Where did eyelash extensions originate?

In 1911, a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor first patented artificial eyelashes, using a cloth half moon implanted with small hairs. In 1915, Karl Nessler, a hairdresser known for his permanent waves, opened a hairdresser in New York and sold eyelash services, promoting false eyelashes in his salon as, according to the New York Times, “protection against the glare of electric lights”. He also hired showgirls to sell them and beat up customers. In the 21st century, more advanced methods of eyelash extension began to be used.

Unlike previous artificial eyelashes, they are much more accurate. Reportedly developed in Korea in the early 2000s (based on ancient techniques), these methods became widely used in 2004, being widely used by celebrities and movie stars who favored their popularity. Modern eyelash extensions consist of individual hairs attached to existing lashes with a medical adhesive grade. These eyelash extensions come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials.

Materials include human hair, synthetic silk, polyester and Siberian mink fur. Today's extensions are lightweight, comfortable, and much better than the old methods we saw in the past. While the practice of artificially lengthening eyelashes began in the late 19th century, the first patent for an artificial eyelash was not obtained until 1911. According to the beauty magazine Marie Claire, humans played with their eyelashes and beautified them in ancient Egypt, although it wasn't until the late 19th century that people discovered that they could lengthen their eyelashes with human hair. The history of eyelash extensions is especially interesting and goes back further than most of us think.

Jeanette Swart
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