Updated: Jun 25, 2020
One of the hottest trends out today is Lash Lifting and here I’ve outlined a few Frequently Asked Questions about Lash Lifting.
What is a Lash Lift?
It's like a push up bra for your lashes! a Lash Lift is a lifting technique designed to give you longer-looking lashes without the need for lash extensions. It will look as if you used a good eyelash curler, only this lift lasts for 6 to 8 weeks!
You can customize your treatment, with tinting, glazing, nourishing which will help to really make your lashes look more prominent and softer. It really is an easy way to instantly brighten and open the eye area!
How long with the Lash Lift appointment take?
The procedure takes about 45 to 75 mins to complete, depending on how long and coarse the eyelashes are and the customization you are requesting in the service.
How do I need to prep for the treatment?
Please arrive to your appointment completely free of eye makeup! I cannot stress this enough!! If you use waterproof mascara, you must stop using at least 2 days prior to your Lift and if you wear contacts, they must be removed during the appointment.
Is this like lash extension where they will look dramatically thicker?
Lash extensions and lash lifts are 2 totally different beasts. During a lash lift no additional lashes will be added, it is simply the curling of your natural lashes. However, for most, it can make your lashes appear fuller because they are so uplifted, but they will not have the dramatic effect they eyelash extensions provide.
What are the post treatment instructions?
Pretty simple: Don't get your lashes wet or apply anything at all to them for 24 hours. No waterproof mascara the entire life of your Lift and brush out the lashes daily.
HOT TIP: Use a lash serum - It's recommended to use a lash serum to help your lashes grow longer and strong. This will help give you amazing looking lashes
What are some things I should avoid?
As mentioned above, do not get your lashes wet for 24 hours after the appointment, try to avoid sleeping with your face laid on the pillow. You must sleep on your back for 24 hours as your lashes are prone to kinks within 24 hours after the procedure. Do not pull your lashes as this can cause your natural lashes to fall out prematurely and cause both breakage and permanent damage to the hair follicle
Can I book a lash lift on the same day as a facial?
Absolutely! If you book before, this is great because then you’ll have squeaky clean lashes for your appointment. If you book your facial after your lash lift appointment, ensure it is not a steam facial and don’t put hot cloth on your lashes as relaxing as that is… otherwise you’re good!
Is there any maintenance in between Lifts?
No there is no touchups like eyelash extension or maintenance (aside from regular aftercare) in between lifts other than giving them a good brush out daily and stay away from waterproof mascara. It is recommended to use a good quality conditioning get to help keep lashes nourished, soft and healthy.
I use Latisse®. Can I still get this treatment?
You betcha! Some of the most dramatic results have been achieved from those using Latisse® because their lashes are already so long and fuller.
Can I still wear mascara?
Of course… regular mascara, not waterproof mascara! You'll just create a more dramatic effect when mascara is applied to your curled lashes.
What is the reasoning I can’t wear waterproof mascara?
Harsh chemicals, plain and simple. There are harsh chemicals used in waterproof formulas in order to make them, well.... waterproof. This type of mascara is extremely drying to your lashes, not to mention all the effort, extra tugging and pulling on the lashes to remove the mascara. To be honest, most people are not great at thoroughly removing the mascara, so this build up results in weakened lashes that are prone to breakage, and over shedding.
Why do I have to stop wearing waterproof mascara 2 days before?
Pretty much for all the reasons I just stated above. If you are a regular waterproof mascara wearer, then you are already walking in my door with dehydrated and weakened lashes, which will result in a poor Lift and possible further damage.
How is this treatment any different than a lash perm?
The old 80’s lash perms – was very similar to hair perms using tiny little rods that produce a way too upturned curl or some used a type of lash curler or clamp which can be uncomfortable and difficult to work with. The modern methods used are silicon domed shields that lift the lashes from the root, producing a beautiful, uplifted look as if you used a high-quality eyelash curler.
Will this damage my eyelashes?
Hard No here! If you follow all the advice on Pre prep and Post care. The lifting solutions are only applied to the new growth area of the lashes, down towards the base and up a bit. Never to the ends of the lashes.
Are some lashes resistant to the curl?
On some occasions it can be very difficult and sometimes not possible to sustain the curl with lashes that are extremely short, have a strong cowlick or slanted growth pattern. Also, growth patterns due to plastic surgery in the eye area are often not able to be corrected. Give the treatment a shot once, and let's see how your lashes hold the curl.
Preparing for your lash lift appointment.
The most important prep is to not consume any caffeinated beverages before your appointment. Caffeine can cause your eyes to flutter during an appointment and makes it very difficult to work with sometimes. Arriving with squeaky clean lashes free of eye makeup (mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, concealer etc.) is essential as some lash professionals will change a service fee to remove makeup. Ensure when you arrive that you have removed your contacts and that you arrive on time of your appointment to update all necessary consultation forms and prepare for your appointment to begin on time.
Is it painful?
Painful – No! Odd – Yes! At first, when applying the shields to the eyelids, it may feel a bit strange. But, for the most part, it's very relaxing! You just kick back and relax and even have a nap.
I have downward-pointing lashes, will this be a good treatment for me?
Heck yes! Anyone with these types of pesky lashes will love the lash lift! Post treatment, your lashes will all be evenly dispersed and lifted.
How long does the effect last?
Depending on the aftercare, length and quality of your natural lashes, the lift can last for 6 to 10 weeks.
I have extremely short lashes. Am I able to still do this procedure?
Most of the time, yes, but not always. Though it can be challenging if the lashes aren't even long enough to bring up and back on to the shield. If your lash professional has seen that your lashes are too short AND too fine or delicate, they may advise you not to get the Lift.
I have glaucoma, can I have this procedure?
Yes, with the consult and approval from your physician.
I've recently had Lasik eye surgery; can I have this procedure?
Yes, but you need to wait at least 6 months. Again, with the consult and approval from your physician.
Who is this procedure NOT good for?
Chronic dry eye, conjunctivitis (pink eye), damaged lashes or lashes with gaps (this treatment may make the gaps more noticeable), active eye infections of any kind, recent treatments such as chemo (you will need to wait at least a year from your last treatment) Again, when in doubt, always consult and get approval from your physician.
Now you know all things Lash Lift, if you still have questions feel free to reach out.
If you're ready to give your lashes a beautiful uplift to instantly brighten and open the eye area, book your appointment today.
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