Is it Lashes or Eyelashes?
The difference between eyelash extensions.
Over the last several years the eyelash industry has been growing at an exponential pace. As a result many types, names, styles, and verbiage have been created and in an effort to clear things up below are the differences between all eyelash extensions.
Permanent Eyelash Extensions vs. Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions.
Permanent eyelashes are an eyelash transplant. Under surgery and anesthesia, real eyelashes are transplanted into the eyelid to generate additional eyelash growth. The procedure is performed on individuals who have lost their eyelashes or have an inability to grow a significant amount of natural lashes such as those undergoing cancer treatments. Unfortunately, the procedure is not cheap and
Semi-permanent eyelashes bond eyelash extensions with a glue to ones natural eyelashes. The eyelash extensions are "permanently" attached to the natural eyelash and through the normal natural eyelash shedding the extensions fall out. As a result, the lashes were dubbed semi-permanent. Because natural eyelashes fall out every 60 to 90 days, in theory the eyelash extension should stay on the eye until the natural eyelash sheds. Unfortunately, in reality, most eyelash extensions are far from semi-permanent. Most eyelash extensions only last a few days depending on the glue which was used because the adhesion to the natural eyelashes wears off. One exception is Diva Lashes Stays-On-Glue which lasts for four weeks due to a new bonding agent. As for the costs, semi-permanent eyelash extensions can be applied at home rather inexpensively or one can have them applied by a professional which usually runs several hundred dollars.
Eyelash Extensions vs. False Eyelashes
Eyelash extension is a general term for all eyelashes applied to natural lashes. Some industry professionals prefer to only apply the term to individual or cluster lashes but the term can also be used to refer to strip lashes. When speaking with a professional it is always a good idea to ask for them to explain what type of eyelash extension they will be applying (strip lashes, cluster lashes, or individual eyelash extensions) as the difference in prices can be rather significant.
False eyelash is basically another term for strip lashes. Often times the term is used interchangeably with eyelash extensions but to most professionals, false eyelashes are synonymous with strip lashes.
Individual Eyelash Extensions, Cluster Eyelash Extensions, and Strip Eyelash Extensions.
Individual Lash Extensions
Individual lashes are just as the name implies individual eyelash extensions. Individual eyelash extensions are applied one by one to each individual eyelash. The process is rather time consuming and it is very difficult to ensure the extension is adhered straight to the natural eyelash. The application is rather expensive with prices ranging from $300 to $500 for the initial treatment and the procedure can take one to three hours depending on the amount of eyelashes applied. Once applied, most individuals will need to have the eyelashes touched up every few days to a week.
Cluster Lash Extensions
Cluster lashes are clumps of lashes bound together in a "v" shape. Clusters come in various densities as well as lengths and are much easier to apply successfully than individual lash extensions. Additionally, since cluster lashes apply several eyelash extensions at one time, application time is shorter than individual lashes. An experienced professional can apply cluster eyelashes in about 20 to 30 minutes but the cluster eyelash extensions can also be easily applied at home. For a professional to apply the lashes the cost are usually $100 to $250.
Strip Lash Extensions
Strip lashes are by far the easiest eyelash extension to apply but they are also the easiest to see they are not real. On the other hand, because strip lashes are hard to identify from a distance strip lashes are often times used by those needing a quick eyelash makeover for special one day events such as a runway fashion show. Strip lashes generally last for two weeks but with the proper glue they can last longer. Application for strip lashes usually run $20 to $60 depending on where and whom one has them applied.
Sanitized Human Hair Eyelash Extensions vs. Synthetic Eyelash Extensions
Sanitized Human Hair Lashes
Sanitized human hair lashes are made of real human hair that has be cleaned to prevent any spread of bacteria or disease. Real human hair lashes are preferred by some professionals as they claim eyelash extension glue bonds to them better. In reality, there is minimal difference in the bond of extension glue. The trick is to use a good glue to begin with such as Stays-On-Glueby Lashes and Cosmetics. As for the sanitation of the real human hair, your guess is as good as mine. In my opinion though If you don't know where the hair has been don't use it.
Synthetic Lash Extensions.
Synthetic eyelash extensions are made of quality materials that are safe for the eye and skin. In general it is easier to apply synthetic lashes due to the consistency of the product. Also, depending on the brand, synthetic eyelashes tend to be lighter than natural eyelashes and often times those who wear them forget they have them on.
Knotted Eyelash Extensions vs. Knot Free Eyelash Extensions
Knotted Lash Extensions
Knotted eyelash extensions occur in synthetic cluster eyelashes and have a small knot at the tip of cluster. The idea is to create a larger surface area for the eyelash extension glue to attach the extension to the natural lash as well as make it easier to spot where the extension is being placed. The down side is the knots are noticeable and look fake. Additionally, the knots add additional weight to the lash and some believe it makes ones eyes feel heavier.
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