Lash Lifting 101

Eyelash lift before and after.

Eyelash lift before and after.

Niki Garcia, lash expert at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC, explains everything we need to know about the lash lift.

Lash extensions may look amazing, but they are expensive, a commitment to upkeep, and can potentially be damaging to your real lashes. If you love the look of lash extensions, but are looking for something a little lower maintenance, the lash lift may be your answer. This technique will give you an eyelash style that looks similar to extensions but is less damaging and more budget friendly.  

Niki Garcia, lash expert at Boom Boom Brow Bar, explains, “People are switching to lash lifting from extensions because it’s more manageable. It’s less expensive, takes less time, lasts longer, and eyes can be touched, rubbed and washed without getting irritated. Plus, it reduces the stress on your natural lashes and keeps them healthier.” So what exactly is lash lifting? Garcia educates us on everything we need to know about this lash service.

Eyelash lift results.

Eyelash lift results.

What is lash lifting?

Lash Lifting is a natural enhancement of eyelashes that makes them curl up so they are more noticeable without the use of mascara or extensions. Lashes are wrapped around a rod and secured with a medical-safe glue, and then a special solution that does NOT contain keratin/formaldehyde or peroxide (but does have aloe and glycerin to soothe), is applied to reform the hair bonds so they curl up.

 Does it ruin or pull out natural lashes?

No. When done correctly, a lash lift can actually benefit lashes. The serum and glue that are used contain biotin and formaldehyde-free keratin, which are nourishing to lashes. Also, unlike lash extensions, there is nothing weighing down lashes to add stress to the hair follicle, which contributes to damage, breakage and lack of growth.

How long does it take?

About 30 minutes.

How long should it last?

A lash lift typically lasts about 6-8 weeks, depending on hair growth cycles. Hair follicles grow out at different times, so maintenance is done as needed for each individual.

Can mascara be applied?

Yes, 48 hours after having the process mascara can be applied, as long as it is oil-free.  All products used on eyes after the service should be water-based and oil-free, so check labels.

 Can I wash my face after?

Yes, wash with tepid water for the first 48 hours. Extremely hot water will drop the lift. So even in the shower, do not run your face under the water for 48 hours.

 Are there any side effects?

Other than gorgeous lashes, no! It’s even safe for those with sensitive eyes.

 Does it hurt?

No, most people even doze off during the process.

Should I do a tint with a lift?

Absolutely, whether you’re blonde with blonde lashes or dark-haired! Aside from the dramatic color change, a tint can add a nice polish, even for darker lashes.

 Why is it good if lashes are already dark?

Most people’s lashes lighten at the tips in warmer weather out in the sun or even just naturally. Tinting defines the ends and brings out the true length of lashes.

 How much does it cost?

A lash lift/tint costs $115, and is $99 for first-timers.

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