Updated: Jun 25, 2020
Do you want your lashes to look longer and fuller with added tone and depth?
Not sure which service is most suitable to give you that WOW factor without being over the top.
There are two options, either the Lash Lift or Eyelash Extensions because both of these services can give you those exact results you’re looking for.
Let’s give you a thorough explanation of their differences to help you decide which one would be the most appropriate for you.
Difference between a Lash Lift and Eyelash Extensions
While both treatments are used to make the lashes longer, fuller and glamorous, they are however applied differently. Eyelash extensions involves attaching individual lashes to your natural lashes with adhesive by an experienced lash artist to make them look physically fuller and longer.
On the other hand, as Courtney Buhler, founder of Sugarlash PRO explains - A lash lift is like a perm for your lashes where it sets the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution. "A lift is essentially what your lash would be doing with a really good mechanical curler, so [giving] a nice shape upward and a realistic curl," Buhler said.
So, lash lifts give an enhanced look to your natural lashes while eyelash extensions can be used for more of a dramatic effect. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your preference.
Pros of Lash Lifts
In my previous blog I mentioned the benefits of getting Lash Lifts which you can read here.
Lash lifts are completely natural and give a very natural look.
A lift does just that: lifts your natural lashes.
Lash lifts will help you tame the untamed! You know, the lashes which start to crisscross or get twisted. A great lash lift makes them manageable by straightening them.
One of the best benefits of a lash lift is the maintenance is minimal. A new application is needed every 6-8 weeks typically but can last up to 12 weeks depending on eyelash health with no touch up in between.
Typically, a lash lift can be more affordable compared to eyelash extensions.
After 24 hours, you can wash them or wear mascara!! Because lash lifts curl your natural lashes, you're free to use whatever eye makeup you wish.
Cons of Lash Lifts
Yes, there are still some cons with getting lash lifts but again this all comes down to your personal preference.
The struggle is real!! Some people struggle to get their lashes lifted if their natural lashes are too short. With that said, if the lashes can’t curl up to give the effect that you are looking for you may be disappointed, and expectations not met.
Immediately afterward your lashes will still look slightly wet and they won't fully fan out until the following day. So again, you may have a particular look in your mind and fall short of immediate expectation.
Pros of Eyelash Extensions
If properly applied, eyelash extensions are the best thing that can happen to a woman!
Eyelash extension give the most dramatic and full look to your eyes and are perfect for any event coming up or for just your everyday!
They make you look younger, look a more alert look as they open up your eyes and you just feel so damn beautiful!
You have the ability to customize your look from a more natural classic look to a vavoom mega volume look with designs to open your eye or give that sultry cat eye look.
Extensions make your mornings more relaxing and quicker as you don’t have to worry about putting on makeup and can simply step out without applying any eye makeup and still look fabulous!!
You get to have a lash nap at every appointment!!
Extensions are especially addicting—they add volume, curl, and length without the fuss of glue and self-application.
Cons of Eyelash Extensions
Much like anything, there are some negatives to extensions.
If not properly applied from a trained professional they may have to be removed and in doing so, may harm your natural lashes resulting in thin, brittle and sometimes even shorter lashes then before.
The biggest disadvantage of eyelash extensions is their high maintenance as they last for as long as your natural lash shedding cycle which could only be a few weeks up to a month therefore require touch ups in between.
Eyelash extensions require using strong adhesive to attach fake lashes so there is a minimal risk of irritation.
Depending on type and style, eyelash extensions can come at a steep price tag.
It can take upwards of 2-3 hours per application.
There is also several no-nos. You must be extra conscious not to rub your eyes, you need to sleep on your side, perhaps use a sleeping mask, and a number of other things to watch for.
So, which one is the right one for you? Are you a lash lift kinda gal or lash extensions are your thing?
This all comes down to preference, what type of look you’re trying to achieve, and what type of maintenance and care you’re prepared to undertake.
If you are wanting a very natural youthful look with minimal aftercare and maintenance, then you should probably go with a lash lift.
If you want a customized more dramatic look, maybe have small lashes and you don’t mind the maintenance go all the way for the extensions! You won’t regret it, besides, who doesn’t like to have a lash nap mid-day 😊
So take the time to figure out the look you want and then choose between eyelash extensions and lash lifts. You can also visit our website for further details and guidance on both services.
Get the youthful stunning eyes you’ve always wanted, either way, you’ll love it!!
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