Which is better – lash lift or extensions?

Eyelash technician with client

The lash lift vs extensions – a major question if you or your clients are looking for longer and fuller lashes. Both treatments enhance not only the flutter-factor but also add rich tone and depth to the eyes. 

However, there are some subtle differences between the two which every passionate beauty fan and practitioner should know. So here’s the 411 on all things lashes. Let’s dive in…

Lashes are the perfect frames for our eyes, and having a healthy, luscious set is the perfect way to feel put together every day. No wonder lash treatments have become some of the most popular beauty treatments in recent years!

But what type of treatment should you choose or recommend for your clients? Let’s look at the differences and benefits of both eyelash extensions and eyelash lifts, so you can offer a bespoke service for your beauty queens.

What is a lash lift?

You can think of a lash lift as a perm for your lashes! The process involves enhancing and promoting the natural curling of lashes to make them appear longer and fuller. Using a water-soluble adhesive, practitioners carefully curl the lashes into a new structure and leave to dry, before cleansing. This gives an enhanced, yet natural look.

Lash lifts can also help with lashes that tend to sit straight or get twisted into others. A great lash lift makes them manageable as well as fluttery! 

Often a lash lift is accompanied by a tint, a dying process that enhances the natural tone of the lashes, usually making them darker, so that they have more impact. 

How long does a lash lift last?

Lash lifts require no ongoing maintenance, but the treatment will wear off after around 8-12 weeks. Over time, your lashes will simply drop back to their natural appearance, so to remain perky a repeat appointment is suggested.

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions involve the bonding of synthetic or natural hair fibres to your natural lashes. Using a safe and strong adhesive, they can be used to fill in gaps and plump out existing lashes, making them look physically fuller and longer.

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Lash extensions usually need monthly maintenance to keep them looking natural and healthy. These maintenance appointments are usually quick and easy, taking no more than 10 minutes.

Both treatments are popular due to their ability to make everyday beauty easy. Mornings are much more relaxing without the need for mascara and curlers, just rolling out of bed with a fully framed face!

However, there are a few key differences that all clients and technicians should consider.

Lash lift or extensions? The differences

  • Maintenance – Lash lifts require less maintenance, and although maintenance is also not mandatory, the treatment will simply fade. Eyelash extensions however are slightly more time consuming and require mandatory maintenance. 
  • Irritation – For sensitive eyes, a lift is usually more acceptable. Due to working with the natural lash, very few people experience any irritation. Some may experience discomfort with adhesives used in extensions. 
  • Availability – The lash lift procedure is not available to everyone. If the client’s natural lashes are too short, the treatment will not work. Therefore, these clients will be better off with extensions to achieve their desired look.
  • Styling – Extensions tend to look a little more dramatic and lash lifts tend to look more natural. Brides, in particular, often choose extensions for their big day, or clients choose them for red carpet or event looks. However, customisation can be achieved with each treatment – meaning a more natural look can be created if desired. Especially if you are well trained in this procedure. 

Want to wow your clients with the best lash treatments available? 

So, lash lift or extensions? Well, they are both great. With both an Eyelash Lift and Tint Course and an Eyelash Extension Course available, our online certificates are a flexible and affordable way to add these crucial skills to your beauty service. Train under industry professionals and master the essential steps to offer your clients the longer, fuller and darker-looking lashes they’ve been dreaming of. 

Our course contents are designed to be simple and fun for students of all abilities, regardless of whether you’re just starting out or looking to develop your existing skillset. This comprehensive training includes both text-based learning and guided video demonstration, with full tutor support to ensure you achieve your certificate in seamless style. Ready to flutter your way into a thriving career. Enrol today!

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