With all the new and innovative beauty treatments on the market, it is tempting to want to try each one. There have been a growing number of treatments especially focused on they eyelashes and eyebrows, to enhance their appearance and draw attention to those particular features.
Finding what treatment would be the best option for you is based on your specific features, and the desired outcome you have for those features.
Brow laminations have been a popular treatment for a while, however there is a new interest in a lamination for your eyelashes instead. Eyelash treatments exists to achieve long, full, and lifted lashes that create a bright-eyed effect to enhance your eyes without makeup.
While eyelash extensions are still an in-demand treatment to boost the density and length of your lashes, lash laminations are also becoming increasingly requested to further improve the appearance of your natural lashes without having to add any extra lash hairs.
But, what is a lash lamination and how does it differ from other lash treatments? A lash lamination is going to lift, elongate, and curl your natural lashes to create longer and fuller lashes. It achieves similar results to a lash perm but differs from eyelash extensions that add extra lashes to create a more dramatic look.
Below, we’ll discuss what a lash lamination treatment is in depth, the application process and the aftercare, as well as how it is different from other lash treatments.
What Is Lash Lamination?
A lash lamination is a chemical treatment for the natural lashes to create a lifted and curled appearance. The treatment adds length to the lashes and, with the curling effect, helps to open up the eye to a wide, bright appearance.
Lash laminations deliver positive results on its own, but the treatment is also often paired with a lash tint to color the natural lashes to help them appear fuller.
While many salons or beauty professionals offer lash lifts or perms, the treatment is essentially a lash lamination. The results are the same, however the treatment is listed under various names.
Lash Lamination Benefits
There are many benefits to having regular lash lamination treatments done. The main goal of the lash lamination treatment is to lift and elongate the natural lashes. It is a natural way to enhance and draw attention to your eyes, without having to add any extra product, makeup, or false lashes.
The lash lamination lifts the lashes to enhance the natural length that already exists within the lashes, helping them appear longer, without having to add lash extensions. The treatment also adds curl to lashes to open up the eyes, without the need for a lash curler or mascara.
In general the treatment eliminates the need for mascara to create a similar effect of elongated, defined, and full lashes. It helps to save time getting ready in your beauty routine as the eyes are already bright, open, and lifted.
The effects of the treatment are subtle, so the lashes are still able to look natural but as an enhanced version of what is already there.
A lash lamination lasts for several weeks, without the need for mascara or a lash curler to maintain the results. The process requires minimal downtime and takes about 45 minutes to one hour in total to complete the treatment.
While the results do last for several weeks, you can go in for regular treatments every 6-8 weeks to maintain the lifted and curled effect.
Lash Lamination Side Effects
A lash lamination treatment is a relatively safe process, with no long-term negative side effects that have been noted. The chemical solution, however, can potentially cause a temporary allergic reaction so it is best to speak with your aesthetician about doing a patch test beforehand if possible.
While there are no long-term side effects noted, it can be harmful if the solution gets into the eyes, which is why it is important to keep the eyes closed through the duration of the treatment.
There may be potential irritation around the lash line after the treatment, such as itchiness or redness. However, that should generally fade within the hours following your appointment.
If the chemical solution is left on the lashes for too long, there is the risk that the hair will become over-processed, resulting in dry or brittle lashes.
Lash Lamination Process
The lash lamination process is non-invasive, requires little downtime, and should take no longer than an hour to complete the treatment. You will be able to resume your normal, daily activities following your sessions, as well.
- The first step in the lash lamination process is to ensure the lashes are clean of any dirt, oil, or makeup. It is best to show up to your appointments eye makeup-free, but your aesthetician will also most likely cleanse the lashes prior to applying the chemical solution. It is important to have the lashes clean before the treatment begins, to help avoid any potential irritation.
- Once the lashes have been cleansed, a silicone curling rod is placed on the eyelid, above the lash line. The bottom lashes are also taped out of the way, to avoid any lifting solution begin applied to them. Depending on the size of the curling wand, it will determine the level of curl your lashes are able to achieve.
- A larger wand placed on the eye will give a more subtle curl to the lashes, while a smaller wand will deliver a more dramatic curl. Eyelashes that are naturally shorter can also benefit from using a short wand for the best results. The wand helps to form the curl of the natural lashes, and can be customized to suit your needs and desired outcome.
- After the curling wand is selected and placed, the chemical solution is then painted onto the eyelashes, with the lashes being painted up onto the curling rod. It is important to keep the eyes closed during this time to avoid getting any of the chemical substance in your eye which can be painful or damaging. The chemical solution is left on the lashes for about 10 minutes in total before it is wiped away.
- After the initial chemical solution has set for the required amount of time, a setting solution is then applied to the lashes. This helps to fix the curl in place and maintain the lifted effect. This setting solution also sits on the lashes for about 10 minutes before it is wiped away.
- After the fixing solution has been removed, a lash tint can be applied at this stage of the treatment process if desired. The lash tint will darken the lashes to lashes to give more color, which helps to deliver a fuller appearance overall. The lash tint will sit on the lashes for about 20 minutes, to achieve the desired color before it is wiped away.
- Finally, once all the excess product has been removed or wiped away, the rod is removed as well as the tape from the lower lashes and the lash lamination treatment process is complete.
Once your lash lamination session is over, you will be able to resume your daily activities, with minor adjustments needed.
Here’s a video if you want to see the full process from Tina Yong on YouTube.
Lash Lamination After Care
There is little to no downtime required after a lash lamination treatment, and you should be able to resume your daily activities after your session is complete. However, the most important period of time for the after care is 24-48 hours after you receive your treatment.
During the 24-48 hours following the lash lamination, it is important to not get your eyelashes wet, whether it be from a shower, sweat from a workout, or tearing up.
Although the setting solution has been applied during the treatment, the lashes are still settling into their treatment and getting them wet can damage the results.
It is also best to avoid touching the lashes in the 24-48 hours following the session, to continue to allow the treatment to set properly. You also do not want to use any eye makeup, especially mascara, in the after care period following the treatment.
The results from the lash lamination will be elongated lashes with a natural curl that opens up the eye while giving the lashes a longer and fuller appearance.
While the results can tend to be more subtle, adding a lash tint will provide a darkened, fuller lash line. With the results of the lash lamination treatment, mascara and an eye lash curler is often not needed.
To maintain the results of your lash lamination treatment for longer term aftercare, it is important to avoid using oil-based products around the eye area. It is especially the case when it comes to eye makeup removers to ensure that it is oil-free.
While it is not necessarily needed, mascara can be used following the lash lamination treatment. If you are planning on using mascara, it is best to avoid waterproof formulas to ensure an easy removal process that will not harm the lash lamination results.
It is also best to avoid the use of an eye lash curler to maintain the lifted effect, as a lash curler can often damage the curl from the lamination and loosen the hold the treatment has on the lashes.
Lash Lamination Results
The results from the lash lamination will last for several weeks, throughout the duration of the natural lash cycle. The lashes will naturally begin to shed at different rates, as each individual lash is on a different cycle.
The curl will start to lessen as the treated lashes shed and new ones take their place, however the results should hold for at least three weeks.
Ideally, the lash lamination results in general can last anywhere between six to eight weeks before all the treated lashes shed completely. After the 6-8 week period, the lamination treatment can be applied again for a follow-up session.
If you have also decided to have a lash tint applied after the lamination, the aftercare will be the same without any additional steps.
With a lash tint as well, it is especially important that it has time to set on the lashes along with the lifting treatment, to ensure the color is evenly and properly locked in.
Similarly to the lash lamination, the results for the lash tint will last for about a month, before the lashes begin to shed and are replaced by the new growth.
Lash Lamination Vs. Eyelash Extensions
There are a lot of other lash treatments that are available on the market, which include lash perms, lifts, and curls. However, while they may be called a different name, those specific treatments are the same as a lash lamination and deliver the same results.
The treatment name may be called by a different name based on where you are, your salon, or your aesthetician, however they should all deliver the same lifted and lengthened lash results.
One of the treatments a lash lamination differs from, however, is an eyelash extension treatment. Eyelash extensions use an adhesive to add additional lash hairs to the lash line to achieve a fuller, curled, and more dramatic appearance.
Eyelash extensions can be customized to your desired outcome and style, to be more dramatic or natural, however the results of a lash lamination are still more subtle.
The eyelash extension treatment eliminates the need for false lashes and mascara completely. While lash laminations enhance your natural lashes to appear longer and more lifted, eyelash extensions fill in the lash line with additional, individual lash hairs.
The results from an eyelash extension treatment can provide a fuller and bolder effect, but the length of the appointment time is also longer. In general, an eyelash extension appointment can take at least an hour and a half to two hours to complete.
There is also the need for fill-in appointments, at least every three weeks or so, to maintain a fuller looking lash line.
The eyelash extension treatment does require a similar aftercare process to the lash lamination, however. It is important to not get the extensions wet within the first day or two following the appointment, and to avoid using oil-based products around them to prevent the bond from the extensions from loosening.
While you may need to have frequent fill-in appointments to prevent the lash extensions from looking sparse, in general the results should last between six and eight weeks.
While lash laminations may be the updated name for this specific treatment, in general it is a treatment that has been popular for several years.
Whether it is referred to as a lash lift, lash perm, or lash lamination, it is going to enhance the appearance of your natural lashes to look elongated, lifted, and curled. The boosted lashes draw attention to your eyes, without being overpowering, to create a subtle and eye-catching result.
One of the biggest perks of having a lash lamination treatment is the fact that it uses your natural lashes, without having to add any extra lash hairs or additional product.
The results of the lash lamination will always be more natural than a treatment like eyelash extensions, due to treating the natural lashes to be lifted and lengthened.
Whether the treatment is being done on its own or being paired with a lash tint service, a lash lamination is going to deliver results that are soft, natural, but provide enough effort to draw the attention to your eyes without the need to apply falsies or coats of mascara.