Inside a Lash Lift: Is it Worth it?
So we've all heard of lash extensions, whether it's a good experience from a friend, a horror story you heard online, or you have experience getting them yourself, they're insanely popular right now, and can also be insanely expensive. Plus, for someone who already has full or long lashes, it can be a waste of money- so that is where a lash lift comes in.
In a quote from Elle Magazine, "Like old-school perms from the '80s, lash lifts set 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." The best part? It lasts for as long as 8 weeks and isn't nearly as expensive as lash extensions. One of our editors recently got it done in June, and here are her thoughts first hand.
Personally, I have really long, thick lashes, but they never hold a curl. I curl them every morning, and barely two hours later, they're pin straight again. I had looked into lash extensions, but I was afraid that it would make my real lashes fall out, and couldn't imagine not using an oil cleanser to remove my makeup- my dry skin needed it!
I don't remember where I first heard about it, but a lash lift sounded like my perfect solution- it's MY lashes, just permed. Plus, after 24 hours, I can use anything I want on them, even an oil cleanser. So I did my research on a few lash bars in my area (I highly recommend- some of the horror stories are enough to turn you off completely!) and made my appointment.
All in all, it cost me $65 for the lift, and took about an hour. You lay on your back while the lash technician tapes your bottom lashes down to limit interference, then applies silicone pads to your eyelids where they pull your lashes onto using vaseline. After that, they apply the perming solution and comb your lashes out to create the perfect shape. Then you wait! For me, the first time was the longest, I felt like I was there for ages. However, when I went 8 weeks later for my second lift, I popped in my headphones to listen to The Fringe of It podcast, and it went a lot faster, I couldn't believe I was done when I was!
For me, I think that the lash lift is completely worth it. On light makeup days, I don't wear mascara at all and my lashes still look amazing and open. When I want to get a little more dressed up, one to two coats is all I need for gorgeous lashes that take less than 10 seconds. It has saved me so much time and effort to get that "perfect curl" just to have my lashes looking flat and droopy within two hours.
If you're someone who loves their lashes, and only struggles with the curling aspect, I highly recommend this treatment. However, if you have sparse or extremely short lashes, this may be a waste for you, or feel uncomfortable since the curl would have to be very extreme.
Cover photo via Into The Gloss
Have you had a lash lift? What did you think?