to your natural lashes. Using nail glue around the eye area can have serious consequences for your eyes.

Do You Glue Lashes To Skin Or Lashes?

It is best to apply your false lashes just above your natural lash line. In this way, they will blend in with your natural lashes and you can also avoid glue getting in your eyes or tugging your own lashes out when it comes to removing the false lashes.

Can I use Hair Glue For My Lashes?

No, it is not safe to use hair bonding glue on your eyelashes. Hair bonding glue contains latex and ammonia hydroxide. As previously mentioned, latex can be an allergen for some people.