How long does a lash lift last?
Lash lifts typically last up to 8-12 weeks. Lifted lashes don’t uncurl, instead they are shed naturally through the lash cycle and are replaced with new lashes.
The length of a lash cycle differs from person to person, and depending on when you get a lash lift also affects how long it’ll last.
To avoid damaging your lashes, it’s recommend to wait at least 6 weeks between each lash lift.
Eyelash extensions can easily add volume and length to any lash line, whereas lash lifts can’t fill in sparse lashes and can only make lashes appear slightly longer.
Eyelash extensions require much more care and frequent touch ups (fills), while lash lifts are much more low maintenance and as mentioned above, the results can last up to 8-12 weeks.
Are lash lifts safe?
Just like with any other beauty procedure, safety begins with your technician.
- Is the salon clean? Are tools properly sanitized? Is your technician certified?
- Also, it’s important to ask the salon what products they use and where they’re from.
- Have the ingredients in the product been approved by the health authority in your country (i.e. Health Canada)?
If you have concerns about possible allergic reactions, ask your technician to do an allergy patch test at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment.
Are lash extensions bad for you?
If your lash technician is properly trained and uses the correct technique, you shouldn’t experience any adverse effects. Here are some things to look out for:
Your natural lashes shouldn’t be stuck to each other or other extensions. When this happens, a faster growing lash could pull out another that it’s stuck to. A good way to test this is to gently brush a mascara wand through your lashes from root to tip. If you find that the wand can’t get through it means the lashes are stuck together.
Lash glue should never touch your skin. Extensions are placed about 0.5 mm away from your skin. Placing extensions directly against your eyelid skin could cause irritation.
Your lash technician should be able to choose extensions that are suitable for you. Extensions that are too heavy (thick) or long can cause natural lashes to fall our prematurely.
How you take care of your lashes can also make a huge difference:
- Avoid rubbing or pulling out extensions yourself. Both of these activities can cause your natural lashes to fall out quicker, which could result in gaps in your lash line.
- Keeping your lashes clean is absolutely essential. A lot of eyelash extension clients avoid touching their eye area all together, fearing that they’ll cause their extensions to fall out quicker. However, a ‘dirty’ lash line accumulates dead skin and oils that can actually break down the lash adhesive. It can also cause irritation or in some cases, infections. To clean the lash line, gently cleanse the area with lash shampoo or oil-free makeup remover, rinse with water, and pat dry with a clean towel.
If you find that your eyes or the surrounding skin feels irritated (red, sore or itchy) during your lash appointment or the days after, contact your lash technician right away. Allergies to ingredients in the lash adhesive, eye masks, medical tape or other products used during the service are possible. Sensitivities can also build up over time, so you may experience a reaction for the first time months or even years after your first eyelash extension appointment.
We hope that this helps you understand the differences between lash lifts and lash extensions and deciding if one of these options would work for you.