by Mia Mack
MINK vs SILK vs SABLE-FUR vs FAUX MINK – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
While faux mink tends to be the most popular product for eyelash extensions these days, there are numerous different kinds.
It’s easy to get confused with all the “mink/faux mink talk”, throw in “silk” and you’re like … huh? Let us break down what the different kinds of extensions are and how they vary from each other.
Mink, Faux Mink, and Silk are the most commonly utilized extensions. The primary difference between them boils down to their firmness, if they’re natural hair, faux hair or are they synthetic.
Mink Eyelash Extensions
Usually used on older customers or those opting for an uncommonly natural appearance. The glamour of extensions made from mink hair is that they have a real quality to them that you can not obtain from synthetic material.
Real Mink lashes come from the Mink tail, usually coming from either the Siberian Mink or the Chinese Mink. With Mink eyelash extensions you’ll get a light, fluffy, soft natural appearance.
The extensions last longer because they are so light, along with having the ability to apply numerous mink extensions per natural lash. The drawback to this kind of extension is that not only are they expensive, varying from $300-$ 500 per set, but they also do not come curled. They’ll have to be permed, and you’ll need to keep curling them in your home to keep that curled look.
Faux Mink Eyelash Extensions
Faux Mink are the most popular extensions used by lash artists today. These man-made, poly-fiber lashes have been available in a variety of lengths, diameters and curls, have great versatility and stay rather natural looking depending upon the length. They’re developed to mimic real mink fur, but lash artists and customers both love this type of extension because the curl is permanent and they’re low upkeep.
No need to curl or put mascara on these kinds of extensions. The Faux Mink lashes are a little bit more vibrant, somewhat glossier than the Silk and Mink. The Faux Mink lashes tend to provide more of a remarkable look.
Silk Eyelash Extensions
These are the mid-weight type of lash extensions and are finer and more versatile than the artificial type which makes their retention slightly much better. Since of their light-weight they ready to use on older clients or clients with weak and lightweight natural lashes. Like synthetic lashes, silk been available in a range of curls and lengths.
These types of extensions likewise hold their curl, but the curl tends to be less uniform then fake lashes, making them much better for clients trying to find a more natural look. Silk lashes tend to be thicker than other kinds of extensions as well as have that rich black color. They have the tendency to be the least comfy.
Sable-Fur Eyelash Extensions
If you’ve never heard of a sable before, they’re cute little forest-dwelling animals native to Russia and Siberia, often sought for their soft, dark brown or black fur. As it turns out, they’ve got fur that’s also pretty damn good for eyelash extensions.
In fact, while mink extensions may be known for their thinness, sable extensions are the thinnest of all. For this reason, they tend to be recommended for people with unusually thin eyelashes themselves, who can have a hard time with thicker extensions staying on their delicate lashes.
So if you’re plagued with unattractively thin and scant lashes, consider asking about sable extensions – unless, of course, you’re allergic to animal furs. That said, they have the same drawbacks as mink, mainly that unless you want to contribute to harming or torturing innocent animals, you’ll have to do some asking about just precisely how the sable fur is obtained for the extensions you’re considering.
They also cost roughly the same as real mink extensions, from $300 to $500 for a set. Lastly, not as many lash salons offer sable lash extensions – yet. So be prepared to ask around.
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- Generally, the thicker/longer your lashes, the thicker and longer extension that can be applied. Extremely thin/sparse natural lashes should have a finer, shorter extension so as not to weigh them down. Curled lashes are great for developing volume without too much weight.
- Those with straighter lashes (specific Asian hair types) must choose a curled lash, as it will make the eyes pop and raise the natural lash line, rather than dragging it down.
- Those with rounder/larger eyes benefit from our ‘cat-eye’ look-applying more/longer lashes to the outer corner of the eyes. This extends the eyes for a very hot look!
- Almond shaped eyes don’t frequently match the cat-eye look, but look gorgeous with longer lash extensions applied to the middle of the eye, to broaden it.
- Those with deep-set eyes normally need longer extensions with not as much curl and frequently benefit from having a full set instead of a glam set, as glam sets on smaller or deep-set eyes can look over-done.
- Our glam sets are the most spectacular looking lash extensions and are exceptionally popular with brides-to-be along with ladies going on vacations and desiring a long-lasting look (you usually get an extra week in between infills with a glam set).
- Those with large eyes, dark, thick hair or lots of natural lashes are advised to choose the glamour set, as more lashes are used, which will lead to a fuller and longer long lasting look. Hey-if you’ve got it, flaunt it, I say!
- Mature ladies wishing to extend their lashes however still look natural may select a finer extension type in a shorter length, or perhaps our silk extensions which are soft and lightweight.
- Semi-sets are great for those who already have long dark lashes but are trying to find something to include a little shimmer and flair out the corners.
- Colored highlights are great for the daring, however, can be rather subtle too-violet and navy highlights are trendy, and colors can be picked to match your iris color.
- Shorter. finer complete set lashes are most appropriate for guys (yes we do ‘Guylashes!’) attempting our extensions and not wanting the effect to be too apparent).