Synthetic eyelashes are made with a plastic fiber called PBT or polybutylene terephthalate. This fiber is a type of polyester that is heated and molded into the desired eyelash shape. These types of eyelashes tend to be thicker than normal eyelashes and generally feel heavier on the eyes due to the stiffer band. Today we'll look at the different materials that make the false eyelashes we love so incredible.
There are three classifications of false eyelashes, and within these three groups, different fibers and styles. False eyelashes are normally made of mink fur, silk, or synthetic fibers. We'll look at how each of these types of eyelashes are made, how much they cost, and what are the benefits (and drawbacks) of using each type. You'll know everything you need to know about the differences between eyelash fibers, including where you can find some of the highest quality lashes available.
In 1911, a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor first patented artificial eyelashes, using a cloth half moon implanted with small hairs. In 1915, Karl Nessler, a hairdresser known for his permanent waves, opened a hairdresser in New York and sold eyelash services, promoting false eyelashes in his salon as, according to the New York Times, “protection against the glare of electric lights”. He also hired showgirls to sell them and beat up customers.