The eyes have long been considered the windows to one’s soul. To make those eyes more riveting, the beauty industry introduced eyelash extensions in the early 21st Century. The procedure originated in Japan and then caught on among American film and TV stars until gaining mainstream popularity from coast to coast. In fact, by 2010, lash extensions had becomes one of the most in-demand esthetic treatments performed by certified professionals in spas and salons.
The procedure starts with an initial consultation to discuss the client’s expectations and how they can best be achieved based on the condition of the client’s natural lashes. These natural lashes are the foundation upon which extensions are applied and the length, thickness and shape dictate the design of the extensions.
As a business professional, the client’s preference may be something completely natural-looking, while someone in the entertainment industry might opt for a look that’s more dramatic. The fullness depends on whether a single, y-shaped or multiple lashes are attached to each lash. Then there’s the matter of the length, which can’t be too long for shorter lashes or the weight will make the natural lash fall out, taking the extension with it. And finally, the amount of curl desired must be considered, from a slight curl to a very pronounced curl and even an L-shaped lash that delivers a result akin to a look made popular in the ‘60s by the model Twiggy.
For a full set of extensions, application typically takes from 1-1/2 to 2 hours to achieve the most attractive and long-lasting result. The client will then be able to swim, shower, workout, sleep and pursue all normal activities without fear of the extensions falling out. In fact, the extensions should remain in place until the real lash is shed as part of the natural cycle of hair growth. That means, while the extensions may last indefinitely, refills will be necessary every 2 – 3 weeks.