Different types of eyelash extensions explained

Different types of Eyelash extensions offer a semi-permanent way to augment your look in multiple mix-n-match ways. Through the careful application of well-chosen eyelash extensions that complement your natural features, you can achieve everything from a day to day enhanced lash look to a more glossy and captivating red-carpet full-on style. The options are only bound by your imagination and creativity. Feeling a little lost? New to all of this? For more information on different types of Eyelash extensions, check out lash extensions London for inspiration. 

Once you have decided that you want to look into eyelash extensions, you may uncover that you will also need to decide which type of eyelash extension you prefer in terms of material. The list of options can seem daunting at the outset. That’s why, today, we’re going to look at some of the main types of eyelash extensions.

Fox eyelash extensions 

This type of eyelash extension is super soft to the touch and is normally slightly reddish in appearance (some also come with blackened tips). Fox fur is lightweight and comes with a natural ‘streamlined’ look – animal fur must be permed to achieve a curl, so, keep this in mind if a curl is important to you. Not all salons stock animal fox fur.

Silk eyelash extensions 

Silk eyelash extensions are not for every day wear – these attractive lashes are normally reserved for special occasions. Although they’re not actually made of real silk, the effect is nevertheless delicate. However, the material is generally thought of as being ‘mid-weight’ and therefore heavier than alternative eyelash extensions in the faux* range.

Mink eyelash extensions 

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Mink extensions tick the ‘natural look’ box that is desirable to newcomers and seasoned lash extension wearers alike. Taken from the tails of minks, this lightweight material may deliver an eye-catching and familiar looking fuller lash, but comes at a higher price. Some people also may have ethical concerns regarding the use of mink. 

Sable eyelash extensions 

Sable is arguably the lightest material used in eyelash extensions, making the material ideal for people with thinning or naturally fine lashes. Sable lash extensions are rarer than mink, meaning they are not available at every salon. They also come with the same considerations over animal fur (and you will need to keep any potential allergies to animal fur in mind). 

Synthetic eyelash extensions 

Synthetic lashes are typically thought of as being the heaviest of all possible eyelash extensions. This type of extension also generally comes with a sheen that some people find to be unnatural, making this particular type of lash extension potentially the least natural looking type of extension of all available options. One major positive that comes with man-made extensions is the curl factor – as opposed to fur extensions that need to be permed before they will curl.

*faux extensions are also available, including faux-mink and faux-fox. These synthetic materials come with a range of manufacturer specific product descriptions – it’s always advisable to do your research on a particular type of faux lash before you commit.

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