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What are Eyelash Extensions

Updated: Apr 27

Every passing day you may hear more talk about eyelash extensions but… what are they?!

Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash Extensions

What are Eyelash Extensions?

Not to be mistaken for other type of false eyelashes, eyelash extensions are applied onto your very own individual natural lashes with a semi-permanent adhesive. Making sure to get a technician who knows what they are doing is key to getting great extensions. Typically, eyelash extensions are applied to just the top but as with most things in life it’s up to you! Eyelash extensions are different then the fake eyelashes you can buy and put on yourself and require a trained professional to apply

As luck has it nowadays you have options when it comes to lash extensions. They can be applied individually or in clusters. They can be applied in sets; full or partial which describes how many are put on. In full sets lashes are applied to all individual eyelashes but in partial they are applied to just the middle to outside of your eyelash line.

Different Type of Eyelashes

When choosing which eyelash type be sure to keep in mind the different factors that will influence your decision. The most common variations include Faux Mink, Silk, Mink and Synthetic. To help identify which will work best for you typically an eyelash artist will use these factors to help determine;

· Size of your eyes

· The orientation of your eyes

· Eye shape

· Eye color

· Quality of your natural eyelashes

· Any allergies and sensitivities

· Your preference

· And of course, your ability to upkeep your eyelashes.

After determining what works best and fits your style, ready to get to work!

Faux Mink Eyelashes

As the title suggests, get that mink look without the mink price tag! You can find a variety of providers making and supplying faux mink eyelashes. The beauty industry is always growing and evolving, and you’ll be surprised that you can find a great realistic set without breaking the bank.

Silk Eyelashes

Silk lashes are, funny enough, not actually genuine silk. Silk lashes are typically mid-weight and are heavier and usually not as comfortable as it’s mink sibling. Pair it with a special occasion to make sure you don’t grow tired.

Mink Eyelashes

If faux mink eyelashes were the fake thing then mink eyelashes are the real deal. Minks are a member of the weasel family and can be found in the Americas and parts of Russia and Asia. These hairs usually come from the tails of either Siberian and or Chinese Minks. Siberian Minks produce the most premium fur. Mink eyelashes provide a natural look while also being able to provide a light weight and fluffy experience. Downside? If you have animal allergies or concerned about ethical rights, you’ll most likely have to look elsewhere and as for the shape they must be curled. That means if you don’t really want to have to deal with an iron, animal fur may not be for you.

Sable Eyelashes

Sable while finer and fluffier than mink, is also not as readily available. Luckily most stylists don’t recommend unless you have very fine natural eyelash hair. It is the lightest material available for extensions. Though the downsides are the same with Sable as it was with Mink.

Fox Eyelashes

A recent up trend in the beauty industry Fox eyelashes may not be available everywhere. But these eyelash extensions are soft and offer a reddish tone. You can even find them with black tips or dyed. The same downfalls extend to fox eyelashes as if you have allergies, don’t believe in the practice or don’t want to have to upkeep and shape man-made will be for you.

Synthetic Eyelashes

Another man-made eyelash such as the faux mink, synthetic lashes are the heaviest of the bunch. They are also the least natural looking, but you avoid any animal allergies.

Volume Eyelashes

Volume Eyelashes are a latest trend also. Also known as Russian, or XD eyelash extensions these are applied in a different way. This in turn means expect a longer application time and price. But say hello to a whole new you!

Those are some of the most common and popular eyelash extension types currently on the market. Have questions? The School of Glamology teaches hundreds of students every year on their way to becoming a beauty professional.

Get our expert advice and opinion on your matter by reaching out via phone, email or the contact us page! We offer eyelash extension courses nationwide and can even provide a plethora of outside knowledge and experience such as eyebrow styling, teeth whitening and more. Learn how to create a business and start taking new clients today.

Read about different types of eyelash extensions: the difference Between Classic, Volume & Hybrid Eyelash Extensions

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