There’s no question that eyelash extensions are a beauty trend that is sweeping the nation. While lash extensions have become much more advanced in the last few years, they are not new—in some form or other, lash extensions have been around for centuries. Here at NovaLash, we believe that eyelash extensions should be as safe for your eyes as they are stunningly beautiful, which is why we have dedicated our work to creating not only the most quality lash extensions on the market, but also the right techniques and tools necessary for lash artists to apply these extensions safely, effectively and efficiently.
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Here’s our definitive guide to eyelash extensions. Read it to learn which lash extensions are best for your eyes, how to choose a lash artist, and what makes NovaLash extensions the best of the best.
Lash Extensions: What Are They?
At the most basic level, eyelash extensions are individual lash fibers which, when applied to your natural lashes, have the effect of thickening, filling out, and extending your eyelashes for a lush and full, glamorous look. Eyelash extensions can be made from synthetic fibers or natural fibers, like mink fur, and are often applied by a makeup artist or lash artist using lash adhesive and specialized tools. These days, there are many types of lash extensions, and they vary in quality, safety, and visual effect.
Strip Lashes vs. Extensions
While eyelash extensions are applied by a NovaLash certified lash artist, strip lashes are the type of false lashes you can find at any beauty store. You need to apply strip lashes yourself, and because they are not normally designed to be long-lasting, these lashes will typically only last for one day. Strip lashes are also typically less waterproof than lash extensions. Lash extensions, on the other hand, should only be applied by a professional and when cared for appropriately, can last up to 6-8 weeks! Lash extension sets are hand-curated by your lash professional to flatter your individual face shape and structure. And, when you choose NovaLash extensions, your lash set will be immediately waterproof, oil-proof, and sweat-proof.
What Are The Different Types of Eyelash Extensions?
No matter what kind of lash extensions you choose, it is important to know that lash extensions are measured in terms of thickness, length, and curl. Here’s a little more about each common type of eyelash extensions.
Mink or Fur Lash Extensions
Traditionally, lash extensions were made from fur. Fur offers a realistic look and a luxurious softness, and for these reasons, fur lash extensions are usually made with mink. The main issue with fur lash extensions, aside from the risk that they might contribute to animal cruelty, is the associated health concerns. Fur is harder to keep clean than synthetic lashes are, and because the fur comes from an animal, this can cause hygienic issues. To combat these problems, NovaLash developed a line of synthetic mink-look lash extensions called NovaMINX, which replicate the look, movement, and feel of real mink lash extensions without any of the risks. NovaMINX lashes are great for those with healthier lashes, who are interested in making a lash statement.
Classic Synthetic Lash Extensions
When people talk about synthetic eyelash extensions, odds are good that they are thinking of classic synthetic lash extensions. NovaLash’s Classic line of synthetic extensions are applied one by one directly to your existing lashes. The result is a clean, flirty look that’s light-weight enough to work on almost any lashes.
Volumizing Synthetic Lash Extensions
Then there are volumizing synthetic eyelash extensions, like our American Volume and London Volume lines, which are specifically designed to allow for a lash artist to apply multiple lash extensions to each single natural lash. This layered group of lashes forms what is known as a “fan,” which enhances the thickness—or volume—of your natural lashes exponentially. Our American Volume line is a good example of what most people think of when they picture volumizing synthetic lash extensions—fluttery, glam, and bold. Our London Volume line boasts lash extensions which are individually lighter and thinner, allowing lash artists to build even greater, thicker fans for their clients more safely. London Volume is a great choice for anyone who wants a more layered, graceful look.
Custom Lash Extensions
There are also more decorative types of lash extensions, like candied lash extensions, which are much like traditional eyelash extensions, only they have been glittered for an extra touch of sparkle. Every lash set is customized to flatter your unique face and eye shape, fit with your unique style, and protect the health of your lashes. Your lash artist will assess the type of volume your natural lashes can safely handle to make sure you get a look that’s eye-opening, beautiful, and healthy. There are also other ways to customize your lash look, like adding colorful candy lashes! Candied lash extensions are a fun way to get festive, no matter what the occasion.
How Should You Choose a Lash Artist?
At NovaLash, we pride ourselves on teaching the most cutting-edge and advanced techniques for lash extension application. Not every lash extension company uses physician-developed techniques and processes, so we recommend you start your search for a lash artist by checking whether they are NovaLash-certified by using our Find A Stylist tool. Any lash artist with a NovaLash lash extension certification will have gone through intensive training with the best of the beauty industry. Next, you’ll want to choose someone whose lash looks you admire—a good way to browse a lash artist’s work is to check out their social media feeds. If you like the lashes they’re posting, you’ll probably like the lash extensions they apply on you as well.
Now you should have a good working knowledge of all the different types of eyelash extensions out there. Don’t forget that lash extensions should be applied only by a certified lash artist (we recommend that they’re NovaLash-certified, of course), for eye safety and for best results in terms of looks. Need some more help preparing for your first eyelash extension appointment? Read our guide for your first visit!