LASH HISTORY

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Welcome to a fascinating history class! 

The long and sometimes weird history of long eyelashes. 

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ANCIENT ROME 

To understand why fake eyelashes were even created, we must first break down why long lashes were seen as an alluring feature in the first place.

At its core, this obsession with longer lashes stems from the idea that lashes get shorter with age. In ancient Rome (about 79 A.D), author Pliny the Elder helped make long lashes even more enviable when he implied they were linked to being chaste.

“Eyelashes fell out from excessive sex, and so it was especially important for women to keep their eyelashes long to prove their chastity,” Pliny claimed, incorrectly of course. As a result, women strived to have the longest lashes possible.

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REFLECTION QUESTIONS...

What was the most interesting thing you learned in this section?

Why do you think learning about lash history is important for your lash career?

Why do you think lash extension/falsies went out of style in the 1970s-1990s?

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