Everything You Need to Know About Lash Lifts

A lash lift is like a perm for your lashes.

Similar to perms from way back when lash lifts set the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution. A lift is what your eyelashes would be doing with a really good mechanical curler, so a nice shape upward and a realistic curl.

Your lashes are glued down to a silicone shield.

After cleansing the lashes and separating your bottom lashes from your top, a silicone shield gets stuck on the skin using a gentle adhesive (similar to the glue used to apply false lashes). Adhesive is applied on top of the shield as well, then lashes are combed up to take their shape. Here is where eye-safe perming solution is applied.

“The perm solution acts as a softener so that’s going in and softening the bond of your hair so that it’s moldable,” Courtney explained. Sugarlash PRO uses CurlPerfect™ Perm Lotion, which is made up of organic compounds thioglycolic acid and emacol for breaking down and softening the lash to adapt its shape.

The perming lotion is left on for six to 12 minutes.

It depends on your hair type. “If you have a hard time curling the hair on your head, let technicians know that when doing lash lifting,” Buhler said. It makes sense—the hair on my head is naturally straight, thick, and has a hard time holding a curl without a ton of product so my lashes act the same. It took two rounds of 12 minutes for me (“that’s probably the longest in history,” Buhler commented). Then, a setting solution and oil are applied.

Lash lifts last six to eight weeks.

We usually recommend our clients come in at the eighth-week for a redo, what happens is all the hairs have now been shaped to be lifted and as they shed naturally, a straight one will grow in behind it. Some people need them sooner, some need them longer it just depends on each individual.

You can wear mascara.

Because it’s just your natural lashes being curled, you’re free to use whatever eye makeup you wish. You just have to wait 24 hours. This is what my lashes look like two days after getting a lift with mascara.

The first 24 hours after a lash lift are crucial.

On top of not wearing mascara, you should avoid wetting them, steam, and all forms of moisture and humidity, and wearing eye makeup to make the curl last.

Lash lifts are gloriously low maintenance.

While lash extensions required me to be extra careful doing anything—washing my face, sleeping a certain way, applying makeup—I haven’t had to think at all about my lashes since getting a lift. I wake up, add mascara, and I’m good to go. Buhler advised for upkeep to keep conditioning the lashes nightly. “You can use coconut oil or facial oil. Your lashes have been processed so just keeping them conditioned and nourished is great,” she said, “Lash lifts are literally the lowest maintenance.”

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