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Lash Extension Materials

July 5, 2017 - 9:46 am

We often get asked what type of lashes we use since there is a lot of confusion and misinformation about the different materials of lash extensions. Broadly speaking, there are three general types of lashes – synthetic/acrylic, faux silk and mink, and real mink and real human hair lashes.

1. Synthetic lashes, aka acrylic lashes, is generally the term used to describe thicker lashes (0.20 mm thickness and above) that come in loose form in small bags. These are the type of lashes that most lash technicians trained with. They are usually coarser, shinier, and heavier compared to the other types of lashes and produce the most dramatic result. These types of lashes tend to have the ‘fake’ lashes look, and are becoming less popular. However, many salons and clients still choose them as they are the cheapest option.

2. The term ‘silk and mink lashes’ is often confused for being composed of actual silk and mink fibres, but they are both made from synthetic fibres called PBT (polybutylene-terephthalate). The characteristics that differentiate silk and mink are their tapering (how fine the lashes are shaped towards the tip), their weight, their cut, and their finish. In most cases, faux silk is less tapered, is lightweight, cut flat, has a glossier finish; faux mink lashes, on the other hand, are more tapered, are ultra lightweight, cut roundly, and has a matte finish. From our experience, faux mink is the most popular material used by lash techs; hence, they come in more curls, lengths and thickness. Features and overall quality of these lash types can vary depending on the brand though.

3. Finally, real mink and human hairs are considered to be the finest type of eyelash extensions as they are natural fibres that are more exotic and rare. Real Mink lashes come from the Mink tail, usually coming from either the Siberian Mink or the Chinese Mink. With Mink extensions, you'll get a light, fluffy, soft natural look. Real mink lashes usually last longer because they are so light as well as being able to apply several mink extensions per natural lash. The downside to this type of extension is that not only are they expensive, ranging from $300-$500 per set, but they also do not come curled. Real mink lashes need to be permed and you'll have to keep curling them at home to maintain that curled look. Also, it is difficult to verify whether the hairs are ethically sourced and truly sterile.

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