Updated: Nov 6, 2018

If you’re considering getting eyelash extensions for the first time, then the next lot of words might overwhelm you, but don’t worry I’m going to explain each one so you can make an informed decision when choosing your very first set.

Russian Volume; Classic Lashes; Clusters; Pre-Made Volume; Hybrid Volume; Express Lashes…

Overwhelmed yet? Don’t worry because this Blog will explain them all.

Everything listed above come under the term Eyelash Extensions as they are all extensions of some sort. They may offer different effects and some are more temporary than others.


Classic Eyelash Extensions

Classic Eyelash Extensions –I like to think of these as more the mascara look that some clients are wanting and are a great starting point for your first set. As Classic Lashes are single extensions in a similar thickness to your own lashes that are placed onto each natural eyelash that can support the extension. Your technician will use various lengths and curls to give you the look you desire and to suit your face and eye shape. These are generally ‘topped’ up every 2-4 weeks depending on your body chemistry, lifestyle and aftercare routine.


Russian Volume Lashes

Russian Volume – True Russian Volume are really lightweight lashes (much lighter than classics) that are manipulated by hand or by the assistance of specially made tweezers to create a fan or bouquet of lashes that is then placed onto a single natural lash. This is a premium service due to the time and workmanship required to create these and the retention is much longer than other sets due to the skillful ‘wrapping’ of the fan around the natural lash as oppose to just placing on top.


Hybrid Eyelash Extensions

Hybrid Volume – This is a mix of Volume Lash Extensions and Classic Lash Extensions using pre-made or Russian Volume. The effect is a textured look and is a great option if you’re a classic wearer and just want that little bit more from your set. Hybrid volume is also a great tool for customizing sets into looks such as ‘Kim K’ inspired where long lengths of classic lashes are strategically placed and filled in between with the volume extensions to give a spiky textured look.


Updated: Nov 6, 2018


Eyelash Extensions not lasting very long?

If you find your eyelash extensions not lasting very long check this list of Do’s and Dont's to see if there is anything that may improve your retention.


Do – Cleanse your Eyelash Extensions daily with a specially formulated lash cleanser. Dirt, oil and make up can build up at the base of your extensions, this cannot only break down the adhesive it can cause infections, demodex and lash loss. If you have somewhat oily skin and hair you may need to cleanse twice daily.


Don’t – Wear mascara and eyeliner. If you do it must be approved for eyelash extensions and be thoroughly cleansed off at the end of the day. These products can build up at the base of eyelash extensions turning hard and causing clumping. Most contain ingredients that can, overtime break down the adhesive causing poor retention.


Do – Use Oil Free facial products. Most adhesives on the market break down with contact from oil.


Do – Brush your extensions after patting dry or blow drying on cool. Brushing keeps the lashes separated and even.


Don’t – Fiddle or pick at your lashes. If you pick at them you may pull out your natural lashes with the extensions causing gaps. If your constantly touching and patting them you can be transferring oils from your finger tips to the extensions, which could overtime affect the adhesive.


Do – Avoid extreme heat. Dishwasher, ovens, fires, smoking, blow dryers etc. The extensions themselves in most cases are made of a type of plastic which means they can melt!


Do – Advise your technician if you are taking a regular medication. Some medications can cause retention issues.


Do – Use a molded sleep mask. If you sleep on your side or with your face into the pillow, friction can cause lashes to come off prematurely.


Don’t – Wear strip lashes, removal can pull off your extensions.


Do – Visit your Lash Tech every 2-3 weeks. Our lashes naturally shed daily at a rate of 2-5 natural lashes per day. Regular visits to your technician will keep them nice full and fluffy.

We hope this information will help you to trouble shoot with your lash technician any retention issues and make those eyelash extensions last longer!

If you’re looking for an Eyelash Technician, check the directory today!


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