Different types of eyelash extensions
We often get asked what type of lashes we stock, as there is a lot of confusion between the different types available and their quality. Broadly speaking, there are three types of lashes:
Faux Silk and Mink
Real mink and real human hair lashes
Understanding all the different types of lashes will assist you in choosing the best to offer your clients. Let’s discuss them:
Synthetic lashes, also known as acrylic lashes, are generally the term used to describe thicker lashes such as 0.20mm thickness and above. These lashes come in loose form in bags or small pots. These are the type of lashes that most of us trained with (way back when) before other options became available. They are usually coarser, shinier, and heavier compared to the other types of lashes and produce the most dramatic (and damaging) result. These types of lashes tend to have the fake or false lashes look, and are becoming less popular. Sadly, many salons still use them as they are the cheapest option.
FAUX SILK AND MINK
The term ‘silk and mink lashes’ is often confused for being composed of actual silk and mink fibers, but they are both made from synthetic fibers 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, and their finish. In most cases silk is less tapered, lightweight, with a glossier finish; whilst mink lashes are more tapered and has a matte finish. From our experience however, the features and quality of both faux silk and mink lashes depends greatly on the brand of lashes, as the term is used quite loosely and the characteristics described above can be reversed depending on the manufacturer. Not all lashes are manufactured with the same quality raw material!
REAL MINK AND REAL HUMAN HAIR LASHES
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. A set applied with this option is often charged at a premium price. Although they are indeed very soft, light, and natural looking, there are cons to using these fibres – it is difficult to verify whether the hairs are ethically sourced, and truly sterile. Also, as it is a natural hair, they do not retain their shape and curvature well over time.
At Vogue Lashes, we have tested many types of lashes from different suppliers across the world and we use only the best premium silk lashes. We find that the silk lashes are available in the widest range of curls, length, and diameters to suit all needs and they retain their curl superbly. Do you have any questions? Ask in the comments section below.