The first step during a session is to consult with your lash artist, who will ask you questions about your goals and style (for example, whether or not you wear mascara everyday, like lashes high upwards to your eyebrows or more fanned out, etc.) Based on your answers, your technician will pick a curl size for your eye shape.
After cleansing the lashes and separating your bottom lashes from your top, a silicone shield gets stuck on the skin using a gentle adhesive (similar to the glue used to apply false lashes). Adhesive is applied on top of the shield as well, then lashes are combed up to take their shape. Here is where eye-safe perming solution is applied. The perm solution acts as a softener so that's going in and softening the bond of your hair so that it's moldable.
It depends on your hair type. If you have a hard time curling the hair on your head, let technicians know that when doing lash lifting. It makes sense—if the hair on my head is naturally straight, thick, and has a hard time holding a curl without a ton of product then your lashes may act the same. It may take more than one application. Then, a setting solution and oil are applied. The setting solution hardens everything back up and restructures the bond and makes them hard again. It locks in the shape. The setting solution is followed by a nourishing lotion, which contains keratin and sodium PCA in it, to add moisture back in the lashes. It also contains aloe vera, grapeseed oil, and glycerin, a humectant that attracts moisture. It's kind of like dyeing or bleaching your hair, then following it with conditioner.
The first 24 hours after a lash lift are crucial.
On top of not wearing mascara, you should avoid wetting them, steam, and all forms of moisture and humidity, and wearing eye makeup to make the curl last.
When do I come back?
We usually recommend our clients come back in about 6 - 8 weeks for a redo. What happens is all the hairs have now been shaped to be lifted and as they shed naturally, a straight one will grow in behind it. Some people need them sooner, some need them longer it just depends on the lash cycle.
Can I wear mascara?
Because it's just your natural lashes being curled, you're free to use whatever eye makeup you wish. You just have to wait 24 hours.
Lash lifts are low maintenance.
While lash extensions required you to be careful—washing your face, sleeping a certain way, applying makeup— you don't have to think at all about your lashes after getting a lift. We do recommend for upkeep to keep conditioning the lashes nightly. You can use coconut oil or a facial oil. Your lashes have been processed so keep them conditioned and nourished.