history of semi-permanent lash extensions
In 1879, James D. McCabe wrote "Laws of Etiquette," he stated that eyelashes could be lengthened by cutting the ends with a pair of scissors. Other published books, such as My Lady's Dressing Room (1892) by Baronne Staffe and Beauty's Aids or How to be Beautiful (1901) by Countess C also state that the trimming of eyelashes, to include the use of the pomade Trikogene benefit eyelash growth.
In 1882, Henry Labouchère of Truth reported that "Parisians have found out how to make false eyelashes" by having hair sewn into the eyelids. Sounds painful right? I would think it would be!
In 1902, a hair specialist from Germany and noted inventor Charles Nessler, patented "A New or Improved Method of and Means for the Manufacture of Artificial Eyebrows, Eyelashes and the like" in the United Kingdom.By 1903, he began selling artificial eyelashes at his London salon on Great Castle Street. Then finally, in 1911, a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor patented false eyelashes in the United States.
In 1916, while making the film Intolerance, director D.W. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes "that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life." The false eyelashes which were made from human hair was specifically woven piece by piece by a local wig maker creating what we call today, "human hair strip lashes".
Types of lashes
False eyelashes and semi-permanent eyelash extensions both enhance the length and volume of eyelashes, but are different from each other greatly by the way they are applied and also its longevity.
Temporary false lashes
Temporary false lashes are applied with temporary lash glue, and are not designed to be worn when showering, sleeping or swimming. You know, those strip lashes that are super uncomfortable. It would start lifting around the corner to your eyeball specially when you're sweating. The agony!
Semi-permanent lash extensions (thee holy grail!)
Semi-permanent lashes, also known as individual eyelash extensions, are eyelashes applied with an adhesive which is usually cyanoacrylate. Lash adhesives are made from methyl-2-cyanoacrylate which is designed to bond a smooth surface (the eyelash extension) to a penetrable surface, which is your natural eyelash. It is designed to be used around the eyes and on the natural lashes, but not on the skin because lord knows it causes irritation!
Eyelash extensions give the appearance of having mascara on without the messy clumps and smudging of makeup. Like no, can't stand the smudgy disaster right?! Generally, a single lash is applied to each natural lash. When applied properly, neither the eyelash extension nor the adhesive should touch the eyelid. This was method was created beautifully to last until the lashes naturally fall out, which is usually around 3–4 weeks. After 3-4 weeks, (get your refills!) ...new lash growth will need to be bonded, old extensions that has grown out will be removed. Doing so, this will make your beautiful lashes maintain the full look longer.