We are so lucky now to have such a vast variety of lengths, curls and thickness of lashes so that we can select the correct extensions to use on our clients. The techniques of combining these together, different curls and lengths and mapping is the key to creating that special, individual look our clients desire:
Eyelash Extensions can be made from a variety of different materials, including real mink, fox hair, human hair and PBT.
Synthetic / Silk / Faux-Mink / PBT
Essentially, all these terms are the SAME THING! Yes they are made of the same material just that they have different qualities associated with them.
Most synthetic eyelash extensions are labeled as either silk or mink – it’s actually the same product. It’s the supplier who chooses what to call the lashes, and can sometimes have no reflection on the type of lash.
They can come in gloss or matte finish.
However, silk generally tends to be more tapered and have a darker, glossier appearance.
Mink / Syberian Mink / Fox / human hair
Many therapists choose to avoid the use of animal hair, as inhumane techniques are commonly used to source the hair from these animals. Animal hair and real hair are not only more expensive to source, but can cause an allergic reaction on some clients, so it is advisable to use synthetic materials.
Real Mink is actually extremely hard to work with and once these get wet, the curl will not stick so to keep yourself safe from vegans, we suggest not to use them whatsoever unless you value your life =)
No but in all seriousness, real mink is not a viable form of eyelash extension to use and unless you have a thick wad of paper in your wallet, in which case you probably wouldn't be performing eyelash extensions anyway, we recommend otherwise.
Real mink and human hairs are considered to be the finest type of eyelash extensions as they are natural fibres that are more exotic and rare. A set applied with this option is often charged at a premium price. Although they are indeed very soft, light, and natural looking, there are cons to using these fibres - it is difficult to verify whether the hairs are ethically sourced, and truly sterile. Also, as it is a natural hair, they do not retain their shape well over time.