Lash lifts (also called lash perms) replace the need for an eyelash curler altogether by shaping and curling your lashes to offer semi-permanent hold. According to Starr, this procedure works best for “someone who uses a lash curler daily and/or has straight natural lashes.” It’s ideal for someone whose lashes already have a little bit of length, so if your lashes are naturally short, she recommends growing them out with the help of a lash conditioner or serum before attempting the service.
What’s the Difference Between a Lash Lift and Lash Extensions?
Lash lift tend to be more cost effective than eyelash extensions. Lifts will set you back about $75 to $100 (cost will vary depending on where you live), while extensions go for about $150 for a new set. Lash lifts also require less maintenance. “Extensions replace eye makeup, but a lift replaces the need of a lash curler and heavy mascara,” says Starr.
Do Lash Lifts Damage Your Eyelashes?
Although repeated use of a curler can add wear and tear to natural lashes, lash lifts, says Starr, will not. Like with all beauty treatments and services, it’s important to go to a professional with experience to ensure a safe, positive experience.
The Pros of Getting a Lash Lift
It’s a (Relatively) Easy Procedure
Lash lifts generally take 45 minutes from start to finish, are painless and last up to eight weeks. One look doesn’t fit all, though, so prior to application your technician should customize your lash look based on your natural lash length, how you like to style them and your curl preference. Then, your tech will choose a specific silicone pad (which comes in multiple sizes) to achieve the look.
As for what happens during a lash lift, according to Starr: “The technician will clean your lashes, glue down a silicone shield onto your upper lid, apply adhesive to that shield, lift your lashes up onto the silicone shield, and then apply the odorless, non-damaging lash lift product to your lashes.” This is a chemical product that works to curl your lashes — just like a perm.
There Is Minimal After-Care
According to Starr, you should avoid wearing eye makeup, getting your lashes wet or using oil-based products for 24 hours after the procedure. But beyond that, there’s not much you need to do to take care of your newly lifted lashes. Plan on coming back for another treatment about six to eight weeks later, when your lashes will start to revert to their natural curl.
Lash Lifts Pair Well With Lash Tints
Lash tinting consists of using a special dye to darken your lashes, offering weeks of ultra-black lashes without the help of mascara. This goes particularly well with a lash lift and gives lashes a natural, full look. Many places can perform the treatments in tandem.