Eyelash extensions has become a very popular cosmetic application used to enhance the length, curl, fullness and thickness of natural eyelashes. The extensions materials may be made from several materials including mink, silk or synthetic. The main method of applying the extensions is by using an adhesive glue that contains cyanoacrylate which is the main ingredient.
Most of the eyelash glues in the market also contains formaldehyde and toxic fumes which can cause skin sensitivity, temporary or permanent blindness if gets into the eyes. Therefore, making sure that your therapists uses safe eyelash glue is very important.
The extension(s) are attached to the natural lash 1-2 mm from the base of the natural eyelash, usually not making contact with the eyelid. This is also important to prevent tugging of your real lashes as it grows out.
Everyone has a different preference. Surprisingly, most people don’t know the difference between cluster and volume lashes. Both types are “individual” eyelash extensions and have multiple lashes in a fan, but there’s a big difference when it comes to the look and health of your eyes.
Cluster eyelashes are pre-made fans with multiple eyelashes on them, as you can see from the picture above.
The problem with most cluster lashes need to be applied closer to the eyelid by gluing the entire false eyelash next to each other on both your real lashes and the eyelid, therefore they don’t shed off together with your own real human eyelash.
As our lashes grow at different stages(There are 3 stages of hair growth in the cycle, from actively beginning growth from the root to hair shedding. These are known as the Anagen phase, Catagen phase and Telogen phase.), the natural hairs cannot shed at the end of their cycle causing your eye to become a breeding ground for infection.
There is a lot of adhesive involved in cluster lashes and in many cases touching the skin and blocking the follicle, so new eyelashes are unable to grow which can cause in-growing hairs or premature lash loss.
This can lead to a type of permanent hair loss if done repeatedly.
So ladies stay away from cluster eyelashes.
Classic lashes are going to give you the mascara look.
Each individual eyelash is going to be thicker in diameter compared to the volume lashes.
Classic lashes are most widely used in a diameter of 0.12 mm, 0.15 mm, 0.18 mm.
Therefore, if you want to go for longer lengths with the lash extension, the weight of the lashes adds up so the natural lashes must be thick and long as well to have the ability to be able to support it.
So even if someone has a large amount of natural lashes, but when their lashes are very short and thin, they will be limited on the intensity of the lashes that they can achieve with classic eyelash extensions.
Volume Lashes or sometimes also known as Russian Volume, similar to cluster lashes, are multiple eyelashes attached to one eyelash. However, volume or Russian volume lashes are much safer than cluster lashes as they are applied to individual and isolated eyelashes. There are usually 2-6 false eyelashes placed on every natural lash for volume sets, depending on the desired look. These lashes are very light compared to cluster lashes and they don’t weigh down or damage the natural lash.
Volume lashes range in diameter from 0.05 mm, 0.07 mm, and 0.10 mm, whereas Russian Volume lashes can go to 0.03mm in diameter.
The Eyelash Therapist uses a different type of eyelash tweezers to create a fan like shape and then apply glue to the bottom of the lashes before sticking it onto the real lashes. Depending how many strands were grabbed by the tweezers it will be X-D for example 2D, 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D, 8D, 9D.
Volume lashes or Russian Volume gives a much fuller and cleaner look than cluster eyelashes and also tends to bond better to last longer compared to cluster lashes because each volume lash creates multiple pockets of adhesive that form beam like shapes along the lashes.
Do beware of pre-made volume fans lashes too as they don’t wrap around your lashes like regular volume lashes made on the spot during the eyelash procedure because they have already been glued together prior to application. Many of the eyelash extensions parlours are using pre-made ones to save time and cut cost. So don't be fooled especially when you need to have your eyes closed during your eyelash extensions treatment.
When the fans lashes are made on demand during the eyelash extension procedure, the benefits are much more as they are able to wrap around the natural lash when you are applying them which also bond much better. It will also not cause too much glue to be on your lashes.
Attaching a pre-made fan causes the extensions to sit on top of the lash instead of enable it to wrap around your real lash to give a natural look and it will also drop off much faster.
Above shows what pre-made volume lashes looks like. This is not as bad as the cluster lashes but compared to the classic or volume lashes that is made on the spot during the eyelash procedure, it is not as good.
Beauty Recipe Aesthetics & Academy started providing eyelash extensions 10 years ago when no one else are doing lash extensions in Singapore. Even then after, most salons started off with cluster lashes while we had already started doing the single lash eyelash extension and giving trainings to students worldwide.
Our Therapists have years of experience and talent being able to achieve well balanced, even out, fan-shaped, curly natural looking eyelash extensions in different styles.
Our techniques used will not cause your balding of your natural lashes.
Our lashes are self manufactured with premium quality from Korea that are ultra soft, glossy and comfortable
Our Certified Formaldehyde medical grade glue and eyelash remover are self manufactured in Korea that does not have strong smell, sting the skin or cause allergic reaction.
We offer Eyelash Extension Training Classes which fees are fully subsidised by the Singapore Government Skills Future Grant.