Lash lifts are all the rage and many salon regulars are asking for them. They help clients get the fluttery eyelashes of their dreams, and may surpass the need for mascara on a daily basis. This makes them extremely popular amongst anyone who wants their eyelashes to get an extra oomph.
If it's something you are thinking of getting into, we have compiled information on all the things to know before adding lash lift to your service.
Lash Lift: What Is It?
The term ‘lash lift’ is almost self-explanatory and should give you a quick idea about what it entails.
So, what is a lash lift?
A lash lift is a semi-permanent, all-natural cosmetic procedure that helps elevate or lift the lashes, almost like a perm. To put it simply, it gives the lashes a natural curl that resembles what they look like after you’ve used an eyelash curler and a healthy dose of mascara.
Essentially, lash lifts provide clients with eyelashes that look fuller and longer, without needing to use a curler and apply mascara every day.
Unlike the effect of a curler which fades off really quickly, lash lifts last for weeks and are great for those who want to reduce the time they spend on their eye makeup. Additionally, they are also great for people with long but straight lashes that need an extra lift.
Should You Add Lash Lifts to Your Services?
Whether your client is someone who opts for a no make-up makeup look on a daily basis, or dolls up like a dazzling diva every day, lash lifts are for everyone. In fact, even those who wouldn’t usually opt for a cosmetic procedure often don’t mind getting a lash lift. After all, it feels completely natural and non-intrusive, and is a great way to make the eyes pop without too much effort. Fashion industry experts actually opine that lash lifts are now replacing mascara as an eye beauty staple.
So, if you know how popular and appealing lash lifts are, you’re probably considering adding the procedure to your list of services. That’s a great decision! But before you do so, there are some things you should know to ensure that your clients get an amazing experience, and you can go through the process smoothly.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to hunt around for all the relevant information pertaining to lash lifts. We’ve covered everything you should know before you start lash lifting, in this handy guide!
How Does A Lash Lift Work?
An eyelash lift entails a perming solution that breaks the lash bonds. This allows you to reform their shape and curl them up, and make the lashes appear lifted.
Since eyelashes are like the normal hair on the head, they can be treated similarly as far as chemical rebonding goes. The only major difference is that considering the fact that putting chemicals close to the eye can be dangerous or damaging, the formula used to lift the lashes is a lot milder and gentler.
The perm solution, which is allowed to sit for a bit, softens the lashes so they can be curled and lifted properly. After it is wiped off, a setting solution is applied to harden the lashes, allowing their shape to be set.
Often, lash lifting also includes using a tint that makes the lashes appear darker. This is extremely useful for lashes that look light at the end, which can look short. The tint helps to darken the tips and provide a fuller, longer appearance to the lashes.
Lash Lift: Before And After
Informing clients on the proper way to prepare for a lash lift and maintain it once done, is very important. This will ensure that the procedure is smooth and effective, and your clients are happy with the results. It will also help your client retain the lift for longer, which is the best way to ensure you get brownie points for client satisfaction!
Before A Lash Lift
Here’s everything that goes into preparing for a lash lift which you should inform your client about:
- Remove eye makeup, get rid of false lashes, and also remove contact lenses before the appointment
- Refrain from curling the natural lashes for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the appointment
- No waterproof mascara 48 hours before the procedure, as it may leave behind residue which could interrupt the procedure
- Ensure that there is no eye infection
After A Lash Lift
After a lash lift, there are certain simple things a client should keep in mind to ensure extended results:
- No makeup for the first 24 hours following the lash lift procedure
- No hot water, swimming, or steaming for 24 hours after the procedure
- Avoid touching or rubbing the eyes immediately following the treatment
- No rubbing or tugging at the eyelash after the treatment
How Long Does A Lash Lift Last?
Lash lifts are only semi-permanent. This means that the effects will last longer than the temporary effects of a mascara or eyelash curler, but they won’t be wholly permanent and may fade eventually.
Lash lifts typically last between 6 to 8 weeks. This can vary from one client to another as it depends on certain factors such as:
- Their own natural lashes and how fast they grow
- The type of lift they have chosen to get
- How well they have followed the immediate aftercare instructions
- How well they have followed long-term lash maintenance instructions
However, if a client’s lashes grow faster than average, their lash lift may not last as long as others. It is important to make this explicitly clear to your clients to avoid dissatisfaction.
Aftercare For Lash Lift
The proper aftercare both immediately after a lash lift, and in the long run, can help make the lift as effective as possible, and also help it last longer. While the client cannot control their lash growth, which may impact the duration that the lash lift lasts, proper aftercare can be extremely beneficial to extending the lash lift’s life.
The first 24 to 48 hours after a lash lift procedure are crucial to ensuring that the lift is as effective as possible. This is because the eyelashes will still be hardening and setting to hold the shape after the procedure.
If the lashes are disturbed during this period, it could affect the longevity of the lift, and also reduce its impact. Which is why, immediate aftercare is extremely important.
This includes no makeup around the eyes.
Clients must also keep the eyes and lashes completely dry after a lash lift, meaning no exposure to water or steam. Additionally, using cleansing products around the eyes is also a bad idea.
If the client wishes, they can use cleansing wipes to clean their face, while avoiding the eyes. This will prevent water from disrupting the lashes.
Aside from keeping the lashes completely dry, it is also beneficial for clients to avoid sleeping on their face for the first 24 hours.
Clients can also use a cleansing brush to gently get rid of irritants and dust from the area around the eyes.
Long-term lash care will help maintain the lash lifts for longer and also ensure that the client’s lashes remain healthy and prepared for their follow-up appointments.
Here are some important aspects of long-term lash lift maintenance that clients must follow:
- Use a serum or lash conditioner to strengthen and nourish the lashes
- Use mild and gentle skincare products, especially cleansers
- Refrain from using waterproof mascaras that tend to build up and leave residue
- Avoid tugging at the lashes or using curlers too often
- Avoid oil based products
- Try to reduce sun exposure
Sizes Of Lash Lift Rods
Before deciding your pricing, it is important to know the curl you can offer clients, which depends mainly on their natural lashes. Sometimes their lashes are not long enough to achieve the desired curl. It’s important to advise the final result rather than risking your reputation.
Let’s look at the different rod options that you can offer to help your client get their desired shape. From S to M3, the size of the rod determines how dramatic the curl is. The smaller the size, the stronger the curl is created.
- S size fits the eyelash length shorter than 7mm (intense curl)
- M size fits the eyelash length 7mm - 8mm (medium curl)
- M1 size fits the eyelash length 9mm - 10mm (slighter than curl than M)
- M2 size fits the eyelash length 11mm - 12mm (slighter than curl than M1)
- M3 size (L) fits the eyelash length longer than 12mm (natural curl)
Moving on to the different types of lash lifts that you can offer clients, it is important to note that each kind differs on how long they can last - some sooner, some lasting longer.
The two main types of lash lifts are:
- Yumi or Keratin Lash Lift - keratin is a naturally occurring protein that provides hair with strength and smoothness. This type of lash list provides longer results, that may easily last for 6 weeks or longer
- Length-Volume-Lift (LVL) Lash Lift - this treatment is designed to provide volume and curl the lashes from the follicle root to the tip of the hair. It doesn’t use any keratin and involves a lifting balm instead. These treatments often last up to 6 weeks at most.
- Combined treatment - These treatments are a mix of keratin and LVL lash lifts that provide a wispy, natural look by combining the benefits of both the aforementioned treatments.
How Much Should I Charge Clients For A Lash Lift?
The average cost of a lash lift differs depending on different factors such as:
- Cost of supplies or products you use
- Time taken for the lash lift
- Type of lash lift
- Location of your business
- Competition or demand of the lash lift
- Your own reputation or popularity
Generally, clients expect to pay between $95 and $150 for a lash lift. Certain big cities are more expensive and the cost of a lash lift falls around the higher side. The average cost of a lash lift is approximately $105.
When you decide on what to charge clients for the lash lift, consider these factors before setting your rate. Remember you can also include the following in your rate, or charge them separately:
- Tinting treatment and cost of tinting dye
- Keratin treatment for nourishing lashes
- Aftercare products such as nourishing serums
- Patch test before the treatment
LLBA Lash Lift Training Manual
The LLBA Lash Lift Training Manual contains all the necessary information needed in performing lash lifts as a professional esthetician. It gives you all the information you would learn in a class, without the practical application.
This manual will help you learn about lash lifting, and also act as a perfect reference guide after you have completed your training. It’s the ideal way to brush up on your theory before going into practical training.
With the assistance of the LLBA lash lift training manual, you can understand everything that goes into providing your clients with the perfect lash lift. Adding it to lash lifting your list of services is a great way to bolster your career and boost your business since it is such a highly coveted procedure. So, what are you waiting for, get your copy now!