Sunday, January 16, 2011

More lashes please!

Eyelashes have become the new must-have accessory... sort of like clip-in hair extensions. The longer, the better. Now women are going to great lengths to make their lashes more aesthetically pleasing. Falsies, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and even surgery are big business in the world of eyelashes.  

Falsies and surgery are pretty straight forward...

You can surgically get strands of lashes semi-permenantly sewn into your eyelid, which of course requires maintenance every so often. 

Or you can go to your neighborhood drugstore or the mall (Sephora, MAC, etc.) and glue 'em on for a night. 

But what about the pills and the magic potions that we rub onto our eyelashes to make them longer? Do these things work? And if so, how do they work? 

In a recent New York Times article, Kayleen Schaefer enlightens us. Products like Latisse contain a molecule that "prolongs the hair growth cycle so your lashes don't fall out as often." Therefore, overtime there are more lashes on your lids and they appear thicker and longer. 

This sounds great, right? And here's the big "BUT"... Most doctor's agree that once you stop taking these expensive pills and potions, your lashes will go right back to the way they were meaning you would have to keep buying them. 

My suggestion, forgo the medications and use good old-fashioned falsies and glue. If you don't trust yourself, go to the professionals and have them do it. There are lots of falsies that look very natural and don't cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. 

If you're in the DC area, try out this business:

5332 Georgia Avenue Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20011
(202) 232-7677

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