Lash perms in Singapore: How they work, where to go, and everything to know about this alternative to eyelash extensions
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If there's anything the Buro. beauty team feels strongly about, it's eyelashes. Well, the pursuit of longer, fuller lashes, to be exact. Fashion and beauty editor Jolene Khor wrestles with her heated lash curler every morning, while I, beauty writer Emily Heng, go through tubes of mascara like it's my job (it kind of is). The key to defined, doe-eyed peepers, it is a lewk deemed essential to many a makeup maven. The industry has responded in kind with a growing number of innovations to answer that prayer, from gravity-defying falsies to impossibly intricate lash extensions. And while they are as reliable methods as any, there's a new contender in the scene to give 'em a run for their money. Meet: the lash perm.
If foam rollers, heated clips, and a poodle 'do come to mind, well, you're not too far off the mark. The semi-permanent, volumising treatment proves appealing in how it delivers curled, fuller-looking lashes that still appear au naturel. Witchcraft, or just some really impressive adhesive? We gather the dirt on the safety and science of the procedure, below.
How does a lash perm work?
Lash perms are pretty similar to the perms you get for your hair. They don't involve extensions, but rather your natural, God-given lashes. An adhesive is first applied to the lids, acting as a barrier to protect the skin. A heated rod follows, placed against the top lash line between the lids and the upper lashes. The rod helps break down the shape of the hair, allowing technicians to 'reshape' the lashes around the it. After about 15 minutes, an activator solution is applied to lock in the new shape of the lashes.
Are lash perms suitable for all?
It is not suitable for those with lash extensions or those who have done extensions in the last two weeks. According to Jasmine Yong, founder of professional body sugaring studio and lash parlour, Sugared, this is because natural lashes need to recover and regrow to allow for optimal results.
Are there risks or side-effects?
Skin and eye irritation are the most common risks, though most salons combat that by placing protective pads along the lash line. This prevents any activator solution from coming into contact with your complexion or eyes. Blisters, rashes, and inflammation — while rare — are also possible.
How long does a lash perm last?
Up to three weeks.
What can you do to prepare for a lash perm?
Lashes should be completely bare for ease of adhesive application. While not necessary, it is also recommended to remove contact lenses prior to the treatment to reduce the likelihood of eye irritation.
Will it hurt?
Not at all.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure can take from 45 minutes to an hour.
How much do lash perms cost?
It depends on the salon you go to, though they seem to hover between the $50 to $80 range.
What's the aftercare required after a lash perm?
As Elle Woods once said, the first cardinal rule of perm maintenance is that you are forbidden to wet your hair for at least 24 to 48 hours. Though this rule no longer applies to regular hair perms, the same can't be said about lash perms. Translation: keep those lashes dry — i.e. no crying, swimming or mascara use for two days, as any form of moisture will change the pH balance of your lashes and prevent the curl-bonding process. No further maintenance is required once you pass the 48-hour mark, so you'll be able to engage in the aforementioned activities freely after.
Where can you go in Singapore for a lash perm?
Most lash extension salons in Singapore now offer the service. We gather the most popular options, below.
Utilising techniques developed in South Korea, Dreamlash promises customised, one-of-a-kind treatments to suit your peepers thanks to an (experienced) team of technicians certified by the International Eyelash Design Association in Seoul. Their lash perm service also comes with a tinting option should you be looking to add an extra jolt of colour to your lashes.
Singapore's pioneer sugaring studio also has lash perms under their umbrella. Expect the same impeccable service when it comes to their Keratin lash lifts, which boasts an efficient, fuss-free technique that enhances one's natural lashes.
An extensive menu comprising lash lifts, extensions, and regrowth treatments makes Dr Lash a top choice amongst many locals — as does their exceptional service, if the rave reviews on their Facebook page are to be believed.