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Nail and eyelash extension is the latest fad in town. HT City shows you how to go from being a plain Jane to an overnight hottie
Hindustan Times | By Aroma Sah, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2010 02:02 AM IST

Nail extension
Have the pleasure of flaunting well-manicured, strong and smooth nails with artificial extension. What’s better, you can get them without having to go through the painful procedure of visiting the parlour regularly or sitting up late nights tending to your nails.

What is it?
It’s a procedure in which either acrylic in a powder form or the more expensive and longer-lasting gel coating is used to make the nail thick and strong. Apart from its cosmetic value, it also benefits those who complain of brittle, and nails that do not grow long.

How much time does it take?
It takes anywhere from one-and-a-half hours to two-and-a-half hours, depending on what procedure you opt for (acrylic or gel). Every 15 to 21 days, the nail grows, pushing the extension forward and creating a new space that requires refilling. The refilling procedure lasts for 40 minutes to one hour. These extensions can last for a year.

How much does it cost?
Nail extension costs anything from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,450, depending upon the procedure. Refilling costs Rs 600 to Rs 1,000.
Removal: If you want to remove the artificial extension, the procedure takes 40 minutes and costs Rs 450. However, if you want the nails cropped, then it takes Rs 100.
Caution: Never try to remove the extension on your own, as it can crack the natural nail and the skin below it. Visit a specialist. With inputs from Simar of Simar's Nail Bar and Sameer Khurana of Kolors Nail Bar Eyelash extension
The hassle of removing artificial eyelashes keeps you from using them regularly. However, eyelash extension lasts longer and also doesn’t need to be removed every night.

What is it?
In eyelash extension, approximately 40 synthetic hair are glued to your natural eyelash. These extended lashes are thick and curled to give your eyes a fuller appearance.

How much time does it take?
Approximately two hours.

How much does it cost?
The procedure costs Rs 7,000 (40 eyelashes for each eye).
Removal: The life cycle of a single eyelash is 90 to 120 days, and when the eyelash falls, the synthetic hair glued to it falls automatically. You can get a refill done from time to time. The number of lashes will determine the cost.
Caution: While experts claim that there are no side-effects to the procedure, doctors advise caution as the glue and the synthetic lash can lead to irritation and may scratch the cornea. Visit a specialist only.

With inputs from beauty expert Ambika Pillai and Pooja Sareen of Allure

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