Whether you have done a DIY lash lift at home or you had a professional treatment, there is a possibility your lashes can turn out too curly. If you are here, it’s probably happened to you, and you’re wondering, “why is my lash lift too curly, and how to fix it?”
Lash lifts get too curly if the perming solution is left on too long or too much of the solution is used. To fix it, you can either wait for the eyelash growth cycle to complete or reverse the curl using a perming solution.
If your lash lift is too curly, it probably bothers your eyelid or looks unnatural. I have seen poor lash lift jobs many times in my years of experience as a lash tech.
There are a few reasons it can happen, which I will explain further, and I will share my tips and tricks to fix it.
Let’s get started!
The #1 Reason Why Your Lash Lifts Is Too Curly
The main reason for an exaggerated curl after a lash lift is the overprocessing of the natural lashes.
What does that mean?
When performing a lash lift, the technician will place your lashes on a silicone rod or a shield.
They will then coat your lashes with the perm solution, which breaks down the disulfide bonds in your hair. This makes your hair malleable so it can be shaped into a curl.
Now, what could go wrong?
Essentially two things:
If the perm solution is left on too long, it will eat away at more of the disulfide bonds than necessary, making your lashes very fragile.
This will weaken your lashes and make them susceptible to breakage. If you have ever had a perm that was left on too long, you know how frizzy and damaged your hair can look.
The same thing happens to your lashes when the perm solution is left on too long.
Additionally, if too much perm solution is used, it will also damage your lashes. The perm solution is very powerful and can ruin your natural lashes if used in excess.
So, if you find that your lash lift is too curly, it is probably because either the perm solution was left on too long or too much was used.
Lastly, it’s important to know that your eyelashes WILL NOT continue to curl after a lash lift. This is a common misconception that I get asked about a lot.
Too Curly vs Too Lifted – What’s the Difference?
It’s important to understand the difference between a lash lift that is too curly and one that is too lifted.
Simply because the cause and the solution to fix them are different.
A lash lift that is too curly means that your lashes are over-processed and the curl is exaggerated. As we just saw, it is caused by either the perm solution being left on too long or too much being used.
A lash lift that is too lifted, on the other hand, means that your lashes are not properly adhered to the silicone rod or shield, and they are lifting up too much. Typically, it is caused by using a rod/shield that is too small for the natural lash length.
How To Fix A Lash Lift That Is Too Curly
If your lash lift turns out too curly, you could wait for your lashes to grow out and then have it redone properly. The American Academy of Ophthalmology1 mentions that it takes around 6 weeks for natural lashes to grow back.
Allowing your lashes time to grow out while the lift wears off is the safest and healthiest method to sort it out.
I know… who wants to wait 6 weeks right?
When you wait for your lashes to grow out, you want to take extra care of them by applying lash oil every night to nourish them (more on that in a second).
If you absolutely hate the way your eyes look with those over curled, loopy lashes, especially if they look frizzy and disheveled, then here are some steps I recommend using to fix your lash lift:
- Option 1: Oil your curly lashes
- Option 2: Reverse the curl with perm solution
Option 1: Oil Your Curly Lashes
One way to help repair and restore moisture to your lashes is by applying lash oil every night.
The best oils to use around the eyes are castor oil and coconut oil. To relax your overly curled lashes simply follow these steps:
- Step 1: soak a cotton swab in castor oil or coconut oil.
- Step 2: Gently apply the oil to your lashes, being careful not to get any in your eyes. You can use a clean spoolie brush with a downward motion.
- Step 3: Leave the oil on overnight.
- Step 4: In the morning, use a clean cotton swab to remove any excess oil.
It typically takes a couple of days to a week before you can see a difference.
Option 2: Reverse The Lash Curl With Perm Solution
This method is definitely much faster than waiting for your lashes to grow out and should give you the results you are looking for within minutes.
I only recommend this method if your lashes are not damaged and you know how to handle the chemicals properly.
If you decide to go this route, please follow the instructions carefully and take extra precautions not to get any in your eyes.
Reversing a lash lift generally follows these steps:
With this procedure, your natural lashes will relax and the curl will start to fall out.
Remember to apply nutritional oil at the end to help moisturize and protect your lashes. They have just gone through two chemical treatments, after all.
The primary reason for a lash lift getting too curly is overprocessing from the perm solution. It can cause the lashes to curl excessively, touching and bothering your eyelid.
The best and safest way to fix a lash lift that’s too curly is by waiting…
I know, not terribly exciting.
But by waiting for the eyelash growth cycle to complete, you are allowing your lashes to return to their natural state. Applying lash oil every night during this waiting period can help moisturize and protect your lashes
You can also visit your professional nail technician for an immediate solution that involves re-perming the lashes.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out in the comments below!