What are the different types of Eyelash Extensions: mink, silk or synthetic?

The pace we live our lives have sped up; for the modern woman, she is running errands, championing her career, nurturing her friends and supporting her family. Bless this woman, but we are her, and despite everything occurring around her, she wants to feel special – nay, sexy and powerful. 

We all have our individual ways of pampering ourselves, but if time is precious to you, then it’s time to ramp up the convenience and enter the world of eyelash extensions.  If you are an eyelash extension virgin, then you are probably thinking:

  1. Are lash extensions safe?
  2. Which type of eyelash extension material is right for me?

First, let’s demystify a few preconceptions about eyelash extensions.

Myth 1: You need to put on mascara when you have eyelash extensions: No, after your eyelash extension appointment, you can say goodbye to that fiddly routine. In fact, you can go to the gym after work and be confident that your mascara isn’t running black streams down your face.

Myth 2: Eyelash extensions are heavy: This depends on the salon you visit. At Bat Your Lash, we apply individual lashes using the highest grade and smallest diameter lashes that it feels like wearing nothing at all.

 Myth 3: Eyelash extensions damage your natural lash: Gosh, no! False lashes will shed with your natural lashes over a 4-week cycle.

Now that we have eased your mind, let us tell you about the types of lash extensions materials on the market.

Mink lash extensions:  Mink is ultra-fine lashes that mimic the look of your own lashes. Because they are so lightweight, the technician can control the volume of the lash set, creating a full or subtle look. Downside? These lashes are not vegan, and since it’s fur, Mink lash extensions come with a luxury price tag. You’ll pay up to $500 for a set. There’s also some upkeep involved with mink lashes. Unlike the faux mink and other synthetic alternatives, mink lash extensions will not maintain a curl. You’ll need to periodically re-curl them yourself.

Synthetic lash extensions:  Synthetic lashes are made from synthetic materials, typically plastic fibres, which are mostly machine moulded, and meant to be disposable or single-use. Due to the construction and the materials, synthetic lashes tend to be a lot thicker than the typical human lashes and have stubbier ends so there will be a stark contrast between your own natural lashes, and the synthetic lashes applied.

Since synthetic lashes are made from plastic, the band will be stiffer, and the overall weight will be more substantial, ultimately making them harder to apply and offer minimal comfort. In fact, some people find them to be too heavy for their eyelids (which is why many people assume eyelash extensions cause discomfort). So what makes synesthetic eyelash extension attractive? It’s the price. A pair of synthetic lash extensions will range between $40-80 for a set. But we would urge you to reconsider because your comfort and eye hygiene should be your first priority. 

Silk (Faux silk) lash extensions:These lashes are called “silk,” but they’re not made of natural silk, as you would find in a blouse or a scarf. Deep black with a slight shine, silk lash extensions are lightweight, and a man-made alternative to real mink, with a similar lightweight feel. Faux silk is a better choice for those with allergies or ethical aversions to fur.  Best of all silk lash extensions mimic the appearance of mink lashes without emptying your pockets. You’ll spend $150 to $300 for faux silk lashes, depending on the type of boutique, lash artist, and the number and style of lashes you choose.

A silk lash extension is Bat Your Lash’s choice because it is vegan-friendly, affordable, AND similar in quality to real mink lashes. Our lashes are made from ultra-fine synthetic fibre, they’re effortless to apply, super natural looking, and ultra comfortable. We highly recommend coming to us to try a pair.

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