Lash Lifts are Better Than Lash Extensions

A lash lift is like a perm for your lashes.

Like old-school perms from the '80s, lash lifts set the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution. A lift is essentially what your lash would be doing with a really good mechanical curler, giving a nice shape upward and a realistic curl.

There is no preparation necessary.

The only thing that we recommend is if you want a more dramatic result, then going on something like a lash serum to grow your lashes as long as possible is a great option, but we can work with any lash type.

You can customize your results.

The first step during a session is to consult with your lash artist, who will ask you questions about your goals and style (for example, whether or not you wear mascara every day, like lashes high upwards to your eyebrows or more fanned out, etc.) Based on your answers, your technician will pick a curl size for your eye shape.

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). The adhesive is applied on top of the shield as well, then lashes are combed up to take their shape. Here is where the 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. 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. You might need a longer time. Then, a setting solution and oil are applied.

Lash lifts last six to eight weeks.

We usually recommend our clients come in at the eight-week mark just 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 the lash cycle.

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.

You can also opt for a lash tint.

"If you’re going to put mascara on every day anyway then you don’t need a tint," Buhler said, "But for those people that are on vacation and they don’t want to do anything, then adding a tint can add extra depth and darkness." Just keep in mind the tint lasts about three weeks.

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."

Expect a lot of compliments.

Even before I applied any mascara and just had my lashes lifted, a friend of mine already complimented me about my makeup. "You look so fresh-faced!" she said. Funnily enough, another friend said the exact same thing the next day and added, "I love your makeup today so much." I literally did nothing different aside from having a lash lift—so it definitely makes a big difference.

I can't emphasize how thrilled I am over being able to apply coats of mascara and seeing lashes fulfill all those promises tubes make, whether it's lengthening, adding volume, etc. Another friend of mine actually asked me if I was wearing false eyelashes or had extensions done! When I told her no, she simply said "WOW."

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