Lash Enhancement Types

There's a lot to know when choosing the right type of Lash Enhancements, and choosing the best kind for you comes down to your personal preferences. Read to learn about your Lash options and their pros and cons. 


Lash Lifting

Lash Lifting is a way to enhance your own natural eyelashes without attaching false lashes. The eyelash artist uses a water-soluble glue to temporarily glue a silicon perming rod to your lashes. Then she applies a perming solution and jet black tint, which sit on your lashes for about 30 minutes. She washes it all of with water, and you're all done!

Pros:

 Lash Lifting Before and After

Lash Lifting Before and After

  • These are your own natural eyelashes, with nothing glued or attached to them. If you're fussy about having stuff near your eyes, this is the best option for you.
  • The service is super fast, only about 45 minutes to lash perfection. 
  • Lash Lifting is a very low-maintenance path to the lashes of your dreams. It lasts about 8 weeks, and after the first 24 hours (when you have to keep them dry), there's really nothing you have to do to care for them. 
  • This is one of the most inexpensive types of lash enhancements. A single visit is $100 (includes the Lift plus the Tint), and you'll only need to come in about 6 times a year to maintain it. 
  • Lash Lifting is very safe for your natural lashes due to how infrequently you need to have it done. There's no false lashes to weigh them down, so they stay strong and healthy. 

Cons:

  • Lash Lifting provides the least dramatic change in appearance.  You might not notice them in photographs taken from a distance, but they sure look great, and you won't believe these are your own natural lashes! Try applying a few coats of lengthening mascara like Blinc Amplified Mascara ($26, The W Spa) for an added boost.

Lash Extensions

Your Eyelash Artist carefully separates each lash, and individual Lash Extensions are applied with the safest, highest quality medical-grade adhesive to your individual lashes. Like all body hair, your natural lashes grow and fall out in cycles, about every 2-4 weeks. Your Extensions will gradually fall out with your natural eyelashes. 

Pros:

  • Lash Extensions provide the most dramatic look. You'll notice them from far away and in photos, and it's the best way to get that sexy cat eye "swoop" everyone wants! 
  • With Lash Extensions, you have options. If you're new to them, you might start with Mini Set to see if you like them. If you're ready to go all-out, try the Full Set for even more Extensions applied to your lashes. Lash Extensions are available in different lengths and thicknesses, and a skilled Lash Artist will choose and place them carefully to create the best look for your unique eye.
  • After the first 24 hours, your Lash Extensions are waterproof. You can swim with them, and they retain their shape even when wet. This makes them a great option for beach vacations! If you don't like them, a professional can easily remove them in about 30 minutes. But for the love of your lashes, PLEASE don't try to pick them off yourself or cut them. The results won't be pretty!
  • Lash Extensions are safe for your eyes and usually won't damage your natural lashes. Your Lash Artist assesses the health of your lashes, chooses the correct size and thickness for them, and places them carefully so it's not too much weight for your lashes to support. She may recommend you take a break once in a while, and it's always a good idea to use a growth serum to keep your lashes healthy. We recommend Rapid Lash ($49.95, The W Spa). 
 Lash Extensions

Lash Extensions

 Lash Extensions Before and After

Lash Extensions Before and After

Cons:

  • Lash Extensions can get pricey. Your initial visit is the most costly- $95-$250 depending on the type and number of Extensions you choose. Refills run between $45-$85, depending on how frequently you come in. If you wait longer between appointments, you may require a higher number of Extensions filled, and the cost may be higher. Volume Lashes cost the most, because application takes longer and is more labor intensive. 
  • Appointments for Lash Extensions can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, and if you want to keep up with them you need to come in every 2-4 weeks. If you're not comfortable laying down with your eyes closed while sharp instruments are near your eyes for this long, you might want to consider Lash Lifting instead.
  • If you touch your eyes a lot or have bad allergies that cause your eyes to water, Lash Extensions may not be for you. Stomach sleepers will find that their lashes fall out more quickly from the friction of the pillow. You'll also need to use oil-free makeups and makeup removers around your eyes. Oil will eat away at the adhesive and cause the lashes to fall out faster. 
  • When applied correctly, Lash Extensions look beautiful, natural, and flawless! But when applied by an unskilled hand, or if the Lash Artist chooses the wrong shape or length of lash, they look noticeably false. If you fail to care for them by gently combing them out with a spooley each morning, they will begin to cross over one another and look odd. 

What do you think? Which type of Lash Enhancement is your favorite?

 

author: Juliana Burkhart