So let's talk about the most popular, four different types of eyelash extensions.
We will dive deep to find out all about their pros and cons.
Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which is best for you and your clients, so we’re going to help you.
Synthetic Lash Extensions
Synthetic eyelash extensions have some pros and cons. One of the great things about them, is that they’re one of the cheaper options on the lash extension market.
Synthetic lashes have a much shorter taper than silk or mink lashes—meaning the body of the lash stays thicker for longer—as well as a luxurious semi-gloss appearance. This make them more noticeable. Some clients will really prefer this dramatic effect.
However, make sure you only apply these on clients with super strong natural lashes to avoid making their natural lashes weak.
Some people don’t find them as ‘soft’ or ‘natural’ looking as silk or mink eyelash extensions, also they don’t have quite as good staying power as the silk and definitely not the mink lashes.
+ cheaper option
+ dramatic, luxurious semi-gloss appearance
- heavier, thicker lashes, only good for strong natural lashes
- not so soft touch
- doesn't last as long as mink/silk lashes
- long term application can harm the natural lashes
Silk Lash Extensions
These are the mid-weight type of lash extensions, and finer and more flexible than the synthetic lashes.
They can give you a very natural or very glamorous look, but sometimes quite as dense/thick as the synthetic lashes. Because they are lighter weight, they are often a much better option for your lashes than the synthetiques and they also last longer.
Glamour sets of silk lashes are one of the most popular options for special occasions, when you are looking for lashes that are full and long yet still natural looking.
+ lighter than the synthetic lashes but not as light as mink or faux mink
+ can be natural and more dramatic look too
+ great choice for special occasions
- still not as light as mink or faux mink
- not as natural as mink or faux mink
Faux Mink Lash Extensions
Faux mink is definitely better for your budget than mink lashes. They’re comparable in cost to silk extensions, but they’re made of polyester, which is a lot more versatile than silk.
They are becoming very popular because they are so light and fine, they feel almost like your own lashes. They are also shinier in texture than the silk lashes, giving the lashes a glossy look.
GOOD NEWS for animal lovers!
Not only that, but there’s no mink involved, and you can make sure that your supplier or manufacturer is entirely cruelty-free and vegan. So faux mink is a better choice for those with allergies or ethical aversions to fur.
+ similar effect like mink lashes
+ super soft
+ they last long
+ less possibility for allergic reactions
- might be a bit more expensive than synthetic and silk lashes
Mink Lash Extensions
While most of the lash extensions used in the industry are made of PBT (Polybutylene terephthalate which is a polyester product, used in the production of swim and athletic wear, toothbrushes, and—of course—lash extensions), there are extensions made of real mink fur. Real mink lashes are the softest, and most natural-looking extensions you can get.
They obtain their curl through perming (before they’re applied), they relax as time goes on, and will likely require extra curling at home.
Since real mink lash extensions are more of a luxury service, they are not offered by all lash artists. They’ll also cost you much more than a synthetic lash set.
IMPORTANT: If you have animal allergies, these lashes may not be for you.
A few companies are dedicated to making sure their mink lashes are cruelty-free, so it is worth it to do a bit of research before investing in this type.
+ softest from all
+ most natural looking
+ luxury service
- most pricy
- might require extra special care at home
- allergy might happen
- not necessarily cruelty-free