Want that Extra Oomph? Lash Lift and Tint vs. Extensions

by The First Refresh

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Thinking about giving your lashes an upgrade? Whether you’re looking for a subtle change, or going for that full-glam look, lash treatments can yield very different results - if you are new to lash treatments, this can be a daunting field to navigate. If you are not sure which to opt for, here are the pros and cons between a lash lift and tint vs. lash extensions

How Does It Work?

Lash Lift | a silicone mold is applied to your upper eyelid with a gentle adhesive. With this mold, your Beauty Consultant will brush your lashes up against the mold with glue. As the mold is shaped to curve upward and outward, your lashes will follow this shape to create the desired curl. Once your lashes are applied onto the mold, they will be individually separated to ensure an even curl. As your lashes take shape against the silicone shield, a perm lotion is applied to soften, a setting lotion then applied to hold, and a nourishing lotion to condition. If you add on a tint to your lash lift, this is applied at the very last step to give your natural lashes that mascara look. 

Lash Extensions | Your Beauty Consultant discusses your desired look with your prior to your session, to ensure that the results meet your needs - lash extensions can range from all-natural to slight volume or thick, and the selected style depends very much on individual preferences. Once your style has been confirmed and the lashes prepped, individual lash extensions are applied strand by strand to your lashes using a formulated lash glue that will not irritate the eyelid or the eye. The extensions come in varying lengths and thicknesses, and are typically made from mink or silk material - because of this, desired looks can vary from bold and dramatic to natural and subtle. 

See also: Demystifying Lash Extensions

How Long Does It Last?

A lash lift and tint takes about an hour to complete, to allow the lash solution to set in your lashes. It typically lasts 3-4 weeks, depending on how fast your eyelashes grow. Aftercare and maintenance plays a key role here (see below.) 

Lash Extensions take an hour or two to apply, lasting 2-4 weeks (depending on care and maintenance) touch up sessions required and recommended as and when extensions begin to fall out. 

See also: How to Help Your Lash Extensions Last Longer

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Does It Damage Your Natural Lashes?

Most lashes will easily tolerate lash lifts, although experts say that with lash lifts, there is always the risk of over-processing, which may weaken lashes over an extended period of time. As with all beauty treatments, there is a small risk of allergic reactions to the solutions used. If you tend to have sensitive skin or eyes, let your Beauty Consultant know before starting any treatment, to ensure that they do a patch test. When handled and executed professionally, in our experience, there are little to no negative effects associated with lash lifts and tints. 

Likewise, lash extensions will not ruin your natural lashes unless applied incorrectly. One of the most common causes of your natural lashes dropping is when your natural lashes are not properly isolated during the service - this can cause your lashes to stick together. As your natural lashes grow (typically at different speeds), this can cause them to pull on each other, causing both your extensions and natural lashes to fall. 

Aftercare can also affect your natural lashes, as tugging or pulling at lash extensions can cause them to become brittle and break. With extensions, it is important to ensure your lashes are strong and healthy before the session - a lash growth serum can be applied on your lash line one to two weeks before the session to strengthen them beforehand. This is especially recommended if you have naturally thin or sparse lashes. 

Can You Still Wear Makeup After?

Although best to avoid any makeup or getting your lashes wet for the first 24 hours after your lash lift, most makeup is generally still fine to use. Oil-based products can weaken and shorten the life-span of your lash lift - and that goes for oil-based makeup or makeup remover too. Waterproof makeup products should generally be avoided as they require oil-based makeup removers to remove. 

The general rule of thumb for lash treatments is to avoid oil-based makeup as this interferes with the glue used on your lashes. Powder products like eyeshadow and setting powder work alongside lash extensions for the full glam look. Oil-based, harsh or other makeup removers that are not extension-friendly will interfere with overall retention of your lash extensions too. As such, waterproof products (eyeliners, etc.) must be avoided. 

See also: Taking Care of Your Eyelash Extensions: Dos and Don'ts

What Should You Do After a Lash Lift or Lash Extension? 

After a lash lift, ensure you brush your lashes daily to keep them as neat as possible. For the first 24 hours after your appointment, do not wash your eye area or exercise - this includes swimming, steam rooms and saunas for at least 2 days after your appointment. Avoid oil-based cleansers, using a foaming lash cleanser to remove any facial oil, makeup residue and dirt. Replace your eyelash curler with a strengthening lash serum. 

After getting your lash extensions applied, continue to apply a lash growth serum to promote healthy lash growth. Like with a lift, brush your lash extensions daily to keep them as neat as possible. Avoid contact with water (swimming, exercise, steam rooms and saunas) for 48 hours after your extensions have been applied. Avoid facial wipes, oil and cream-based cleansers, swapping it out for a foaming lash cleanser to remove any facial oil, makeup residue and dirt. DO NOT apply mascara on your lashes. 

Ready to give your lashes that extra oomph? The First Refresh’s team of specialists are ready to advise on what works best, book in our Lash Lift or Lash Lab from the comfort of home