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.

Supplies:

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

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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!

Mimikry

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    attosa

    7 weeks ago

    I like this idea cos my hairbrush is full of my blue and purple hair-- so if I did this, I'd have some pretty cool coloured lashes! Great idea!

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    Omnivent

    2 months ago

    Hi,
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    Just a thought... Why not replace the yarn, that you use for the base, with some spun of perhaps 3 hairs and then make a 3-ply out o9f that - would make it blend in better.
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    Have a nice day :)

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    BzyLzy

    2 months ago on Step 8

    Love, love, love this idea! Thank you!

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    DIXIE58DIXIE

    4 months ago

    I really like this idea and will be trying it. Have you thought about using the tips of your scissors and cutting into the lashes like you do when you cut hair? This might give it a more natural look instead of a blunt look.

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    MimikryDIXIE58DIXIE

    Reply 4 months ago

    yes, I thought about it when I saw the pictures, so I cut some a little shorter - and you're right, it looks way more natural - I'll try to take some new pics next time I wear them.
    the good part is, you can cut and design the lashes the way you want and they cost nothing but a hour of your time, so you have maaaaaaany tries and possibilities :)



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    DIXIE58DIXIEThat Redhead

    Reply 4 months ago

    That Redhead: I hope you try this and post a picture of it. I'd love to see how it looks using Red hair. I bet it will look great.

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    ladeewolf54

    4 months ago

    This is very cool. I can’t wear mascara much anymore, I wonder if I could wear these? I just happened to have saved my ponytail when I cut it off a couple of months ago. I’m older and my lashes have faded a lot. I’ll look for some glue for sensitive skin. Same with lash adhesive. Very nice instructable.

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    imerrymaryladeewolf54

    Reply 4 months ago

    I'm in your same situation - my hair is getting grayer and I'm allergic to latex, so I haven't looked for false lashes. This sounds ideal. I hope you'll post a recommendation if you do find a glue that works for you. This sounds like a wonderful solution!! I also like Mimikry's use of black thread to add drama without using another product as eyeliner.

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    Mimikryimerrymary

    Reply 4 months ago

    thank you for your comment,
    I didn't use black, but quite dark brown thread, that way it's not such a harsh contrast.
    there are latex-free adhesives offered by different brands, so you can give it a go!
    :)

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    TeresaM7imerrymary

    Reply 4 months ago

    There are a number of latex-free lash adhesives out there. Just search it in Amazon and a bunch will come up.

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    ladeewolf54imerrymary

    Reply 4 months ago

    I have a latex allergy too. That’s why I’ll be looking for a glue for sensitive skin. I also might try a four strand braid of single hair strands for the base. It would be thicker, but might be as dramatic as dark thread without too much. It might hold better too. I’ll try a couple of ways. Because of the allergies I have to be really careful or my eyes turn red, really red and it looks like I’ve been out drinking all night.

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    imerrymaryladeewolf54

    Reply 4 months ago

    If you find an adhesive that you can recommend, I'd trust you! I hope you'll post a follow-up if you do find one that works.

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    ladeewolf54imerrymary

    Reply 4 months ago

    I will. Probably won’t go to the beauty supply until next week, I don’t get out much. Lol. In the meantime, I’ll run a couple of searches.

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    Mimikryladeewolf54

    Reply 4 months ago

    thank you for the comment.
    There is latex free lash adhesive of different brands - so nothing can stop you :)

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    Carmel MO

    4 months ago

    Wow! What a great intractable. I guess if you just wanted to make those 3/4 eyelashes that go at the end of your lashes you could do this as well. They really do look natural, and are, of course, a perfect match for your own lashes.

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    MimikryCarmel MO

    Reply 4 months ago

    if you just make them shorter you'll have the 3/4 eyelashes - and it's less work :)

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    jmdushi

    4 months ago

    This is amazing! I never wear artificial eyelashes because I don't like them but these look very natural.

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    Mimikryjmdushi

    Reply 4 months ago

    If you wear them with no mascara no one will assume that they are fake - only that you ar blessed with long and tight lashes ;)