As big, beautiful lashes become even more popular, eyelash extension types are expanding, and you may find yourself feeling unsure about what to use: silk or mink? Synthetic or human hair? Let’s take a look at the difference between the types of eyelash extensions, so you can decide which ones are the best option.
What Are Silk Lashes?
Silk lashes are one of the most popular types of eyelash extensions. They are made from a synthetic material, but one that is fairly light and flexible.
They are light and fine, especially compared to synthetic lashes, and last quite long. They offer some flexibility in the look the technician can achieve, from natural to glamorous, and they are excellent for clients whose natural lashes are weaker or thinner and can’t carry much weight.
If the client is looking for an uber dramatic lash look, this is maybe not the one for them. Otherwise, silk lashes come with very few cons.
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Clients with thinner lashes, who want a natural glam look, love then, especially brides and clients who have special occasions coming up, as they lend themselves to providing a full lash look, while still being light.
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What Are Mink Lashes?
What does mink lashes mean? Mink lashes are either natural mink or faux mink, and while there are salons that use natural mink hairs, the extensions are more expensive and not cruelty-free.
And since human hair cannot be used to create mink lashes, there is currently no cruelty-free method of retrieving mink hair. Faux mink mimics real one, but is made from synthetic fibers (the same ones as silk lashes, actually).
They mimic real mink, so they are soft and fine hairs that feel very natural and very similar to the client’s natural lashes. They’re great for natural, everyday looks.
If the client is after a dramatic look, they may want to opt for the synthetic lashes, as faux mink will still be natural and fluffy, even when applied “heavily”. In addition, because of how fine the lashes are, it can take a long time to apply them. They also have a bit of shine, so if the client finds that too unnatural-looking, silk is better for them.
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Clients who desire a very natural, youthful look often prefer this type of extensions because they are very comfortable to wear, last long, and look good, even if the natural lashes are thin and weak.
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What Are Synthetic Lashes?
As the name suggests, synthetic lashes are fake, and they are made from a synthetic material, namely polished acrylic.
The good thing about synthetic lashes is that they are the sturdiest of all the options, so they are less likely to bend or break. In addition, because they’re so firm and thick, they hold a curl, and they make for a very dramatic look for the clients who desire that.
But they are flexible enough to lend themselves to more natural-looking applications, if that’s what the client wants.
The same aspects that are benefits for some are drawbacks for others, as synthetic lashes are too heavy, dramatic, and unnatural-looking for a lot of clients. If the client wants an everyday eyelash enhancement, these are not for them. So, given a choice between mink lashes vs synthetic lashes, for example, mink may be a better choice.
They can also be quite hard on the natural lashes, if the latter are particularly thin or sparse. Their appearance is shinier than other options, giving them a more plastic-y look that some clients do not want.
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Synthetic lashes are popular with the younger clients, and those with thick, dark lashes of their own, that can be even further enhanced with extensions.
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What Are Human Hair Lashes?
If a client was looking to get extensions made from human hair, they may be surprised to learn that human hair lash extensions don’t actually exist. No eyelash extension procedures use human hair, and no technician will be able to offer that.
The confusion comes from the fact that some salons mistakenly advertise the lashes as being human hair. In addition, there are fake strip lashes (the kind for single use at home) that are made from human hair, which creates the impression that extensions can be made from human hair.
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What Is The Difference Between Silk And Mink Lashes?
Hopefully, the particularities of each type of eyelashes are clear now, but one question probably remains: when it comes to silk vs mink lashes, what is the difference?
It’s true that these types of lashes can be very similar. They’re both lightweight, fine, and soft, and while there is some debate regarding mink lashes and what they are made of, you may be surprised to learn that they are both made from the same man-made material – PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate). So, faux mink individual lashes and silk individual lashes are the same, except for the manufacturing process.
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So, how are mink lashes made? Pretty much the same way silk lashes are made, but the curl differs, as well as the finish. Mink lashes are made to mimic genuine mink hairs, so they will generally be more “natural” looking, not as dramatic, not as uniform, and a bit glossier. Truthfully, no one can say whether silk or mink lashes are better, because they are very similar, and it depends on the look the client desires.
There are eyelash extensions for every look and need; you just need to be aware of the differences between them.