Lash Lift VS Eyelash Extensions, which is the best for you?

What is a lash lift?

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A lash lift is mostly known as being an alternative to eyelash extensions. But don’t make the mistake in thinking that lash lifts are worse or lesser than lash extensions. Lash lifts use specially made, non-toxic chemicals on your natural lashes. These chemicals work to break down the lashes’ structural bonds and reform them. They’re kind of like a perm for your eyelashes! This allows your lashes to become curled from the base to the tip, which makes them appear longer and lusher. That’s an important distinction: while a lash lift does add curl to your lashes, it doesn’t actually add length or volume. They just appear to look longer and fuller because of the added curl.


What Are Lash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to your natural eyelashes in order to make your lash fringe look longer, fuller, and darker. Individual lash extensions are applied to each of your individual natural eyelashes (one extension per natural eyelash) using a semi-permanent glue.

The material used varies from studio to studio, but lash extensions can be made of synthetic, mink, faux mink, or silk fibers. Most studios offer a variety of extension lengths, curl patterns, and tints so clients can customize their look.


How They Compare

Lash lifts are a great way to give your lashes an extra oomph without adding anything to them. They give a very natural-looking result.

Lash extensions, on the other hand, are perfect if you’re looking for a more dramatic transformation – you can choose the length, thickness, and curl of your lashes.

Having said that, well-done eyelash extensions can also be very natural-looking. They are completely customizable.


Lash extensions vs lash lift – the differences

Though both are designed to make your lashes look fuller and longer, eyelash lifts and lash extensions are not the same.


An eyelash lift enhances the appearance of your natural lashes, while extensions are attached to your lashes.

Aestheticians, or lash artists, attach the extensions to your lashes one by one, making this a pricey and time-consuming procedure that requires a bit of maintenance to keep up.  


Both options will eliminate having to use eye makeup to get a bold lash look. Lash lifts and extensions call attention to your eyes and make them look bigger. The customizable materials, colors, and styles you can choose to create a unique look.


When you get an eyelash lift, chemicals are applied to your eyelashes. This can make your lashes dry and brittle and lead to breakage in some cases. It’s critical to do your research to find the best salons and aestheticians to ensure your lashes are protected and healthy. A lash lift lasts from six to eight weeks’ that’s up to two months!

The durability of lash extensions depends on the quality of the material they are made out of, your lash artist’s skills, and your ability to care for and maintain them properly. The artificial lashes are not reusable and you need to get lash replacements every four to six weeks.


Generally speaking, eyelash extensions require more maintenance and upkeep. The glue used to attach each individual lash doesn’t last forever. Quality varies with some salons using cheaper materials with weaker adhesives than others.

You also need to be hyper-vigilant with caring for your eyelash extensions and know that certain cosmetics and makeup removers can dissolve the glue bond and wreck your look.


Professional salon-quality eyelash extensions range from $100 to $300 or more, depending on your location. The lash extension fill-ins you need to maintain a full flutter can run between $30 to over $100 every time you need a touch-up.

Lash lifts, on the other hand, can cost on average between $100 to $120 and require no monthly fill-ins


Advantages of lash lifts

Those who love lash lifts will tell you that it is their natural look which is their primary advantage. No one will think your eyelashes are anything but natural. A lash lift will take all of the imperfections of your lashes (criss-crossed and twisted lashes anyone?!) and straighten them out, in a very natural way. This makes them easier to manage and apply mascara going forwards.

Additionally, if you’re looking for a lower maintenance solution, then lash lifts are your answer. They only require a trip to a salon around every 8-12 weeks. Even better, let us come to you and do your lash lift-save time and have a professional beauty treatment in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you can get them wet and you don’t need to worry about them falling out. Over time your lashes will simply drop back to their natural appearance.

Another plus for a lash lift treatment is that, due to simply working with your natural lashes, very few people experience any irritation.

However, with all these pros, there is one slight catch. If your eye lashes are particularly short, even the best and most skilful beauty therapist will not be able to complete a lash lift. There needs to be a reasonable length of natural lash in order to create the desired curl.


Advantages of eyelash extensions

If you’ve found yourself in awe of another woman’s eyelashes, chances are that she has lash extensions. Those perfect length, perfectly curled, perfectly tamed lashes are the work of exceptional beauty therapists, not Mother Nature! Lash extensions are dramatic and draw attention to the eyes, without compromise.

A huge advantage of lash extensions is their low maintenance requirements between treatments. You can set your alarm clock 10 minutes later and look almost fully made up without so much as a dab of mascara.

The downside of lash extensions is that how good they look depends entirely on the skill of the beauty therapist you choose. It’s a complex task, requiring immense attention to detail and not everyone can do it perfectly. Choose a qualified and experienced beautician, such as those at Secret Spa. If you don’t want clumped or awkwardly straight line lashes, this is essential. What’s more, if they need to be removed, this can damage your natural lashes, so you want to avoid this.

There’s another reason that it’s important that you trust your beautician: lash extensions need monthly maintenance. Around once a month you need lash extension infills. This treatment is quicker, but it’s always a good idea to stick to the same trusted beautician who will come to know your lashes.


How to choose the right one for you?

In order to choose the best one for you, it is important to know what type of look you want to attain. If you want a dramatic look, go for the extensions while for a natural look, lash lift would be more suitable. Furthermore, if you have short lashes, lash extensions would be the best solution for you.

So, go ahead and choose between eyelash extensions and lash lifts by figuring out what exactly you want. You can visit our website for further details and guidance on both the procedures. Get the most alluring eyes by getting the right procedure done to enhance your eyelashes.