Are Heated Eyelash Curlers Worth The Hype?

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If you've tried to achieve long, luscious lashes, you've probably looked into every way you could possibly achieve that look. Perhaps the most popular combination in an effort to pursue long-looking lashes is mascara and an eyelash curler. The eyelash curler can be dated back to 1931 when William McDonell patented a product known as the Kurlash. Much like today's eyelash curler, this beauty tool was a clamp that was held like scissors and featured a rubber strip between the clamps, which is what curls the lashes with pressure (via Quail Bell Magazine).

Today, there are a variety of options to assist in a fuller lash look. You have a plethora of mascaras, eyelash curlers, eyelash growth serums, fake lashes, and even eyelash extensions. And now, you can add a heated eyelash curler to that list. This latest beauty tool has grown in popularity greatly, amassing over 18 million views for the hashtag #heatedeyelashcurlers on TikTok. It's a fun and simple way to give your lashes a beautiful lift, so we've got you covered with everything you need to know.

What are heated eyelash curlers?

You can find a heated eyelash curler in two forms. The most popular type of heated curler, such as the Chella Heated Eyelash Curler, looks and functions very similarly to a regular mascara wand with the comb at the tip, without the clamping and pinching of a regular eyelash curler. This boost of heat during the curling process offers a quicker way to shape your lashes with volume and a lift (via Girl Gone Green). Another type of eyelash curler actually performs the same way as a regular eyelash curler. For example, the Panasonic Heated Curved Eyelash Curler With Double Action Non-Stick Silicone Pads is a handheld device (without scissor-like handles) that heats the lashes as it clamps to curl them.

Like a curling iron for your hair, a heated eyelash curler offers different heat settings that emit from the comb. Even though it is a heated styling tool, it is perfectly safe to use. However, as with any other heated beauty tool, you should use it with caution. "When used in moderation, at a safe temperature, a heated eyelash curler can be a reasonable option," board-certified dermatologist Hadley King tells the Editorialist. It might be better for the health of your lash hair to use it on special occasions or simply just every now and then. Additionally, you should approach using a heated eyelash curler with a daily lash serum to moisturize your lashes before and after touching them with heat to avoid damage such as breakage or drying.

How to use heated curlers

Before using your heated eyelash curler, you want to start by making sure your eyelashes are clean of any residue. After they have dried, heat up your curler to a setting that works for you. Test the heat with your finger to make sure it's not too hot to help avoid any burning or damage to your eyelids or lashes. After you find a safe temperature, begin the curling process by placing the heated comb at the center base of your lashes. Gently push your lashes with the curler upward and toward your eyelid repeatedly for the curling effect. Lastly, seal the curl with your favorite mascara (via L'Oréal Paris).

Just like with any beauty trend, there are a few methods to try to get the best results out of your heated eyelash curler. Beauty influencer Rachel, known as @Rachie_rovie on TikTok, made a video praising the heated eyelash curler stating that it's the best thing she has ever purchased. In the video, Rachel explains that she starts off her process by using a regular eyelash curler before anything else. Next, she applies a coat of mascara followed by using the heated eyelash curler. For even fuller volume, many beauty enthusiasts add mascara before and after using the heated lash curler. Whatever way you approach using it, always make sure you are doing so safely for a chance at a longer, fuller eyelash look. After all, they appear to be worth the hype!