Do Lash Lifts Ruin Eyelashes?

While lash tints - treatments that darken and define lashes for dramatic results - have been a mainstream beauty treatment for a while now, have you heard of a lash lift? Lash lifts, sometimes known as lash perms, are another salon-based treatment designed to give your lashes a curl that lasts through showers, swimming, and taking off makeup. It sounds amazing, right? But what exactly is a lash lift - and could it be bad for your eyelashes?  

What is a lash lift? 

When you get a lash lift, you basically get a perm for your eyelashes. I know - the thought of getting a perm is straight out of the 80s, but that’s the exact concept that a lash lift is based on.  

To start, the esthetician will stick either a silicone rod or pad to your closed, makeup-free eyelid.  

Then, a solution will be applied that partially breaks down the bonds in the eyelashes, making the lashes able to take on any shape - usually, that’s the curl of the silicone pad on the eyelid. The actual formula varies between brands, but they all have the same outcome - to break down the bonds and make the hair take on their new shape and curl.  

After a certain amount of time (not too long, as this is the step where your lashes could easily become over-processed and damaged!), this solution is taken off and rebuilding solution is applied. This is the part where your lashes take on their new shape and will stay that way for the next two months. Finally, this solution is rinsed off and voila - you now have gorgeous, curled lashes.  

What are the risks of a lash lift? 

Like every salon treatment, there is always a tiny chance of something going wrong. Sometimes it’s as simple as an allergic reaction (always patch test if you can!), but sometimes it’s the fault of an inexperienced technician. Or sometimes, it’s that aftercare is a little tricky, and it’s too easy to accidentally undo the technician’s hard work.  

When it comes to lash lifts, it’s sometimes as simple as getting water on a perm too soon! Here some common lash perm risks that everyone that’s thinking about getting a lash lift should know. FYI, the risks of these are even greater when you use a DIY lash lift kit - no one should ever use these chemicals close to their eyes without professional training! 

1. Over-curled lashes 

This usually happens when the incorrect size of the silicone rod has been used doing the procedure. A skilled esthetician will tailor the experience to you and the results that you want, taking into account your natural lash length and desired outcome.  
 

2. Not following aftercare 

It’s too easy to accidentally not follow aftercare - rubbing your eyes, sleeping on your face, working out, getting water on your lashes - these are all things that could potentially ruin any lash lift if done within 24 hours of the procedure.  

3. Losing your lashes 

Okay, this is the absolute worst-case scenario - and it’s totally possible. When done incorrectly, a lash lift can affect how your lashes grow for the rest of your life. An Australian woman now has permanently scraggly lashes and watery eyes because of an inexperienced lash technician leaving the solutions on her eyes for too long.  

 4. Eye irritation 

The truth is, getting a lash perm equals putting mildly caustic chemicals near to your incredibly delicate eyes. As careful as a technician is, there’s always a chance of some chemicals getting in your eye. Depending on how sensitive your eyes are, you could walk away with just a slightly irritated eye, or with rash, redness, inflammation, dry eyes, watery eyes, blisters - all potential side effects. 

5. Brittle lashes 

While dryness is common for everyone after a lash lift, some women find their lashes are brittle and snap off. Brittle lashes are a result of the rebuilding solution left on eyelashes for too long. The lashes become brittle and snap off completely - leaving sparse stubs instead of the luscious lashes you hoped for.  

Can I use a lash serum and get a lash lift? 

Lash serums like UkLash are actually commonly recommended by salons that perform lash lifts, as they make the results incredibly dramatic, thanks to the added length they add. They also provide the much-needed conditioning to lashes after a lash lift.  

There’s no denying that lash serums are amazing for keeping lashes long and gorgeous - they condition the follicles and nurture them right at the root for healthy lash growth. But when it comes to both lash perms and lash serums together, you don’t need to get a lash lift to enjoy the results of your lash serum! 

At the end of the day, the biggest risk when getting a lash lift is an inexperienced technician. Whether or not you’re willing to take this risk is up to you - but it’s not to us when there are lash serums out there that make my lashes look amazing. And that’s without needing an appointment every 8 weeks! Get your lash serum serum here.