Eyelash Perming: Has #TeamPressNCurl Gone Too Far?

August 13, 2013  |  


Sometimes you just have to raise an eyebrow at the weird hobbies folks decided to post and share online. And by that, I mean this YouTube tutorial about how to perm your eyelashes. Yeah I’ll let you digest that one for a second…

You can watch the video here (or above) but for those amongst us with cheap data plans, the eyelash perming instructional video is posted on the YouTube channel belonging to user Lily Seymour, who judging by her banner, is all about being fun, fierce and fabulous over fifty. In the video, which is a little over 4 and a-half minutes long, Seymour explains that she relaxes her eyelashes because they are too curly, plus having straight lashes would “make it so much easier to put false eyelashes on.” The rest of the video is an extremely close up shot of Seymour’s eyelids as she completes and narrates the steps of the eyelash perming process.

With only the protection of her contacts (which she says is to protects her eyeballs) and some vaseline she slathered on her eyelids, Seymour carefully uses her special perming lash wand, also known as a toothpick, to brush tiny globs of SoftSheen Carson Professional Optimum Multi-Mineral Reduce pH Creme Relaxer to each strand. After 10 minutes of letting the relaxer work its hair straightening magic, as well as 10 minutes of successfully dodging total blindness like a BAWSE, Seymour pauses the tutorial to take a picture for her blog and then uses her special eyelash perm removal cloth, also known as a piece of tissue napkin, to wipe the perm clean off the lashes. Although she states in the video that she planned on washing her face, she did not go into detail of whether or not her facial wash just so happens to be a bottle of neutralizer.

Although Seymour’s eyelash perming tutorial has gone viral on various hair and beauty social networking sites and has been viewed over 8,000 times, the comment section on the YouTube video have been disabled. According to her personal blog, LilySeymour.com, she writes that initially the viewer comments were so “disgusting,” she had to take down the video and re-upload again with the disclaimer about how folks should not to try this at home. In addition to the word of warning, Seymour also reminds us that eyebrow perming is very popular in other cultures around the world, particularly among the Japanese, who use special mini sponges, rollers and special solutions to make them less curly. Just a quick search on both Google and YouTube has revealed that the Japanese eyelash perming treatment is indeed popular among women, desiring a “wide awake” look. However the service has also been gaining in popularity in many salons stateside and eyelash perming kits are even available for purchase on EBAY. Eyelash perms are said to last for upwards of two to three months however there is no telling if you have to run for cover ever time it rains.

As to how long Seymour has been perming and eventually weaving her eyelashes, she explains, “I have really curly eyelashes and it’s no secret that curls and coils are part of my heritage and its something I’m really proud of.  But my curly eyelashes really bother me sometimes so straightening them has become a permanent part of my beauty routine.  I have been straightening my eyelashes for almost 20yrs now off and on and it makes me very happy!”

Twenty years, folks! I’m trying not to be too judgmental here so I will say that Seymour definitely has some eyeballs of steel. In fact, I’m not even sure this woman is not part-cyborg. I mean, the fumes alone from the perm sitting that close to my eye ducts would make them water something awful. And if my Optimum-soaked tears don’t make me blind, my forgetfulness would definitely have me looking like female Stevie Wonder. I’m the type of person, who will go full rub on my itchy eyeballs, totally forgetting I have on eye makeup. So I think I will have to pass on this treatment – not that I really thought that deeply about my eyelashes to even consider doing such a thing. To me that’s just another unnecessary thing to possibly be subconscious about.

Oh to the folks, who read this entire post and still had the gall to think, hmm this is a good idea…, please know that eyelash perming has not been approved by the FDA and a quick call into the Soft Sheen Carson helpline got me a really nice professional hairstylist, who said that in her 25 years doing hair, she would strongly not recommend applying Optimum or any of Soft Sheen Carlson’s perms to anywhere near your eye area.

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