My personal experience.
Ever since I did these two lash treatments within the span of one month, I thought I would explain what happened and share my experience with both. When I was doing my own research I really struggled to find out the info I’m about to provide – so I’m hoping it can help you guys.
My sister & I were sitting together about a month ago and she mentioned that she wanted to go get lash extensions – she had seen them on someone and really liked them. So, she went to Shavata to get them done and came straight to my house. I LOVED how they looked.
Whenever I get my make-up done for an event and put false lashes on, I love how it looks and never want to take them off. That volume and length just makes everything look better!
I called up that same day and asked to book an appointment a few hours later with a senior technician named Nabila and spent the next few hours doing research on lash extensions, the pros and cons and what not. I either found really drastic reviews of women losing all their lashes or incredible results but nothing in between.
To be honest, what I was most anxious about was firstly all my eyelashes falling off, obviously. And secondly keeping my eyes shut without moving for a full hour. You physically cannot open your eyes for the entire treatment. I don’t know why that doesn’t sit well with me but lying in Shavasana for 20 minutes in a yoga class with my eyes closed is totally fine.
The process itself wasn’t uncomfortable or painful in any way, the only thing was when the liquid solution/glue they use sinks into your eye every now and then it stings a little, but I was able to manage without wiggling around too much.
As soon as she finished I looked in the mirror and absolutely LOVED the results. It literally looks like I had natural looking false lashes on, but permeant. Nabila did an incredible job, I have to hand it to her. She told me they can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks depending on how little I mess with them.
I went home and kept admiring how good they looked. Even though Omar came home and told me I look like I should be on set of a Bollywood movie due to how dramatic they looked, I still loved them.
- For 24 hours you can’t get them wet or touch/rub them in anyway.
- I was told to brush them gently in an upward motion with an eyelash/eyebrow brush they gave me, once or twice a day just to keep them in place.
- I was not to rub my eyes vigorously when washing my face or using make up remover and if I could remove make up using upward motions instead of downward that was preferable.
- I shouldn’t pull on them or constantly touch them.
I don’t wear any eye make-up, so I managed to follow these steps easily. I use a cleansing oil to remove my make up at the moment so no rubbing the eyes using a wipe or cotton pad necessary.
I spent the next week being so careful with them, taking care of them like I should. After about 7-8 days I was sitting on my couch watching some Gilmore Girls and I found myself touching the base of the eyelashes on my eyelid just gently rubbing back and forth, I felt this hard piece of glue and I was so tempted to just peel It off. A few false eyelashes actually came out because of this. I thought “CRAP”.
I continued to play with them. I couldn’t help it. They’re not MINE. They’re these alien pieces of hair stuck to my eyes. It was weird. I wasn’t pulling them out or purposely removing them, but I couldn’t stop touching the base of the eyelashes on my eyelid because it felt hard and crispy almost.
After 2 more days like this I thought, okay, these clearly aren’t for people like me. I called up the salon and asked for removal ASAP.
The removal was a lot more uncomfortable than I thought. There’s this very harsh solution they use to dissolve the glue and it kept going in my eyes. I was unintentionally crying the whole time because it stung so much. It took 30 minutes.
Once they were off, my eyelashes were thankfully fine, they looked exactly the same as before I put on the extensions. I was relieved to have them off. I kept brushing my eyelashes with my finger because it felt so good to touch normal eyelashes instead of hard crunchy ones.
I wouldn’t do this again, ever. I’m too high maintenance with these things. If I chip a nail I go, get a manicure. If I have one spec of make up on my face, I can’t go to sleep. If my hair smells like smoke, I have to fully shower and scrub my hair with shampoo before going to sleep even if its 5AM. Having something extra on my being doesn’t work. I want to remove it and just go back to my natural self before going to bed at night. My sister on the other hand kept them on until they all naturally fell out about a month later, so everyone is different! It just depends on YOU.
(LVL = Length, Volume, Lift)
Now this treatment, is a different story.
WHAT IS LVL?
This treatment is 45 minutes to an hour and you have to keep your eyes fully closed the whole time, you don’t really feel anything other than your lashes being lifted UP towards your eyebrows. They use a liquid serum from the root of your eyelashes while they're lifted in order to curl them and then they tint them at the end to make them darker and more defined. No mascara needed! It lasts 6-8 weeks.
I have done this before about two years ago in Dubai at The Nail Pavilion
when it first became popular. I loved it then and had totally forgot about it until I saw it all over Instagram one day and I thought “OH YA!”
I went back to Shavata about 2 weeks later because they offer it there and I really like the salon/technicians. They took about an hour and I already knew I was going to love it because I had done it before. I much preferred how I looked to the lash extensions, it was way more natural and ME.
They’re not fussy and high maintenance at all because it’s just YOUR lashes curled and tinted for 6 weeks, it looks like you have mascara on all day.
- Don’t get them wet for 24 hours (48 if possible)
- Brush them upwards using an eyebrow/eyelash brush if you feel they need it
If you have short lashes, it’s great because this curls them and then when you put mascara on top of it they’ll look even more long and defined. If you have long lashes that are straight, like me, this really makes your eyes open up and pop a little more. It’s been about 2 or 3 weeks since I got it done and they’re exactly the same! I’m sure the less you rub them the longer they’ll last so I try to leave them be without wearing mascara or anything.
If you're anything like me, I would highly recommend going for LVL over the extensions. It is much easier to maintain, and you don’t feel like anything is stuck to your eyes with glue! But, it depends on what you’re going for.
Photo of Lash Extensions a few days after getting them done
Photo of LVL lashes right after getting them done.
Please be sure to do your research on where to get these things done, do not go to ANY salon because you do hear horror stories of women losing all of their eyelashes and just dangerous products that are used. I would do this lash lift maybe twice a year at most. Always get a referral from a friend or wait until you go to a city you know does it well, it's always better to do things like this safely.
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