Enhancing ones’ lashes has been around for several millennia, and volume and drama have long been achieved by glue-on or magnetic lashes. However, some of us are looking for something that will give us the lashes we want that won’t require the hassle of daily application and removal. The two most popular choices we currently have are either lash extensions or a lash lift.

What’s the difference between lash extensions and lash lifts?

Well, first a little background. Lash extensions have been around since the late 1800s, when Victorians would sew hair to their eyelids! The technology has come a little further since – now lash extensions are glued to your natural lashes. Lash extensions are commonly synthetic, silk or mink, and the glue can even come in hypoallergenic formulas.

Lash lifts, on the other hand, are relatively new and were not invented until the 2000s. This is a treatment for your existing lashes, and no lash extensions are added. Lash lifts started as lash perms, and while these are still available, keratin lash lifts have also become an option.


How do I choose between lash extensions and lash lifts?

It depends on your current lash situation and what you’d like to achieve. Do you have short lashes, long lashes, or sparse lashes? Are you looking to add volume, stay with the most natural look possible, or something in between? Is this a one time application for a special occasion or are you looking to maintain a new look?

What can lash extensions do for me?

Quite a bit, as lash extensions are extremely versatile! They can add volume, lengthen, and even enhance or appear to change your eye shape. The curl can even be customized to have a more dramatic bend or just provide a gentle curve. All these options means lash extensions are here to stay. However, before you book an appointment, there are a few other things to consider. If you are vegan, you will need synthetics. If you believe in cruelty free products, you will need to avoid mink lash extensions. If you are susceptible to allergens, ask questions about the adhesives used, as this is what is most likely to cause a reaction. Better yet, get a patch test as any reputable provider will be more than happy to accommodate that request. You’ll need to invest in lash extension-safe makeup, makeup cleansers, and other facial products as you will weaken the adhesive. After your initial application, you will need to return for a lash fill every 2-3 weeks if you wish to keep up your new look. Wait any longer, and a new set will be needed, rather than just a fill.

What about lash lifts?

Lash lifts will give you the most natural look, as they are your own lashes. Maybe you have long lashes, and find you need to curl them for you ideal look. Or maybe you have short thin lashes that can be compromised by extensions, and need a boost. Lash curl can also be customized with a lash lift, and will ultimately give you a more open-eyed look. A keratin lash lift is actually a treatment, which will strengthen and lengthen your lashes as you maintain them. Expect a plumping and glossy effect because of this. If you need more definition for a special event lash extensions can be added to lifted lashes. If you are a vegan and/or believe in cruelty-free products, ask specifically about the brand or products your provider utilizes. While rare, lash lifts can also cause allergic reactions. However, it’s much less common and a patch test should still be available should you desire one. Lash lifts are also a good choice if, like me, you live and die by a good eye cream or love wearing mascara! A maintenance timeline should be about once a month.

Is there anything else I should know about lash extensions and lash lifts?

Lashes may be considered an accessory, but they also serve a purpose. A current study has discovered that the length of your lashes is almost exactly one third the length of your eye. This length is ideal for keeping your eye at the optimal moisture level despite wind shear. When your eyelashes get longer, it gives you less protection than if you had no eyelashes at all! However, the curl of the lash does not impact moisture levels at all. In this instance, a lash lift would be a better choice if you have issues with dry eye and/or wear contact lenses. However, if you must have lash extensions, choose the same length as your lashes.

Ultimately, answering these questions for myself in addition to this study convinced me that a lash lift is superior when it comes to your continued eye health. Yumi Lash is the original keratin lash treatment from France that is non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free with several tints which also plump and glaze for added volume and gloss. Does this fit your definition of beauty? Call text, or email me to book your keratin lash lift treatment at 905-330-9553 or prameela@defineyourself.ca.

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