I have always said, the “bigger the eyelashes, the closer to God…” or something like that. I am all about the big eyelashes. I use no less than 4 mascaras every morning. (See this post for some of my favorite organic and natural mascaras). I also use a DIY natural eyelash booster because GIVE ME BIG EYELASHES, dear friends. BUT, the one thing that I have not been able to do is lash extensions because, while they look gorgeous, I can’t imagine the upkeep and cost. I know people LOVE lash extensions and no shame if that’s you… they just aren’t for me. However, I have been really curious about lash lifts for a few years and for some reason I was just too scared to try it.
But last week, I bit the bullet, scheduled an appointment, and went over to Bella Trio (a local salon near me) and Bridgette did my lash lift and I am officially SOLD on the lash lift. Let me walk you through the process and my overall thoughts.
The whole process takes about 30-45 minutes from start to finish and cost will vary so call a local salon near you to find out what your salon charges. If you’re in Raleigh / Durham, I HIGHLY recommend Bridgette at Bella Trio.
There are three sizes of “rods” (these are the little silicone pieces that your eyelashes are glued to and curled on). The sizes are small, medium, and large… and while it sounds like large would be the one that has the most curl, that’s actually the opposite. The small rod is going to be the one that gives you the MOST lift, while the large rod is going to give you a curl that looks much more natural. Like I mentioned, I want to go big or go home, so I chose the small rod.
First you lay down and the lash lift artist (technician?), places the rod on your eyelid and your eyelashes are glued to the rod. Then, a perm solution is applied to your eyelashes – this is what helps the curl to hold. You then sit for about 7 minutes with the solution on your eyes. It’s completely painless and honestly, I could have napped.
Once the perm solution is done setting, another liquid (that I honestly can’t remember what it’s called) is applied that neutralizes the pH of your eyes (it’s some scientific thing that I didn’t fully follow, but it made sense). This then sits for another 7 minutes. Again, totally painless. I had zero irritation or issues.
Once that’s done, your technician will remove the solution and glue from your eyelashes and BOOM, you’re done.
You can’t get your eyelashes wet for 24 hours… I actually tried to go closer to 40-48 hours but it was easier than I imagined. Once that period is done, you’re all good. She recommended NOT using oil-based eye makeup removers as that can lessen the length of time your curl will hold. A lash lift lasts about 8-12 weeks!
Needless to say, I loved the results, the pricing was reasonable, it was totally painless, and the upkeep / maintenance is WAY less than lash extensions. Plus, you’re lifting YOUR eyelashes, so you don’t run the risk of your eyelashes falling out or getting damaged.
Here are my before and afters!
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And here’s a before and after WITH mascara (I’m wearing the Thrive Causemetics liquid lash extensions mascara). I AM A HUGE fan.
Now, tell me, have you had a lash lift? What did you think? Will you try it? If you have any concerns or questions, definitely reach out to a local lash lift technician!