We often get asked what type of lashes we use, as there is a lot of confusion between the difference types out there and their quality. Broadly speaking, there are three types of lashes – synthetic/acrylic, faux silk and mink, and real mink and real human hair lashes.
Synthetic lashes, also known as acrylic lashes, are generally the term used to describe thicker lashes (0.20mm thickness and above) that come in loose form in bags or small pots. These are the type of lashes that most of us trained with before other options became available. They are usually coarser, shinier, and heavier compared to the other types of lashes and produce the most dramatic result. These types of lashes tend to have the ‘fake’ lashes look, and are becoming less popular, but many salons still use them as they are the cheapest option.
The term ‘silk and mink lashes’ is often confused for being composed of actual silk and mink fibres, but they are both made from synthetic fibres called PBT (polybutylene-terephthalate). The characteristics that differentiate silk and mink are their tapering (how fine the lashes are shaped towards the tip), their weight, and their finish. In most cases silk is less tapered, lightweight, with a glossier finish; whilst mink lashes are more tapered, ultra lightweight, and has a matte finish. From our experience however, the features and quality of both faux silk and mink lashes depends greatly on the brand of lashes, as the term is used quite loosely and the characteristics described above can be reversed depending on the manufacturer.
Finally, real mink and human hairs are considered to be the finest type of eyelash extensions as they are natural fibres that are more exotic and rare. A set applied with this option is often charged at a premium price. Although they are indeed very soft, light, and natural looking, there are cons to using these fibres - it is difficult to verify whether the hairs are ethically sourced, and truly sterile. Also, as it is a natural hair, they do not retain their shape well over time.
At Tokyo Lashes, we have tested many types of lashes from different suppliers and use only the best faux silk and mink lashes on our customers. We find that the silk and mink lashes are available in the widest range of curls, length, and width to suit all needs, retain their curl superbly, and have the most natural look and feel. Text 0411 281 029 for an appointment, and experience the difference on yourself!