I was on google the other day and typed in “eyelash” in order to find where to buy a good eyelash extension for my beauty kit, and what I saw poured cold water on my feet for a moment… the immediate result I got read: Buy False Eye Lashes Online in Nigeria | Jumia NG.
The use of the word “false” was what got my attention. Come to think of it, it’s not that ladies are without eyelashes. Every girl has a natural eyelash which is very beautiful to be candid, but for the purpose of enhancing beauty looks, the demand for the false eyelash became a trend even as far back as 50 years ago. On some people, the use of false eyelash looks great and encouraging… while on some others, they’re best left without the use of false eyelashes.
What is eyelash though?
An eyelash (also called lash) according to Wikipedia, is one of the hairs that grows at the edge of the eyelid. It grows in one layer on the edge of the eyelids. Eyelashes protect the eye from debris, dust and small particles and perform some of the same functions as whiskers do on a cat or a mouse in the sense that they are sensitive to being touched, thus providing a warning that an object (such as an insect) is near the eye (which then closes reflexively).
The irony here is that the eyelash’s main purpose is to protect the eye from debris, but the use of fake lashes has turned the eyelashes to debris itself. There are several cases where excessive use of eyelashes has affected the functionality of the eye and thus escalating into major medical complications.
Long eyelashes are considered a sign of beauty in many cultures. Accordingly, some women seek to enhance their eyelash length artificially, using eyelash extensions. On the other hand, Hadza women are known to trim their own eyelashes.
Kohl, a black putty (usually antimony sulfide or lead sulfide), has been worn as far back as the Bronze Age to darken the edge of the eyelid (just at the bottom of the eyelashes). In Ancient Egypt, it was used as well by the wealthy and the royal to beautify their eyes. Modern eye makeup includes mascara, eyeliner, eye putty, and eye shadow to emphasize the eyes. The twentieth century saw the beginning of convincing false eyelashes, popular in the 1960s. There are also different tools that can be used on the lashes such as eyelash curler or mascara shield (also named mascara guard or eye makeup helper).
Permanent eyelash tints and eyelash extensions have also become popular procedures, even in fairly basic salons. It is also possible to get eyelash transplants, which are similar in nature to hair transplantation often done on the head. Since the hair is transplanted from the hair on the head, the new eyelashes will continue to grow like head hair and will need to be trimmed regularly.
Latisse was introduced in the first quarter of 2009 by Allergan as the first drug to receive FDA approval for eyelash growth. Latisse is a solution of bimatoprost, the active component of the glaucoma medication Lumigan. According to Allergan, noticeable eyelash growth occurs within 16 weeks. Growth is reported to occur primarily on the upper eyelashes. In addition, the past decade has seen the rapid increase in the development of eyelash conditioners. These conditioners are designed to increase the health and length of lashes. Many utilize seed extract, minerals, and other chemicals to achieve these results.
Types of Eyelash Extension
Have you ever thought of getting an eyelash extension but needs clarification on what to go for? Your eye is too delicate to be going through try and error. Here are the types and functions of the different eyelash extensions in the market.
This is most likely what you see on your favorite celebrities, and yes, they’re pretty expensive, probably the most expensive. Minks eyelashes are known for best achieving natural-look, because they are made from real hair. It is suitable for those who are looking for natural, light yet luscious look. In additional, mink eyelashes are very thin. As a result, they tend to last longer because they will not weigh down your natural eyelashes.
Faux Mink Eyelashes
Faux mink eyelashes are the closest in appearance to mink eyelashes, except for the fact that they are synthetic. This type of eyelashes is ideal for those with the taste of champagne from a wallet of beer… that is those who want to achieve natural look, similar to mink eyelashes, but at a lower cost. It is also suitable for those who do not want to use real hair. An advantage of this type of mink is that they will not lose their curl effect even when they get wet.
As the name implies, Sable eyelashes are made from the fur of the Sable (a forest animal found in Russia and Siberia). Sable eyelashes are highly similar to that of mink eyelashes, except the fact that sable eyelashes are the thinnest lashes of all types. This is ideal for those who really appreciate naturally thin lashes and do not like thicker options. Sable eyelashes will not weight down your natural eyelashes and can create a wispy look.
Silk eyelash is a combination between mink and synthetic, in terms of natural look and thickness of the lashes. This type is special because they tend to be thicker at the bottom and gradually become thinner towards the end, giving you a fuller appearance of the lash line. Your eyelashes will look darker, fuller, and glossier. This type of eyelash is ideal for those who do not want to use real fur.
Synthetic lashes are the cheapest of all, and are for those who are looking for a bold, glamorous look. No real fur will be used for this type of eyelash extension. As a result, it will be significantly cheaper. After the synthetic eyelash extension, there won’t be any need for mascara and other touch-ups, any longer!