A lash lift is a popular beauty service that adds curl and lift to your natural lashes. In this article, we will discuss whether you can enjoy a lash lift while pregnant.
The good news is that lash lifts are considered safe while pregnant however, it’s best to avoid the procedure during the first trimester.
What Is A Lash Lift?
A lash lift is a beauty service performed by a lash artist or esthetician to create a temporary subtle, natural-looking curl to your lashes.
Results of a lash lift last 4-6 weeks on average and are very easy to maintain.
During the lash lift service, the artist will apply a solution to your lashes and tape them over a flexible rod or pad while the solution is absorbed.
Once your lashes have dried and the rod and tape are removed, your beautifully curled lashes will be revealed.
Can You Get A Lash Lift When Pregnant?
The recommendations around beauty services like lash lifts while pregnant are somewhat vague because there is no way to ethically test on pregnant women.
Based on the information reported by women who have had lash lifts prior to and during pregnancy, there is enough information to say that lash lifts are safe during pregnancy for most women.
The solution used in the service is not harmful and lash artists try to keep it from touching the skin where it would get absorbed.
Although lash lifts are generally considered to be safe while pregnant, there are some important things to consider before making an appointment.
Here are some of the things you should consider before getting a lash lift when you are pregnant:
Avoid lash lifts during the first trimester
The first trimester of pregnancy is a very important time during pregnancy and it is full of a lot of changes in a woman’s body and hormone levels.
Because of the hormonal fluctuations, many women experience increased sensitivity and prefer to avoid exposure to anything that could be harmful during that important developmental period.
Most obstetricians and midwives recommend that women avoid most beauty treatments like lash lifts, hair coloring, and more during the first trimester.
If you are looking to get a lash lift during pregnancy, you can safely do so during the second and third trimesters.
Lash lift results may not be what you expect
With all of the hormonal changes that are going on with your body during pregnancy, many women find that their hair changes significantly as well.
Hair can become thicker or thinner, curlier or straighter, or even fall out faster in response to the increased prostaglandin and oxytocin levels.
Because hair can change so drastically during this time, your lash lift results may not be what you expect.
If you’ve had a lash lift before you became pregnant, it’s important to realize that your lashes might look different this time around.
Many women who get lash lifts while pregnant report that their results are much different than they were in the past.
Sometimes the lashes will have a great deal more or less curl than you are used to or the results of the service might not last as long or longer than you expect.
There’s no way to know exactly how your lash lift results will be while you are pregnant,
but it’s important to set appropriate expectations that it may not be what you are expecting. Keep an open mind and discuss your concerns with your lash artist prior to the service to make sure it’s the right thing for you.
Processing time for lash lifts may vary
With the hormonal changes affecting your hair while you are pregnant, it’s also common that your lash lift processing time could vary quite a bit as well.
Depending on the way your body responds to the lifting solution, your service could take significantly longer or shorter than you expect.
Your lash artist should talk you through the fact that your lashes could process very quickly or more slowly depending on how you specifically react.
They will monitor your lashes during the service to make sure the optimal amount of time is used to help you get the results you are looking for.
Reactions to the lash lift solution are common
Women can easily because sensitive to different things while pregnant even if they have never had sensitivities or allergies before.
The increase in hormones and the many physical changes that are going on in your body during pregnancy can make these sensitivities difficult to navigate.
If you have had a lash lift before using the same solution, you will most likely not have an issue with the service while pregnant.
However, there is a small chance of a reaction even if you have had a lash lift done with the same products in the past.
Ask your lash artist what their recommendations are if you were to have a reaction during or after the service.
This should help you weigh the options and make sure that you feel comfortable getting the service done while pregnant.
Can You Get A Lash Lift While Breastfeeding?
A lash lift is perfectly safe for a breastfeeding mother. The solution that is used is not harmful and not passed through breastmilk because it comes into very little contact with the skin during the service.
There is a small chance that the lash lift might not be as effective due to the increased hormones that are still present while breastfeeding.
This can mean that the results may be less curled or not last as long, but this is not an issue for most women.
General Risks Of Getting A Lash Lift
A lash lift is a safe beauty service because it is non-invasive and fairly simple to do.
Although this is the case, there are some general risks to consider before getting this service whether you are pregnant or not.
Here are some of the main risks of a lash lift:
Sensitivity or allergic reaction
Anyone can react to the lifting solution used in lash lift services. Even if you have never had a reaction before, you may develop one during pregnancy or as your body changes.
Most reactions are mild but may require an antihistamine to mitigate redness or irritation.
Lashes more or less curled than desired
Because everyone’s body reacts to the lifting solution differently, it’s impossible to know how the end result will look.
You may end up with your lashes significantly more or less curled than the look you desire, but this should calm down as time goes on.
Eyes burning or itching
Even if you don’t have a serious reaction to a lash lift, you might experience some eye redness or itching/burning for a few hours afterward if some of the solution gets in or around your eyes.
This isn’t anything to worry about and should subside within a few hours.
Who Should Avoid Getting A Lash Lift?
Almost anyone can safely get a lash lift.
It is a relatively simple service that can help make you look more bright-eyed and awake.
Always talk with your lash artist before getting a lash lift, or any service, done to be sure you fully understand the risks.
Generally speaking, there are only a few people who should not get a lash lift. If you fall into either of these categories, you may want to consider a different service.
First-trimester pregnant women – Most doctors recommend not getting any beauty services that might cause irritation during the first trimester of pregnancy because both mom and baby are very vulnerable at that time.
There is a much lower risk of issues in the second and third trimesters, so it’s best to wait until then to get a lash lift.
Anyone who has had a reaction to a lash lift – If you’ve had an adverse reaction to a lash lift in the past, it is not recommended to get another one done.
Even if the lash artist uses a different lifting solution than you have previously reacted to, it is likely that you will have the same experience.