Achieving great lashes is a three part system: length, fullness, and lift. Let’s say you’re good to go on the first two and are in need of a little pick-me-up (literally!). For many of us, our lashes tend to droop on one side or grow in a particular way that we’re not a huge fan of. Eyelash extensions can be expensive, and regular lash curlers can be tedious and not particularly effective after a few hours. In case you’ve been on the lookout for an easier, more affordable solution to drooping lashes, here’s everything you need to know about getting a lash lift (and why you’re about to become as obsessed as we are).
Why We Love Them
- Buh-bye, lash curler
Remember when perms were all the rage? The lash lift process is sort of like that, except they don’t last as long and they’re guaranteed to look amazing on pretty much everyone. You get the semi-permanent lift and curve of eyelash extensions, while your natural lashes stay healthy and free of any damage.
- No appointment prep necessary
Literally all you have to do is show up for your appointment. On time is always nice!
- Lash tints and mascara are fair game
There aren’t any false lashes to be wary of; they’re YOUR lashes, plain and simple. That means your favorite mascara is fair game - even a lash tint if you’re really not in the mood for any daily lash routine whatsoever.
- Lashes high, maintenance low
You really don’t need to do a whole lot of thinking when it comes to taking care of your lashes after a lift. With lash extensions, you may find yourself needing to avoid makeup, washing your face, or even sleeping a certain way - all you really need to be conscientious about is conditioning them each night, and even that isn’t mandatory.
- As affordable as they are long-lasting
That’s right - instead of visiting your lash extension tech at the salon every three weeks, you can go anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks without having to book an appointment (depending on your lash cycle). Ranging between $75-$100 per session, you’re saving about 50% in the long run.
How it works
1. First, you’re going to set up a consultation with your lash artist. You will also be doing a patch test during the consult to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
2. Next, once you arrive for your appointment (at least 24 hours after your patch test), your artist will cleanse your lashes and separate the bottom from the top (the last thing you want are your bottom lashes being curled upward!).
3. A silicone shield will be placed on your skin with a gentle adhesive (not unlike the glue you would use for lash extensions).
4. A layer of adhesive will be placed on top of the shield. This is the layer that will be used to curl your lashes.
5. Each lash will be combed up to take the shape determined by you and your artist.
6. The eye-safe perming solution will then be applied. The solution itself softens the bond of your hair so that it can be molded to a different shape.
7. The solution will sit on your lashes for 15 to 25 minutes. Generally, if your hair takes longer to curl with a curling iron, it will take longer for your lash to adhere to its new shape.
8. Once the time is up, a setting solution and oil are applied, which harden everything and restructure the bond to its original state.
9. Finally, a nourishing lotion is added, which adds moisture back into the lashes. Sort of like when you dye your hair - you want to follow up with a luxurious conditioner after!
How long will my appointment last?
The whole process should take no longer than an hour from start to finish.
Does a lash lift damage my natural lashes?
So long as your artist is well-trained in the lash lift ways, your natural lashes are going to be 100% fine and healthy.
Is there any after-treatment care?
As with a real perm, avoid the following for the first 24 hours: mascara, getting them wet, steam, any form of moisture or humidity, and eye makeup.
Is a lash lift the same as a lash perm?
Nope! This new method is not nearly as “curly” as the lash perm, so it ends up looking a lot more natural.
Is there any pain or discomfort involved?
Not a single bit. The only remotely uncomfortable part will be that you’ll need to keep your eyes closed during the entirety of the service. Some artists even let you listen to headphones while they work - a perfect chance to catch up on your favorite podcast.
Is it possible to have an allergic reaction?
While it is very rare, a small percentage of individuals have an allergic reaction to the adhesive used for the service. That’s why your artist should always arrange a patch test at least 24 hours prior to your first appointment.