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TGA vs. Cysteamine: Choosing the Right Lash Lift Solution

29 May 2024 0 Comments

Lash lifts have become a popular beauty treatment for those seeking a natural and long-lasting way to enhance their lashes. However, with various options available in the market, it's vital for consumers to understand the differences between TGA and Cysteamine lash lift solutions to make an informed decision. In this blog post, we'll explore the characteristics, benefits, and drawbacks of each solution to help you choose the right one for your needs.

Understanding TGA and Cysteamine:

TGA, or thioglycolic acid, is a common ingredient in traditional lash lift solutions. It is known for its efficient processing time, typically taking around 10-15 minutes to achieve desired results. TGA works by breaking the disulfide bonds in the hair, allowing for reshaping and lifting of the lashes. While TGA offers a quick processing time, it also comes with a higher level of risk, especially if not applied correctly. Due to its potency, TGA is recommended for use by licensed professionals in a salon setting.

On the other hand, Cysteamine offers a more gentle approach to lash lifting. It has a longer processing time, but with lower risk compared to TGA. Cysteamine works by releasing the disulfide bonds using a milder solution, making it a suitable choice for individuals with sensitive skin or those who prefer a more gradual process. 

Similarities and Role of Chemicals:

Both TGA and Cysteamine solutions require the use of a chemical to break down the disulfide bonds in the hair. Typically, Ammonia or Ethanolamine is utilized to open the cuticles of the hair and make the solution alkaline. This process allows the lashes to be reshaped and lifted, resulting in the appearance of longer and more curled lashes.

Benefits and Drawbacks:

The benefits of TGA include its fast processing time and effectiveness in achieving the desired lift and curl. However, the higher risk associated with its application and the necessity for professional expertise can be considered drawbacks for some individuals.

Conversely, Cysteamine offers a gentler approach with lower risk, making it suitable for users with sensitive skin or those who prefer a more gradual process. However, the longer processing time may be a drawback for those seeking quicker results.

Main Global Brands

Let's have a quick look at some of the main brands in the lash market to see what their active ingredient is.

  • Elleebana One Shot: Thioglycolic Acid Ethanlamine
  • Elleebana Profusion: Cysteamine HCL, Ethanlamine
  • InLei: Ammonium Thioglycolate
  • Elan Lash CurlUp: Ammonium Thioglycolate Ethanlamine
  • Maxymova: Ammonium Thioglycolate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Hydroxine
  • Boo Beauty Bar: Ethanlamine Thioglycolate, Ethanlamine
  • MyLamination: Ammonium Thioglycolate

If you're considering a lash lift, we encourage you to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of TGA and Cysteamine solutions based on your preferences and needs. Whether you opt for the quick and efficient TGA or the gentle and user-friendly Cysteamine, we'd love to hear about your experiences with lash lifts.

Share your experiences with choosing Lash Lift Solutions in the comments section below!

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