What effects does it have?

What is it?

Using chemicals to permanently cause the eyelashes to curl.

How long does it last?

Eyelashes will normally grow out within 6-8 weeks.

More information

Permanent eyelash curling is performed in a beauty salon. A beautician applies a gel to the eyebrows which contains chemicals which are used to curl the eyelashes.

There are currently no national standards for beauty salons, and anyone can legally start a salon in most parts of the country. However, many salons have voluntarily joined professional organisations that maintain registers of beauticians who have a minimum level of educational qualifications to be able to provide safe and hygienic treatment.

You can search for salons on the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) database, or look whether the salon advertises membership of professional organisations such as the Health and Beauty Industry Authority or the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses.

More temporary alternatives to permanent eyelash curling are using an eyelash curler or curled false eyelashes.

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Page last updated: August 2017