Lash Lifting has been around for decades but has only become mainstream in the last few years. We can contribute its rise in popularity to several factors: social media and feeling the need to be camera ready at all times, lash extension defectors who are looking for a safer and lower maintenance alternative and finally rebranding. Lash Lifting was known as simply a lash perm years ago and as you can imagine it didn't sound that appealing, but that is exactly what a lash lift is today. So how exactly do you lift lashes? Below I have broken down each step for you.
Here's what to expect during a Lash Lifting service.
1. Test Patch
If you have any concerns at all about whether or not you will have a reaction to the products request a patch test. The actual products (activator and neutralizer) are only applied to the middle of your lashes. However the glue that is used to keep the rod and lashes in place is adhered to your eyelid. If you are getting the lashes tinted as well, the tint is applied right up to the base of your lashes. I recommend coming in a day or two prior and have the products tested.
2. Consultation Form
Expect to show up early and fill out some paperwork that will go over any risks associated with working so close to the eyes. This form will also let the esthetician know if you have any allergies or other contraindications that could affect the service.
3. Cleansing the lashes
Arrive to your appointment eye make-up and contact lens free. In order to get the best possible results your lashes need to be clean and free of any oils. Ditch the contacts. If something were to get in your eyes it can easily be flushed out. Your eyes will be closed during the service. Come prepared to relax and you are more than welcome to nap. I often hear snoring while I work!
4. Choosing the right size
Both rods and shields are used in lash lifting. They are generally made from a flexible silicone that will be glued to your lids as close as possible to the lash line. Placement is extremely important for the overall look. Deciding on what type is used will depend on what kind of curl you want to achieve. Rods produce more curl and is referred to as a C curl. Whereas shields give you a J curl which results in more lift. Sizing ranges from small to extra large and will be determined on the length of your natural lashes. First time lifts I always err on the side of caution.
*Too much lift can make the lashes curl back and hit your lids. Which not only looks bizarre but is extremely uncomfortable.
5. Placement of lashes
This is where most of the time is spent during the service. Adhering the lashes to the rod is meticulous work and should not be rushed. Where and how the lashes are glued is where they are going to stay for the next 6-8 weeks.
6. Application of the lift solutions
Now that your lashes are glued in place the activator will be applied carefully down the middle of your lashes. Depending on the condition of the lashes this solution will be left on anywhere from 4-7 minutes. It is removed and then the neutralizer is used in the same fashion.
7. Removal of the Lift solutions
After both solutions are removed completely, the rods can now be removed and then the lashes are dried. Look in the mirror and admire the lashes you never knew you had! If you were getting your lashes tinted and/or conditioned with keratin those steps would begin now.
So now you know exactly what happens during a lash lifting appointment. Here's what you need to know after a lift. For the next 24 hours you can not get your lashes wet and avoid heat, steam and products.