The application styles of lash extensions completely changed in the last few years. More and new trends are into fashion. If you’re new to the world of eyelash extensions, it can take some time to learn the terminology and understand what the difference between each. There are so many different effects that can be achieved with each type.
Classic lashes – one extension per one natural lash
Classic eyelash extensions are – as their name refer to it – classic.
They are simple, beautiful, natural-looking.
They are applied on a 1:1 ratio, which means one extension on one natural lash.
Perfect choice for adding length and some fullness to your natural lash line. Classic lashes will give the appearance of wearing mascara.
+ great way to start to learn applying lash extensions
+ a full set require less preparation time
+ cost effective
- not so natural look
- the weight of the lash can be heavy for the natural lash
- “spidery” sooner than volume lashes
Volume lashes – multiple extensions per one natural lash
Volume eyelash extensions also known as Russian volume (since the technique is coming from Russia). This option will give you a fluffy and fuller appearance by applying multiple extensions ‘fans’ to every one of your natural lashes.
So, instead of the 1:1 ratio of classic lashes, you may have 2-3 lashes on one natural lash if you are aiming for a more sophisticated natural appearance or even up to 6 lashes for a more dramatic look.
2D, 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D define the number of lashes in each fan. So, if a lash look you like is “3D” it has a 1:3 ratio.
Some lash artist creates also Mega Volume lashes, which is very similar to the traditional volume lashes but here even more than 6 false lash is applied on one natural one.
+ beautiful natural look (if well applied)
+ gives volume to the lash
+ lighter than the classic lashes
- require a higher level of skill
- larger time investment to prepare beautiful fans and a full set
Hybrid lashes – a mix of Classic and Volume lashes in a set
Hybrid lashes are a mixture of both classic lashes and volume lashes placed strategically to frame the eyes. Choosing hybrid eyelash extensions offering a more textured look gives you the best of both worlds.
Stars love it because it offers a wispy, natural lash line with a little drama.
+ whispy, natural lash line with a little drama
- require a higher level of skill, just as the volume lashes
So, what is the difference between classic, hybrid, and volume eyelash extensions?
What style is the best to choose for my client?
The answer to this question is really depend on the agreement of you and your client.
Before you make this decision, always examine the natural lashes you are working with. Based on your knowledge, try to come to a common point with your client. (sometimes we might need to be more convincing when they get too crazy with the volumes or the length)
Remember our goal is to make them happy with they new set of lashes, but we also need to be wise not to damage their own lashes if we are aiming to see them again in the future.