Why didn’t my lash lift work?

Despite doing everything right you can still be faced with a client whose lashes did not lift and did not curl, these are the top reasons why your lash lift didn’t work and how you can avoid them!

  1. Grubby lashes are blocking the magic

If there is any mascara or product residue on the lashes then the lash lift solution won’t work. It’s not just mascara though. Dirt, oil or skin cells can make stop you creating an effective lash lift result so make sure you clean the lashes before you start.

  1. If you’ve seen one lash, you’ve seen them all

Unfortunately, this is not true at all, lashes aren’t all the same so the lash lift treatment should be personalised to your client. Look at the weight of the natural lashes – are they thick and heavy or finer? Making a proper assessment of your client’s lashes is the best way to start the process.

  1. You’re not using tip top products

A lot of us don’t pay attention to use by dates but when it comes to lash lift solution, the older the product the less efficacious it is, so make sure you’re using products that are in date and okay to use or you simply won’t get the results you want.

  1. Don’t be over enthusiastic with the glue

Glue is a necessity when doing a lash lift, it keeps the lashes in the right position, separated and neat. However, if you get overzealous with the sticky stuff it will interfere with the lifting solution meaning that you won’t get that impressive curl. Only apply what you need and not a drop more.

  1. It’s all about the aftercare

If you’ve had a client, call you the day after a lash lift to say that they’ve gone flat or lost their curl then chances are you hadn’t advised them properly on the correct aftercare for their lashes. Make sure your clients know exactly what they should and shouldn’t do after their appointment with you for a long-lasting impact.

  1. Healthy lashes mean epic results

Back to that initial assessment, if your client has dry, brittle or over processed lashes then a lash lift isn’t a great idea – it will just put additional stress on the hair and you won’t get the best result (and neither will they), in this scenario you should advise them to take a break from lash lifting/lash treatments and invest in a good serum to get them back to full health.

  1. When it comes to shields, size matters

If you use a shield that is too small, it will cause the lashes to over-lift and create an unnatural curl for your client. Make sure you measure the natural lashes and use the correct shield size to avoid this happening.

  1. Timing is everything

If you leave the lifting solution on for too long it will cause what is known as over processing and this can cause your client’s lashes to become weak and too curly – you should always follow the instructions for your specific solution and never leave it on the lashes for too long.

  1. Application is a key skill

In order to successfully carry out a lash lift, the solution should be applied only to the roots and not the full length of the lashes. If you do overcoat the whole length of the lash, you will, again, overprocess the lashes causing damage. Apply the lifting solution only to the base for the perfect curled finish.

So that’s it – the nine reasons why your lash lift could go awry and how you can avoid this happening to get perfect, impactful lashes every single time.

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