As mentioned before, there are several different lash treatments out there for you to consider. Determining which of these treatments is best for you will depend on your lash goals, as well as your desired amount of upkeep and how much time and money you want to spend. Each has a different price point and time before you need another treatment, so really do your research and consider all of the available information.
While all of these options will help you to save a significant amount of time, the exact looks that they can give you are a bit different. Without further ado, here is a brief summary of the various available lash services and what you can expect from each:
Lash extensions are perhaps the most glamorous and striking of all the options on this list. While lash lifts and lash tints only use and enhance your natural eyelashes by affecting their shape or color, lash extensions actually add more hairs to increase fullness. Your lash technician will carefully apply individual hairs to your natural, pre-existing lashes with a strong adhesive for a full set of lightweight, luscious lashes. It’s safe for sensitive eyes, and the results are truly unbeatable.
The lash application process is often a very calming and relaxing one, considering you close your eyes for approximately two hours and allow a lash artist to craft a look perfect for you. Due to the precision and attention to detail the treatment requires, lash extensions can cost about $100 to $200. If you dream of totally luscious, luxurious lashes, eyelash extensions are a fabulous option. In fact, they will likely give you more dramatic and intense results than the other items on this list.
That said, these results can be more or less dramatic for specific people. If you want a look that is a bit more on the natural side, you can speak with your lash tech and choose hairs that will give you exactly what you are looking for. If you want to go all out with the fullest, fluffiest lashes, there are plenty of options for that as well. Everyone is going to be jealous of how those lashes fan out.
The amount of time classic lash extensions will last depends on a variety of factors, including your individual lash growth cycle (which is different for everybody), how well you follow various after-care instructions, and whether you are consistent in getting your lashes touched up.
You’ll have to be careful about what kind of eye makeup removers you use, as well as what eye cream, cleansers, and lotions are touching your lashes. If left entirely on their own with proper care, most people find that all of their lashes fall out at approximately four to six weeks.
However, this total time can be extended by getting lash fills as recommended by your lash stylist. What are lash fills, you wonder? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Lash fills are what you get to fill in any sparseness leftover by natural fall-out that occurs after getting extensions. Typically, it is recommended that you get these touch-ups every two to three weeks after first getting your extensions, but this again depends on your specific lash growth cycle. Be sure to ask your technician for their sage advice when it comes to how to make your lashes their very best.
During a lash fill appointment, your lash specialist will look at how your extensions are holding up and apply fresh hairs and lash glue to any spots on your lash line with growing sparseness. This evens out your look and makes your lashes look consistent and beautiful. During the appointment, extensions that are about to fall off due to the adhesion agent loosening may be removed manually to keep your natural lashes healthy.
Lash fills generally cost under $100, which is significantly less than your initial eyelash extension appointment. This is because a lash fill is a less detailed process, as it is only about filling in several spots on your lashes rather than starting with your natural hairs alone. Also, a consultation is not necessary on the same scale as it is when first getting extensions applied. Since it is a simpler process, getting lash fills done typically takes in the vicinity of an hour.
A lash lift uses your natural eyelashes to enhance your beauty, as opposed to adding in new hairs. The process of a lash lift can essentially be looked at as a type of “eyelash perm.” A solution with a perming ingredient is applied to your lashes that allows your technician to retrain their curl pattern. Then, your lashes are moved more vertical, and another solution is applied to keep them curled in that direction for a more natural look.
Many people find that lash lifts are tremendously time-saving if they like to curl their eyelashes. This is because a lash lift is pretty much a long-term eyelash curl, so the need to treat eyelashes on a daily basis is either largely diminished or entirely eliminated. Lash lifts are a more economical option than lash extensions, as they typically cost about $75 to $100, and results last for about six weeks. For heightened results, lash lifts are often paired with a lash tint.
Where a lash lift is the perfect replacement for eyelash curling, a lash tint is like the best mascara you will ever use. Lash tints work wonders for those with naturally lighter lashes, as they are a semi-permanent darker dye that lasts for about four weeks. The dye stays on your lashes, but your lashes will grow and fall out depending on your lash cycle.
This is also the most budget-friendly option, as lash tints typically cost in the range of $50 to $75.