Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Best Lash Extensions on Long Island - New York Lash Stylist Explains Mink, Silk, Faux Mink & More

Article by: Michele Horan,Owner at Revite Skincare and Spa, Syosset, NY - Long Island.

Eyelash extensions have taken off over the last 8 years bringing the business to a new level with various types  of eyelashes and materials.  As the demand for eyelash extensions grew, so did the clients choices.    
One of the questions I am asked on a daily basis is about the difference between, silk, synthetic, faux mink, or real mink eyelash extensions.  Using these materials daily, I have become familiar with the each type, the pros and cons, and who they are most suitable for.  

"Of all the lash extensions types,
synthetic allow for the most stunning &
glamorous looks to be created."
Here’s a rundown on each:

Synthetic Eyelash Extensions-
These are made from polished acrylic material and are the firmest/sturdiest of all.  In appearance, they are a little shinier or glossier than the mink or silk.  When applied quite thickly, they are more dramatic.

They come in a wide variety of densities and curls, and can be applied to look very natural.  Synthetic are most popular with ladies wanting a more dramatic and made-up look.  They hold their curl extremely well due to firmness. 

Some people don’t find them as “soft” or “natural” looking as silk or mink.  While they last a long time, the thicker densities don’t have as good staying power as the silk and definitely not the mink.  Of all the lash extensions types, synthetic allow for the most stunning and glamorous looks to be created.
A full set is $300 and fill ins $80

Silk Eyelash Extensions-
These are mid-weight type of lash extensions, and are finer and more flexible than the synthetic type. They are softer and more porous and tend to hold on slightly longer than the synthetic ones.  Silk can be made to look very natural or very glamorous, but not quite as dense/thick as the synthetic lashes.  Because they are lighter weight, they are often a better option for clients who have weak or fine lashes. 

Like synthetic lashes, silk come in a variety of curls and lengths.  They are a better option for a natural look, as the curl is not as uniform or pronounced as synthetic.  Sets of silk lashes are one of the most popular options for brides who are looking for lashes that are full and long and yet still natural looking. 
A full set is $300 and fill ins $80

Faux Mink Eyelash Extensions-
These are man-made fibers designed to imitate real mink fur.  They are very fine, soft, and silky, just like fur.  However, they have been improved slightly in that if you wet them they won’t lose their curl.  When wet real mink fur lashes become straight and wispy and often need a curler to curl them back up.  Faux mink lashes appear “darker” than synthetic lashes.

Faux mink lashes have become very popular because they are so light and fine and feel exactly like your own lashes.  They are (with proper care) very long lasting and are great if you own lashes are fine and weak.  Because they are so light, they tend not to drop or twist, even after weeks of wear.  Because the lashes are so fine, the surface-area-ratio between your own lash and the extension is much closer to 1:1. (so they last longer)  With synthetic lashes it can be 1:2 or even 1:3.  It takes a longer time to apply mink lashes because the fibers are very fine and more lashes need to be applied.

One downside is that even with a lot of volume, they are still very natural looking.  If a client is looking for a glamorous/made up “Kardashian” look, they are better off going for synthetic lashes which give more volume.
A full set is $400 and fill ins $100

"Mink  is a very fine
and lightweight lash"
Real Mink Eyelash Extensions-
100% Siberian Mink eyelash extensions are the most luxurious lash extensions available in the market.  These lashes are lighter and softer than faux mink, silk, or synthetic taking high-end glamour to the next level.  These lashes are for clients who want the ultimate in lash luxury!  The 100% Siberian Mink fur lashes are sterilized and hypo-allergenic with no chemicals or dying involved.  Because of the delicate nature of the Siberian mink fur, everything is 100% done by hand and gathered without harming the animals in any way.

A unique aspect of the mink lashes, as opposed to silk or synthetic options, is that they are a very fine and lightweight lash.  Enough to attach multiple extensions per lash. 
A full set is $450 and fill ins $120

As an eyelash technician, I determine the type of lash to use based upon the length and thickness of each person’s natural lash, consulting with the client determining their personal preferences, as well as each clients budget needs. - Michele Horan,Owner at Revite Skincare and Spa, Syosset, NY - Long Island.

To learn more about about Michele Horan click here: Bio
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