What are Eyelash Extensions Copy

Let’s start with what professionally applied eyelash extensions are NOT!

Eyelash extensions are NOT:

  • Flares
  • Clusters
  • Rapid lashes
  • ‘Individuals’
  • Strip lashes

These types of synthetic lashes, although they have their place in the industry, do not qualify as what professional technicians classify as eyelash extensions. These types of lashes are typically applied using a temporary adhesive found in most drugstores and public beauty supply houses. Usually they would be applied without isolating the natural lashes, but instead layering them on top of the lash line. These lashes are too heavy to be used on a client using a semi-permanent adhesive that lasts for weeks, as it would do a great amount of damage to the natural lashes. We will also be touching on pre-fanned lashes, a type of extension which are lightweight and held together by heat fusion, unlike clusters that use a knot or heavy adhesive to maintain their shape. These are considered safe and professional to use and will be introduced in more depth later on.


Now, what professionally applied eyelash extensions ARE!


Classic Eyelash Extensions

Classic eyelash extensions have a ratio of 1:1, one eyelash extension to one natural lash (NL). Each natural lash is meticulously isolated one at a time while a single eyelash extension (EE) is carefully adhered to the base of the natural lash. They are applied using a cyanoacrylate based adhesive, which is semi-permanent with a bond of usually 4-6 weeks.

Volume Eyelash Extensions

Volume eyelash extensions are applied very similarly as classic eyelash extensions however with a different technique. Volume lashes have a ratio of 1:2+, that is two or more eyelash extensions to one NL. Some technicians have the skill and knowledge to create and apply fans with over 20+ individual lashes! While this course does not cover volume eyelash extensions, it will give you the necessary foundation to continue your education into this technique.

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