Lash extensions can give you perfect looking lashes, but what if you can’t keep up with the maintenance and cost?
Enter: lash lifts and lash perms.
Recently, salons have been buzzing about these newest lash procedures in town. These two treatments aren’t identical, though. There are benefits to each one, depending on the type of curl you’re looking for.
So, which one of these treatments is right for you? Keep reading to find out.
A lash lift is a semi-permanent lash curl and can be thought of as an updated version of the lash perm.
It uses a chemical solution and a curved silicone form to add length and curl to your lashes.
It’s great for all lash types and last from 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the person’s lash growth cycle.
A lash lift starts with a consultation, where you and a technician decide on the right curl for your lash type and eye shape.
Your lashes are then cleaned and the top and bottom ones are separated.
Curved silicone forms are attached to your eyelids using a gentle adhesive. Then your lashes are combed up, sticking to the adhesive on the top of the form.
A lifting solution is brushed only to the roots of your lashes to soften the hair bonds for easier shaping and prevent overprocessing the tips of the lashes. Our natural lashes are finer towards the ends, and if the lifting solution is left on the tips for too long, it can cause lashes to break or look frizzy.
Next, a setting solution is applied to lock in the curl and lift that was created.
At the end of the service, a conditioner is added to nourish and strengthen the lashes.
You prepare for a lash lift by cleaning your lashes.
Don’t put on eye makeup or use any makeup removers that contain oil or moisturizers. A patch test beforehand is highly recommended, especially if you’re prone to allergic reactions.
To maintain a lash lift, keep your lashes completely dry for 24 hours after the service.
This means no showering, swimming, working out, crying, or using makeup and makeup removers.
A lash lift can last from 6 to 12 weeks, depending on your personal lash growth cycle.
After that, they won’t uncurl but will instead shed naturally for new ones to grow in.
You can lash lift every 1 to 3 months, depending on how quickly your lifts grow.
However, to maintain healthy lashes, it is recommended to wait at least 4 weeks between each treatment.
A lash lift can cost anywhere from $75 to $150.
Specifically, the service at my salon is $115 for a lash lift and tint.
The chemicals used in a lash lift like Sugarlash Pro Lash Lift 360 include ethanolamine thioglycolate, cetearyl alcohol and prunus persica kernel oil, among others.
What is NOT used in Sugarlash Pro is sodium bromate, a substance that has been banned by Health Canada because of its potential carcinogenic risks. It’s found in the setting solution of many lash lift and perm systems, except Sugarlash Pro.
As a banned substance, it is now illegal for Canadian salons to use, so you should always be aware of beauty products that contain sodium bromate.
Yes, you can wear eyeliner after a lash lift.
This won’t alter your curls as long as you don’t apply it until 24 hours after the service.
No, mascara won’t ruin your lash lift.
Since it’s your natural lashes that are shaped, the mascara won’t affect this. But you should remember once again that you should only wear mascara, or any type of makeup, 24 hours after the service.
You can shower 24 hours after a lash lift.
Contact with any moisture sooner than this can ruin the curl, so keep them dry.
The longer you let it set, the longer it’s going to last.
Angela Cordi, Toronto Makeup Artist and Eyelash Technician
It’s rare for people to be allergic to a lash lift since no harsh chemicals are used.
However, if you're concerned about sensitivities or allergic reactions, ask the technician for a patch test first.
A lash lift won’t ruin your eyelashes when done properly.
A trained technician will know the proper technique for your lash type and health needs. Damage only happens when the lifting solution is left on the lashes for too long.
There’s not really a lot of difference between a keratin lash lift and a regular lash lift. In most cases, they are quite similar.
Keratin is a protein that is found naturally in hair and nails. In keratin lash lifts, artificially synthesized keratin is added to help strengthen and improve the health of the eyelashes.
On the other hand, lash lift systems that don’t contain keratin will still usually include other nourishing ingredients that will also help to nourish and keep your lashes healthy.
When comparing a lash lift vs lash extensions, we can say that lifts are better.
Lash lifts are easier to care for and require no maintenance after the first 24 hours. Moreover, they cost less than extensions since they stay curled for 6-12 weeks, as compared to extensions that look good for only about 3 weeks.
The transition from having lifted lashes back to your natural curl is also easier to manage, with many of my clients using just a curler or a mascara — with some not even doing anything at all. On the other hand, overgrown and shedding lash extensions are very obvious, so you’ll need to book an appointment to remove them right away.
Another benefit of lash lifts is that they are a better choice for most people, with the exception of short or sparse lashes. If you’re one of these people, then lash extensions will likely give you better results.
A lash perm is a treatment where the eyelashes are curled around a cylindrical rod. Additional solutions and activators are also used to create those gorgeous curls.
The process takes about an hour from start to finish. It is best for longer lashes and lasts for about 4 to 12 weeks.
A lash perm service starts with an application of glue to your upper eyelids.
Lash perm rods are then placed between the lid and lashes. The perm solution is brushed over the entire lash.
Plastic is placed over the lashes and rollers for 15 minutes, allowing the solution to break down the disulfide bonds in the lashes.
After adding an activating solution, the lashes are brushed over the rods. This creates that curl while those broken bonds are rebuilt.
The solutions are then rinsed off with water and the lashes are combed and conditioned to finish them off.
You prepare for a lash perm by cleaning your lashes and not wearing makeup before your consultation.
During the consultation, your technician will help you choose a rod size for the length of your lashes and the curl tightness you want.
You maintain a lash perm by keeping your lashes dry for 24 hours after the treatment.
This aftercare includes no makeup, working out, swimming, or saunas. You should also use a lash conditioner to prevent brittleness.
A lash perm can last about 4 to 12 weeks.
This timing depends on how quickly your lashes grow and when they naturally fall out.
Lash perms should only be done every after 4 weeks.
Since it breaks down the lash structure, it can dry out the lashes if done too often.
A lash perm costs about $75.
This price is about the same as a lash lift, though it doesn’t include the conditioning treatment or any other ingredients that help maintain lash health.
One of the chemicals used in a lash perm solution is ammonium thioglycolate.
This breaks down those protein bonds in each lash so they can be shaped properly.
When done correctly, eyelash perming does not damage your lashes.
But be sure to get a trained technician because they know the proper procedure and the right timing for the solution and activators.
When comparing an eyelash perm vs eyelash lift, it’s important to take lash types into account. A lash perm is best for longer lashes since the curling process makes the lashes look shorter.
A lash lift, on the other hand, can be used for all lash types, except for shorter lashes because it lifts the lashes right from their roots.
A lash lift doesn’t just curl the lashes — it raises each one using a shallow curved silicon form. These come in different sizes for different lash types. They make lashes look longer and more naturally curled.
Lash perms, on the other hand, use a curling rod to shape your lashes. These also come in different sizes but can cause over-curling, which makes your lashes look shorter.
Lash lift formulas like the Sugarlash Pro Lash Lift 360 don’t contain any cyanoacrylate, which is the main ingredient in lash extension adhesives and can cause adverse reactions.
Most lash lifting processes also end with a nourishing oil to add moisture to the lashes. Sugarlash Pro, for example, contains vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids that work together to moisturize and nourish your lashes.
When it comes to comparing a lash lift vs lash perm, you should understand that since a lash lift uses the entire lash to give you those long, luscious results, the results of this treatment tend to last a bit longer than a lash perm.
With a lift, you also don’t need to get a touch-up for 2 or 3 months or spend too much time maintaining them. You can even get a tinting treatment along with it, so you can skip the mascara.
Lash lifts and lash perms are similar in many ways. They both cost roughly the same and require little maintenance, especially when compared with lash extensions that need touch-ups every 2 to 3 weeks.
If we have to choose though we’ll choose lash lifts because there is a lesser chance of lash damage and over curling with them.
At Sunday Beauty Boutique, we exclusively use Sugarlash Pro Lash Lift 360 because it uses only safe ingredients approved by Health Canada. Sugarlash Pro also works on all lash lengths, although you should note that shorter or sparser lashes may do better with lash extensions.
If you’re considering a lash lift, give us a call at Sunday Beauty Boutique to book your next appointment.
As a kid, I happened to discover a magazine entirely focused on intricate nail designs. This sparked an interest that has grown over the years. Though I completed a bachelor’s degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health, office work wasn’t for me. So, I focused on my dream instead. I earned my diploma from Blanche Macdonald’s Nail Technology Program in 2015. I worked in a salon and received certified training with YUMI Lashes in January 2017. Then, in March of 2017, I opened Sunday Beauty Boutique. These days, I spend my time focusing on my customers, customizing my services for each of them. I’ve created a relaxing space where they get the attention they deserve. My biggest goal is to help them to feel as good as they look. Seeing this transformation is the best part of my day!