Updated: Feb 21
Imagine waking up with longer, fuller, more defined lashes without the need to curl them every morning before applying your favourite mascara? Well look no further than what has become one of the most popular treatments available today and it's called a Lash Lift.
What is a Lash Lift?
A Lash Lift is like a perm for your lashes. The treatment takes between 45 minutes to an hour from start to finish and lasts between 6-8 weeks. A lash lift helps create a similar lift and curl that you would otherwise achieve with a mechanical eyelash curler. Although anyone can have a lash lift, some clients are concerned about the length and thickness of their lashes and how this will affect treatment results. For a more dramatic effect, I always advise clients to use an eyelash serum such as Rapid Lash which helps promote length, volume and thickness. Here is a step by step guide to how a lash lift treatment is carried out.
After cleasing the lashes and seperating your top from your bottom lashes, a small, medium or large silicone shiled gets stuck on the skin using a gentle adhesive (similar to the glue used to apply false lashes such as DUO glue). Adhesive is applied on top of the shield as well, then lashes are combed up using an eyelash want and/or metal tool to take their shape. Here is where eye-safe perming solution is applied. Once in place, a curling solution is applied and left to develop for 10 - 12 minutes depending on hair type, similarly to the time required for hair colour to lift which can vary from person to person. Once developed, the first solution is removed after which a second, neutralising solution to set the lashes in place is applied. The perm solution acts softens the bond of the lash hair so that it becomes moldeable
After removing the perming solution, a second setting solution is applied. The setting solution hardens the lashes back up and restructures the bond and makes them hard again and fixed in to the positon created. Again, this solution is left to develop between 10 - 12 minutes. After this stage there is the option to have a lash tint applied which adds more depth and definition. Tint is allowed to develop between 3-5 minutes. Keep in mind the tint tends to wear off after 2-3 weeks so you may need to top this up in between treatments.
Nourishing lotion, which contains keratin and sodium PCA in it is applied which helps to add moisture back in the lashes similarly to when conditoner is appied to the hair after a bleaching or tinitng in order to achieve PH balance.
The first 24 hours after a lash lift are crucial. On top of not wearing eye shadow or mascara, you should avoid wetting them, steam, and all forms of moisture and humidity to make the curl last.
How often should I return for a redo?
This will depend on your lash shedding cycle which differs from person to person as well as every lash! As a guide, I recommend clients return every 8 weeks if they want to maintain the effect.
How much does a lash lift cost?
At Wonderland, a lash lift is £25 in salon or £30 mobile. An eyeash tint alone is £7.
What is the difference between a lash lift and semi-permanent eyelash extesions?
Unlike semi-permanent eyelash extensions which can take pu to 2 hours to apply a full set and often require infilling every 2 or complete removal and renewal every 4 weeks, a lash lift only needs to be repeated every 6-8 weeks. A lash lift is the perfect non-invasive, cost-effective, low-maintenance alternative to having semi-permanent lashes applied which can be very expensive, time consuming and for some people has been known to cause allergic reactions and damage to the natural lashes.
Can you wear mascar after having a lash lift?
One of the benefits of a lash lift is that because it's your natural lashes being curled, you can wear mascara. Just be careful not to get them wet or apply any makeup for 24 hours after treatment.