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At Home Eye Lash Perm – FAIL!

I’m all about doing things for myself rather than paying someone else to do it for me.  This includes all things beauty, among other things.  I prefer to color my own hair, do my own nails, etc. so, when a new product or technique is trending, I am all over it.  I read as many articles and blogs as possible, and watch a million Youtube videos until I feel confident that I am an expert (lol).  So much so that a few of my loved ones are crazy enough to let me to perform some beauty services for them.

I’ve never been happy with my eyelashes…too light and too short.  Lately, my gripe is that my lashes are inverted and point downwards.  But, they weren’t always inverted.  The position of my lashes changed after getting permanent eyeliner tattoo a few years ago.  That whole experience deserves a post of it’s own but, for now, it’s worth mentioning that it is the cause of my inverted lashes.

I’ve seen a lot of online chatter about a procedure called an eye lash perm.  How amazing it would be to have perfectly curled lashes and never need to use a mechanical lash curler again!  Yes!  Sign me up!    Those mechanical lash curlers are torture and I was definitely ready to trash mine.  So….I barricaded myself in my room for about a week in order to “study” the eye lash perm procedure without interruption.

According to Today.com, the procedure for an eyelash perm is as follows:

First, lashes are coated with a special adhesive and wrapped around mini foam rollers or equally diminutive heated clips. This holds them in the curled position that you’re hoping to achieve. As you squeeze your eyes tightly shut, a perming solution or cream is applied to your eyelashes with a tiny brush. The esthetician then covers your roller-wrapped fringe in plastic wrap and lets the chemical concoction cook for about five minutes. After the perming chemicals have taken full effect, on goes a neutralizing solution. More plastic wrap is applied. You sit for another few minutes. Voila: curled lashes in a visit that takes about 45 minutes and costs anywhere from $25 to $70, depending on where you live.

Source: Eyelash perm: What are eyelash perms and are they safe? – TODAY.com

Youtuber Kory Mann permed her lashes at home and documented her experience for newbies like me.  Her video, Lash Lift DIY Eyelash Perm at Home, made it seem easy so I decided to give it a go.  I purchased a kit on Amazon.com, and my kit arrived within 2 weeks.  For the exact product that I purchased, visit

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I was impressed with the packaging and the included instructions.  I’ve read some reviews for other products in which folks were complaining about the lack of instructions or that the instructions were in Chinese, so I was pleased that my kit had full instructions in English.  Upon opening and inspecting the package contents, I was yet again pleased to see that the package included everything that I would need for the perm…2 types of lash rods, glue, and the perming chemicals.  Now, I won’t detail every step in the perming process in this post.  You can learn those steps in Kory’s Youtube video.  But I would like to share my experience and give you my impression on how “user friendly” at home lash perming is.

For what was supposed to take just a few minutes to apply the lash rods to my upper eyelids, I spent over an hour trying to get those suckers on and wasted a couples of rods (and yanked off a little eyelid skin!) in the process.  No bueno.  I was already frustrated at this point and this set the tone for the remaining steps.  Once I got the rods in place (phew!), I proceeded with the remaining steps.

The application of the chemicals was easy and didn’t take much time at all.  However, after rinsing off the second step, I noticed that the rods had lost their structural integrity and my lashes were no longer properly affixed to the rods.  Because of this, my lashes were not positioned in a way that would achieve a natural curl.  After the perming solutions sat for the required amount of time, I cleansed my lashes with the provided cleanser and used the provided lash nourishing treatment.  I then patted my eyes dry and  used a lash comb before I inspected the results.

Below you’ll see a photo of the first permed eye.  It’s a one-eye-at-a-time process, which was great for comparison and documentation purposes.  Notice that the lashes of my right eye are positioned almost straight upwards?  Not much of a curl there, its more of a 90 degree angle rather than a curl.  Sigh.  I proceeded with the other eye and the experience mirrored that of the first eye.  At this point, I was tired and frustrated and my eyelids felt as if they were on fire and were swollen from my follies with applying the rods in step 1.

  I’m certain of where I went wrong when applying the rods, and was determined that I could correct the 90 degree angle and “relax” it into a curl.  So, after watching many videos about other folk’s lash perming failures, I felt confident that I could re-apply the perming solutions to my lashes after a week of serious moisturization and care.  The only thing that I achieved was disproportionate and sort of frizzy lashes.  Again…sigh.

While I’m not happy with the appearance of my lashes, I’ve abused my lashes enough at this point and conceded that it’s time to give them a rest.  Lash perms are permanent, as the name suggests, so my only option is to wait for lash turn-over to take it’s course to allow for the growth of new lashes that will be inverted, no doubt.

I still have many potential applications left in the kit that I purchased but, honestly, this at home beauty technique is not for me.  Not at all.  It may be for other folks, though, as I read many positive testimonials online.  I’m going to leave this one to the experts because, clearly, I am not one.  To summarize my experience, I’ll give my review for the lash perming technique below this post.

I hope that this post has been informative for anyone considering an at home lash perm.  Feel free to comment with your questions or to share your own experience with lash perming at home.

Price of the lash perm kit – $13.88. 5 out of 5 stars. ‘Nuff said.

Shipment of the lash perm kit – I’m an Amazon.com junkie and generally prefer same or next day shipping so patience is not a virtue of mine and the 2 weeks felt like eternity.  2 out of 5 stars.

Packaging and presentation – Complete and understandable. 5 out of 5 stars.

Application of the lash perm kit – Sigh. That is all. 0 out of 5 stars.

Results of the lash perm – My lashes didn’t fall out after all of that abuse, so….. 1 out of 5 stars.

 

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