Long, dark, voluminous lashes: they’re something we all want but usually need a bit of help to achieve. Fortunately, that’s why treatments like lash lifts and lash extensions exist. Whether you’re a salon making recommendations to clients or a client yourself, understanding the differences between lash lifts and extensions will help you determine which of the two is better.
Lash lifts have taken the beauty world by storm, and their popularity is one of the reasons why so many salons offer this service. A lash lift is a treatment that involves rolling the natural lashes onto a rod, then using a chemical solution to perm them, curling them from base to tip.
- Results last six to eight weeks with minimal maintenance
- Treatment is quick—it often takes less than half an hour
- Suitable for all lash and eye types
- Provide a natural, subtle look
- The chemical solution can damage the natural lashes
- Not ideal for people with sensitive skin
Lash extensions, also commonly referred to as falsies, are small fans of synthetic, mink, fox, or silk lashes that you apply to the lash line to cover the natural lashes.
- Customizable in terms of length, curl, and color
- Eliminate the need for lash makeup
- Last roughly six weeks
- Provide a bold, dramatic look
- Treatment can take over an hour
- Not suitable for all eye and lash types
- Requires regular cleaning and brushing
Which Should You Choose?
Lash lifts vs. extensions: Which is better? Both treatments have their pros and cons. Neither is always a better option than the other. The decision comes down to which one suits your personal needs the best.
If you—or your client—want a bold, dramatic, custom look and don’t mind a bit of extra maintenance, extensions could be the answer. But if you’re a busy person and can’t spend a ton of time in a salon chair or brushing your lashes at night, lifts provide a lower maintenance solution. Consider what each treatment offers, then make your choice. Either way, you and your clients can enjoy luxurious lashes in no time!