So where did it all start from?
It is said that the first artificial eyelash extensions where put to use in 1916, when a movie director D.W Griffith first made his wigmaker apply human eyelashes to an actress Seena Owen. The wigmaker used spirit gum to attach the hair. The actress had severe eye problems throughout the following days.
Seena Owens in "Intolerance"
However in 1911 a Canadian women called Anna Taylor had already patented first artificial eyelash extensions in US.
After the Hollywood introduced extensions on Seena Owens the industry took off! 1917 Maybelline was born and 1933 they produced first commercially available eyelash extensions.
In 1967 first Mink lashes were produced in Japan. Usually extensions where manufactured from a synthetic material which gave them the same factors as real mink. By now there are available mink, silk, real mink, fox and even human hair extensions.
In that time everything started to progress, application methods, different eye shapes were introduced and adhesives were developed to be better.
Nowadays eyelash extension treatment is safe and overlooked by many governing parties. Education has been made very important and not anyone can be in the industry.
Eyelash extensions are the fastest growing industry in the world. We are constantly thriving for better quality and safety. And its safe to say there will be even more progress!
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