(and Why They're Different than Lash Extensions)
My lashes are stubborn. They're short, straight, and fall downward over my eyes. I've tried all the top-rated curlers on the market, yet no matter how much I train them to stay up, the lashes inevitably drop after a single coat of mascara.
I've tested lots of different solutions.
Sometimes I opt for a strip of falsies. And before I go on a long vacation, I get lash extensions.
Extensions are especially addicting—they add volume, curl, and length without the fuss of glue and self application. Plus, no one can even tell you have them on mink individual lashes are bonded at the root of your natural ones. Makeup takes only a couple of minutes because your face already looks done-up upon waking.
But you might be tired of doing it every 2 weeks and for some girls they are anti safe.
Don’t worry! We found solution! You don’t have to accept defeat and a lifetime of sad lashes; I got introduced to keratin lash laminate. They give you the best of both worlds: You get the semi-permanent lift and curl of extensions while keeping your natural lashes damage-free. Three weeks in, I'm so floored by the results I may never go back to getting extensions—or even using a lash curler—ever again.
Like old-school perms from the '80s, lash laminate set the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution.
"The only thing that we recommend is if you want a more dramatic result, then going on something like a lash serum to grow your lashes as long as possible is a great option.
The first step during a session is to consult with your lash artist, who will ask you questions about your goals and style (for example, whether or not you wear mascara everyday, like lashes high upwards to your eyebrows or more fanned out, etc.) Based on your answers, your technician will pick a curl size for your eye shape.
After cleansing the lashes and separating your bottom lashes from your top, a silicone shield gets stuck on the skin using a gentle adhesive .Adhesive is applied on top of the shield as well, then lashes are combed up to take their shape. Here is where eye-safe perming solution is applied.
"The perm solution acts as a softener so that's going in and softening the bond of your hair so that it's moldable.
It depends on your hair type. "If you have a hard time curling the hair on your head, let technicians know that when doing lash lifting,". It makes sense—the hair on my head is naturally straight, thick, and has a hard time holding a curl without a ton of product so my lashes act the same. It took two rounds of 12 minutes for me ("that's probably the longest in history’’). Then, a setting solution and oil are applied.
"The setting solution hardens everything back up and restructures the bond and makes them hard again. It locks in the shape,". The setting solution is followed by a nourishing lotion, which contains keratin and sodium PCA in it, to add moisture back in the lashes. It also contains aloe vera, grapeseed oil, and glycerin, a humectant that attracts moisture. It's kind of like dyeing or bleaching your hair, then following it with conditioner.
Here is impressive before and after:
You can wear mascara.
Lash laminates are gloriously low maintenance.
While lash extensions required me to be extra careful doing anything—washing my face, sleeping a certain way, applying makeup—I haven't had to think at all about my lashes since getting a laminate. I wake up, add mascara, and I'm good to go. You can use coconut oil or a facial oil. Your lashes have been processed so just keeping them conditioned and nourished is great.