We’re always trying to achieve those long, full lashes that we see in magazines. We buy tube after tube of mascara promising they’ll make us look like Kardashians, use lash enhancing serums, and even apply false lashes to try and get those dazzling, dramatic perfect eyelashes.
Up next on the roster of quirky beauty trends are “Eyelash Perms”. Yes, I made the same face. The perms that once used to give us a head full of curly hair, their way to our eyes, as a curling agent.
The perm is supposed to provide a those curls you create with your eyelash curler for weeks on end, sans torture tool. You’re basically providing an optical illusion, because it’s known that curled lashes appear longer than straight ones. The eyelash perm does the job that the curler once did, and it all comes down your preference. Are you bold enough?
How does the process work?
First, lashes are coated with a special adhesive and wrapped around mini foam rollers or equally diminutive heated clips. This holds them in the curled position that you’re hoping to achieve. As you squeeze your eyes tightly shut, a perming solution or cream is applied to your eyelashes with a tiny brush. The esthetician then covers your roller-wrapped fringe in plastic wrap and lets the chemical concoction cook for about five minutes. After the perming chemicals have taken full effect, on goes a neutralizing solution. More plastic wrap is applied. You sit for another few minutes.
The entire process takes about 45 minutes to an hour and will run you up to $70. I would recommend going to a very trusted professional to do this procedure though, because of the obvious danger associated with it. The curl in your lashes will last anywhere from four weeks to three months. As your lashes grow and fall out (the life cycle of lashes is about 60 to 120 days), the effects become less noticeable.
As with other eyelash enhancing solutions, it’s NOT FDA-approved. Perm is a very serious and harmful chemical and the skin around your eyes is delicate, so I once again must stress the importance of going to a trusted professional.
Would you get your eyelashes permed?