Last updated on October 13th, 2022
Looking for the perfect extensions but not sure if Classic, Hybrid or Volume eyelash extensions will suit you right?
Then keep on reading.
If you’re new to the world of eyelash extensions, there are different terms used for the different techniques that you need to know about. We’re here to give you the rundown of what it all is.
They all share the isolation process in common, when it comes time for the application. This is essentially the process of using a tool to get the fake lashes in between your natural lashes so that none of them get stuck to each other!
How Classic, Hybrid, and Volume extensions are different?
To keep things short, there is one major difference between classic, hybrid, and volume extensions, and those are the looks.
All you have to examine is which of these extensions would look better on you.
What are classic eyelash extensions?
Classic eyelash extensions are a simple, beautiful, natural-looking lash style. They are applied on a 1:1 ratio, which means one extension is attached to one natural lash. This gives you a natural looking lash.
Classic eyelash extensions can be a range of materials, thicknesses and styles. Classic eyelash application usually takes around 1.5 to 2 hours and the results should be soft, natural-looking lashes. They won’t add as much in the way of volume, as they will in length.
These lashes will always look more natural as they are designed to mimic the way your natural lashes look – the fullness that can be achieved depends a lot on how many natural lashes you have. If you don’t have lots of natural lashes, even 100% coverage may not look as full as it would on somebody else.
Think of classic lashes as simply an enhancement of your natural lashes: like you’re wearing a very good mascara that doesn’t smudge, smear or come off when you wash your face.
What are volume eyelash extensions?
Volume eyelash extensions vary from the natural look which adds more length than volume. Volume lashes instead give a fuller, thicker lash look. The lashes range from 2D-6D – meaning 2 fake lashes to 6 fake lashes per one natural lash. It typically takes 2-4 hours depending on whether or not the technician uses pre-made fans.
Volume lashes refer to super lightweight lashes (starting from 0.03mm) that are crafted into a fan before being applied to individual natural lashes. This technique increases your lash count by as much as 700+ extensions per eye, giving you a dramatic look with unrivalled fullness.
There are a couple of different types of Volume lashes currently available to clients:
Russian Volume fans are hand-crafted by your lash stylist before being immediately applied to your natural lashes. Your stylist can create fans in a variety of lengths and curls, from 2D up to 6D, typically.
Typically speaking, for a fuller lash look, you want to choose a volume set with a high amount of extensions in the fan. The fullest set we currently offer in salon is our 6D Volume Set, which will give you thick, black, lush lashes perfect for fluttering at any special event.
Relatively new to the eyelash extension scene, Mega Volume lashes are fans of very, very fine extensions in anything from 8D-14D. Typically, the extension diameter we use for Mega Volume is as tiny as 0.03mm, which means that a stylist who can create beautiful Mega Volume fans is very skilled!
These lashes look incredibly dense and full of drama, and are perfect for those more experienced fake lashers who want to go hard or go home!
What are hybrid lashes?
As mentioned, hybrid lashes are a 70:30 mixture of both volume lashes vs classic. Choosing hybrid extensions gives your clients the best of both worlds. The look is achieved by 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 slightly 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 is the style to choose.
Hybrid sets can still look very natural, depending on the ratio of classic to volume your stylist chooses, and the size/shape of the volume fan used. These sets usually give a more textured or full look, meaning if you like your lashes to look neat and perfectly even, it may not fully suit.
However, hybrid lashes are a great starting point for those classic lash wearers wanting a bit more fullness, or for clients who don’t have a lot of natural lashes and find classic lashes look too natural or even gappy.
Many stylists love hybrid sets because of the flexibility that allows them to be as creative as they like. Outside the guidelines of safe application, there are really no rules to the styling of a hybrid set, meaning it can really be moulded to your face!
What’s better, classic, hybrid, or volume eyelashes?
Classic lashes require little preparation meaning that they’re more affordable if budget is a concern. 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 are a 70:30 ratio combination of the other two styles, giving it the best of both worlds
There is no ‘best’ option. It all depends on the style you are trying to achieve, along with your budget. The difference between Classic, Hybrid and Volume lashes is in the overall look, application, time taken, and cost.
Should I get classic, hybrid, or volume lashes?
Well, as mentioned before, it depends on both style and budget. If you’re on a bit of a budget, classic lashes may be the best option for you. However, if budget isn’t a concern, but style is, then you have more of a choice.