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Lash Lift vs Lash Extensions

A lot of people are asking the question, “What’s the difference between a lash life vs lash extension”. Whether you are getting ready for a special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary event, or want to make your eyes pop a little more than what you’ve been getting with mascara, it might be time to look into lash treatment options. Lashes are considered the most important in making your eyes stand out, and so for that matter, these treatments have become some of the most popular beauty treatments around. But what type of treatment will work best for you? Which one would be the most suitable to make you stand out from the crowd? You have two options to choose from: Lash Lifts and Lash Extensions. To help you figure out which option works best, let’s dive deep into both of these options. 

Lash Lift

What is a lash lift?

A lash lift is mainly known as being an alternative to eyelash extensions. But that doesn’t mean that they are any worse than lash extensions. Lash lifts use special, non-toxic chemicals on your natural lashes. Think of this process as getting a perm for your eyelashes, as these chemicals work by breaking down the lashes’ structural bonds and reforming them. This process allows your lashes to become curled from the base to the tip, appearing longer and lusher. That’s an important distinction because while a lash lift does add curl to your lashes, it does not add length or volume. They appear to look longer and fuller because of the added curl.

How long does a Lash Lift last?

A good lash lift lasts between 4-6 weeks, which can go up to 8 weeks, depending on how well the lashes are cared for. Since you are using your natural lashes, there aren’t as many associated irritations as there might be with lash extensions.

Lash Extensions

What is a Lash Extension?

Getting lash extensions will add length and volume to your natural lashes, unlike lash lifts. Lash extensions work by placing artificial lashes, called extensions, to your natural lashes. Lash artists use a special lash glue that is not harmful or irritating and attach individual lashes to one of your natural lashes 1 to 2 mm from the base of the eyelid. Lash extensions can come in various thicknesses, curl shapes, lengths, and colors to transform your lash look completely.

How long does a Lash Extension last?

How long your lash extensions last will depend on a few different things: the quality of the material they are made out of, your lash artist’s skills, and of course, your ability to care for and maintain them properly. Lash extensions can last without upkeep for about 3 to 4 weeks, but they can last indefinitely with regular maintenance. Lash extensions require much more care and maintenance than lash lifts do. We recommend returning for a re-lash or maintenance appointment every 2-4 weeks to maintain your best look. Doing so will allow you to keep that beautiful, eye-popping lash appearance for much longer than you would get with lash lifts.

Pros and Cons of Each

Lash Lift


The biggest pro of lash lifts is that they look absolutely natural when compared to lash extensions. Another benefit is that they help you sort the untamed lashes that start to crisscross or get twisted.


Unfortunately, one major con with lash lifts is many people are unable to get their lashes lifted because they are too short. So, there are various limitations as you are helpless about the capabilities of your natural lashes. 

Lash Extensions


Lash extensions, if done right, are one of the best things that can happen to a woman. Giving the most dramatic look to your eyes, they let your eyes sparkle and shine and make the perfect addition if a special day is coming up. Make your mornings much more relaxing without the worry of putting on makeup. With lash extensions, you can simply step out without applying any mascara. You will be looking fabulous with those popping eyes and alluring lashes.


You would not want to risk getting extensions applied from anyone but a professional lash artist who can apply them properly so that your lashes don’t look clumpy. If lashes are not properly applied, they would have to be taken out and, in doing so, may cause harm to your natural lashes. And the biggest disadvantage of the lash extensions is how frequently you will need to touch up and maintain your lashes.

Neither of these two treatments is better or worse than the other. They both have their place, so if you are still unsure which treatment you would like, be sure to ask during your complimentary consultation. Our technicians will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Schedule Eyelash Care With Spa Royale

As Gainesville Florida’s premier spa, Spa Royale offers both Lash Lift and Lash Extensions.  Allow our experts to help bring our your natural beauty with our eyelash beautification services.  You can schedule your appointment via our contact form, or by calling 352-619-4073.


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