Introduction: DIY Lashes From Own Hair

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In this instructable I show you how to make false lashes from hair.

It's easy to master once you've got the hang of it.

You can either use your own, bought or artificial hair with this technique - as long as it is at least 10cm (4") long.

BUT WHY? yes, you can buy false lashes everywhere, but if you are like me, you love to learn new skills and also it's an interesting attempt to make them with your own hair, matching your type and have a more natural look.

-also it might be interesting for people that are going to loose their facial hair during medication or disease.

You don't have to cut your hair, it works totally fine with the hair in your hairbrush ( if you have issues with that - look up what non-remy hair extensions are made of ;) )

I got my inspiration from the popular tv-series "Babylon Berlin" - I got interested in false lashes while watching and started my research on how they were made before plastic and other stuff was invented.


Here's what you need:

  • a piece of scrapwood
  • 2 semi-long nails
  • colored paper ( dark hair - light colour / light hair - dark colour )
  • glue (stick )

For the lashes:

  • hair
  • strong thread - close to the colour of the hair you're using
  • sharp scissors
  • a lash curler - or: a kitchen towel, a pen and clothes pins
  • clear varnish or nail adhesive
  • lash adhesive

DIY lash container:

  • toilet paper roll
  • clear tape

Step 1: Making the Board

hammer the two nails into the piece of scrap wood - about 15 to 20 cm ( 6 to 7 ") from each other.

glue the colored paper onto it - that's optional but the contrast makes it a little easier to see what your doing.

knot the thread between the nails,

bend out the nails to put it on tension.

Step 2: Start With the Lashes

here I made pictures with wool instead of hair - it's easier to see what you have to do like that, but of course you will use hair :)

gather 1 hair at the time from your hairbrush

double it and make a larks head knot around the thread

it can be a little tricky in the beginning, but once you've got the hang of it, your lashs will be done in no time!

Step 3:

slide the knots until you are happy with the thickness, and position of your lashes.

You should have around 3 to 3,5 cm (1,3") in length per lash

Step 4: Add Adhesive and Cut

when you're happy with the thickness and position of the lashes, you have to secure the knots on the thread.

for that, use clear varnish - or nailadhesive.

apply it very thin with a needle - you only want the knots to be covered!

let dry

then cut the lashes (hair) to approximate length

cut the thread but leave some on the sides of the lashes - you'll cut that off later!

Step 5: Curling the Lashes

if you have a lash curler you can skip this step otherwise proceed like this:

lay the lashes onto a kitchen towel

place a pencil on them and roll up tightly

secure with 2 clothes pins

pour boiling water on the towel with the lashes inside rolled up.

let dry completely

- speed up with a blow dryer if you are impatient

Step 6: Lash Container

cut a toilet roll in half lengthwise

cover one side with clear tape

cut the taped part off - voilà you have a homemade lash container.

Step 7: Shape Cut

now the lashes have a nice curl and are almost done,

tape the threads on the lashes onto your recently made container and cut them with sharp scissors into desired shape ( I aimed for not too long )

cut off the thread on the sides.

Step 8: Ready to Put Them On

the lashes are ready to enhance the beauty of your eyes!

add a thin line of lash adhesive, and wait about 30 seconds to allow the adhesive to dry a little.

Carefully center the false lash near the base of your natural eyelash until the adhesive is dry.

- I'm not a pro on this myself - but there are maaaaaany videos online that show how to put them on!

- just be patient :)

Step 9: Admire Your Natural Look :)

you managed to put the lashes on and are now in the position to admire your full and loooong lashes ...

matching your type when you used your own hair.

the lashes can be treated with mascara - just wash it off after use and curl the lashes again.

I hope to see some " made it"- pics!

I hope you enjoyed your stay!


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