Hair extensions have been the rage for quite some time. Think of how often you’ve seen a celebrity with short hair one day and a full head of long, flowing hair the very next week. Though it might seem that movie stars and rock singers have the fastest growing hair on the planet Earth, they actually have hair extensions. These extensions give extra length and fullness to a person’s hair. When added properly, extensions are practically undetectable.
Eyelash extensions do the same thing for the eyelash. They thicken and lengthen. The result of the thicker, longer lashes is bold, modern and provocative. Eyelash extensions look natural and add that extra shine to your smile. Because your extensions make your lashes thicker and longer, they eliminate the need for mascara and other eye makeup. This gives you a cleaner, fresher appearance and no reason to worry about going swimming or walking in the rain.
False eyelashes have been around for a long while. They were glued to each eyelid to add the appearance of length and thickness to the existing lashes. They were only worn for one evening or one special event. Sometimes they would come loose at an inconvenient moment and droop. They could also fall off. There’s a new wrinkle to false eyelashes—false eyelash extensions. These are not your mother’s false eyelashes.
Eyelash extensions are among the hottest new beauty enhancement treatments available today. They make eyes look youthful, sensual and alluring. Permanent eyelash extensions and semi permanent eyelash extensions are basically the same thing. Each is an extension to an individual eyelash that lasts as long as the eyelash does. An eyelash typically lives two to three months before it falls out. When the donor eyelash falls out, the extension falls out too. Typically, eyelash extensions last from two weeks to two months. While they’re on, the wearer can swim, shower, sleep and do just about anything they’d normally do.
Only a certified cosmetologist can apply eyelash extensions. To do so, they use a special pair of tiny tweezers to separate the individual eyelashes. As they find strong separate lashes, they attach the extension to the lash. To apply eyelash extensions salons use a special cyanoacrylate adhesive. This is the very same glue that doctors use to close surgical lacerations during and after operations. It is safe for the skin, it resists water and it provides a light, tight bond for the original donor lash and the new extension lash.
The lash extensions are slightly curved to follow the natural curve of the original lashes. They’re quite resilient and will not fold or crimp like old false eyelashes would. They weigh next to nothing and are unnoticeable to the wearer.
The price of eyelash extensions is quite reasonable, especially when given the dramatic results. Based on the number of Hollywood movie actors who use them, they must provide a lot of bang for the buck. Famous celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Star Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Lindsay Lohan, Gwen Stefani, Lucy Liu, Naomi Campbell and Liz Hurley wear eyelash extensions.
Eyelash extension costs vary, depending mostly on the type of extension used. Synthetic lashes are the least expensive option. Silk hairs are more costly than synthetic hairs. There are very expensive lashes available, as well. They are made from the hairs of minks that are bred on special mink farms. Their hairs are obtained by combing the minks. Their loose hairs are gathered and sterilized. Then they’re shaped for the job ahead.
A set of eyelash extensions can run anywhere from $150 to $500, depending on the cosmetician and the type of lashes used. It generally takes an hour and a half to two hours to attach them. An average person might have anywhere from thirty to eighty lashes per eye. The variance in the number of lashes accounts for the difference in how long it takes to apply them.
Extensions are available in black, brown, silver, purple, and other custom colors. They can be purchased in lengths ranging from 6mm to 17mm. There are three thicknesses available. The lashes are arranged to give the most natural look by closely matching the hairs to your lashes. The curvature of your eye is also followed for a natural look.
An eyelash extensions removal is easy, if you can’t wait for the lashes to fall out naturally. Your cosmetician can use a solvent to loosen the glue and remove them.
False eyelash extensions are as hot as Georgia asphalt. In the past, only the very wealthy could afford them. Now, there are synthetic and silk options available that bring the cost of the extensions down to a more affordable level for the average consumer. While mink may be beyond the reach of most folks, the other choices are not so painful.