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Lash Lifts: From Start to Finish

Thinking about upping your eyelash game this year? Let us introduce you to the lash lift, a semi-permanent treatment that aims to curl your lashes upward so you can ditch the eyelash curler.

The process, which is generally painless and fairly quick, seems to be gaining popularityLoads of people who’ve tried the treatment have glowing things to say about it. Chrissy Metz and Karrueche Tran are among the celebrities who swear by it.

Lash lifts, unlike lash extensions ― which involve adhering false inserts to the lash line to create fullness ― are all about enhancing what a person already has. They’re essentially like a perm for your lashes.

All about enhancing what you already have.

WHAT IS A LASH LIFT?

It’s like perming your lashes into a lifted, curled state. But unlike the harsh formulas that were once used to perm the hair on our heads, the treatment for lash lifts is gentler. It’s also not quite the same thing as previous lash perm methods, which have existed for years. The old method of lash perming included a different formula and a different tool for actually curling lashes. The treatment was even banned by a number of states in the 2000s, and the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against one perming cream in the late ’80s.

THE PROCESS:

First, the lashes are cleaned, primed and an under-eye pad is placed.

Step 2: Measure Lashes. To determine the correct silicone rod or shield, we have to look at the lash growth direction, eyelid shape and desired effect, as well as lash length.

Step 3: Applying the silicone shield: The glue we use for Lash Lifting is water-soluble and has nothing to do with eyelash extension glue. This means that if someone is allergic to cyanoacrylate (the main ingredient of eyelash extension glues) they won’t necessarily be allergic to Lash Lifting. In fact, Lash Lifting would be the best alternative if anyone becomes allergic to eyelash extension glue! 

Step 4: Lashes are combed up and isolated. The lashes should be properly isolated on the silicone shield! They must not be bent, crisscrossed or clumped together. The way they are positioned on the silicone is the way they will look after the treatment. Some lash artists like the effect of clumped together lashes after the treatment but when lashes start growing out they will continue growing in that same direction and after a few weeks they will start looking very uneven and unattractive. 

It’s normal that it takes quite a bit of time to place the shields and isolate lashes. But it makes ALL the difference in the end look!

Combed and isolated using a lash pick.
Combed with a y-tool.

Step 5: Lifting & Fixing solutions. The purpose of the lifting lotion is to break the di-sulfide bonds in the lash keratin to allow the lash to be shaped. Fixing lotion neutralizes the pH level of the lashes after the curling lotion and fixes the new curl by restoring the di-sulfide bonds.

Each lotion sets on the lashes for 5-7 minutes.

Step 6: Tinting (optional). After removing the fixing lotion, tint the lashes with a chemical dye of your preference; typically a blue/black tint.

Step 7: Keratin treatment and shield removal. The nourishing keratin treatment puts moisture back into the lashes and aids in the removal of the silicone shields.

LASH LIFT AFTERCARE

The great thing about a Lash Lift is that it is a very low maintenance procedure however, there is a little extra care required over the first 24-48hrs.

  • Be gentle with your lashes; no rubbing.
  • Do not get your lashes wet for the first 24 hrs.
  • Do not use harsh products on your eyes/lashes.
  • Use of Sauna/Steam is possible after 24hrs but may weaken the effect of the lift.
  • No eye make up for 24 hours.
  • Avoid waterproof mascara’s.
  • Swimming should be avoided for at least 24hrs.
  • No other facial beauty treatments for 24hrs.

As always, we are happy to have a consultation with you before getting started. We can help you choose the service that will work best for you and your wants & needs.

Contact us to ask any other questions you still have about lash lifts or to set up an appointment. You can also easily book an appointment online here! 

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