A style-savvy fashionista like you will do anything to step forward on your best foot, or should we say, on your best eyelashes. And one way to do this is to get a beauty treatment like a lash lift.
Lash lifts are becoming more and more popular among the glamour-seeking crowd. It makes your eyelashes look like they have been curled for days on end.
Although mascara is the beauty industry's biggest category ($8.1 billion worth of mascara was sold last year), its growth is expected to take a dip. This is because lash lifts and extensions are becoming more popular.
But how long does a lash lift last? And how does it all work? Is it dangerous for your eyes? Read on to get all your questions about lash lifts answered.
The Lash Lift Procedure
The lash lift procedure is actually quite simple, and cost-effective.
The first thing would be a thorough consultation about the lash style that you are seeking. The lash stylist needs to know this to figure out what curling rod size to use for your lash lift.
Then your lashes will be cleansed, and then separated using a silicone shield from top to bottom. Then the lashes are curled up and then set with a curling solution which softens your eyelash hair so it's easier to mold.
The final step is when the stylist uses a setting solution to set everything up and neutralize the lashes in place to lock in the shape that you were seeking.
It usually takes about an hour and costs around $80 to $120 depending on the salon you visit.
One of the great things with lash lifts is that you can stop using your eyelash curler because your eyelashes will be beautifully curled on their own.
Not only that, but you can also ditch the mascara if you opt for a plump or glaze lash tint treatment at the same time. Plump helps to condition the hair and increases the density while glaze strengthens the curl and adds a temporary color lamination.
How Long Does a Lash Lift Last and How To Make It Last Longer?
You might be wondering how long does a lash lift last? Great question! But there's no easy answer to this because it truly depends on how well you take care of your lashes after the lash lift is done.
There are some strict rules to follow and the more you abide by these rules, the better your lash lift results would be and the longer they would last.
Usually, a lash lift will last from around 6-8 weeks. In fact, they usually last as long as your eyelash cycle, which is about 6-8 weeks (it varies from person to person).
Here are some things you can do to ensure your lash lift lasts:
- Avoid water or mascara for the first 24 hours after getting your lash lift treatment — this is imperative
- Do not use any eye creams, lash extensions, or anything on your lashes for the first 24 hours after the treatment
- Do not sleep on your eyelashes, be careful of your sleeping position — sleep on your back and avoid bending your lash lifts out of place
- Do not rub, pick or pull at your lashes
- Use only oil-free products on your face after your lash lift
- Do not let chlorine pool water or salty water get near your eyelashes for the first 24 hours
- Stay away from the sun as well, to avoid random chemical reactions or nasty after-effects
- Do not use your eyelash curler on your lashes for the first 24 hours either
The better you can adhere to these rules for the first 24 hours at least, the better your lash lift results would be. Remember, the longer you let it set, the longer it's going to last.
Lash Lifts vs Lash Extensions
This question is an age-old one, and it might be something that's on your mind. Should you get a lash lift or lash extensions?
Lash lifts are much more low-maintenance than eyelash extensions, which means you will not be spending hours and hours taking care of them after you get your beauty treatment done.
Lash lifts are cheaper than lash extensions, which is always a bonus.
Lash extensions can be uncomfortable for certain people, as they may feel heavy on their eyes.
With lash lifts, you aren't adding extra eyelashes, so it doesn't feel heavy or uncomfortable on your eyes. Your natural eyelashes are merely changing their shape a bit and becoming more rounded and curled.
Can a Lash Lift Go Wrong?
Since it is a chemical treatment that's applied so close to your eyes, it could potentially go wrong, but only if you aren't working with a skilled technician.
It is imperative then to find someone who is highly skilled and experienced at giving lash lifts. Find a LashPro Academy Certified artist or salon who offers lash lifts and use professional-grade products.
You don't want to mess about with an amateur when it comes to your eye health and eyelashes.
And you could have an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the lash lift procedure. Ask your salon to do a patch test beforehand, and avoid the lash lift procedure if you have fragile, or thin eyelashes.
Lash Lifts Are a Great Way To Easily Glam up Your Everyday Look
If you don't like spending hours everyday curling your lashes, and applying mascara, getting a lash lift and a lash tint are a great way to save on that time and be Instagram-worthy.