Say goodbye to false eyelashes and lash extensions – lash lifts are the hottest trend on the block. This trending treatment option means no more glue, no more maintenance, and no more morning makeup rush, and even lasts up to twelve weeks at a time. Could such a perfect solution to all your lash woes really exist? Are there any restrictions?
The first 24 hours after a lash lift are absolutely vital for a successful procedure. Experts recommend avoiding exposing your lashes to water and all other forms of moisture during this window.
Here are some of our best pre- and post-appointment tips.
Do Your Research
Before deciding on a salon at which to get your lash lift done, look at the different options and services that are available. Treatments can vary on a spectrum that ranges from natural-looking to dramatic.
Check the credibility of the salons you’re considering. Look for qualifications, certifications, or reviews, and scout out the actual physical environment where the treatment is done to make sure hygiene standards are followed.
This step is really important because undergoing treatment at a dodgy salon that doesn’t adhere to proper practices could damage your lashes for the long haul. Lash lifts, like hair perms, are a chemical procedure. The incorrect application of those chemicals could result in serious conditions like chemical-induced blepharitis, or chronic eye inflammation, which causes your lashes to fall out without regrowth.
Leading Up to the Lift
There’s very little preparation needed for a lash lift, really. If you want, you could start regularly using an eyelash growth serum such as RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum. Doing this at least eight weeks in advance will help your lashes to grow as long as possible before the procedure for a more dramatic look. Just let your lash technician know when you show up.
However, this step is totally optional. Lash technicians will be able to work with any type of eyelashes.
The Day Itself
Go prepared by taking a shower and removing all eye makeup before you leave for the appointment. You could even avoid wearing makeup for a few days before the appointment just to be extra thorough!
When you arrive, have a chat with the lash technician to talk about your desired style and makeup preferences. Different adjustments can be made if you have a particular lash shape in mind, plan to wear mascara daily or want to throw in a tint to darken your lashes. The lash technician will take your responses into account and select the right curl size and treatment for you. Avoid wearing contact lenses during the procedure.
The procedure will last only about an hour.
The Next 48 Hours
Don’t let your eyelashes anywhere near moisture for the first 24 hours to give the chemicals time to set in. This includes steam, mist, and any kind of humidity, so don’t take a gamble by trying to shower afterward even if you avoid spraying water directly onto your face! Trust me, it won’t be worth the risk.
You can start wearing mascara and eye makeup 48 hours after the procedure.
The Next 6-12 Weeks
Lash lifts are popular because they require so little maintenance. Unlike with lash extensions, where you have to avoid sleeping on your sides and vigorously cleansing your eye areas and even minimize direct shower spray to your face, lash lifts will not change your favorite skincare routine. If you’d like, you could apply castor oil or a facial oil regularly to keep them lightly conditioned.
As your lashes shed naturally, new strands will grow out straight as they did before. Check back in with your salon after this period for a refresher.
Thanks to Legally Blonde, even non-makeup fans know that taking a shower during the 24-hour window right after a hair perm is a no-go. The same goes for lash lifts! Just hold out for that one full day, and then you’ll be able to relish the next few months with your new luscious, fuss-free, morning-ready lashes.