The difference Between Classic, Volume & Hybrid Eyelash Extensions

If you are new to the world of eyelash extensions, different terms are used for different techniques that you should understand. They are Classic, Hybrid and Volume extensions in which each one is a different technique. We are going to cover the grounds of them all. One thing that each technique has in common when it comes to the installation is the isolation process. This is where you take one natural lash and get it in-between your isolation tweezers so that when you place your extension, it won’t get stuck to other lashes. So let’s get to it!

What are classic eyelash extensions?

Classic eyelash extensions are simple, beautiful and natural-looking eyelash extensions. They apply on a 1:1 ratio means one extension attached to one natural lash. This allows you to achieve a natural enhancement. Classic eyelash extensions come in a range of materials, thicknesses, lengths and styles, which is a part of our training. This technique application typically takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and the results should be soft, natural-looking. Classic lashes won’t add much volume but will add length. Classic extensions offer an even lash line that opens up the eye.


What are volume eyelash extensions? 

Volume eyelash extensions vary from a natural look which adds some length and volume, to a very dramatic and full look. The lashes range from 2D-6D and anything over a 4D is going to appear that your client is wearing a strip versus the natural look that classic and hybrid extensions would give. This technique can do with pre-made fans or the fans can be made by hand using a special tweezer. The fans still attached to natural lashes but they come in .03, .05, .07 which are lighter than classic extensions as far as the thickness. It typically takes 2-4 hours depending on whether or not the technician uses pre-made fans.

What are hybrid lashes?  

Hybrid lashes are a 70-30 mixture of both classic lashes and volume lashes. Choosing hybrid extensions gives your clients the best of both worlds. The look achieved mixing classic lashes and volume lashes placed strategically to frame the eyes. Hybrid extensions offer a variety of texture and more volume, but without the sometimes-unnatural look of volume lashes. For the clients that want a lash line with a bit more volume but not quite as full as volume extensions, then this technique will provide the perfect balance.

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What’s better, classic, hybrid, or volume eyelashes? 

Classic lashes require little preparation, so they’re more affordable if budget is important to your clients.

Volume lashes require a higher level of skill and time investment on the part of the technician, as they hand make the fans beforehand. 

Hybrid lashes give a great balance for clients who are in between wanting a dramatic or natural appearance.

Any technique is a good option for your clients, it just really depends on the look your client wants, budget and the skillset of the technician.

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