10 Long Term Treatments Which Are Really Worth It

Looking good takes lots of time and effort doesn’t it? Not necessarily!

Do you ever get tired applying make up if you’re only going out for 10 minutes? Or do you just want to look your best for a special occasion and have the results last for weeks or months afterwards?

The following treatments can improve your image and save you hours of you time every single month. Here are some of the best semi permanent treatments available right now:

1.Double Eye Lid Surgery

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This is especially popular in Korea right now. Having a single eyelid (not like the one above) is a problem that many Asian and some Caucasian women have. The process involves making the a single eye lid into a double one. This can have additional visual benefits when make up is applied. There are a number of procedures which can be performed which vary in how invasive they are.

The treatment can last several years depending on the exact treatment you decide to get. However it can be very expensive – it’s usually between $1000 and $5000 depending on where exactly you get the treatment done.

2. Eyelash Perm

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Eyelashes can look much shorter if they don’t naturally curl upwards. If you’re sick of curling your eyelashes then this could be the perfect treatment for you. The process works in a similar way to a normal perm. Your lashes will be treated with a special solution and then put in rollers. After about 10 minutes you should have the required look.

Perfect for holidays, parties or other special occasions. It’s a quick and inexpensive treatment. It can usually lasts 2-3 months and costs around the $50 mark. The eyes are very sensitive so make sure you get the treatment done at a salon you trust.

3. Chemical Hair Straightening

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This procedure can give you super straight and silky hair. It’s perfect for those who have trouble with getting that straight style they’ve always wanted. Chemicals are applied to your hair which are then fused using hair straighteners. The chemicals break the bonds which usually give your hair a curly shape. Watch out though. If the proper safety procedures aren’t followed the process can be dangerous.

Can last for 4-6 months and typically costs between $80-100. It’s semi permanent because you hair is always growing. So even though the treatment itself is permanent, the new hair will need to be treated too.

4. Semi Permanent Hair Color

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It’s no secret that permanent hair dyes can cause quite a bit of damage. Some common side effects are dry straw like hair, scalp irritation and even the hair falling out. A good alternative is to use semi permanent hair dye which contains much lower levels of peroxide and ammonia. It can still provide some very good results, but your hair will look healthy too.

It’s a great compromise between having the color you want, but still looking healthy. Typically it will last 1-2 months and costs around $50. But unfortunately it can’t cause massive changes in the color of the hair. So you can’t easily go from black to blond. But it’s fine if you just want to change a few shades.

5. Teeth Whitening

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We all have teeth which can stain over time. But there is a solution. Teeth whitening can be a quick, long-lasting and inexpensive treatment. You can get it done at a dentist, salon or by using a home whitening kit. Of course the results and price will vary depending on which of these you get.


The teeth can be whitened by number of shades and these results can last a number of months if not years. The more you look after your teeth by staying away from staining foods, the longer the results will last. Price can vary massively from around $50 for a home kit to $1000’s for professional dentist treatments.

6. Eyelash Extension

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Extensions are a cheap and effective treatment. You just glue the fake eyelashes onto your own eyelashes for increased volume and length. The great thing is you can choose exactly how you want them to look with no shortage of brands available on the market.

The problem is that when you remove them some of your real eyelashes can come off too. So they aren’t something which should be used all the time or you could end up with no lashes at all! The treatment usually last a few weeks and costs a few hundred dollars when done professionally. It’s much less if you buy and apply them yourself, although inevitably the results won’t be as good.

7. Gel Nails

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Gel nails can save you a ton of time. Essentially they’re like a very long-lasting nail polish. They look natural but don’t crack. It also gives the nails a level of protection yet still allows them to grow. One of the biggest problems is for those of you who like to frequently change the color of your nails. Once you’ve made your choice you need to stick with it for at least 2-3 weeks.

On the plus side the treatment can be very inexpensive. It’s usually priced at around $40-80. Although if you’re having trouble getting them off you may need to go and see a professional for some help! You can also buy a lamp & nail gel and do it yourself.

8. Dermal Fillers

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Dermal fillers show that a tiny change in your face can have a massive impact on your overall appearance. Essentially dermal filler fill a gap on your face. This could be in a number of places. It could fill wrinkles, or it could be in your cheeks adding extra definition.

It’s a perfect way to get the look you want without having to pay all that money, and take the risks associated with cosmetic surgery. The time they last can vary quite a bit depending on the quality of the surgeon (and consequently cost). They can last from a few months to a few years and roughly cost between $500-800.

9. Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal has been improving substantially over the last few years. It has now got to the stage where it’s fast working, relatively inexpensive, and long-lasting. It doesn’t last forever unless you get top up sessions but it can last several years and permanently reduce the rate at which your hair grows. This can literally save hours of time each and every week. With the emergence of home devices the treatment has become even more convenient. You no longer even need to leave your home!

The only problem is it’s sometimes hard to tell how long the treatment will last. It depends on the individual getting the treatment. The treatment is charged per session and can cost $200-800 depending on which part of the body is to be treated.

10. Semi Permanent Make Up

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It takes effort to look your best. Especially if you have a busy job or children to look after. Semi-permanent make up could be the answer to your problem. It lasts between 9 and 18 months and looks just like the real thing. If required it can be touched up to ensure the color stays fresh.

You can get the treatment practically anywhere you can normally apply make up – so the lips, eyes and face are all fine. Essentially the make-up is tattooed on your face using hypoallergenic pigments.

The only real problems are the discomfort during treatment and the fact that once you choose a color you need to stick with it for the next few months. But overall it’s a massive time saver. It can be quite expensive, $200-300, but remember you’re saving money by not needing to buy as many cosmetics. So think of it as an investment!

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