5 Common Challenges in Lash Lifts and Solutions for Lash Technicians

Lash lifts are a popular beauty treatment that offers clients beautifully curled lashes that enhance the natural look of their eyes. However, even seasoned Lash Technicians can encounter issues that affect the quality of the results. This blog post delves into five common problems that can occur during a lash lift procedure and provides professional advice on how to fix them, ensuring every lash lift you perform is flawless.

Insufficient Lash Lift

Problem: Sometimes, after a lash lift treatment, the lashes may not appear as lifted or curled as expected. This could be due to several factors including improper application technique, inadequate processing time, or using expired or incorrect lifting solutions.

Solution: Ensure that you're using fresh and correctly stored products. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended processing times closely, as under-processing can lead to weak results. Make sure the lashes are well cleaned and free from any oils, makeup or any other impurities before application by using a specially formulated lash shampoo. When it comes to technique, it’s important to ensure that the lifting solution covers only from the base to the midpoint of the lashes, not the tips, and double check that the solution is evenly distributed across all lashes.

Lash lifting solution

Overprocessed Lashes

Problem: Overprocessing can occur if the lifting solution is left on the lashes for too long, leading to brittle, dry, or overly curled lashes. 

Solution: Timing is crucial. Always check the timing recommendations for the product you are using, and set a timer to prevent leaving the lifting solution on for too long. Remember to conduct thorough consultations to understand the client’s lash type. For finer lashes, consider reducing the processing time or using a gentler solution. If damage occurs, advise clients to use a nourishing lash serum, like InLei® Adiutrix to help restore lash health. Always consult with your client before treatment to understand the condition of their eyelashes and how to approach application and timing correctly. 

Uneven Curl

Problem: Lashes that curl unevenly can detract from the symmetrical aesthetic that clients desire. This issue often arises from inconsistent application of the lifting solution or lashes not being properly adhered to the silicone pads, which is one of the things Lash Technicians struggle with the most - it’s harder than it looks!

Solution: Practice precise and consistent application of the lifting solution, using a precision lash brush. You also need to make sure that each lash is properly separated and neatly arranged on the lash lift shield without crossing over each other. This might require spending a bit more time during the application phase, and using a lifting tool such as the Fillering Tool or the Helper tool, but will result in a more uniform lift.

Lash lifting tool

Irritation or Allergic Reactions

Problem: Clients may experience irritation or allergic reactions to the chemicals used in lash lifting solutions. Symptoms can include redness, itching, or swelling around the eyes.

Solution: Always conduct a patch test at least 24 hours before the treatment to check for any adverse reactions. Use high-quality, hypoallergenic products specifically designed for sensitive eyes. During the procedure, ensure that the lifting solutions do not come into contact with the skin.

Lashes Falling Out or Weakening

Problem: Post-treatment, some clients may notice their lashes falling out or weakening. This could be due to overprocessing or repeated treatments without adequate time intervals. 

Solution: Educate your clients about the importance of allowing lashes to rest between treatments, typically recommended as 6-8 weeks. Suggest using lash conditioning treatment that strengthen and hydrate the lashes between their appointments. If lash loss occurs, assess the client’s lash health before agreeing to perform another lift. It’s always a good idea to keep tabs on regular clients and make sure to schedule them in for treatments within the appropriate time intervals. If you’re treating a new client, make sure to ask when their last lash lift occurred so you can gauge whether it is safe to go ahead.

A successful lash lift requires precision, proper technique, and knowledge of how to handle common issues. By mastering these solutions, you can enhance your reputation as a skilled Lash Lift Technician, ensuring client satisfaction and loyalty. Always stay updated with the latest products and techniques, and prioritize ongoing training to refine your skills and knowledge in lash aesthetics.