Lash lifts have become a major trend across the beauty industry, promising naturally gorgeous lashes without the extra effort of mascara, magnetic lashes or the higher cost that comes with a lash extension. But there’s also been some concern about the damage they can do to our lashes.
Are they really all they’re cracked up to be? We’ve done the research so you don’t have to.
What is a lash lift?
A lash lift is like a perm for your eyelashes. With a chemical solution, the technician will soften the natural lashes, so they mould into the shape of a rod filled in glue. After that, a second solution is applied to keep the lashes on this new shape and get cleaned away after ten minutes.
The entire process uses to last for 45-60 minutes, and after that, your lashes are naturally curly and gorgeous for a few weeks!
Are there risks in lash lifts?
A lash lift will make all eyeshapes lashes pop, but it’s not entirely without its problems.
Eye Irritation: chemicals are used to perm your lashes which can lead to a reaction amongst people with sensitive skin. If the chemicals get into your eyes they can also cause irritation and burning.
Lash Damage: the setting solution needs to be left on for different times depending on your lash type. It’s a delicate balance; if left on too long it can end up making your lashes more brittle which will make them more easily damaged.
Over or Under Curl: picking the right rod for your lashes is key. The wrong rod might curl your lashes too far back, or not lift them enough, leaving you pretty unhappy on that drive back home.
Reversing the Results: your lift needs time to settle in and that means a careful 48 hours after treatment. Avoid strenuous exercise (basically anything that makes you sweat) or getting your lashes wet (you’ll need to master having a shower with your head popping out the side!) otherwise you could be back for another tune up sooner than you’d hoped!
Are lash lifts worth it?
If you are looking for lashes that just get up and go without a load of maintenance, lash lifts aren’t the only answer. Lash Growth Serums, like this rather fabulous one of ours, are a great way of nurturing longer, fuller lashes without the risk of damage. We’ve made ours free of parabens, sulphates and toxins, so you get all of the nourishing goodness without any of the bad stuff, and of course cruelty free.
And if you want to really enhance your natural sparkle, look no further than a perfect pair of falsies. Because they attach to your lash line, they'll give you more volume without changing your normal curve, for a totally authentic boost.