Step 3: Glue lashes onto roller
Once the roller is safely in place, your lashes are adhered to it using a gentle glue in an upward-sweeping motion. This is done to "set" the shape of the curl for the entire process. A second set of damp cotton pads are placed down, this time practically touching your upper waterline, to prevent solutions from making contact with your eyes.
Step 4: Add lash perm cream
When it comes time to do the actual perming, a cream formula is applied to the lashes, starting just above the root. This solution uses the same base ingredient as your standard hair perm cream — ammonium thioglycolate — which breaks down and resets the bonds in your hair. In simpler terms, it's exactly what makes perm treatments as long-lasting as they are. To make it more gentle on your delicate lashes, it's diluted with the help of distilled water.
Although I can't personally attest to the resemblance this perm formula has to the original stuff, I've heard it smells exactly the same. If you suffered a perm horror story in your younger days, be warned that it may induce some temporary hair PTSD. But if you're a perm virgin like me, just know the scent is quite strong. I never felt any pain or burning, but I could definitely tell that the cream was near my lashes. After they're fully saturated, the perm solution is left to sit for around five minutes. This number may fluctuate slightly, but leaving the cream on for too long can fry the hair and over-weaken the bonds, causing things like dryness and breakage.