September 17, 2016
Eyelash Extensions: A Lengthy Trend
The History of Lash Enhancement
It’s no doubt that women have been longing for luscious, full, and curly lashes for quite some time. In 4000 BC, kohl was smudged around the eyes as a ritual. Fast forward a few years and in 1840, mascara was invented by Eugene Rimmel (The House of Rimmel est.1835). In 1913, Maybelline made its debut with mascara made from mixing coal and petroleum jelly.
It’s safe to say that the beautifying of lashes and eyes in general is not going away any time soon. That is why new and improved ways of lash maintenance are cropping up all the time!
The latest trend in lash enhancement are lash extensions. Lash extensions were invented by film director D.W. Griffith. They were made by a wigmaker from human hair sewed to gauze.
The times have changed! Today’s lash extensions are very different from their ancestors, but they still produce the same effect: long, dark, beautiful lashes.
Today’s Lashes Extensions
Lash extensions have evolved since they were invented. Now, they can be made of different materials, and they are applied to each individual lash with surgical glue. They are not woven with gauze and wigmakers don’t produce them!
Today’s lashes are a great alternative for women who are always on the go. Mascara is not required when you have extensions! If you’re thinking about adding extensions to your beauty treatments, read below for best lash practices.
With great lashes comes great responsibility.
When one is looking to pursue their want for lash extensions, there are some steps to take.
1. Find a certified lash technician. Never go to an unlicensed person to get lash extensions. The consequences for improperly applied lashes can be devastating. Do research on the salon you choose. Look for reviews and ask friends.
2. Find out the maintenance that lash extensions require before you get them. They should be filled every 3-4 weeks, and they must gently be cared for. Here is a good resource on the care routine you should implement. Always ask your lash artist for their advice on taking care of lash extensions.
3. Choose which type of extensions you want. Different salons offer different types of lash extensions. From mink to synthetic, to volume or traditional extensions. Discuss with your lash consultant about what look you are trying to achieve before taking the plunge.
4. Be prepared to never want to live without lash extensions again. They are that great! For women who want an easy makeup routine, these are perfect. Stepping out barefaced is never a thing. You will always look like you took a while to get the perfect mascara application.
The Right Lash Artist
Choosing the right lash artist is so important, here is additional information on the subject.
To legally apply lashes in most states, it is required to have a license. Safety and health regulations are usually handled by the state. Getting lashes done by someone who does not safely practice lash application is like going to a basement to get a tattoo. You get what you pay for most of the time.
Improper lash application can lead to irritation, pain, infection, and worse. Don’t take the chance with your eyes! The right artist will be able to walk you through what the right lashes for you are, what her technique is, the safety precautions, the end results, and the care.
The bottom line is: lash extensions and eye enhancing techniques in general are here to stay! And we are not complaining!
Learning to Lash
If you are interested in learning how to become a licensed lash artist, Avalon School of Cosmetology offers a lash extension class that takes two days to complete. You must be a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician to complete this course. The course cost is $700 and is offered at our Layton, Utah location only.
If you are not currently licensed as a cosmetologist or esthetician, you can enroll in our of our courses now! When you take our esthetics course, you will learn lash extensions during your course. If you enroll in our cosmetology course, you can add on our lash extension class as an additional education.
Contact us today for more information!