The Resurgence of Eyelash Extensions

“Why do you need them.  I’m really confused.  I don’t know what to think of them. Isn’t it weird and stupid?   Like… what?

These are the first things that came to senior Alan McDermott’s head when I asked him what he thought about eyelash extensions. Yes, eyelash extensions. Okay, so what is it with girls adding extensions to their natural eyelashes?

“Eyelash extensions are little pieces of fluff glued to your eyelids with a bit of superglue,” says the typical person. This misconception is quickly challenged by specialized lash salons in Singapore. According to a beautician at Milly’s, a professional beauty salon that provides a range of beauty services, eyelash extensions are “synthetic single-fiber polyester thread-like” strands that are “attached to individual lashes with surgical-grade adhesive.” Unlike false eyelashes, extensions are applied one extension to one lash, giving a more natural look.

A before and after photo of eyelash extensions. Photo courtesy from Milly’s Instagram.

Just recently, eyelash extensions have resurged at school.  Senior Rosie Hogan said, “My mom had them [eyelash extensions] and she loved them. Naturally, I have really short lashes, and I’ve always liked the look of having long lashes, so I got them. Having them makes it easier to get ready in the morning since I don’t have to put on a ton of mascara. The extensions also last a long time on me.”

Depending on how many lashes are attached, the procedure can take anywhere from half an hour to two hours for a full set (both eyes). These lashes usually last two weeks to a whole month. The extensions fall off when your real lashes grow out. If your natural lashes tend to grow at a slower rate, the synthetic lashes will last longer. Because there is a diversity of lash styles, lengths, curls, and thickness to choose from, prices vary. Customers can choose to have lashes that create a more dramatic, or a more natural look.

From a natural look to a glamorous look, eyelash extensions can create many styles. Photo courtesy of Milly’s website.

The curliness of lashes ranges from the most natural curl, the J-curl, to a more dramatic one, the C-curl, all the way up to a D-curl, which really opens the eyes. The synthetic lashes can range with varying thicknesses from 0.10mm to 0.25mm. The thicker the lash, the more voluminous they will look. Depending on how wispy and fluttery you want your lashes to be, you can choose the length of them, ranging from 6mm to 15mm.

The different types of eyelash curls, thicknesses, and lengths. Photo courtesy of Milly’s boutique website.

Eyelash extensions aren’t a rare phenomenon. According to a Huffingtonpost article, celebrities like Katy Perry, Adele, and Beyoncé are frequent subscribers of this trending beauty treatment. Having mink lashes can give a “feathery” look, and does not put pressure on the natural eyelashes. One of the biggest myths of this procedure is that the natural lashes get damaged. However, Huffingtonpost debunks that myth; “the biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes.”

But are their benefits beyond the even look?  Significantly, the resurgence of this beauty treatment has allowed women to get ready more quicky in the morning. They wake up without having to worry about curling their lashes with a mechanical eyelash curler that tugs. Neither do they have to worry about applying coat after coat of waterproof mascara to withstand the local climate (or make-up smearing emotional situations). Women can wake up and feel a little better about themselves that they one less thing to worry about regarding their morning routine.

Whether it’s to save time getting ready or to have the look of fluttery lashes, there ares many reasons as to why it has been a resurgence.

There are different types of synthetic eyelashes for everyone out there. Photo courtesy fo Milly’s website.

Author: Christen Yu

Christen Yu is a senior and one of the co-editors for the eye this year. She has been a student at Singapore American School for fourteen years, and despite having been born in Southern California, she considers Singapore her home. A few of her favorite things include wasting time and money on Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise episodes, and overusing the snapchat dog filter. She finds happiness in drinking bubble tea, and making friends laugh. She can be contacted at

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