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False Eyelash Extensions Goes Hollywood

Madonna LashesParis Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have them, and J. Lo’s are made of mink. Madonna’s cost $10,000 and are studded with diamonds.

Hollywood is hip to the latest trend. People are getting eyelash extensions. “With lash extensions, what they are doing is taking a lash and actually bonding it onto your own lash,” said Sally Blenkey-Tchassova, a New York beauty salon owner. “It really looks better than mascara. You don’t have the clumpy dirty look. It looks really fresh.”

Eyelash extensions started in Asia and made their way west. Unlike traditional false eyelashes that only last one day and are applied on a strip, synthetic eyelash extensions are glued to eyelash hairs one by one with tweezers. The process takes two hours and they last about two months with occasional refills.  False eyelash extensions typically costs between $250 and $500.

“We are surrounded by celebrity culture and so many celebrity-centric magazines, and everyone wants to look like they are walking down a red carpet,” Blenkey-Tchassova said. “This is a way for the average person to look really glamorous really fast.”

Beauty salons everywhere are catching on. At the Louis Licari Salon in New York City, false eyelash extensions are so popular that appointments must be booked up to months in advance.

For those who do not want to pay the high price or wait for an appointment, a good alternative is semi-permanent cluster or single lashes such as Ardell Duralash lashes.  They cost about $4.50 per box at major drugstores or online at MadameMadeline.com, last about 4 to 7 days and take just minutes to apply at home.

“People are really keen on the semi-permanent eyelashes, ” Blenkey-Tchassova said. They could come in handy “if you’re going away for the weekend or if you have a hot date [with] someone who you haven’t had a sleepover with before, and they have to see you in the middle of the night, and you don’t want to frighten them. So, I mean, you’re going to look great.”

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    I want to inform the readers and everyone to ask any eyelash distributors for the SOURCE of their mink lashes. Many of these unscrupulous sources use mink furs from cruel mink farms where they are kept in small confirmed cages. Sources argue mink are captivity for many generations and they do fine in captivity. One American mink eyelash distributor says their mink eyelashes come from gently brushing live animals. The eyelashes do not come as a result of cruelty, information on the website adds. But please be aware that minks are not a domesticated animal and should belong in the wild where they belong.

    The best course of action is refrain from buying mink lashes. There are plenty of synthetic false eyelashes that look equivalent or better than that of mink eyelashes that fraction of the price Do the right thing, say no to mink false eyelashes.

  2. love_ester

    I will not waste my money on mink lashes. Semi-permanent lashes last the longest when they are made of synthetic plastic like hair strands. Mink and human hair lashes just do not last as long.

  3. Svein Stella

    What extent these folk will go to make themselves look better – absolutely incredible – and also quite sad really – because after they take off all the false stuff and the makeup they still have to look at themselves as they are – if you cannot love yourself for how you are then how on earth can you project love to anyone/thing else? I thinks I will stick to el natural.

  4. Agusc1203

    Not sure about the whole mink hair lashes thing nor will I ever waste my money of them. I wear Gypsy individual lashes. They are light on my eyes and my pocket $1.80 each box set. I feel as if they enhance my eyes & give me a feeling of beauty, self worth & self confidence! They make me feel ABSOLUTELY gorgeous & people constantly tell me so! WOW… talk about a morale booster & does that ever do wonders for my self esteem!

  5. vixxen

    I’ve always wanted to try eyelash extensions, how much do they cost? Will the extensions damage any of my original lashes? Like when you apply and take them off few times a week.

  6. love_ester

    The truth is mink lashes do not look any more natural than normal lashes. You can read here about mink eyelashes but for something more affordable and even more natural, drugstore brands are probably your best bid.

  7. Jennifer

    So expensive and time consuming to go in every month! I use dulash from Paris http://www.dulash.com it’s less expensive, and all natural eyelash gel that grows your own lashes. Not false lashes… your lashes.

  8. Viola Caiafa

    I think Paris Hilton was done up to look like Marilyn Monroe for her new fragrance TEASE. So of course they would have her look a bit older for the photo shoot.🙂

  9. Alexa

    I have picked up a few magazines this month and I can’t open one up and not find a write up about false eyelashes. They are everywhere!!!! I can’t even look at a fellow chick and say to myself that they are her natural lashes. The everyday gal, the Hollywood icon and even the Prada model. Guess joining the bandwagon isn’t such a bad thing! 🙂

  10. leila

    I want to try these so bad! But I have very sparse lashes now that I don’t think I have enough of my own to glue the lash extensions on. If I only have a few natural lashes is it better to just wear the false strip lashes or should I try the lash extensions anyway??? Please advise.

  11. Kells

    Stella darling…..it has nothing to do with self esteem or what you feel like with them on or off. It has everything to do with time, convenience and being allergic to every mascara made.

    I absolutely love mine and will continue to wear them as long as I can afford them! Oh, and btw I don’t wear any other makeup and think a woman is just as beautiful in her own skin as she is covered up.

    Have a great day all!


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