From time to time I’ll mention getting a lash lift on Instagram and that inevitably leads to a lot of questions and a lot of confusion! I thought I’d break it all down for you in this post to try to answer some questions and give you a little more information in case this is something you are considering doing!
A lash lift, also known as a lash perm, is a process of curling the lashes with a chemical solution so they stay in a curled position. You know how a perm is created on hair on one’s head? The concept is very similar with the lash lift process but instead of curling the lashes around the barrel to create a spiral shape, the lashes are just positioned upwards against a silicone pad. Solution is applied and in about 30 minutes or so the process is complete. The full process from start to finish typically takes an hour and it’s important that the technician pays very close attention to how the lashes are positioned on the silicone pad as the shape they are glued in is the shape they will take with the perm solution.
So, why would someone do this? For me, it was a total game changer in how quickly I could apply my eye makeup and it gave me the look I want with my lashes. My natural lashes are thin, stick straight and don’t hold a curl. I had to heat up a lash curler with my blow dryer to really make my lashes hold the curl. The lash lift gives me curled, opened up lashes that make it very easy to swipe mascara onto. They never fall or lose their curl after the lift.
How long does the lift last? Typically it lasts about 6-8 weeks. Everyone’s lashes go through a natural shedding process and usually about 2 months after the lift I can see that my new lashes are straight and older ones are curled. It is permanent in that once you do the lift you cannot undo it, but once your lashes are grown out it will no longer provide any curl, just like when permed hair grows out straight.
Does it make my lashes darker? No, but you can get your lashes tinted during this process if you would like to. It’s completely optional and doesn’t change the lash lift at all.
Does it hurt? No. It may be a touch uncomfortable because lash glue is used to adhere the silicone pad to your lid, and then your lashes are glued to the pad, but it’s certainly not painful. Your eyes are closed during the process.
Does it bother your contact lenses? No, I haven’t had any trouble with that at all.
How much does it cost? It seems like the typical price range in my area is between $90-$120. Just like it’s important to do your research when you are looking for a new hairstylists, you must do your research when looking for someone to perform a lash lift. If the technician does not know what he or she is doing, you are going to be left with a frustrating eyelash situation.
What can go wrong? Well, like anything when you are having a service done, accidents happen. But in terms of what can go wrong with you lashes, they can possibly be curled too much and aim backwards towards your lid. I had that happen to a few lashes once and it was super annoying. Otherwise they can be curled in a wonky pattern if the technician didn’t pay close attention to gluing them to the silicone pad.
Is a lash lift and lash extensions the same thing? No. Lash extensions are when individual false lashes are glued to one’s natural eyelashes to create a false lash look that feels comfortable and looks natural (sometimes!). A lash lift simply curls your natural lashes, nothing is added or taken away.
Have you had any bad experiences? Now that I’ve done it a few times I’ve learned quite a bit. I wish I could get back into a salon and offer this service because it’s such a game-changer. I do my own lash lifts now since I’m a cosmetologist, but recommend you see a professional if you are interested in this service. My very first lash lift was a mix of emotions. I could immediately see the difference in how opened up my eyes were and how easily mascara went on, but some of my lashes were at a right angle and they weren’t fanned out properly. I now realize the technician wasn’t well trained. Since that time I’ve gone to two other technicians and they both did a wonderful job. In doing them myself I’ve learned that the solution needs to only be applied at the base of the lash instead of the entire lash from root to tip. When the solution hits the tip of the lashes it may bend them backwards toward your lid too much leading to a lot of frustration when doing your makeup! If you are worried about this, tell your technician that you want a very natural looking lift and don’t want the lashes to curl back at the tips!
How do I find someone to do this? Google “lash lift” and your area to see if there are salons near you. Then, do your own research on that person. See if they have an instagram account where they are sharing their work. See what kind of reviews they have on yelp or facebook. Make sure you check them out to know whether or not they are up to the standards you are looking for. I made the mistake of not checking out the first technician I went to and I wish that I had.
Would you ever get lash extensions? No, I don’t think so. They seem to high maintenance and fussy. I like to be able to rub my eyes in the shower and be makeup free.
What mascara did you use in this photo? In this photo I used Benefit Roller Lash mascara.
I hope this answers all the questions you may have!