What Is Over-Processing & How Do I Avoid It?

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What Is Over-Processing & How Do I Avoid It?

Lash lift kits have become quite a phenomenon. There was a time when women had to go through the hassle of booking a salon appointment for a lash lift. To avoid this hassle, some opted for falsies, and they worked well too. However, since the glue used to apply the falsies can damage your lashes and their growth, we recommend doing a 
lash lift at home.

Don’t worry because the process is very easy, and you can do it all by yourself. Check out our previous blog post, “A Complete Guide on How to Lash Lift At Home” to find out the tips and tricks to do it safely. 

With that being said, let’s talk about the real issue ― over-processing. It’s a mistake most women tend to make when doing an eyelash lift. No, this is not a myth! Over-processing has pretty nasty side-effects, and we are talking about the type where lashes grow too slow or don’t grow at all. 

The general rule of thumb is that you should apply the eyelash glue for 30 seconds and the perm lotion for 12 to 15 minutes. The fixing time is approximately 8 minutes, which amounts to a total time of 20 to 25 minutes. However, keep in mind that this duration may vary based on how long and thick your eyelashes. 

How Over-Processing Affects Your Eyelashes

While a lash perm kit does not have any harsh chemicals. Still, leaving any of the lotions past the recommended time can frizz or split the lashes. You won’t see the damage immediately, but it will become visible slowly after 24 hours or a week. Again, it depends on your lashes’ strength.

A great way to find out how strong your lashes are is to see how they fare on the rod. If they resist the curl, you may increase your lifting time. The best thing about an eyelash curling kit, like the one from Nicky Lashes, is that the nourishing lotion helps smooth out any kinks. If you don’t get your desired results, you can always try lifting your lashes again after a couple of weeks.

As for how to fix over-processed lash lift, all you need to do is apply the perming solution again. Use the spoolie to straighten the lashes and leave it on for 5 minutes. Now, apply the setting solution for 1 minute; you’ll have a lighter curl to your lashes. 

This procedure can be done right after your first attempt at a lash lift and tint at home. As for how to reverse the curl on your eyelash, we recommend taking a hot shower. It works best as an adhesive remover. Once the glue has been removed, you need to break down the ingredients of the setting solution. Apply castor oil on your eyelashes liberally, and use an eyelash curler to push it in. After a while, your lashes will return to their original state.

Just because you had your eyelashes permed doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of them anymore. Maintenance is the secret to keeping your eyelashes hydrated, which is quite important after a lash lift. It will help your lashes relax if they accidentally get too curled. Moreover, brushing them daily will reduce some of the stress and ensure they aren’t clumped together. 

Let’s take a look at some aftercare tips on how to maintain your eyelashes: 

How to Keep Your Lashes Moisturized

After a lash lift, your eyelashes get this natural softness, which can go away pretty soon if you lack in your aftercare routine. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do:

  • Don’t sleep with the mascara on
  • Don’t scrub your eyelashes when removing makeup
  • Don’t apply waterproof mascara frequently. Leave it for important occasions such as a date or business meeting
  • Don’t get lash extensions immediately after a lash lift if the results aren’t desirable
  • Apply coconut oil or Vaseline on your lashes before going to sleep
  • Do use an eyelash conditioner, one that has peptides. It will not just hydrate your lashes but give them shine too
  • Do try Vitamin E oil. Endorsed by celebrities and having hundreds of reviews on Amazon, it is known to moisturize eyelashes
  • Do apply lash-boosting mascara. It helps promote growth over time and strengthens weak lashes

An unconventional tip that makes your eyelashes beautiful is applying cold green tea on your lash line. You already know the benefits of drinking, and applying it topically would be new to you. However, trust us when we say that following this tip will work wonders. Full of antioxidants, the liquid will make your lashes strong and boost their growth. 

If you have the ingredients, make the eyelash growth serum at home with lavender essential oil and fractioned coconut oil. Fill a small bottle with coconut oil and add a drop of lavender essential oil to it. Apply this serum before bedtime every night, and you will see and feel the difference in your lashes just after a few days. 

Final Thoughts

Two common complaints most women have when doing a lash lift at home are:

  1. The eyelashes on the right do not match the ones on the left
  2. Lashes come out all crisscrossed

For the first complaint, it’s probably because they most probably left the glue on for too long and then didn’t remove it properly. For the second one, they probably didn’t rinse out the setting solution completely. Even if your eyelashes have a slight residue, they will over curl at night and only in specific places. 

Remember ― timing is key! If you increase the time by even a minute, you will have a disaster on your hand, and we don’t say this lightly. You might as well paint half your hair white, and call yourself Cruella de Vil. 

We recommend you invite a friend over and get help with them for the process. To get your hands on a lash perm kit, visit the website Nicky Lashes Home Edition Kit offers an easy and safe way of getting beautiful lashes at home that last for 8 weeks.