I won’t be one sided on my views here because I’ve tried both and yes, I own my own  lash brand but I also used to recommend my clients to reputable semi permanent lash technicians after launching my own business so it’s fair to say that my opinion has changed purely due to experience.

So here’s the difference between both and also what my thoughts are on each…

Strip lashes – A cotton strip with lash hairs (can be various materials such as synthetic, Mink, Silk etc) attached to the strip. The strip lash can be glued onto the bed of your real lashes. They last all day depending on the type of glue you use. You can peel them off at the end of the day and re-use your lashes again up to the number of times the brand states it can be used. To clean the strip lash all you need to do it peel the glue off and wipe over them with a wet wipe lightly.

  • You can change your lash style anytime you want.
  • The strip lash is not harmful to your real lashes.
  • You can reuse lashes generally from anything between 10-20 times depending on the style.
  • There are numerous strip lash brands but I would always recommend a thinner band for comfort.
  • A fuller volume lash generally tends to have a thicker band which can be uncomfortable however this all depends on the lash brand you’ve opted for. For example, when I designed my lash line I ensured the strip for each lash was thin and flexible for super comfort.
  • You can cut your strip lashes for the desired length and also create corner lashes so if you don’t want a full lash strip.

Semi-permanent lashes – Also known as individual eyelash extensions, are eyelashes applied with a strong adhesive. Lash adhesives are made from methyl-2-cyanoacrylate which is designed to bond a smooth surface (the eyelash extension) to a porous surface (the natural eyelash). It is designed to be used around the eyes and on the natural lashes, but not on the skin which can cause irritation. Generally, a single lash is applied to each natural lash. When applied properly, neither the eyelash extension nor the glue should touch the eyelid because it may cause irritation. They should last until the lashes naturally fall out, which is usually around 3–4 weeks. After this, you will need to get a refill which means more individual lashes will be glued to the real lashes that have fallen out.

I’ve personally had semi permanent lashes done (from various leading technicians) in the past and they were great because you can just wake up and not have to worry so much about eye makeup but the problem I faced was that when I wanted to apply eye makeup it made my semi permanent lashes fall out from all the blending and then removing the makeup. Here’s a list of why I don’t get them done anymore…

  • They look great if you don’t wear eye makeup.
  • My biggest issue with semi permanent lashes was removing my makeup at the end of the day. If you don’t clean your face properly then you have nothing to worry about but I clean my face and eyes thoroughly after wearing makeup and don’t really want any makeup residue left around my eyes or lashes after cleansing. Basically you can’t clean your eye area properly without watching half of your lashes fall out – so realistically they don’t last 3-4 weeks at all.
  • Some technicians don’t stick to the rule of thumb when it comes to applying one individual lash to each of your own individual lashes – depending on the look you go for they will apply a cluster of lashes to each of your own individual lashes meaning the glue does have some contact with your skin – which is what you don’t want.
  • If you suffer from allergies or hayfever then this is not for you as you can’t rub your eyes at all with these lashes on and because you can’t take them off at the end of the day you kind of have to lump it.
  • Once you have a specific design done, i.e whispy, full or light, you are left with it until they come off and you can change the style.
  • I found that once all of the lashes came off I was left with not as many of my real lashes .
  • My last big issue with these is how long it takes to apply them. I can just about justify having my nails done as I can still get on with some work on my phone etc but with semi permanent lashes you have to close your eyes and keep them closed until the lashes are all on. It takes anything from 1.5 to over 2 hours to put these on!

Hopefully this gives you a good insight to the difference between strip lashes and semi permanent lashes!