When Amber Randall was preparing for her wedding in 2009, she wanted to make sure she looked as beautiful as possible.
She had her nails done, went tanning and hired hair and makeup artists to put the finishing touches on her look the day of her wedding.
For her wedding style, Randall decided to try lash extensions, a beauty treatment that is gaining popularity in Oklahoma.
“My (natural) lashes were just short, thin,” she said. “I feel like it's something that makes me feel better about myself.”
She drove 90 minutes from her Edmond home to Jenks to get lashes applied by a friend who is certified to apply them.
After her wedding, she liked her lashes so much, she decided to keep them.
After driving to and from Jenks to have the lashes filled, or retouched, every few weeks, Randall found Katie Graham, owner of Eye Candy Lash Studio, 2516 W Edmond Road.
At that time, Graham was renting salon space at Bella Strada Salon in Edmond.
Graham opened her new Edmond studio in May. There, she and her team of aestheticians and cosmetologists provide many services in addition to lash extensions including airbrush tanning, facial waxing, lash and brow tinting and eyelash perming.
“Eyelash extensions create much more volume, they make your lashes darker, and they're also curled and they stay curled without you having to curl them,” Graham said. “They make you look more awake, and for older clients, it almost gives the appearance of an eyelift.”
But lash extensions aren't just for “girlie girls,” like you may think.
Randall said she usually doesn't wear makeup at all. As an insurance adjuster, she said she doesn't feel like it's necessary to be made up for a job that often includes physical work such as climbing on roofs to assess damage. She plays soccer and says makeup is something she usually only turns to for special occasions.
The most widely used lash products by certified aestheticians and cosmetologists are Xtreme Lashes, Graham said. The synthetic lashes are the product of choice at Eye Candy and at Flutters Lash Studio, 7909 N May Ave.
“If you watch on TV, you'll see that most everybody is wearing some kind of lash,” said Heidi Smith, owner of Flutters Lash Studio. She's been offering lash extensions services for six years.