Tips: What is the difference between silk, mink, and faux mink eyelash extensions?
Usually used on older clients or those going for an extremely natural look. The allure of extensions made from mink hair is that they have a natural quality to them that you cannot get from synthetic material. Real Mink lashes come from the Mink tail, usually coming from either the Siberian Mink or the Chinese Mink. With Mink extensions, you’ll get a light, fluffy, soft natural look. Real mink lashes usually last longer because they are so light as well as being able to apply several mink extensions per natural lash. The downside to this type of extension is that not only are they expensive, but they also do not come curled. Real mink lashes need to be permed and you’ll have to keep curling them at home to maintain that curled look.
Faux mink eyelash extensions are the most popular extensions used by lash artists today. These man-made, poly-fiber lashes come in a variety of lengths, diameters, and curls, have good flexibility, and remain somewhat natural looking depending on the length. They’re designed to imitate real mink fur, but lash artists and clients both love this extension type because the curl is permanent and they’re low maintenance. No need to curl or put mascara on these types of extensions. The Faux Mink lashes are a little bolder, slightly glossier than the Silk and Mink. Because of their variety of size and length, they’re great for customizing different looks for each client.
These are the mid-weight type of lash extensions and are finer and more flexible than the synthetic type which makes their retention slightly better. Because of their lightweight, silk lashes are good to use on older clients or clients with weak and flimsy natural lashes. Like synthetic lashes, silk comes in a variety of curls and lengths. These types of extensions also hold their curl but the curl tends to be less uniform than synthetic lashes, making them better for clients looking for a more natural look. Silk lashes tend to be thicker than any other type of extensions and also have that rick black color. Silk eyelash extensions tend to be the least comfortable type of extension and are best used for special occasions.