History of Eyelash Extensions Copy

Reported Parisians sew lashes into the eyelids

…they actually draw a fine needle, threaded with dark hair, through the skin of the eyelid, forming long loops, and, after the process is over (I am told it is a painless one), a splendid dark fringe veils the coquette’s eyes.

(The Evening Telegraph, Thursday, January 5, 1882)

Artificial eyelashes were patented

The earliest style is still used by show people [who apply] adhesive tape with human hair stuck to the underside, or the hair may be laminated between two layers of adhesive tape. It may be too bulky, heavy and easily noticed for general use, but it is suitable for use on stage where it is viewed from a distance.

(Goodman, 1958, p. 734)

"Mink" lashes introduced made of seal skin

Seal skin and some different types of Eylure fur lashes made using it. Most ‘mink’ lashes sold in the 1960s were actually made from seal skin. Fur lashes were heavy so it was generally suggested that it was best not to weigh them down even further with mascara

Strip lashes, clusters and flairs become mainstream

Some women cut their strip lashes into segments so that they could apply them in groups. This was quicker than applying individual lashes while still giving them a more natural look.

Using a cuticle clipper, separate the false lashes into small tufts of two to three lashes and place them on a tissue. If they are of the same length, they should be cut to different lengths to give them as natural an appearance as possible. They must be longer near the outer portion of the eye and shorter towards the inside. Place some glue on your hand, and using a pair of tweezers, pick up the lashes and dip the base of the lashes in the glue until they are well soaked. Place the false eyelashes at the base of the natural eyelashes. Pick up another tuft and continue in the same way for the rest of the upper and lower lids. Single false eyelashes can be kept in place for several days as long as the eyes are cleansed with a special lotion and not with ordinary oil.

(Tremblay, 1978, pp. 196-197)

Classic eyelash extensions introduced in Korea and Japan

Although it’s debated whether classic lashing originated in Korea or Japan, the trend spread quickly worldwide by 2004 creating a new, booming industry that allowed for semi-permanent eyelash extensions with the ability for easy customization to the look and style of the lashes.

Volume eyelash extension become popular worldwide

As technology and education in the lash industry developed, numerous new techniques and methods become popular, but none more than the volume technique which took the industry by storm in 2013. The classic lash application we will cover in this course is a necessary baseline skill set for introduction into volume lashing and further education.

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