What Are LVL Lashes?
Posted by Laura Rose in Treatments, Tried & Tested
I’ve always envied people with naturally dark, long, curly lashes. Just imagine all the time I could be saving in the morning if I didn’t have to apply 13 coats of mascara to make my eyelashes look half decent. My lashes are quite long but they’re poker straight and impossible to curl, and extremely blonde with no definition whatsoever.
That’s why when Browhaus invited me to try out their Lash Curl Up and Lashgraphy treatments (LVL and tint) I jumped at the opportunity.
Browhaus has four locations in London (Chelsea, Covent Garden, Holborn, and Mayfair) and each salon has its own unique theme. Holborn is inspired by the Grand Budapest Hotel, whilst Chelsea takes you on a journey through the Wild West. I chose Covent Garden.
To prepare for the lash lift and tint a patch test was completed two days before to ensure I wasn’t allergic to any of the solutions or tints. When I arrived on the day I was greeted by a friendly consultant who took me downstairs to a private room to start the treatment. The room was cosy and beautifully decorated, putting me at ease straight away. She then talked me through every part of the treatment to ensure I was totally comfortable and still wanted to go ahead. I was told that there were two different options I could choose from; the natural look which gives the lashes a natural-looking curl, or the bold look which lifts the lashes from the root while also curling. I chose the bold look, naturally.
My eye area was cleansed and gel pads were placed under my eyes to seperate my top lashes from my bottom lashes. She measured up two small rods, placed them as close to my lash line as possible, and applied the lash glue and started to pin my eyelashes up around the rods. The perming solution was then applied and left to work its magic for 20 minutes. 20 minutes may seem like a long time to wait, but after a busy day at work it was actually quite nice to lay down and relax!
After the time was up my consultant came back and carefully removed the perming solution before adding the neutraliser. I was left to chill out for another 15 minutes before the tint was added. The tinting was actually the quickest part of the treatment and only took 8 minutes.
Next my consultant washed away the tint and began to slowly unstick my lashes from the rods (it wasn’t painful like I’ve made it sound, I swear!). She then removed the rods and the gel pads and asked me to keep my eyes closed while she brushed a moisturising serum through my lashes as the finishing touch.
My new eyelashes were unveiled to me and, if I’m being honest, I didn’t think they’d be as good as they were. I’d had my eyelashes tinted in the past and wasn't that impressed, but the lift and curl took it to a whole new level! I couldn’t stop staring at them, my eyes looked so open and fresh (it was 8pm by this point so a massive achievement on their part!).
Aftercare for LVL is pretty simple. Don’t get them wet and no wearing mascara for at least 48 hours after the treatment. During that time the lashes are still setting and need to be left to do their thing. You should also avoid using oil-based products to remove makeup as it can destroy the curl and make your lashes go frizzy. I’ve been using the Sebiaclear Micellar Water by SVR and it works perfectly! If you follow all these instructions then your beautiful lashes will last for 6-8 weeks, depending on how fast your lashes grow out. I can safely say that after this experience I’m a LVL lash convert and will definitely be back for more, I’m so happy with the result!
Want to recreate this look at home? Try using my holy grail mascaras: Benefit They're Real!, Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious, and Max Factor False Lash Effect Epic.
Take a look at Browhaus’ website to book yourself in for a Lash Curl Up, Lashgraphy or any other amazing treatment they have to offer.