"The only thing that we recommend is if you want a more dramatic result, then going on something like a lash serum to grow your lashes as long as possible is a great option," Buhler suggewsted,"But we can work with any lash type."
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," which is made up of organic compounds thioglycolic acid and emacol for breaking down and softening the lash to adapt its shape.
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," Buhler said. It makes sense—the hair on my head is naturally straight, thick, and has a hard time holding a curl without a ton of product so my lashes act the same. It took two rounds of 12 minutes for me ("that's probably the longest in history," Buhler commented). 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," Courtney said. 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.
Here is my impressive before and after:
"We usually recommend our clients come in at the eight-week mark just 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."
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. This is what my lashes look like two days after getting a lift with mascara.
"If you’re going to put mascara on everyday anyways then you don’t need a tint," Buhler said, "But for those people that are on vacation and they don’t want to do anything, then adding a tint can add extra depth and darkness." Just keep in mind the tint lasts about three weeks.
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.
While lash extensions required me to be extra careful doing anything—washing my face, sleeping a certain way, applying makeup—I haven't had to think at all about my lashes since getting a lift. I wake up, add mascara, and I'm good to go. Buhler advised for upkeep to keep conditioning the lashes nightly. "You can use coconut oil or a facial oil. Your lashes have been processed so just keeping them conditioned and nourished is great," she said, "Lash lifts are literally the lowest maintenance."
Even before I applied any mascara and just had my lashes lifted, a colleague of mine already complimented me about my makeup. "You look so fresh-faced!," she said. Funnily enough, another colleague said the exact same thing the next day and added, "I love your makeup today so much." I literally did nothing different aside from have a lash lift—so it definitely makes a big difference.