Updated: Sep 1, 2022
If you are new to the world of eyelash extensions, different terms are used for different techniques that you should undertsand. They are Classic, Hybrid and Volume extensions in which each one is a different technique. We are going to cover the grounds of them all. One thing that each technique has in common when it comes to the installation is the isolation process. This is where you take one natural lash and get it in-between your isolation tweezers so that when you place your extension, it won't get stuck to other lashes. So lets get to it!
What are classic eyelash extensions?
Classic eyelash extensions are simple, beautiful and natural-looking eyelash extensions. They are applied on a 1:1 ratio, which means one extension is attached to one natural lash. This allows you to achieve a natural enhancement. Classic eyelash extensions come in a range of materials, thicknesses lengths and styles, which is a part of our training. Classic eyelash extension application typically takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and the results should be soft, natural-looking. Classic lashes won’t add much volume but will add length. Classic extensions offer an even lash line that opens up the eye.
What are volume eyelash extensions?
Volume eyelash extensions vary from a natural look which adds some length and volume, to a very dramatic and full look. The lashes range from 2D-6D and anything over a 4D is going to appear that your client is wearing a strip versus the natural look that classic and hybrid extensions would give. This technique can be done with pre-made fans or the fans can be made by hand using a special tweezer. The fans are still attached to natural lashes but they come in .03, .05, .07 which are lighter than classic extensions as far as the thickness. It typically takes 2-4 hours depending on whether or not the technician uses pre-made fans.
What are hybrid lashes? Hybrid lashes are a 70-30 mixture of both classic lashes and volume lashes. Choosing hybrid extensions gives your clients the best of both worlds. The look is achieved by mixing classic lashes and volume lashes that are placed strategically to frame the eyes. Hybrid extensions offer a variety of texture and more volume, but without the sometimes-unnatural look of volume lashes. For the clients that want a lash line with a bit more volume but not quite as full as volume extensions, then this technique will provide the perfect balance.
What’s better, classic, hybrid, or volume eyelashes?
Classic lashes require little preparation, so they're more affordable if budget is important to your clients.
Volume lashes require a higher level of skill and time investment on the part of the technician, as they handmake the fans beforehand.
Hybrid lashes gives a great balance for clients who are in between wanting a dramatic or natural appearance.
Any technique is a good option for your clients, it just really depends on the look your client wants, budget and the skillset of the technician.
I hope you have gained better knowledge about the extensions and keep in mind that we teach all of these techniques plus more. As always, check us out online and stop procrastinating on taking that class.