The History of Eyelash Extensions

Lashes are made from synthetic fibers not taken from animal fur. Even though many companies claim to have mink, sabel, silk, etc. Eyelash extensions used to be very hard and thick, packaged in a box, not placed on a lash trays. Lash artists would take a handful of loose classic lashes and try to make a fan in their hands - often by pinching. Doesn’t that sound difficult? Well it is. The pinching method doesn’t work the best with 0.10 + 0.07 lashes but can with 0.05 + 0.03. 

Fast Forward to 2020 and lashes are packaged perfectly in lash trays, on sticky tape, numbered, consistent and so convenient. 

  • Lash extensions date back to the 1800s in Paris when women started sewing hairs to the eyelids. 
  • In the early 1900s a method was patented on how to weave hair onto lashes and brows for a falsie-look. 
  • In 1916 during a film production, lash extensions really started to make their mark. All that was used was some human hair and fine gauze. After that, they were a hit. 
  • Over the years they continued to develop and hit the scene in the ‘40s and ‘50s. 
  • Once the 60s came around, big lashes and doe-eyed looks were very popular, making lash extensions extremely desirable. The ‘60s were about boldness, and lash extensions delivered. 
  • Fast forward to the 2000s, Korean companies started manufacturing lash extensions as they became increasingly popular. 
  • Mass lash production moved from Korea to other countries like China and Vietnam, where the cost of labour was much cheaper.