Eyelash perming is similar to hair perming. Short for the term permanent wave, a perm is a chemical process that can generally be applied to any type of hair long enough in length. An eyelash perm makes for a wide-eyed effect. Although individuals can purchase eyelash perming kits, this process is best left to professionals. Though mechanical eyelash curlers and mascara can further enhance curled lashes, a lash perm makes for curly eyelashes without assistance.
Contrary to its root name, eyelash perming isn’t actually permanent because the curl doesn’t last forever after application. A standard permanent wave, applied to a full head of hair, lasts until the permed strands grow out or are cut at the initial perm placement. Likewise, as eyelashes fall out and are replaced by new ones, the lash line becomes straighter.
Eyelashes that have been permed typically stay curly for about a month and a half. Different people may experience different results. Some women may have curly lashes for two weeks, whereas others maintain the curl for a couple of months.
For centuries, women have desired a certain wide-eyed look. This look has long been achieved by the use of mascara and additional cosmetics. An eyelash curler can further enhance the curly eyelash look, though these results last for just a few hours. Some people turn to eyelash perming for lashes that point upwards. It is important to note, however, that eyelash perming does not make eyelashes darker, thicker, or longer.
Eyelash perming produces a longer lasting curl. It can be dangerous, however. As with all chemical processes, placing active chemicals near the body can result in harm. Because the eye area is one of the most sensitive areas on the body, the harmful effects are greatly increased. Skin contact should be minimized.
Products used during the eyelash perming process may include a setting lotion, perming lotion and softening agents, among others. Products like this should be kept away from the eyeball and surrounding skin. Allergic reactions, burns, and eye infections may occur if chemicals do affect the skin.
Before perming, a professional will clean and dry the eye area. Along with perming agents, curlers or rods are also used. The lashes are wrapped around a spongy cylinder to be set into a permanent curl. Approximately 10 or 15 minutes later, the curlers are removed and the eyelashes are carefully rinsed.
The entire process takes a professional around 30 to 50 minutes. Prices vary according to each professional. Those wary of getting such a procedure done may ask for references to ensure the cosmetologist or esthetician has other pleased clients.