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How Long Does a Lash Lift Take

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No matter how much mascara you layer on, sometimes your lashes will just demand a bit more from you, an extra boost. Or, you may fancy shaving off some time from your morning routine so you won’t have to run to your office literally.

Yeah, we’re aware that lash extensions, false lashes exist. They’re basically killing the mascara trend slowly. But have you considered the maintenance part?

That’s where a lash lift comes in. It’s actually just a perm for your eyelashes that’s relatively low maintenance. Not only will your lashes look lush and fuller without the need for an eyelash curler, but if you also get a lash tint, you can even ditch your mascara too.

But, how long does a lash lift take?

We did the homework for you. Here, we’re going to discuss everything in detail. Just read on.

So, What Is A Lash Lift?

Despite the rise in popularity, there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding what exactly a lash lift is. Lashes have a natural shape to them. This shape differs from person to person, much like our hair.

By doing a lash life, you’re essentially curling your lashes from base to tip. We use a mini curling rod and a lifting solution- which is a kind of chemical for the whole process. It’s not dangerous. But it is our eyes nevertheless! So only do it with the help of a licenced professional.

You may hear another term for it- LVL lashes. LVL stands for length, volume and lift.

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The Whole Lash Lift Process

As stated above, you should only trust a professional with anything that involves the eyes. But it’s not scary or complicated at all. If your technician knows what they are doing, the whole lash lift is a relatively pain-free process.

Precautionary measures

Your technician will do a patch test on you if you have sensitive skin. They’ll do it with the particular solution they’ll use for your lashes. Much like any other solution, lash lift solutions are basically chemicals. So there is always the risk of an allergic reaction. This test will ensure that the ingredients in the solution that the technician will use for you aren’t causing any problem.

In the case of a problem, the technician will opt for a different solution suitable for your skin type.

Lash lift process in steps

  • Initial prep

You’ll be laying back comfortably on a chair. The technician will wash and dry your lashes and then brush them up onto a silicone curling rod. Everyone’s lashes are different. So there is no “one size fits all” rod for everyone. The rod used will depend on your lash size and your curl preference.

  • Perm solution

After that, the technician will apply a perming solution to the base of your lashes. It will help soften your lashes to the point that you can curl them into the preferred shape. This step can take quite a few minutes, as how well your lashes will hold a curl depends.

  • Setting solution

The technician will apply a setting solution afterwards to set the lashes into shape as it hardens the lash hair. Once your lashes are set, you’re all done.

  • Tinting

You can also opt to get a tint with the curling of your lashes. Getting a tint will make your eyes look more open and dramatic. For tinting, you’ll have to go through an extra step. The technician will slather a dye onto your lashes, and this will conclude the whole process. Sometimes only the upper lashes need tinting, and sometimes you need to tint both your upper and lower lashes. It all depends on the nature of your lashes.

All in all, the whole process from prepping to tinting will take around 45 minutes to an hour. In fact, preparing the lotions and things takes most of the time.

Is it painful?

Do you want a simple answer?

NOT at all.

If you look up lash lifting pictures on the internet, they may look intimidating, but I assure you, it doesn’t hurt at all. You just lay down, keep your eyes closed, and the technician will handle everything- from start to end. You don’t have to do anything or worry about anything.

But yes, the perming solution does have a strong scent to it. It’s not bad. But it’s not necessarily a good smell either as we can’t associate it with everyday objects, so you may find the smell weird at first. Once you get used to it, it’ll not bother you at all.

After the lash lift

You can’t get your lashes wet for hours after the lift. If you’ve ever got a perm for your hair or have seen someone get a perm, then you must be familiar with the whole thing. The chemical bond needs some time to set. During that time, if you wet your lashes, the bond will get weaker or mess up in such a way that you won’t see any results from the lift at all.

It’ll also be wise to leave them completely untouched through this whole time too.

Also, avoid applying mascara onto your lashes for about 48 hours after the lift. This will help set the shape too.

A Woman Tries to Apply Eyelash Oil


When we get extensions, we can’t get them wet or sleep with them on our eyes. But we get a lash lift directly onto your natural lashes. So showering or sleeping will not ruin the thing.

But as post-treatment, you can use lash oil to nourish and condition your lashes. They are hairs, after all. So some care is necessary.

A Beautician Performs Eyelash Laminate Procedure

How Long Does a Lash Lift Last?

Six to eight weeks– that’s how long a lash lift will last.

But many variables may affect this time. For example, your eyelashes may grow very slowly. In that case, your lash lift may last a bit longer. As your eyelashes naturally grow out, the lift will gradually fall.

If you do anything that you’re advised against, like getting your lashes wet after the treatment, it’ll shorten the lifetime of the treatment. As for how short, that depends on how your carelessness affected the treatment and to what degree. So I’d strongly advise you to listen to all the suggestions that your technician will give you.

Also, your skin type will affect your lash lift too. People with oily skin experience that their lash lift doesn’t last as long as those with regular or dry skin. If you have oily skin, it can break down the keratin treatment faster. The same can happen if you use a lot of essential oil or oily products on your face. Using oily products will have the same effect as having an oily skin type.

However, your tint won’t last as long as you lift. It will most likely fade after about three weeks.


Since a lash lift only takes an hour to do, and you’ll literally have permanent eye makeup for about 6-8 weeks, it’s definitely worth it. No wonder a lot of women are opting for this newer technique instead of relying on old ones. If you teach yourself to do it, that’s even better. All you’ll need is a DIY lash lift kit, and you’re all set to go.

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