So you've booked an appointment but now you're wondering how do eyelash extensions actually work? If that's you right now, you've come to the right place! Keep reading to find out about the origin of lash extensions, what they're made of, the application process, and how to take care of them once they're on.
The History of Eyelash Extensions
People have been trying to enhance the look of natural lashes since as early as 1879. Some methods include trimming the ends of lashes, washing lashes every evening with a mixture of water and walnut leaves, and even sewing hair from the head into the eyelids — no, no, no!
It's not 100% clear when the semi-permanent lashes we know and love today came into being, but it's been in a constant state of evolution. In 1902 hair stylist and inventor Karl Nessler patented a method in the UK to weave artificial lashes and brows, in 1916 director D.W. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have longer lashes, so he made false ones out of human hair woven through gauze material, and by the 21st century lash extensions of the kind we're familiar with today had gained popularity worldwide.
What Are Eyelash Extensions Made Of?
Both silk and cashmere lashes are made from a high quality synthetic fibre called PBT (or Polybutylene terephthalate). The difference is that cashmere lashes are thinner, softer and up to 60% lighter than silk lashes. They're more flexible too, so curl retention is twice as strong, and they last longer than silk lashes.
The Application Process
When you step into our studio, first we’ll ask you to fill out a basic form with your contact details, health status and the beauty service you're after. Then we’ll ask you to lie down on the comfy bed, gently clean the surface of your eye, use soft, non-irritating tape to lightly pull your brows away from your eyes, place a clean, folded towel on your forehead so our hands don't bother you, and finally, we'll ask you to close your eyes. Then, relax! Lots of our patients take a nap while we carefully attach lash extensions one by one, onto the existing lashes. It can be a very soothing experience.
Once your lashes are on, keep these pointers in mind:
Avoid water and steam on the lashes for 48 hours after getting them applied.
Don't wear mascara (or if you really want to, use a water based one or a mascara that's specifically formulated for eyelash extensions, like one of these).
Avoid oil based cosmetic products.
Don't use eyelash curlers.
Brush them gently with an eyelash brush (we'll give you one after the application) morning and night to detangle any crossed hairs.
Try not to touch them too much, as it could loosen or damage them.
Sleep on your back.
Get an infill every 2-3 weeks to keep your lashes looking full.
Don’t worry if you can’t remember all of this — we’ll give you a little card of instructions, as well as a disposable lash brush and eyeliner applicator.