Pregnancy can be a wonderful time, full of excitement, but it can also be pretty stressful! So, for many women, indulging in some beauty treatments can make them feel like a million dollars. And I often get asked whether it’s safe to get a lash lift while pregnant.
Yes, you can get a lash lift while pregnant after the first trimester. It is recommended to wait after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to avoid any risks to the fetus or the mother developing an allergic reaction.
The thing to remember is that it’s not a procedure that pregnant women should undergo while they’re in their first trimester. Also, hormonal changes can affect the end result after a woman has her lashes lifted during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
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With that said, let’s get started!
Can I Get a Lash Lift While Pregnant?
The lash lift procedure is safe to perform on mothers to be as long as it is done after the first trimester.
The lash lift is a painless and safe beauty treatment that uses chemicals to lift or curl your natural lashes. The product is applied directly to your lashes and doesn’t come in contact with your skin.
For that reason, it’s one of the few beauty treatments that you can actually get during pregnancy. Since there is no contact with the skin, the product is less likely to be absorbed into your system into the bloodstream.
Why Should You Wait Until After Your First Trimester?
It’s common to ask women if they may be pregnant when they’re about to undergo a medical procedure, and there are some other beauty treatments I perform where I need to ask my clients this question, too.
Risks to the Baby
The developing baby is at its most sensitive stage in the first trimester, or the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. And because lash lift procedures involve chemicals, they can pose a risk to the fetus in early development.
So, once I find out that a client of mine is pregnant, I always make sure to ask how far along in the pregnancy she is, just to be totally safe.
Some lash salons will still perform a lash lift and tint on pregnant women during the first trimester and most likely never had any issues. But I always prefer to play it safe.
Before you confirm booking for any beauty treatments, wherever you book be sure to inform your lash technician that you’re expecting. Even before they ask!
During the first trimester, a woman’s body goes through some major hormonal changes. It is not uncommon for an expecting mother to develop new allergies.
So, even if you’ve had a lash lift before and didn’t have any issues, you may be allergic to the solution used during the treatment.
While an allergic reaction is not dangerous to the fetus, the medication you might have to take to control the allergy could be.
A severe allergic reaction might require antihistamines or even a trip to the emergency room.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you’re pregnant and considering a lash lift, wait until you’re at least in your second trimester.
How Safe is Lash Lifting for Pregnant Women?
Lash lifts are a painless and safe beauty treatment that uses a combination of creams and lash tints to give you stunning, full lashes without the need for makeup.
The chemicals used in the creams are similar to those you might find in perming lotions for curling hair. Lash lifting is a completely non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require any anesthetic or recovery time.
But, not everyone reacts well to the chemicals used during the appointment, and if the creams come into contact with the skin, on rare occasions they can cause allergic reactions.
These allergic reactions are usually mild and can be treated with an over-the-counter cortisone cream.
Any lash technician worth their salt will offer expecting mothers a patch test (testing the solution in a safe place, such as behind the ear) before the lash tint procedure because even if they’ve never had a problem with this or similar beauty regimens, it always pays to be extra cautious.
If you have any concerns over the safety of the lash lifting process during pregnancy, you should always talk with your doctor.
I always give my clients full details of all chemicals used in the process, so they can be cross-referenced with any medications a client might be taking. Safety first, of course!
Can You Get a Lash Lift While Breastfeeding?
Yes, you can get a lash lift while breastfeeding. There’s no risk of harm or potential issues to either the breastfeeding mother or the baby.
In the same way that any beauty treatment specialist should take expecting mothers into account, they should also be aware of breastfeeding mothers and recommend waiting after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
6 Tips for a Safe Lash Lift Appointment During Pregnancy
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and get a lash lift while pregnant. Here are some tips to make sure you have a safe and comfortable experience:
- Salon reputation: Find a reputable and experienced lash technician who has performed the procedure on pregnant women before.
- Sanitation: Make sure the salon is clean and well-maintained. All instruments should be sterilized and any disposable items should be thrown away after each use.
- Allergy test: Be sure to get an allergy test done before the procedure, even if you’ve had a lash lift before. You may very well react differently during pregnancy.
- Comfortable position: Laying flat on your back for a long period of time during the procedure will be uncomfortable. It is also restricting blood flow to the baby. For that reason, make sure you elevate your head and take frequent breaks to go walk a little.
- Vegetable dyes: If you opt for the combo lash lifts and tints, your lash tech will use a dye to tint your lashes. It is best to avoid permanent dyes and opt for semi-permanent vegetable dyes instead as the risk of an allergic reaction is lower with these products.
- Informed consent: Be sure to read and understand all the risks and potential side effects of the procedure before you agree to it.
With these tips in mind, you can rest assured that you’ll have a safe and comfortable experience!
Aftercare Tips for Pregnant Women Who Have Had a Lash Lift
Taking care of your lashes after a lash lift and tint is essential to maintain the results.
- Avoid water: For the first 24 hours after your procedure, avoid getting your lashes wet from showers, sweat, swimming, etc.
- Avoid makeup: It’s important to avoid using makeup for at least 24 hours. This gives the lashes time to properly adhere to the curl.
- Gently cleanse: When you do start to wash your face again, be sure to use a gentle cleanser and avoid rubbing your eyes.
- See your lash technician regularly: For best results, it’s recommended that you see your lash technician every 4-6 weeks for a touch-up.
By following these simple aftercare tips, you can keep your lashes looking their best for weeks to come.
Lash lifts can last for as long as 8 weeks, but again this depends on each individual person, especially their hair type.
Once again, hormonal changes from pregnancy could mean that your lashes need lifting more or less often.
How Long is the Lash Lift Procedure?
The beauty of a lift and tint procedure is that it’s all done in under an hour.
The Lash lifting process takes around 45 minutes, which is perfect for pregnant women to get some eyes-closed pamper time, and a rest from being on their feet with a pregnant belly.
It’s also a nice and quick procedure for breastfeeding mothers whose baby will soon wake up for a feed!
The treatment requires minimal upkeep, too, which is great for women who have so many other things to worry about during or after pregnancy, but who still love to keep their lash game strong.
Lash Lift While Pregnant – Key Takeaways
Lifted lashes are a safe and non-invasive way to emphasize your natural lashes and give you a break from wearing mascara.
It is completely safe to get a lash lift and tint during pregnancy as long as your first trimester is completed.
Pregnancy can cause hormonal changes that affect the hair growth, length, and fullness of your lashes. Lash lifting is a great tool that can help you feel more like yourself again.
Make sure to find a reputable and experienced lash technician that has experience with performing this lash procedure on pregnant women.
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Asako Ito is the Co-Founder of Divine Lashes and a certified eyelash stylist. She has garnered acclaim for her cutting-edge techniques in the lash industry.
Holding multiple certifications and licenses, including Luxury Eye, THE LASH SHOP, World Microblading, and The Lash Bible, she has a constant thirst for knowledge. These credentials reflect her commitment to excellence and staying at the forefront of lash and brow artistry.
With over 10 years of experience, Asako continuously increases her knowledge both as a technician and educator by collaborating with top lash artists worldwide. You can read her full bio here.