What’s all the rave about Mink Lash Extensions?
If you are like the average person, you love to look good. And who does not? After all, looking good is good business. You know the effect that fuller lashes will add to your look, and thanks to the evolution of the fashion world, eyelash extensions are no longer restricted to weddings and other such formal occasions.
In fact, eyelash extensions have come to be considered a fashion staple that every fashionable woman must possess. But despite all the popularity that eyelash extensions have garnered over the years, and their abundance everywhere, you still sometimes get confused. Which one should you go for? What are the different types of eyelash extensions? What is the difference between false lashes, synthetic lashes and silk lashes? What are mink eyelash extensions? Are lashes safe to use? How do lashes work? How do you wear mink lash extensions?
If you have been having questions about eyelash extensions, then you are in the absolute right place! This article explains everything you need to know about mink lash extensions and eyelash extensions in general.
Types of Eyelash Extensions
You must have heard of, or come across all sorts of eyelash extensions. A wide variety of eyelash extensions exist out there, and it is very easy to get confused. However, we explain the different types of eyelash extensions. Keep reading to find out!
Eyelash extensions, which are usually worn to enhance the fullness of the eyelashes, exist in different shapes, sizes, textures, and weights. Mink lash extensions, silk lashes, faux mink lashes, synthetic lashes are just a few examples of the wide variety that exist. The abundance of a sea of choices can make it difficult to know which one will suit you best, be the most comfortable and natural looking, and better still, suit your budget. That is why we have explained the different types of eyelash extensions in the easiest terms possible.
Mink Lash Extensions
Mink lashes are very popular among lovers of eyelash extensions. They are simply the holy grail of eyelash extensions! This is because they have a semi-matte, natural look that makes them look incredibly like natural lashes. In addition to this, mink lash extensions are very soft, light and thin, and have a tapered appearance that makes them very comfortable to wear.
There are different types of mink lashes. These include the natural mink lashes, and faux mink lashes. Mink lashes are made from the fur of the Siberian or Chinese Mink. This means that they are 100% real hair. Mink hairs are naturally soft, fluffy and fine. This gives you a lightweight feeling when you wear them, adding volume and staying unrecognizable apart from your real lashes!
However, unlike every other type of eyelash extension, mink lash extensions are quite pricey. These lashes, famed to be the only type Beyoncé wears, range from $300 to $500 for a set. And this is understandable because they are naturally sourced and are 100% natural, with no hint of synthetic hairs at all! But they make up for their expensiveness with their superiority and longevity! Mink lash extensions last longer than the average synthetic eyelash extensions because they are lightweight and in addition, multiple extensions can be applied per lash.
Furthermore, mink lashes do not come curled. When wet, lashes made from real mink fur tend to become wispy and straight. As a result, you need to perm and keep curling your real mink lashes at home in order to maintain a curled look.
Interested in reading more about eyelash extensions? Then check out our Guide to Lash Extensions.
Faux Mink Lashes
This type of mink lash extensions are artificial, like their name suggests. They are man-made poly-fiber lashes that are also made to look natural. They are premium synthetic lashes that imitate the softness and quality of real mink lashes. In other words, they are mink lashes without all the high cost and high maintenance.
Their design imitates real mink fur, but unlike real mink lashes, faux mink lashes have a permanent curl. This means you do not have to perm or keep curling them. In other words, faux mink lashes are low maintenance eyelash extensions. It’s no wonder then, why they are very popular amongst lash artists. Faux mink lashes are also popular amongst people who like the look of real mink lashes but do not want to wear real mink fur for different reasons.
To tell faux mink lashes from real mink lash extensions, it is good to note that the faux variety are shinier, glossier, and a little bolder than the real mink lashes.
When well taken care of and maintained, faux mink lashes also last long. Even after many weeks of wear, they do not twist, tangle, or shed.
Silk Lash Extensions
These are another popular type of eyelash extensions. This is because they are very similar to mink lash extensions with the full appearance and styles. Contrary to what a lot of people think, silk lash extensions are not made from silk but from Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), a type of polyester (plastic) that is also used in making toothbrush fibers, showerheads and keycaps.
Silk lashes tend to appear finer and more natural looking when compared to faux mink lashes. They can be thicker than other types of extensions, but still manage to retain their light weight. As a result of this, they are suitable for use on older people or people with weak natural lashes/eyelids.
Silk eyelashes can be used multiple times. All you have to do to keep them in good condition is run some makeup remover along the lash band to remove any remnants of glue.
Synthetic Lash Extensions
These lash extensions are the most common type of lashes. They are also made from man-made fibers. Compared to the natural human eyelashes and the high quality real mink lash extensions, synthetic lashes usually look thicker in appearance.
We know you still have a lot of burning questions about mink lash extensions and other types of eyelash extensions. Here are some of your most frequently asked questions about eyelash extensions, and answers!
How much are eyelash extensions?
Depending on the type, brand and quality, eyelash extensions vary in price. While you can get synthetic lashes for as low as $10 to $20 for a pair; silk lashes range from $20 to $30 per set. Faux mink lashes range from $60 to $100 for a set, while real mink lash extensions range from $300 to $500 for a set.
How do eyelash extensions work?
False lashes come in two ways, either as a strip or as individual lashes and, as a result, can be applied in two ways. In the first way, the false lashes have been made on a strip. All you have to do is apply some glue unto the strip or band and fix unto your natural lashes. In the other method, which is more complicated, the services of a professional lash artist will be required. Click here to read about how to apply false eyelashes.
The lash artist carefully attaches the tiny individual lash extensions one by one to each of your natural lashes using glue. It is a very meticulous process and time-consuming process that is carried out with the clients eyes shut throughout the whole process.
Can you put mascara on eyelash extensions?
Wearing mascara helps to darken and make your lashes- especially the bottom lashes- more pronounced. It also helps to add volume to your lash extensions. However, when getting mascara for your eyelash extensions, it is important to note a few things.
Only use oil-free mascara for your lashes. This is because oil-based mascara will weaken the bonding agents that hold your eyelash extension together, causing your lash strands to get sticky or fall out altogether.
In addition, you should totally steer clear of tube mascara, waterproof mascara and fiber mascaras. This is because tube and fiber mascaras are difficult to remove, despite requiring just water to remove. Waterproof mascara on the other hand, is designed to stay on lashes for extended periods, and can only be removed using an oil-based makeup remover, and some pressure. The combination of these two removal methods is bad news for your eyelash extensions, and this is why you must absolutely avoid these mascaras.
How long do mink lashes last?
Depending on how properly you take care of them, individual mink lash extensions can last up to 8 weeks!
All types of lashes whether mink lash extensions, faux mink, silk, or synthetic lashes, have their own benefits. If you get a good technician and take proper care of your lashes, then they will serve you well and give you your money’s worth. You just need to consider their pros and cons before making a suitable choice that will suit you and enhance your looks!