The Blow Dry Eyelash Curler Hack. A Good Idea?

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The original eyelash curler has been around since the 1930s. Its design has changed very little since then. More recently, heated eyelash curlers have entered the market, which gives a curlier, more long-lasting curl.

But many don’t want to buy another curler. Enter the blow dry eyelash curler hack.

It makes sense! Heat your regular eyelash curler with a blow dryer, and it will become similar to a heated curler. Right? Maybe not.

In this article we are going to look at both traditional and heated eyelash curler designs to see if heating your traditional eyelash curler with a blow dryer is a genius life hack… or a really bad idea.

Do you want curly, hot lashes? Or smoking, scorched lashes?


Do heated eyelash curlers really work?

Heated Eyelash Curler

Heated eyelash curlers do indeed work.

They give you more of a curl. And the curl tends to last longer than a curl using a traditional eyelash curler.

This is what’s spawned the idea that if you heat up your regular eyelash curler, it should work even better, right?

Tradition Eyelash Curlers vs. Heated Eyelash curlers

Okay, to see if you can just use a blow dryer on your regular eyelash curler to make it a heated eyelash curler, you need to understand the design of each, and how they work.

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The traditional eyelash curler  consists of a metal body with curved clamps. The clamps have either rubber or silicon pads that clasp your eyelashes and curl them upwards.

Traditional curlers use pressure to curl your lashes. Squeeze!

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Most heated eyelash curlers , on the other hand, are a heated wand that looks a bit like a mascara brush.

Rather than clamping the eyelashes and using pressure, it uses heat to curl your lashes.

Both are completely different. Each was designed to do its job based on how it’s used.

Blow Dry Eyelash Curler

Blow Dryer

We know, there are TONS of blogs out there that encourage you to heat your regular eyelash curlers with a blow dryer.

Don’t do it.


Most regular eyelash curlers are made of metal, which retains heat.

There is a very good chance of burning your eyelids, your face, and your fingers because you have no control over the heat.

If a regular eyelash curler was meant to be heated, it wouldn’t be made of metal.

There are other lash curlers that are coated in plastic or rubber, which both melt if heat is applied.

In addition, if your eyelash curler uses rubber, rather than silicon pads, the pads could melt and your eyelashes could get stuck, resulting in you ripping them out. Even if you use silicon pads, which stand up to heat much better than rubber, hot silicone will damage your eyelashes.

Do you really want to be researching Do Magnetic Lashes Work If You Don’t Have Eyelashes?

Everywhere, Everywhere Life Hacks!

In this day and age of social media, instant messaging, online shopping, and instant gratification, life hacks are big business. You just have to do a search of ‘life hacks’ on Google and you’ll get almost 300 million hits.

YouTube is filled with videos of 5-minute crafts and all sorts of secrets to supposedly make your life easier! From cleaning and food preparation to furniture restoration and cosmetics, hacks are everywhere.

Apparently, we’ve all been doing everything wrong this whole time.

Though there may be some helpful hints out there on doing some things differently, there are also a lot of bogus claims and hacks that don’t actually work.

A lot of these hacks are clickbait.

The more we click, the more money they make (note: this website is also funded by ad revenue, so….)

At the moment, everything ‘eyelash’ seems to be extremely on-trend – lash serums, conditioners, curlers, lifts, extensions, falsies.

For every trending market, someone’s going to come up with some sort of ‘hack’ for you to join the club.

Now most of us don’t have the dispensable cash lying around to use the same $350 under-eye cream that Kim Kardashian uses (and was certainly comped).

But if someone is promising the same results using a different product, or technique at a fraction of the cost, that sells magazines and gets people reading the blog.

When it comes to life hacks, you always use a bit of common sense.

You wouldn’t use strawberry Jell-O powder or highlighter markers to color your hair (although there are actually videos out there that show you how to use both – case in point). You’d use something that was actually meant to color your hair. Like bleach. No, we mean the other bleach.

Fortunately, there are those out there debunking foolish beauty hacks


When it comes to ‘blow dry eyelash curler’– It is highly advisable NOT to try and heat up your regular eyelash curler, despite loads of blogs advising to do just that.

Traditional eyelash curlers were never meant to have heat applied. Otherwise, they would have been designed differently.

Heated eyelash curlers are not that expensive. If you want your eyelash curler heated – buy a heated eyelash curler!  

Here are a few selections we like:

Oh, and yes, we will get a small commission if you buy one of those. So you shouldn’t trust us entirely, either.

Basically don’t trust anyone, use common sense.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).