Should You Get Lash Extensions or a Lash Tint & Lift?

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This past weekend, I got my first lash tint & lift done at Red Rose Lash Bar in Nashville. Now, I have beautifully curled yet natural looking eyelashes for the next 4-6 weeks. I did a post awhile back detailing my experience getting lash extensions, but this was an entirely different experience (yet still amazing result).

Today I’m comparing the two services since they suit different types of people, so if you are thinking about getting one or both types of services done, I hope this helps you make the best decision for your lifestyle! (At the bottom of this page, there is an infographic that will give you a quick comparison of lash extensions vs. lifts if you don’t have time to read this whole post.)

You can try either of these services at Red Rose Lash Bar and mention this post or my blog name for a 20% discount.


The Appointment

The biggest difference between lash extension and lash lift appointments from the client perspective is just the time it takes. Lifts shouldn’t take more than an hour, while extensions can be anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how many lashes you’re getting.

Lash extensions and lifts are very similar in that you will be laying down for the duration of the appointment with your eyes closed.  Before the start of your appointment, be sure you’re in a position that you will be comfortable in for awhile, as once your lash artist has adhered your eyes shut, they’ll be closed until the completion of your service. Both treatments will feel the same on your eyes and while you might feel a little poking & tugging, there will not be any harsh pulling or pain.

Opt for a salon that groups together a lash lift and tint – both procedures are very minor and are much more worth it when done at the same time.

Pricing & Longevity

Because extensions are more intensive to apply and the appointments are longer, they are the more expensive service, starting at around $200 but can go up to $300 depending on how thick you want them. The extensions are glued to your real lashes, so as your real lashes cycle through, the extensions will fall off, giving your look a lifecycle of approximately 4-5 weeks. However, you can add in refills (approx $55-$75 per set) every 2-3 weeks to extend the longevity of your lash extensions indefinitely.

A lash tint & lift is a one-time service costing around $100. The perm will last about 6 weeks.


Results & Maintenance

Extensions are a dramatic transformation on your eyes and truly do look beautiful. They eliminate the need to wear any mascara and will always keep your face looking bright and polished, even if you’re not wearing any other makeup. Extensions can get wet but heavy streams directly on the eyes (like in the shower) should be avoided when possible, as it can cause them to fall out more quickly. Rubbing of the eyes should also be avoided. They can be cleaned with “lash poo” which your lash artist should provide to you after your appointment. Extensions are best for someone who wants a noticeable change (even without makeup on), and isn’t afraid of a little upkeep.

A lash lift will curl your lashes while the tint will color them darker. This gives your lashes a pretty, fanned out, open, yet still natural look. A lash lift is literally a perm on your eyelashes, and can be treated as such. They can get wet, they can get rubbed, or they can get sweaty – because they’re still your real lashes. However, it’s very important that they do not get wet within the first 24 hours (cue Elle Woods courtroom scene). Lash lifts are great for people who like to keep their beauty low-maintenance or are on a budget. And you always can make your lifted lashes look even more dramatic by adding mascara on top!

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