I am feeling very late to the game, but I recently got a lash lift and wanted to share my experience. In case you’ve never heard of a lash lift, it’s basically a perm for your lashes. Your lashes will be temporarily curled for 6-8 weeks before they relax back down to their normal shape.
It’s probably best to start off with why I wanted to get a lash lift. My lashes are thin, straight, and short. Add to that the fact that they don’t hold a curl, and that simply means I look like I barely have any lashes.
If you have been curious about eyelash treatments, you probably also know about lash extensions. I have honestly been curious about extensions as well, but I haven’t been able to find a reputable lash salon that’s close to my area. Lash extensions also tend to be pricey, but I am okay with paying a little bit more for a service that I want done well. If I find a salon close to me that does lash extensions, I will definitely try them out.
For now, I am (spoiler alert) a huge of fan of a lash lift. For reference, this is a no-makeup picture of me. Bonus, I only have one eyebrow done. Hilariously, I remembered to take a ‘before’ picture after I did my makeup on one eyebrow
Ahh, well. At least it shows my makeup-free eyelashes!
My expectations going into the lash lift appointment was that my lashes would look curled, longer, and even better with mascara. I had been following Sheila from Bella Trio for quite a while and was always so impressed with her work. Ironically, the week after I scheduled my appointment the NC board in charge of estheticians made a rule that estheticians can no longer do lash lifts. The Bella Trio salon started training some of their hair stylists to do lash lifts, so I changed my appoinmtnet with Sheila to a facial with dermaplaning and scheduled a lash lift with Meghan.
The entire experience at Bella Trio was nice. I truly felt relaxed and at ease with the whole lash lift process. The actual process did not take long at all. I would guess that it was about 30 minutes. In case you’re curious, it is a 2-step process. The first step softens your lashes as they’re curled back against a rod. The second step re-hardens your lashes into their newly curled shape.
My lashes immediately looked curled and lifted. Admittedly, my lashes still look tiny without mascara. They’re simply not long, but the curl makes them more visible. Meghan let me know that they would look even more lifted after 2-3 days, and she was right.
The after care instructions were very easy. No water or makeup on my lashes for 24 hours, no sleeping on my side or back for the first night, and just generally be gentle with my eye area. I adhered to all those steps, and on the following day after the 24 hours was up, I applied mascara and was immediately impressed. They look so much longer and defined with mascara. My face looks so much more awake, too. I did not expect for it to really affect the way I see my face, but it did. I am very happy with it.
I didn’t capture a photo right after the lash lift, since my lashes were supposed to lift even more in a couple days. The picture directly above is before mascara a little more than a week ago.
And this is after mascara! I’m super, super happy with the results. One of my gripes from before about curling my lashes with an eyelash curler was that the curl never actually held throughout the day. My lashes would always fall. In fact, I don’t even own an eyelash curler anymore.
This photo is almost at the end of the work day. As you can see, the curl literally stays put all the time. I love it!
If you have any questions about lash lifts and my experience, I’d be more than happy to answer any questions that I can.