Want Long, Luxurious Lashes? Find Out Whether a Lash Lift or Lash Extension is Right For You

If you want to wake up in the morning ready to take on the world, eyelash treatments can deliver. With both lash lifts and lash extensions, you open your eyes looking awake and put together. You might wonder, then, if either can help you start your day looking your best — no makeup required — why not do both?

Simple. They don’t work well together. When you choose a lash lift, you add long-lasting curl to your lashes. This curl is a big part of the draw of a lash lift, but it prevents eyelash extensions from attaching to your eyelashes properly. Get both and you’ll be looking at some serious shedding. 

For the best results (and so you don’t waste your money), Elaine Phuah, DO, MBA, FACOI, recommends you choose one or the other. Which one is best for you? Don’t worry; our team at Hanami Medspa is here to help you decide. Here’s a quick overview of both. 

Lash lifts

A lash lift is a little like a perm for your eyelashes. At Hanami Medspa, we use Elleebana products — which experts love — for our lash lifts. These products contain ingredients, like keratin and biotin, to give you healthy, strong, nourished lashes. 

During a lash lift, we combine the Elleebana lifting lotion — which gives your eyelashes dramatic, long-lasting curl — with silicone rods to lift your lashes. Our lash lift gives you a fuller, more polished-looking lashline even if you have straight, downward-pointing, or short lashes. 

Getting a lash lift usually takes less than an hour and you only need to be careful with your eyelashes for 24 hours afterward. Simply avoid water and oils and make sure you sleep on your back. If you do, your lash lift should last 6–8 weeks.  

Lash extensions

While a lash lift enhances your natural lashes, lash extensions add false lashes to fill and lengthen your lashline. When you choose a lash extension, your lash technician attaches individual false lashes to your individual natural eyelashes. You have the option to choose the number and length of lashes they add. 

Because placing all of those individual lashes is meticulous work, it can take a couple of hours and is generally more expensive than a lash lift. And while a lash lift can last as long as a couple of months, you’ll generally need to get your extensions refilled every few weeks. 

Another thing you should know about lash extensions is that they take a toll on your natural lashes. That’s because your real lashes have to support the fake ones, and this can cause breakage. 

The best way to get long, luxurious lashes

Many people choose a lash lift over extensions because it’s a more affordable, longer-lasting, lower maintenance way to improve the appearance of your eyes. But if you’re really looking for that Hollywood glamour and you want truly dramatic lashes, extensions are the way to go.

Ultimately, it’s a personal decision. But you don’t have to make it alone. Dr. Phuah and our team at Hanami Medspa are extremely experienced in helping people make the right choices for their aesthetic goals. If you have any questions or want to talk with an expert about the best option for you, we’re here. 

Don’t hesitate to call Hanami Medspa or make an appointment online. We’re ready to help you pick the right lash beautifier for your unique eyes, your lifestyle, your cosmetic goals, and your budget. 

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