What is the difference between a lash lift and a lash perm, you ask? To answer simply- not a great deal but to answer knowledgeably... EVERYTHING!
Traditional lash perms were carried out using a perming solution, which breaks down the Keratin molecules that make up your lashes, so that they are free to move around. The lashes are wrapped around a sticky curling rod- once the perming solution has been applied for 8-15 minutes, a setting solution is applied. The setting solution then locks the new place in shape by re-bonding the Keratin molecules into their new, curled shape, in order to create a subtle curl. Now, as I said before, there is not much that sets apart a lash perm from a lash lift- but the results speak volumes on how a minor change can drastically change your results. Lash lifts follow the same stages; perming solution, setting solution, nourishing solution (in order to condition the lashes). However, there is only one small change to the treatment, and it makes all the difference. Contrary to the curling rod used in a lash perm, silicon pads are used to wrap the lashes onto. These silicone rods are much thinner than the curling rods in traditional perms, allowing the lashes to be wrapped closer to the root, and in turn, be lifted from the root- giving the appearance of longer lashes. It really gives that "mascara" look without the hassle, who doesn't want fabulous lashes that last 8 weeks? Just look at the difference for yourself:
OLD PERM ROLLERS:
SILICONE PERM PADS:
I hope I've enlightened you a little on the wonders of Lash Lifting- you really won't regret trying this treatment!