There are a number of different lash types that can be used for individual lash extensions. These can come as loose lashes (in a pot, allowing the therapist to pick them out and arrange them as they wish), or in a tray and stuck to a strip of adhesive, which can be removed from the tray and stuck to the back of the hand or a lash palette. These are the most popular and are the recommended choice for therapists. We rarely use loose lashes these days.

Eyelash Extensions can be made from a variety of different materials including real mink, fox hair, human hair and synthetic. It is strongly advised to avoid the use of animal hair as inhuman 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 in some clients, so it is advisable to use synthetic materials around the eye area.

Most of us are familiar with synthetic lashes known as silk or ‘mink’. They may have different names but all synthetic lashes are made of the same product called PBT (Polybutylene terephthalate) – a synthetic hair used in makeup brushes, toothbrushes etc.

We are told that silk lashes tend to be darker and more tapered and mink more matt and less tapered, but it really depends on the brand. Some of our clients want “mink” lashes because this is the term that is used – so you may need to spend some time to educate your clients on this.

Eyelash Extensions come as a variety of lengths and thicknesses, which are measured in millimetres. Lengths range from 7mm to 20mm and thickness range from 0.15mm to 0.25mm for individual lashes. We rarely use lashes outside the perimeters of 8mm-14mm – and thickness no greater than 0.20mm. Lashes that exceed these measurements are likely to be too heavy and thick and can cause damage to the natural lashes, lashes below the thickness of 0.10 are used for Russian Volume lashes and would be too fine for classic lashes.