Your Guide to Different Types of Lash Extensions

August 2, 2017

Have you been thinking about lash extensions?  With all the options now available, how do you know where to start?

At Lash’d, I’m passionate about providing my clients with professional service and expert knowledge. That means sharing information about products, services, care, and expectation when it comes to lash extensions.

I want you to be informed and excited about your new lashes before you get eyelash extensions, so I’ve put together Your Guide to Different Types of Lash Extensions.

First up, let’s talk about the different styles of lash extensions you might see offered by lash techs. These include Classic, Hybrid, Volume, & Mega Volume lashes.

Classic lashes are applied with a 1:1 ratio.  This means that one single lash extension is adhered to one single natural lash. They’re meant to extend, darken and thicken the client’s natural lashes.   These were the first style of lash extensions to come on the market, and this is the style that you most commonly see people wearing.  But that’s changing…with Volume lashes becoming more popular among the lash-obsessed.

Volume lashes are created using a “fan” of two to eight super lightweight lash extensions, each of which is expertly applied to a single natural lash to create a voluminous, fluffy lash line.  These lashes add more drama and fullness to the set.

Hybrid lashes are a blend of classic and volume applications, which results in the fullness of volume lashes along with the doe-eyed length of classics.

Mega volume lashes are fairly new on the scene. These involve fans of 8-15 ultra lightweight lash extensions adhered to one natural lash and result in a super dramatic special occasion look.

LASH’D specializes in Classic, Volume, and Hybrid lash extensions. I love creating looks that are natural enough for everyday wear, but bold enough to make your beautiful eyes stand out from the crowd!

Now that you understand the different styles of lash extensions available, let’s talk about the lash extensions themselves!

There are essentially two kinds of extension available: Real fur or hair, and synthetic.

Real Mink lashes are made of actual mink fur. In my opinion, real mink lashes are not a desirable option due primarily to the inhumane methods used to harvest the fur.  In addition, they are very expensive and they easily lose curl once wet since they are real hair.  

Most of the time, anything labeled Mink or Silk is actually a synthetic lash made of a plastic called PBT. Your lash tech should always be informed about the product they use, because lash manufacturers use Mink and Silk interchangeably.  These two marketing labels have just stuck around through the years because frankly, PBT doesn’t sound all that luxurious!

For example, one manufacturer could produce a Silk lash that is very shiny, while another’s Silk lash could be matte and very tapered – these two lashes would result in completely different looks once applied.   There are other buzz words out there in the industry – Cashmere, Diamond, Laser, Clover, Flat, etc which may only confuse or even mislead.  The bottom line is all synthetic lashes are essentially plastic but there are certain characteristics produced during manufacturing that can vary to produce different results with the finished full set.  

At LASH’D, it’s my goal to ensure that all my clients leave with beautiful lashes AND the knowledge they need to choose the right service for them.

Got lash questions? Drop them in the comments, I’d love to connect!


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