No matter how much mascara you layer on, sometimes lashes just need an extra boost. And while lash extensions and falsies are always an option, they also require far more maintenance. Enter: the lash lift. Essentially a perm for your natural lashes, this relatively low-maintenance process lifts and curls lashes long-term. For those looking to shave a little time off of their morning routines, this might be a treatment to consider. We did the homework for you on the process, the cost, and—most importantly—the results.
“A lash lift curls your lash from base to tip so that you can see the full length. All lashes have a natural shape to them, so this process alters that shape via a tiny curling rod and a lifting solution. (It’s not as scary as it sounds, as your eyes are closed as it’s applied but yes, there are some chemicals involved.) The treatment should always be performed by a licensed professional.
Every treatment begins with a thorough consultation to determine what kind of lash style you are looking to achieve.Based on your answers, your therapist will then pick a suitable curling rod size to shape the lashes.”
Then, your therapist will cleanse the eye area and place a silicone rod onto the eyelids. The natural lashes are then curled over and attached to the rod with an adhesive to set the lashes. Once the therapist ensures everything is positioned correctly, a lifting lotion is applied to allow the lashes to mold around the curling rod, followed by a setting lotion that sets the lash shape.
Expect the whole thing to take about 45-60 minutes. Many salons also require a patch test 48 hours before your appointment to ensure you don’t have a reaction to the solutions used.
The results typically last to 6-8 weeks, depending on how quickly your eyelashes grow. You should avoid mascara for 48 hours after the treatment, and leave lashes untouched for a full day. “No makeup, or water should come in contact with your lashes for 24 hours to ensure the lift correctly sets into shape. Then, you can fully enjoy the treatment’s results,” explains Patel.
Once lashes are set, products can help keep lashes in tip-top shape. “For post treatment care we recommend a lash oil to keep your lashes nourished and conditioned.
Treatments cost between $110-$175, depending on the therapist.
Lashes can be long or short, but must be at least a 4mm to get the service, according to Glykeria who also recommends getting a lash tint along with a lift. “It will lift and darken your natural lashes and create a balanced effortless look for the client who wants a natural ‘woke up like this’ appearance