The history of eyelash extensions

Seena Owen

The history of eyelash extensions

Have you ever wondered who invented eyelash extensions and when they become fashionable? Eyelash extensions developed on from false lashes, or ‘strip lashes’. False lashes were recorded as first worn by actress Seena Owen in the film Intolerance [pictured above] in 1916 at the film’s director, D.W. Griffith’s, request. These false lashes were made by human hair by hand, woven onto gauze by a wig maker. The wig maker’s name is unknown.

False lashes or Strip Lashes

False lashes were quickly adopted by many women into their make up routines and are still in favour by some today.

It may be no coincidence eyelash extensions gained popularity in Hollywood as a replacement for false lashes at the start of high-definition film and television at the beginning of the 21st century. They also suit an active lifestyle and the fashion around it which is a growing trend this century. Some one mention active wear?

Eyelash extensions are on when you get out of bed, while you are working out, swimming, showering, you name it, at any time of the day. Beauty in 2016 is about naturalness and reducing daily make up routines.

To meet these demands, lash extensions began to appear as a service in beauty salons at the same time, in the beginning of the noughties. It’s hard to find an indisputable source on when and where they were invented; however, most agree they have been around since the mid 1980’s and first appeared in Japan or Korea.

Lash Extensions in Australia

Lash salons and technicians began to emerge in Australia around 2005. There are many more today and many general service beauty salons also include this service as part of their menu. Its popularity continues to increase.

 Celebrities and Eyelash Extensions

Many celebrities have been snapped wearing eyelash extensions off-screen including Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani.

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