What Is a Lash Lift? Fully Explained

Eliza Barlow
July 5, 2019

If you’re tired of the same old lash routine, a lash lift might be just what you need to liven things up a little. With a lash lift, you may be able to throw out your eyelash curler and skimp on the mascara. The lash lift has officially become de rigueur, and for many, its arrival is highly anticipated. The lash lift is intended to give you perky, youthful lashes. Your own natural lashes will be given a dramatic boost. The process gives lashes a natural curl that makes the eyelash curler a moot point, along with a hint of definition and volume. The lash lift is reportedly safe and typically painless. It takes only about a half-hour from start to finish, a quick procedure that can even be done on a lunch break or a short jaunt to your neighborhood esthetician. Unlike major cosmetic surgeries, you won’t have to take any time off work or school. Celebs all over are swooning over this newest, hottest procedure. In fact, actress and model Karreuche Tran and other celebs are hyping up this trend all over Tinsel Town. Lash lifts aren’t quite like extensions, though the principle is the same. It’s about enhancement; though the lash lift involves creating lift and volume with what you already have. Although the bad news is that if you have truly short lashes, this may not be the procedure for you. Read on for the low-down on just how lash lifts work.

What Is a Lash Lift?

How Does a Lash Lift Work?

Lash lifts are kind of like a perm for your lashes. They use a soft, gentle formula that lifts and curls your lashes into a fuller state. But it’s not quite like some of the chemicals we use in other places on our bodies like our hair. There shouldn’t be any burning or irritation. However, the solutions used contain sulfur and that’s not to say that everyone will respond in the same way. Many beauty mavens that are sensitive to chemicals such as glues and adhesives may have an allergic reaction. It’s important that you go to a good esthetician that knows the ins and outs of this process. You should also test out the chemical in a place that isn’t conspicuous like your arm or wrist and be sure there isn’t a reaction before proceeding. Also, be aware that this procedure is done only on the upper lashes. There was a similar method used many years ago, but because of safety issues, it has been banned since the early 2000s. It utilized a different method as well as different tools than this newest and latest trend. This latest trend, according to beauty experts, is a lot safer and more comfortable. While your technician or esthetician make sure that the area around your eyes is carefully cleaned, it’s best to avoid using products like waterproof mascara and eye shadow before the procedure. Makeup and oils may interfere with the process. Be sure to also remove any eyelash extensions. After your eye area is oil and make-up free, a certified technician applies a silicone shield or mold onto the patient’s eyelid. Non-toxic glue is used to adhere the lashes to the mold. The mold is technically the only thing that touches the skin throughout the entire procedure. Once the silicone has been put into place, the technician then begins to curl the lashes using an upward and outward motion. The technician tries to separate each individual lash for an extreme curl. Next, the perm solution is carefully added. The solution sits on the lashes for about ten to fifteen minutes. This allows it to get into the hair shaft and complete the transformation. The amount of time needed often depends on the thickness of the client’s lash hairs. The perm solution makes it so the hairs are able to be molded. They become malleable and are suggestive to manipulation like curling. Once the perm has penetrated the hair shaft, it is then wiped off and a setting solution applied. The setting solution (also referred to as a “neutralizer”) helps to harden the now softened hairs so that the hairs can lay in their final shape. The setting lotion also prevents the hair from becoming too processed and thus, too curly; something no one wants, and anyone who has ever had an experience with a bad perm can attest. To get just the right amount of curl, a good technician will apply the solution to only the base of the hair and to the middle. This will also avoid damage to the tips of the lashes. And just like any other perm, you don’t want to get the hair wet for at least 24 hours. This includes a shower, a sauna, or any kind of steam or vapor. This will help the hairs to set and the procedure will last you a lot longer. A lash lift isn’t permanent and lasts an average of six to eight weeks. This coincides with the natural lash growth cycle. A day after the procedure is complete you can wear mascara, eye makeup, or even use hair serum as usual. There should be a significant increase in the volume of your lashes and the results will be noticeable. The cost of a lash lift varies depending on your location. It can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 in some areas. If you add other services, this price can double. There may be some adverse effects from this procedure. These can include dry or itchy eyes. This reaction typically isn’t long-term. However, most people according to experts, tolerate the procedure quite well. This technique is getting very good reviews with even a few individuals swearing off extensions for good. While this may be great for some, take some time to do research for yourself and be aware that not everyone will end up with the same results. Some individuals with naturally longer lashes will have a better effect versus someone with shorter lashes. It all depends on the individual. The good thing is if you decide a lash lift isn’t for you, the effects last for only a few weeks.