The difference between silk, synthetic, mink and volume eyelash extensions explained
One of the questions we are often asked here regularly at Black Lash Ink about eyelash extensions is about the difference between silk, synthetic, mink and volume eyelash extensions. Having used all materials, we are very familiar with the difference, pros and cons of different materials, and why you might choose one over the other. So here is a little brief on each type, the pros and cons, and who they are most suitable for, to help educate you in preparation for your next set of lash extensions.
Synthetic eyelash extensions:
They are made from a polished, acrylic material and are the strongest of all. In appearance, they are a little shinier or glossier than the mink or silk lashes, and when applied quite densely, often appear more dramatic. While they come in a wide range of thicknesses and curls, and can be applied to look very natural, synthetic lashes are most popular with ladies wanting a more dramatic and artificial look. They hold their curl extremely well due to their firmness. Some people don’t find them as ‘soft’ or ‘natural’ looking than silk or mink eyelash extensions, and while they last a long time, the thickest form don’t have quite as good staying power as the silk and definitely not the mink.
They are most suitable for those with healthy, dense lashes of their own, and are generally popular for younger clients. Albeit, because they are heavier in weight than silk or mink lash extensions, for the majority they are not a great option, from a personal perspective we feel that silk or mink are the only types of extensions that should be worn long-term, to cause damage to your natural lashes.
Silk eyelash extensions:
They are the mid-weight type of lash extensions, and are finer coarse and more flexible than the synthetic blend. Because they are softer and more permeable, they tend to hold on slightly longer than the synthetic ones. They can be made to look very natural or very glamorous, at the same time quite dense/thick as the synthetic lashes. As they are lighter in weight, they are often a much better option for your lashes if your own ones are weak or fine. They definitely last longer than synthetic lashes and are made to look more natural amongst the actual lashes. Like synthetic lashes, silk come in a variety of curls and lengths, though are a better option for a more natural look, as the curl is not generally as uniform or as artificial as synthetic lashes. Glamour sets of silk lashes are one of the most popular options for brides, who are looking for lashes that are full and long yet still have a natural appeal.
Mink lash extensions:
We are most definitely against animal cruelty, which is why we will never promote real mink fur for lash extensions. Faux-mink lashes, which are synthetic fibres, are designed to imitate real mink fur. They are very fine, soft and silky, just like real fur. However, they have been developed to prevent curl loss in any case of water application. When wet, real mink fur lashes become straight and wispy which often means you would need to use a curler to curl them back up.
Faux-mink lashes are becoming very popular because they are so light and fine, they feel exactly like your own lashes. They are also shinier in texture than the silk lashes, giving the lashes a glossy look. They are very long lasting with good care, and are great if your own lashes are fine and delicate. Because they are so light, they don’t tend to drop or twist, even after many weeks of wear. Because they are so fine, the surface-area-ratio between your own lash and the extension is much closer to 1:1 (with synthetic it can be 1:2 or even higher) so they last longer.
Volume Eyelash Extensions (Silk or Mink)
Designed to provide full volume but in the way that it does not damage or overload the natural healthy lashes. This new innovative technique is taking the industry by storm and promising the most stunning results. The application of the volume lashes is far more intricate however the results are phenomenal from not only an appearance perspective but also the longevity of having healthy lashes that last with a natural look and feel. Volume 3D eyelashes are superfine and incredibly light, meaning that 2-7 lashes can be applied per natural lash to create volume. Inevitably, they last longer than classic eyelash extensions due to their light weight and the even balance of amount applied.