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Classic Eyelash Extensions vs Volume Eyelash Extensions

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PROs, CONs, and Choosing the Best Ones for You

If you’re familiar with eyelash extensions, you will know that they are not all created equal. In addition to every set being different (because every client is different) there are several styles to choose from, depending on the look the client is after, their eye shape, as well as the state of their natural lashes.

The most popular styles are Classic and Volume, but what do each of them entail, what is the difference between them, and how does one choose the best style for them? Do you prefer classic extensions, or mega volume eyelash extensions? Let’s take a more in-depth look at the two styles.


What Is A Classic Eyelash Extensions Set?

Classic lashes are sets applied with just one lash at a time for each natural lash. The ratio is 1:1, which is also the original method of lash extension application. But while it is the first technique, it is still highly relevant and widely used.

The individual lashes used for this style are typically a bit thicker than the ones used for volume styles, precisely because only one lash is applied on top of each natural lash. The most common diameters are 0.15 mm, 0.18 mm, and 0.20 mm. The thicker the lashes are, the more they weigh.

While this style primarily favors women with naturally thick and dense lashes, the Classic eyelash extensions are a good choice for the majority of clients, because they are the most natural. The most important aspect of classic sets is that only one extension is applied on each natural lash, which means that the natural lashes are not overly burdened visually.


What Are The PROs Of Classic Sets?

Let’s take a look at the advantages of classic lash extension sets and why clients choose to have these applied:

  • They are excellent for everyday wear

Because there is only one lash applied to every natural lash, that means that these sets aren’t overly voluminous. The effect you get is quite natural, which makes them very versatile and excellent for everyday wear. You don’t have to worry about them being too much, too obvious, or too dramatic or distracting for various environments or daytime wear. Classic lash extensions can very well replace the regular mascara you use, because they allow you to wake up looking great!

  • They work well with any type of natural lash

The other thing to consider here is how well lash extensions work with your natural lashes. Unfortunately, other more voluminous styles of lash extensions can be too dramatic compared to sparse, short, light, or thin natural lashes. The effect can be overwhelming for the eyes and for the delicate features of the client. Classic sets don’t create this problem, because they give a more natural effect that can be pulled off by any client and with any type of lashes.


What Are The CONs Of Classic Sets?

But what about the disadvantages one encounters with classic extensions?

  • They don’t offer as much drama as some clients prefer

The exact same thing that is an advantage to some clients is a disadvantage to others – namely, the natural effect that classic sets offer. If you prefer a more visible or dramatic effect, the classic sets may not give you enough oomph or the drama you expect from lash extensions. Those who are not looking for merely a natural enhancement of their own lashes may be disappointed by how natural classic lash extension sets look. On the other hand, 3d Russian volume eyelash extensions might be right up your alley.

  • Applying fewer lashes means that gaps will be more visible when the lashes start to fall out

Another potential disadvantage is that the fewer lashes that are applied, the fewer you’re going to be left with as they start to fall out over the weeks that follow. The natural lash growth cycle continues as usual, which means that you’ll be losing both natural lashes and extensions. The gaps are going to be more and more noticeable, especially because the individual lashes tend to be thicker in this style of extensions.


What Is A Volume Eyelash Extensions Set?

Volume lashes, Russian Volume, 3D lashes, 3D volume, etc. all refer to the same style of lash extensions. With this technique, the lash artists applies several extensions (ranging from 2 to 6) to each natural lash – that’s a 6:1 ratio. You might have heard these referred to by several different names: 2d volume eyelash extensions, 3d volume eyelash extensions, 4d volume eyelash extensions, 5d volume eyelash extensions or 6d volume eyelash extensions, depending on the number of lashes used in a fan.

The diameter for volume lashes is smaller – 0.03 mm, 0.05 mm, 0.07 mm, and 0.10 mm. For those wondering how to do volume eyelash extensions, the technician takes several lashes into a cluster called a fan, and adheres them to just one natural lash. But because they are thinner and lighter than the classic lashes, they don’t strain the natural lashes more.

What Are The PROs Of Volume Sets?

What about volume sets? What are the advantages you can enjoy?

  • It’s possible to obtain a very beautiful, fuller effect

The main thing with volume sets is that they are fuller than the classic ones, because there are more individual lashes applied for each natural lash. That means that the effect obtained is denser, more dramatic, and more noticeable. Particularly for the clients with sparse lashes who are limited in what they can obtain with a classic set, the volume set offers the subtle glamour they may be looking for.

  • They can provide a nice effect for a longer time

Because there are more individual lashes applied, when the natural lashes inevitably fall out at the end of their growth cycle, they don’t leave a sparse look behind them. The application is a lot fuller, so it lasts for a longer time than a classic set does.

What Are The CONs Of Volume Sets?

It’s all positive for now, but what kind of negatives can you expect with volume sets?

  • The effect can be a bit too much for everyday for some clients

Depending on what your needs are and what your natural lashes look like, it is possible for Russian volume eyelash extensions to be just a bit too much for you for an everyday look. If you want just a subtle enhancement or your lashes are full, thick, and long already, a volume set may not be for you.

  • The procedure takes longer, due to the higher number of extensions

The strength of the volume set lies in the fact that more lashes are applied, but that’s also one of its weaknesses, because the application takes longer than the classic one. The more lashes the technician needs to apply, the longer it’s going to take, because it’s a very labor-intensive task. Watching a technician perform a volume eyelash extensions tutorial on YouTube should give you an idea of how long it takes

How To Choose The Right Eyelash Extension Set For You

If you’re still undecided between classic eyelash extensions vs volume eyelash extensions, here are some nice checklists to help you choose the right type for you:

Pick Classic lashes IF:
  • You’re after a subtle, natural look
  • Your natural lashes are full
  • Your natural lashes are thick
  • You want the extensions for long-term, everyday wear
Pick Volume lashes IF:
  • You’re after a fuller, more dramatic look
  • You enjoy volume in your mascara and extensions
  • Your lashes are sparse or thin
  • You want to keep your extensions for a longer time

As you can see, there are quite a few differences between the two lash extension application styles. While they are both very popular among clients, different women opt for them for different reasons, as they each offer something that certain clients are looking after. Classic lashes are more subtle and natural, and they make great everyday lashes, especially if your natural lashes are full. Volume lashes offer a more dramatic look, and will especially complement individuals with sparse lashes.

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