Lash Lift & Tint
How does a keratin lash lift work?
The "lifting" part of the name comes from the fact that the keratin treatment works to lift your lash from base to tip, as a mascara wand would, so that you're able to see its full length. But instead of a wand, the effect is achieved using a silicone rod covered in a keratin formula. In the same way that keratin serves as a building block to healthy hair for the strands on your head, this protein works to smooth out and strengthen your lashes while giving them semi-permanent shape.
Your eyes remain closed throughout the entire process, which involves setting your lashes by curling them upwards on the silicone rods, then coating the strands with the keratin solution. Lasting just 45 minutes to an hour, the service requires a lot less time than eyelash extensions, which usually take two or more hours. Also good to know: The size of the silicone rod makes all the difference. "There are different types of rods that are used depending on the desired styling and the amount of curl you would like to achieve," says Richardson. "The larger the rod, the softer the curl."
Are keratin lash lifts and other lash lifts the same thing?
No, not all lash lift services are keratin-based — and a keratin lash lift isn't a lash perm, either. A lash perm is a very different process because it's curling the lash using an alkaline solution vs. lifting it. Keratin must be present in the formulation in order for it to be considered a keratin lash lift.
Who is a keratin lash lift for?
For those who find the volume or upkeep of extensions to be too much, then keratin lash lifts might be a better alternative — they create more of a natural look and don't require frequent touchups. It is for the client who wants a natural 'woke up like this' appearance, the service alone is perfect.
Certain lash lifts also work great as a pre-service to extensions if you're looking for a fuller, more dramatic look. The lifting treatment can be done a couple of weeks prior to the extension application for added lift and volume, which will also reduce the contrast of your natural lashes against the extensions.
How long does a keratin lash lift last?
Keratin-based lash lifts last for about four to 6 weeks, but in order to make them last that long, it's crucial to follow the rules for post-lift care. Aside from not getting your lashes wet for the first 48 hours, you should treat your eye area like a safety hazard zone, also paying attention to your skin-care regimen. You will want to avoid rubbing your eyes and using oil-based products and heavy creams around your eye.
The lashes will also need to be gently brushed with a clean spoolie to ensure you're keeping the area free of dust or bacteria. As for makeup, it's best to avoid cream-based liners — stick to pencil or liquid — and mascaras altogether.