Lashes are one of the most important features of facial beauty. They frame and brighten our eyes while bringing a touch of glamour to our overall look.
So, it’s no surprise that many women opt for popular procedures such as eyelash lifts and eyelash extensions to make their eyes pop and eliminate the need for eye makeup.
But, with so many options available, how can you be sure you’ll choose the right one?
That’s where 3Beauties comes in!
Whatever your lash goals are, we’re here to help you understand the differences between lash lifts and extensions, so you can make an informed decision and achieve the stunning, eye-catching lashes you’ve always wanted.
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibres that are glued to your natural eyelashes to lengthen, fill up, and darken the appearance of your lash line.
Using a semi-permanent glue, individual lash extensions are attached to each of your natural eyelashes without skin contact.
Lash extensions can be created from silk, synthetic, or mink fibres, though the specific material utilised varies from studio to studio. These eyelash extensions also come in various lengths, curl patterns and colours.
A lash lift is an all-natural, semi-permanent technique that gives you the illusion of larger, thicker eyelashes without using leave-on chemicals or artificial lashes.
Your top and bottom lashes are separated, and a silicone shield is then utilised to curl your lashes for 8 to 12 minutes while a lifting solution is applied. After that, a setting solution and lash conditioner aid in setting and maintaining the condition of your lashes.
This gives you the curled lashes look without using an eyelash curler or needing to wear mascara.
A lash extension can last anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the individual’s natural lash cycle and proper maintenance.
However, as the natural lashes grow and shed, the lash extensions will gradually fall out. If you want to maintain the full, lush look, regular touch-ups every 2-3 weeks are necessary.
On the flip side, a lash lift typically lasts between 6 to 8 weeks. It is a more low-maintenance option as there are no extensions to reapply.
As your natural lashes grow and shed, the curl will start to fall, so a lash lift will need to be redone to maintain the desired effect. However, perming your lashes too much can chemically damage them.
A lash extension creates a more dramatic, voluminous look as each individual lash is extended and thickened, creating bolder and fuller lashes.
The length and thickness of the extensions can be customized to suit the client’s preference, ranging from subtle and natural-looking all the way to bold and dramatic!
However, if not properly applied by a professional, the extensions may appear heavy and fake.
Luckily, you won’t have to worry about that with 3Beauties.
Our professional lash extension artists use our proprietary Lash Mapping technique (based on the length, curl and diameter of the artificial lashes) to strategically enhance your eye shape and facial features.
A lash lift, on the other hand, creates a more lifted and natural look. Instead of adding length and volume, a lash lift focuses on giving the natural lashes curl and definition.
The appearance of longer and lifted lashes is obtained without the added weight of extensions. This can be a great option for those with short, sparse lashes who want a more subtle look.
Eyelash extensions require high maintenance to keep them looking their best.
This includes avoiding rubbing your eyes, using oil-free products near the eye area, and avoiding water for 24-48 hours after the treatment.
You will also need to clean your lashes regularly with lash shampoo to avoid the accumulation of dirt and dead skin around the eye area.
A lash lift treatment, on the other hand, is much lower maintenance. There are no extensions to reapply, and there are no restrictions on eye products or activities.
Simply avoid rubbing your eyes and use gentle products near the eye area to maintain the lift.
Lash lifts and extensions are completely safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional that ensures proper safety measures are followed during the treatment.
In both cases, it is recommended to research the salon or lash artist, read reviews, and ask for credentials to ensure they are trained and licensed in the treatment you are interested in.
For lash extensions, using a medical-grade, high-quality adhesive is critical to avoid any irritation or damage to the natural lashes.
The extensions should also be properly placed on the natural lash without any excess weight or improper placement. This will ensure the lash does not get damaged or fall out prematurely.
For lift treatments, using high-quality, safe lifting solutions is crucial in avoiding damage or irritation to the eyes and lashes.
It is also important to ensure that the lifting rods are the correct size for the individual’s eye shape and lash length to avoid any discomfort or damage.
After a lash lift or extension treatment, it is crucial to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure the longevity and health of your lashes.
In both cases, regular touch-ups every 2-3 weeks (for extensions) or every 6-8 weeks (for lash lifts) are necessary to maintain the desired look.
For lash extensions, avoid
-touching or rubbing your eyes,
-using oil-based products near the eye area,
-and getting your lashes wet for the first 24-48 hours.
After that, use a gentle, oil-free cleanser to clean the lashes and avoid using waterproof mascaras or eyeliners, which can weaken the adhesive’s bond.
At 3Beauties, we provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to ensure the longevity and health of your lashes. Our trained and licensed professionals are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
For lash lifts, avoid touching or rubbing your eyes and use gentle, oil-free products near the eye area to maintain the lift.
It is also important to avoid water for the first 24 hours after the treatment to allow the solution to set fully.
Choosing between a lash lift and extensions depends on your personal preferences, lifestyle, and budget.
Now you know that with proper maintenance and aftercare, both treatments can help you achieve stunning, eye-catching lashes that enhance your natural beauty.
At 3Beauties, we understand the importance of safety and use only the highest-quality products and techniques. Our trained and licensed professionals are dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable experience for your eyelash extensions.
We also utilise a unique Lash Mapping technique so you can feel confident and beautiful with your new lashes!
So what are you waiting for?
Book an appointment with us today and never look back!