Most of us dream of full, dark lashes. Those of us that feel that mascara is not enough, or are simply tired of the everyday routine, often go for eyelash extensions. But even though extensions can provide a spectacular effect, they can be costly and require a bit too much time and maintenance. If you’re looking for something in between, we’ve got the answer for you–lash lifting.
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So what is a lash lift?
Also called a lash perm, a lash lift models the shape of your eyelashes, curls them upward, and optionally tints them. All of this gives a very natural effect, as opposed to extensions. It’s a great alternative for those of us who don’t feel comfortable with eyelash extension. It’s a convenient way to ditch your eyelash curler, which can often cause damage to your lashes while giving an essentially one-time effect.
Thanks to the products applied to your lashes during the lift, the shape and structure of your eyelashes changes. This allows you to obtain a long-lasting effect of curled eyelashes all the way from root to the tip.This will optically lengthen the eyelashes and open up your eyes, making them more emphasized. Thanks to the keratin conditioner, your eyelashes become nourished, moisturized, and look healthy. In opposition to extensions, a lift doesn’t weaken or overburden your lashes.
Are you a good candidate to get a lash lift?
Eyelash lifting can be a great option no matter the age. This treatment allows you to choose both the shape and intensity of the curl, so it can be personalized to your preferences.
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The most spectacular effects are visible if you have long and straight eyelashes. However, a lash lift on naturally short eyelashes will still emphasize your eyes and add a mascara-like effect. Those who extend their eyelashes, but their natural shape is not curled, can also benefit from a lash lift treatment.
Getting a lift doesn’t mean you can’t accentuate even further with eyelash extensions! With curled lashes thanks to the lift, you can achieve an even more dazzling effect when applying extensions.
Downsides to getting a lash lift
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment. If you have one of the issues listed below, you should not get a lash lift:
- Pink eye
- Any eye infection or inflammation
- Allergic eye diseases
- Excessively watering eyes
- Dry eye syndrome
- Madarosis (increased loss of eyelashes)
How long does the procedure take?
Another upside is the time the procedure takes. In contrast to an eyelash extension service, which can last up to two or three hours, a lift only takes between 45 minutes to an hour.
What to Expect Afterwards
The first, and most obvious, effect you’ll see is how your eyelashes will become curled. The results are immediately visible–your eyes will appear larger, and the wrinkles around the eyes are visually reduced. Additionally, if you opt for both a lash lift and tint, you can get darker and fuller-looking lashes.
The second and less obvious benefit of a lash lift is the hydrated skin around your eyes. The pads that are placed under your eyes during the treatment contain moisturizing and nourishing properties. They are a great treatment for the sensitive skin around your eyes.
How long does a lash lift last?
In theory, the effects of this treatment should last for the entire life cycle of your eyelashes, that is from eight to even sixteen weeks. However, we know from experience that the effects last somewhere between four to six weeks, as every person has a different cycle of eyelash growth.
The convenient thing about this treatment is that it doesn’t require you to visit the beauty salon for a refill, or for removing the lashes (like in the case of extensions). The pigment that darkens your eyelashes will simply wash out without causing discomfort.
If you’re not satisfied with the effect the lift and tint gave you, you can always start using your mascara after one day. This will still allow you to eliminate the use of a curler.
How can I find a salon with lash services near me?
If you’ve decided you want to try out a lash lift, head to Booksy! There are plenty of five star estheticians with services like this. There you can easily find a beauty salon close to you and book a lash lift appointment!