Should I Get a Lash Lift or Lash Extensions?

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  • January 3rd, 2022
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Should I Get a Lash Lift or Lash Extensions?

Lash lifts and lash extensions—oh my! Both services are lash enhancements designed to help you look AND feel your best. While each can provide a natural appearance, the results of a lash tinting are usually described as more natural than lash extensions while lash extensions allow for more customizable options, making the service ideal for guests who want their eyes to pop EVEN more. 😮

But which of these two lash services is right for you? See the details below and decide which one is calling your name!

What Is a Lash Lift vs. Lash Extensions?

A lash lift is a semi-permanent process by which your natural lashes are safely curled by one of our trained stylists based on the look you desire. Like a “perm” for your lashes (without the ringlets), a lash lift gently lifts your lashes making your eyes 👁️ appear more awake and refreshed. (Who doesn’t want that?!?)

Lash extensions will also enhance your look, and this service entails one or more eyelash extensions (depending on the customized application you choose) being attached to a single natural eyelash across your lash line.

No matter the lash service you choose, your stylist will help you select the best option to suit your lash goals, whether that’s sticking to a more natural appearance or going for full dramatic effect.

The Lash Lift Process

Let’s talk process! At The Lash Lounge, our stylists use a silicone lifting rod to carefully curl your natural lashes, which are then “set” with a gentle adhesive, leaving you with a flawless, natural-looking lift!

Lash lifts are quick, with most appointments lasting less than an hour. For those who desire a little more oomph on their lash line, we often recommend a lash tint with your lash lift! Combining these two services provides a bolder look to further enhance those newly curled eyelashes. With little to no maintenance, guests who choose a lift and tint will enjoy a beautiful and effortless lash look for up to four weeks. 🙌🏽

For best results, lash lifts without a tint should be repeated every eight weeks—but this recommendation will depend on your lashes. Your stylist will also work with you to set a maintenance schedule that will help you keep your lovely lash lift looking flawless!

The Eyelash Extension Process

at The Lash Lounge, we know that details matter. Your appointment will begin with a consultation with one of our expert stylists. During this conversation, we’ll define your #LashGoals and select the four elements that will result in your fully customized lash look:

  1. Lash curl
  2. Lash type (silk or mink)
  3. Application method (classic, hybrid or volume)
  4. Lash level (natural, dramatic or extreme).

Walking through our Lash Catalog, our stylists will help you further narrow your options.  Depending on the options you choose, the application process can take anywhere from 2-3 hours during your first lash extension appointment.

Once you and your stylist determine the details, it’s time for the lash magic to begin! When the process starts, your stylist will prep your lash line and clean your lashes. Next, your stylist will gently adhere individual synthetic lash extensions to your natural lashes with a safe, medical-grade adhesive.

During the application, you will feel a very light touch to your lash line, which most guests find SO relaxing. Can you say “lash nap”? 💤

When your stylist is done customizing your lash look, we’ll complete our final assessment before handing YOU the mirror. It’s officially time to look at those GORGEOUS, new lash extensions!

Do I Need a Full Set of Lashes at Every Appointment?

We get this question a lot! To keep your lash line full and looking fabulous 24/7, you need to visit The Lash Lounge for a lash fill. During a refill appointment, your stylist will assess your lash line, remove any long, overgrown extensions and apply extensions to any of your new natural lashes.

About 20-30% of our natural lashes are lost every couple of weeks. So, we recommend guests schedule refill appointments every two weeks. Regular refill appointments mean you’ll have fresh, full lashes every day AND enjoy a little guaranteed self-care time. Just like a full lash application, a lash refill is painless and completed in approximately 45 minutes.

Why Choose Lash Lift vs. Lash Extensions?

Available in an array of customizable options, lash extensions offer many ways for you to achieve your IDEAL lash look. However, if you’re not sure lash extensions are for you, or you’re looking to try another lash service first, then a custom lash lift is the way to go!

In fact, both lash lifts and lash extensions are great options if you’re looking for:

  • A one-of-a-kind lash look
  • A mascara-free morning routine
  • Longer and fuller-looking lashes
  • Eyes that appear more awake and refreshed

The Lash Look Choice Is Yours

Whatever look your heart (and lashes) desire, whether it be eyelash extensions or a lash lift, your local Lash Lounge salon is ready to welcome and serve YOU!

Ultimately, the choice between our lash enhancement services is personal and either service will result in a gorgeous, time-saving look.