What Is the Difference Between Lash Extensions and Lash Lifts?

Who doesn’t want long, luscious lashes that accentuate your eyes and give you a more vibrant, youthful appearance? While serums and makeup are helpful, lash extensions and lash lifts are popular enhancements that offer incredible results. But what is the difference between applying lash extensions and using a lash lift kit? And which option is better? 

Here we’ll look at how the two treatments compare, including their ongoing maintenance, and why you should consider adding lash lifts to your services.


Lash lifts are a newer treatment that has gained popularity in recent years. Essentially, a lash lift is a perm for eyelashes. You do this using silicone lash lift rods or lash lift shields in combination with a lash perm solution to lift the lashes from the root and curl them upward.

Close up of a girl's eye covered in lash lift solution.

Lash lifts simplify your clients’ daily makeup routine by removing the need to use lash curlers. They can also help protect your client's natural lashes from the damage mascara and other products cause.

Lash lifts can last up to 6 to 8 weeks with proper aftercare. 


After a lash lift treatment, maintaining the lifted and curled lash effect requires care. Clients should avoid water, steam, or oil-based products for at least 24 hours after treatment. They should also avoid waterproof mascara for the first 48 hours. 

It’s super important your client be gentle when handling their lashes — absolutely no rubbing or pulling. Encourage the use of a nourishing lash conditioner to keep the lashes hydrated and healthy. As long as the client schedules follow-up appointments every 6 to 8 weeks and practices diligent lash lift aftercare, they should continue to see great results.


Lash extensions are strands of synthetic hair you glue on to thicken the natural lashes and create a longer, fuller look.

Lash extensions are made from a variety of materials, including mink, silk, and synthetic fibers. They also come in a range of styles that vary in thickness, length, and curl, making it easy to pick a lash that meets your client’s preferred aesthetic. 

Lash extensions are a popular choice among clients since they’re relatively low-maintenance and need to be filled or redone just once a month to maintain the desired look.


Your lash extension clients should avoid water, steam, or oil-based products for 24 to 48 hours. Encourage them to use an oil-free, lash extension-friendly cleanser and to discourage rubbing or pulling the lashes. 

It’s important to avoid oil-based makeup removers and waterproof mascara, which can destroy the glue you used during application. If your client wants to prevent tangled lashes, they can brush their lashes regularly with a clean spoolie tool. 

Remind your clients to schedule a touch-up every 2 to 3 weeks to maintain their lash look and keep them satisfied with their new lashes.


Your clients might benefit from lash tinting, a sister treatment to a lash lift. Lash tinting is the process of dying the lashes a darker color and can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks before needing to be redone. 

Lash tints involve the use of semi-permanent dyes in a variety of colors, depending on the look your client desires. You can perform a lash tint treatment on its own or as an add-on to a lash lift service.


Lash extensions and lash lifts are used to achieve a similar look: fuller lashes and defined eyes that sparkle and “pop.” 

One is not better than the other. The preference depends on the precise look the client is trying to achieve and what they’re willing to do to achieve it.

If you care for them properly, lash lifts can last just as long as or longer than lash extensions. Clients looking for a low-maintenance option often rave about lash lifts and tints because of the time these treatments save in their morning makeup routine. 

With a lash lift and tint combo, your clients do not need to wear mascara. It’s perfect for regular clients who want to take a break from their lash extension fill-ins or for special occasions, such as weddings or vacations.

By comparison, lash extensions add length to lashes, which may be a great choice for clients with shorter-than-average lashes. However, lash extensions require more maintenance, so they may not be best for clients looking for something easy or a quick fix.

Close up of a woman's finished lash lift.


More people are looking for lash treatments that will save them time and effort. If you are a technician who already offers lash extensions, it may be beneficial to expand your services to offer lash lifts and tints. 

Offering an additional lash service opens your business to a wider clientele. Some clients might be more inclined to try a lash lift or tint because of the low-maintenance appeal of the “quick boost” that these services offer.

Make an effort to stay up to date with the latest trends in lash treatments and lash products so you can guide your clients in choosing what will work best for their preferences and lifestyle.

Regardless of which service your client is leaning toward, it’s important to take the time to answer all of their lash extension and lash lift questions thoroughly and patiently. This will establish you as a trustworthy, knowledgeable expert they can return to over and over again.