The New Rave in False Lashes
Volume lashes are the latest rave! Many lash enthusiasts are moving from the traditional lash strips and even classic lash extensions to volume lash extensions. If you are reading this, you are probably also looking to join the trend, but perhaps you just have a few questions before you make up your mind.
Well, we will answer all your questions and then some, as we tell you everything you need to know about volume lash extensions, the different types, and the pros and cons.
What are Volume Lash Extensions?
Volume lashes are a new form of false lashes involving an innovative technique, where multiple extensions are attached to a single natural lash. This results in a fuller look for your eyelashes, as the extensions add more length, thickness, dimension and texture. These extensions create varying looks, from an extremely natural look adding some length and volume (2D and 3D lashes), to a very dramatic and full look (5D and higher). 5D and higher may look like you are wearing false lashes all the time.
The original volume lash look, which are known as the Russian volume lash extensions, were invented by Russian master lash stylist, Olga Dobronravova. They were an improvement on Classic lashes where a single strand of lash extension is attached to a single natural lash strand on a 1:1 ratio. This is because classic lashes only add length, but not necessarily volume. They achieve a ready-made makeup look throughout the day. On the other hand, Russian volume lashes, which are also known as 2D, 3D, 4D, all the way to 8D lashes, involve the application of as much as 2 to 8 lash extensions per single lash strand.
As you can already imagine, Russian volume lash extensions provide a much fuller look than the classic lash extensions and also require more skill to apply. While it is a nice option for anyone looking to achieve a fuller and more dramatic lash line, volume lash extensions are great for people who already have a fair amount of lashes.
Types of Volume Lashes
There a variety of volume lash extensions and we explain the different types here.
Russian Volume Lashes: These, as already mentioned above, involve the application of multiple lash extensions to a single natural lash strand, to create a fuller look for the eyelashes. This type of volume lash extensions also result in a darker and thicker lash line, making it look as though the wearer has applied eyeliner.
American Volume Lashes/ Hybrid Volume Lashes: This type of volume lash extensions combines two styles of false lash application: the definition of classic lash extensions and the volume of other lash styles. They are typically a 70-30 mixture of both classic lashes and volume lashes. It is important to note that while Classic lash extensions are applied individually on a 1:1 ratio, hybrid lashes typically use 30% classic lashes and 70% volume lashes (variable ratio), and their volume ranges from 1:2 to 1:10 generally.
These lashes are more natural in appearance, with their slightly uneven lashes which all contribute to its unique texture and more volume.
American volume lashes are also known as Kardashian lashes because the Kardashians made it popular. However, the hybrid lashes also go by other names such as Combination Lashes. The hybrid volume lash extensions are becoming more and more popular because they create the fullness of traditional volume lash extensions, while still retaining a natural look.
Another reason why hybrid lashes are so popular is because they are so soft! No wonder a lot of Hollywood stars go for them, leaving us to wonder how they all have such long and beautiful natural lashes.
Mega Volume Lashes:
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This type of volume lash extensions are an advanced form of volume lashes. This is because they involve the application of 6 or more lash extensions on each natural lash strand. Each lash extension used in mega volume lashes usually measures about 0.03 to 0.06 in diameter, and the application of such a high number of extensions per lash strand results in “mega” voluminous lashes.
They are similar to Russian volume lash extensions in style, however, the extensions used in mega volume lashes are usually longer than the natural lash with about 2mm. However since the method of application for both styles are the same, lash technicians who are already trained and experienced in Russian or America volume lashes can also do the procedure.
Benefits of Volume Lash Extensions
If you are wondering why a lot of people are now opting for volume lashes, well, it is because of the benefits!
Volume lash extensions save time!
Just like other types of lash extensions, volume lashes save you all the time that you would normally spend applying false lashes. Your getting ready routine can become as simple as applying foundation, blush and a lip color, and you’re good to go!
They give a natural look to your eyelashes
Unlike fake lash strips that can easily be identified when worn, volume lash extensions appear more natural. This is because, having been applied to your natural lashes, there is no tell-tale lash strip to give off the fact that you are actually wearing extensions!
Volume lashes last longer
While false lash strips are designed for single use, meaning they cannot be worn for extended periods of time, volume lashes on the other hand can be worn for as long as 4 to 5 weeks, or even more, depending on how well you maintain them!
Here are some basic care tips to extend the life of your lashes, and keep them looking new.
- Don’t get your lash extensions wet for at least 24 hours after getting them installed.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this could make the lashes fall out faster, and even get your eyes irritated.
- Avoid oil-based and waterproof makeup remover, as well as waterproof mascara. In addition, only use mascara sparingly as it is not really necessary, as you already have full lashes.
Disadvantages of Volume Lash Extensions
Volume lash extensions are more expensive
Volume lashes also have a number of disadvantages, chief of which is the cost. These lash extensions are pricier than the classic sets because they require more care, precision and technical know-how to install.
They require more expertise to install
Volume lash extensions cannot be installed by just any lash technician, because their application requires a lot of skill and expertise.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUME LASH EXTENSIONS
How long do volume lash extensions last?
Volume lashes typically last about 3-4 weeks, depending on how well you take care of them.
Can I shower, swim, or visit a spa while wearing volume lash extensions?
YES! However, make sure not to get the lash extensions wet until 24 hours after they have been installed.
Can I apply mascara to my volume lash extensions?
It is not necessary to apply mascara to your volume lash extensions, since they already have a full appearance.
Can I still wear makeup after getting volume lashes?
Of course! You can still wear your makeup, eyeliner and eye shadow. Mascara is not necessary, however.