The lash lift procedure is just like getting a gentle perm on your hair. It employs almost the same chemicals but low strength, making them safe to use around the eyes and on your eyelashes. Regardless, these chemicals dry and weaken your lashes. That’s why using coconut oil after lash lift might seem appealing.
But is it safe to use coconut oil on your eyelashes after two or three days of lash lift procedure? Will it not relax the perm?
If your lashes are overly dry or weak after the lash lift, you can apply coconut oil to them. However, you need to give the perm 5-7 days to set before you can use any oil on it. Further, it is crucial not to leave coconut oil on your lifted eyelashes for too long.
Below, I have discussed the proper technique to use coconut oil on your eyelashes after the lash lift. Also, you will be able to comprehend why coconut oil does not relax your lash perm. And when it might!
Will Applying Coconut Oil On Lash Lift Relax It?
If you have experienced getting a hair perm, you would know that the permed hair must stay away from water or oil for the first 48 hours. All of the restructured bonds in your hair strands need to set themselves.
The same is the case with a lash lift. Your lash stylist might have recommended you keep your permed eyelashes away from water and oil for two days. However, once your lash lift settles itself, you are good to go with using coconut oil to it.
According to the Lash stylist, it is absolutely safe to use coconut oil after 2-3 days of getting the lash lift. It helps nourish and moisturize your chemically treated eyelashes without damaging the shape of the lash lift. But there is a right and wrong way of applying it!
If you think coconut oil will ruin or relax your lash lift, you might need to understand a few things.
The chemicals employed for the lash lift break the core and strongest bonds (disulfide) in your eyelashes and reconfigure them into a shape that lifts your lashes.
Once these bonds are reconfigured and settled into their new conformation, coconut oil or water can’t break them easily. Nevertheless, in some cases we discussed below, coconut or any other oil might relax or ruin your lash lift. But, it still would need weeks to do that.
When It Is Safe Using Coconut Oil After the Lash Lift?
The chemicals pulling off the lash lift can weaken and dry your eyelashes. They might take away the natural shine of your lashes. In some instances, your eyelashes become overly curly and frizzy.
So, the helpful way to bring your permed lashes back to looking amazing again will be to apply coconut or castor oil to them. You need not worry that these oils will relax your lash lift.
According to the lash stylist, Ifza Rana, you should consider applying coconut oil after the lash lift in the following way to prevent it from getting relaxed or ruined.
1. Give The Lash Lift Some Time to Settle
As mentioned above, the reconfigured bonds in your eyelashes need time to set after the lash lift. So, it is recommended not to apply coconut oil on your permed lashes for the first week. Once your lash lift is entirely settled in shape, you can proceed with using castor, coconut, or any other oil on it.
If you get lash lifts regularly, applying coconut oil to your permed eyelashes is useful. It will nourish and moisturize your lashes and make them strong enough to withstand the iterative chemical processing.
2. Do Not Let The Coconut Oil Sit For too Long on The Lashes
Leaving coconut oil on your lifted lashes overnight or even for an hour or two can relax them within a week. So, when using it after the lash lift, let it on your eyelashes only for 15 to 20 minutes.
Also, you would not need to apply coconut oil to your lash lift daily. It is better to employ it 2-3 times a week. Otherwise, using coconut oil on your permed lashes too often might relax the lash lift a little early before the standard time of 6-8 weeks.
3. Rinse The Coconut Oil For Lifted Lashes Properly
To ensure no coconut oil is left on your eyelashes, you will need to rinse it away using a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil or the lash shampoo. Also, do not rub your lashes while washing them to avoid ruining the lash lift.
Once you are done cleaning them of coconut oil, brush them in the direction you got your lashes lifted.
Can You Relax Over-Processed Lash Lift With Coconut Oil?
You will find a number of blogs claiming that you can relax your overprocessed lash lift overnight by using coconut oil. It is not accurate! Any oil can’t change or break the bonds in the eyelashes and reconfigure them into a straight conformation.
However, in the long run, I mean for a week or two, using coconut oil on your lash lift and leaving overnight might relax your lifted lashes to some extent but not completely.
Therefore, if you only want to adjust your lash lift to a less lifted shape, it will be helpful to use coconut oil. But you have to let the oil sit for the whole night on your eyelashes.
The best thing you can do to fix your curly lash lift is to wait and let the eyelashes grow out. The newly grown lashes will have their natural texture and shape.
But if you can’t wait that long and need to correct your lash lift that’s touching your eyelids, you would need to perm your eyelashes again. I won’t recommend doing that. Instead, I suggest waiting and applying the coconut oil onto your lash lift.
Coconut oil can be a good option if you want to nourish and moisturize your eyelashes after the lash lift. However, you should wait 2-3 days before applying the oil to your permed lashes. Leave it on your eyelashes for 15-20 minutes, and then wash it away with a gentle cleanser.
However, if you want to relax your lash lift with coconut oil, it might not work for you overnight. It will take a few days of daily application and might relax the perm partially.