In the pursuit of longer lashes, there’s our trusty old friend mascara, there are falsies, and then there’s the big beauty trend of the last few years: eyelash extensions. But did you know you could plain-old PERM your lashes? Like the old-school ’80s perm that makes straight hair big and curly, an eyelash perm effectively curls straight lashes upward so they’re pretty and lifted. In fact, most places actually call the procedure a “lift.”
I could barely believe my eyes as I read this, because I work in the beauty industry, and you just don’t hear people talking about perms—only ever extensions. Turns out, eyelash perms rose to popularity in Japan about a decade ago (of course) and in the Australia just a couple of years ago. So how do they work, you’re wondering? A layer of adhesive is wrapped around small foam rollers or heated clips and then secured onto your upper lashes (basically like mini versions of the same hair rollers or clips used to curl hair). Then, a mild gel-type perm solution is applied to your lashes and sets for about five minutes or so. After the perming chemicals are in effect, an esthetician coats the lashes with a neutralising solution. The whole process takes about 45 minutes to an hour and costs anywhere from $90 at Inskin Medi Spa Neutral Bay, which is definitely less than the cost of eyelash extensions.
The results? A natural looking lift, giving the illusion of length, making the eyes appear more open.
* Suitable for all eye shapes and eyelashes
* Natural looking – opens up the eyes
* Can be used on short or long lashes
* Treatment includes a lash tint to compliment the procedure
* Results last for 6-8 weeks