Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Lash Lift

What is an eyelash lift?

An eyelash lift (a.k.a. lash lift or lash perm) is a topical treatment to create an upper eyelash curl. A chemical solution that targets the keratin protein in the lashes is applied to the natural lashes to create a voluminous and defined mascara like curl in the upper lashes. The treatment lasts two to three months and both augments the lashes and refreshes the eye appearance. This low maintenance solution can replace eye makeup, mascara, and eyelash curlers.

What cosmetic concerns does an eyelash lift treat?

  1. Eyelash Hair: An Eyelash Lift augments existing lashes by creating a more voluminous and dramatic curl in the upper lashes.

Who is the ideal candidate for an eyelash lift?

The ideal candidate for an eyelash lift is an individual satisfied with the length of their natural lashes who desires a semi permanent curled appearance. An eyelash lift is not recommended for those undergoing chemotherapy or those with certain eye conditions.

What is the average recovery associated with an eyelash lift?

There is little to no downtime associated with an eyelash lift, however, it is common to experience eye irritation secondary to the chemicals used in the procedure. Candidates will also have to take care to avoid water and eye makeup products for 24 hours following the procedure.

What are the potential side effects of an eyelash lift?

There are few side effects associated with an Eeyelash lift. Some individuals experience redness and itching of the eye for a few hours following the procedure. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to the solutions used in the procedure.

What can someone expect from the results of an eyelash lift?

The results of an eyelash lift will be immediately noticeable following the procedure, and with proper upkeep will last eight to twelve weeks.

What is the average cost of an eyelash lift?

The average cost of an eyelash lift is $175 to $300. The actual cost of an eyelash lift will vary by location, provider, and individual candidate needs.

How long does a lash lift last?

In general, a lash lift lasts for around 4 to 6 weeks, but this can vary depending on your lashes and the type of lash lift you choose. With proper care, you may be able to extend the life of your lash lift to 6 weeks.

Types of lash lift

There are several different kinds of lash lifts available. With each one, you can expect a slightly different shelf life.

With a keratin lash lift, you may notice that your lashes last for 6 weeks or more. With a length-volume-lift (LVL) treatment, your lashes may return to normal after just 6 weeks.

Yumi or keratin lash lift

A Yumi lash lift uses a keratin treatment. Keratin is a protein that naturally occurs in the hair and the nails, giving them strength and smoothness.

“Keratin lash lifts require the application of a semi-permanent curling solution to lift the lash from base to tip,” says Parcells. “However, instead of using a wand, a silicone rod covered in keratin is used to achieve the desired effect.”

Usually, this rod is left in place for around 8 minutes. Then, a serum is used to set the keratin in place.

This procedure can take around 45 to 60 minutes from start to finish.

Length-volume-lift (LVL) lash lift

“An LVL, or length-volume-lift, works to curl and volumize lashes from hair follicle root to tip,” says Parcells.

With this treatment, no keratin is used. Instead, a wand is used to apply a lifting balm, a volumizer, and then a tint. This procedure generally takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Parcells adds that some people choose to combine a keratin treatment with an LVL lash lift.

“Oftentimes, these procedures may be combined for a natural, wispy lash look,” Parcells says.

At-home lash lift

Some companies sell at-home lash lift kits, but most professionals recommend that you visit a salon.

After all, to perform a lash lift properly, your eyes should be closed throughout the procedure, so it can be pretty tricky to perform the treatment on yourself.

Plus, if you leave your treatment on for too long, you may risk damaging your eyelashes.

What to expect during the procedure

A lash lift should be entirely painless with minimal discomfort.

During the procedure:

  1. The aesthetician will stick down your lower lashes, separating them from the upper lashes.
  2. They’ll apply serum or treatment, essentially painting the lashes upward from the root onto a silicone rod to give them a lifted, lengthened look.
  3. They may also apply a volumizer and a tint.
  4. At the end, the aesthetician will clean and brush your lashes.

Altogether, the procedure should take around 45 minutes. All you have to do is close your eyes.

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