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Eyelash extensions gaining popularity

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Many women are setting their sights on a fairly new salon treatment: eyelash extensions. It's a simple, but tedious endeavor that, in the blink of an eye, has taken the female population by storm.

"Wow, you have really pretty eyelashes!"

Alisha Williams hears that all the time and now she's made it her livelihood to ensure others get the same eye opening experience.

"I just wanted to venture out and do something new," said Williams. "Kind of help people out in a different way instead of like hair... Do their eyelashes."

It's a relatively simple task for Williams. The first application takes about two hours. She separates each individual eyelash and attaches a synthetic one with a medical grade adhesive.

Dr. Brandon Furness said more and more people are coming in to his clinic with the new look.

"I don't see a problem with it as long as people understand that there are potential risks when you have that done," said Furness.

He recommends making sure you're not allergic to the adhesive and said getting it in your eye could cause a chemical burn. He also warned of tools so close to the eye because it would be easy to scratch it.

Williams, however, has never had a slip of the hand and said the benefits far outweigh the risks.

"You save money on mascara, you save time on your morning routine and it helps you out in all sorts of ways," said Williams.

She said advances in technology have made eyelash extensions safer and easier to maintain. After the initial application all you have to do is get a fill every four weeks and they can be removed at any time.

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