The Eyes Have It
Individual extensions offer a low maintenance solution for fuller, more prominent lashes and brows
For women looking for longer, fuller or more prominent eyelashes, or those with short or sparse lashes that no mascara seems to help, an increasingly popular solution is individual eyelash extensions.
The extensions may consist of silk, mink, or synthetic hair and are applied one by one in a process that can take from 90 minutes to two and a half hours. A similar service is available for eyebrows for those who have lost brow hair due to age, over-plucking, or the effects of medications. Individual brows are attached to existing brows or the skin to create a fuller brow line or to create a new one where there was none.
Eyelash extensions come in various lengths, colors and thicknesses, from natural-looking to glamorous and dramatic. Correctly applied, the benefits of eyelash extensions eliminate the need for mascara, and create a “ready to go” look without maintenance.
“It’s amazing how simple eyelash and brow extensions can change the way a woman sees herself,” says Lynn La Palermo, owner of Occhi Lash & Brow Studio in Oakbrook Terrace, one of the first and only studios in the western suburbs focusing exclusively on eye aesthetics. “It is just the kind of pick-me-up a woman needs, whether she wants to look her best for a holiday party, every day, or just wants to feel normal after watching the side effects of illness take away the things most of us take for granted — eyelashes and brows.”
“Our greatest joy,” says La Palermo, “is watching women leave our studio a little bit taller, with a brighter smile.”
With individual eyelash extensions, generally a single lash is applied to each natural lash using an FDA approved adhesive with a stronger bond. Depending on the specific need or aesthetic objective, up to 350 lashes per eye can be applied without compromising the integrity of existing lashes.
When applied properly, neither the extension lash nor the glue touches the eyelid. The bond is designed to last until the lashes naturally fall out — the natural lash shedding cycle is between 25-45 days — though the extensions may fall out faster for women who use oil-based eye makeup remover or rub their eyes regularly, as oil weakens the bond between the glue and the lash.
For initial applications, individual eyelash extensions typically cost from $175 to $400, depending on the type of lashes chosen and the training and expertise of the aesthetician. Return visits for relashing are quicker — typically only about an hour — and less expensive — from $100 to $175.
Costs for brow extensions typically run between $50 and $150, depending on the length of time involved in the process, which can range from as short as 15 minutes to an hour and a half.Edit Module