Lash Lifts vs Lash Extensions: What's the Difference?

Lash Lifts and Lash Extensions have carved out their niches, captivating the attention and eyelashes of Lash Technicians and clients alike. As a Lash Technician, your expertise becomes the guiding light for clients navigating through these popular treatments, each promising a unique path to lash allure. Both treatments provide stunning results but in a completely different way! Each client will be better suited to a different treatment based on their natural lashes, face shape, and aesthetic preferences. Let’s explore the intricacies of Lash Lifts and Lash Extensions and unravel the differences between these transformative lash treatments.

Diving into the World of Lash Lifts

A Lash Lift is the general term for the perming of natural eyelashes. At London Lash, we are proud distributors of InLei® Lash Filler, an innovative lash lift product that not only curls but also volumizes, nourishes, and fortifies the lashes from the root, offering a lush and natural look. Lash Filler is the only lash-perming treatment on the market that nourishes the eyelashes, scientifically proven to boost the natural lash thickness by up to 24% within 3 treatments! A lash lift employs a specialised solution that permeates the lash structure and sets it into a new, desired position, facilitating a visibly lifted, denser lash line that endures for weeks on end. It stands as a beacon for clients who seek a subtle yet impactful enhancement, providing a natural, voluminous curl that accentuates the eyes, all while liberating them from the daily ritual of mascara application. 

A lash lift can also be the perfect option for clients whose natural lashes aren’t currently strong enough to take the weight of lash extensions. Instead of turning someone away entirely, you can offer them this treatment instead so they aren’t disappointed! 

Lash lift results using InLei® Lash Filler

Exploring the Allure of Lash Extensions

Conversely, lash extensions offer just that, an extension of the natural lash. A synthetic lash is meticulously applied, one at a time or in a fan, to a natural lash. This crafts a fuller, elongated look and allows for the customisation of lengths, curls, and volume, providing a more pronounced, defined aesthetic. Lash Extensions offer a huge variety, with so many different lashes and techniques available, the options are endless!

Lash extensions using volume lashes

A Closer Look at Lash Lifts VS Lash Extensions

When we delve into the realm of duration and longevity, Lash Filler typically graces clients with lush, lifted lashes for approximately 6-8 weeks, offering a relatively low-maintenance beauty routine. In contrast, lash extensions, while providing an instantly dramatic effect, may beckon clients back into the salon every 2-3 weeks for touch-ups, ensuring their lashes remain as beautiful as ever.

In terms of maintenance and aftercare, lash lifts often stand out for their resilience and minimal aftercare requirements, fearlessly facing activities like swimming or showering without faltering. Lash extensions, while undeniably stunning and versatile, demand a care regimen to maintain their longevity and condition, requiring a gentle touch and mindful avoidance of oil-based products. Using Lash Shampoo daily, the client must clean their eyelash extensions to avoid any build-up of dirt, makeup or oils.

Lash lift silicone shields

When it comes to cost, lash extensions are definitely a pricier option, especially considering the regular maintenance required. Lash Filler, with its enduring results and fewer salon visits, might emerge as a cost-effective alternative, especially for clients seeking beauty on a budget.

Safety and potential side effects are paramount considerations in any beauty treatment. Both Lash Filler and Lash Extensions are deemed safe when administered by certified Lash Artists. However, ensuring adherence to proper techniques and using high-quality products is crucial to mitigate the risk of allergic reactions or infections. It’s also important to patch test for both of these treatments for both safety and insurance purposes. 

Pros and Cons: Guiding Clients with Expertise

Understanding the distinct advantages and limitations of lash lifts and lash extensions enables you, as a Lash Technician, to tailor your services, ensuring each client’s lash aspirations are brought to life. Whether it’s the understated elegance of Lash Filler or the dramatic allure of lash extensions, your expertise can guide clients toward a treatment that harmonises with their lifestyle, aesthetic preferences, and lash health. Offering both treatments enables you to cater to a larger number of clients and have a backup option should they not be suitable for the treatment they have booked. 

Fluffy natural lash extensions using volume lashes lash fans

If you’re interested in adding one of these treatments to your services, check out the courses we offer at London Lash and boost your income today!