When you sit down in the stylist's chair for your first eyelash extension appointment, one of the first questions they'll ask you is some version of, "have you thought about what type of extensions you'd like?"
If you're like most people who have never had extensions before, you didn't realize there's more than one type. Getting caught off-guard by this question can be a little embarrassing, so check out this guide. You'll learn about the different kinds of eyelash extensions so you have a better idea of how to respond to this question.
Faux Mink and Faux Fox Extensions
There are eyelash extensions made from real fox and mink fur, but they are very expensive, and often not the most animal-friendly option. So, most salons do not offer them. They do, however, tend to offer faux fox or faux mink extensions, which are barely distinguishable from the real thing. They're made from very thin pieces of synthetic, so they're really lightweight and natural-looking, just like a real fox or mink hair lashes would be.
If you want a more dramatic, less natural look, then you may want to opt for synthetic extensions, rather than faux mink or faux fox extensions. These will look more like the typical false eyelashes you can attach daily with glue, but they'll stay in place longer. Synthetic lashes are heavier than faux fox or mink lashes, and they tend to have a shiny sheen.
Volume lashes are becoming more common lately. They tend to be shorter than the average eyelash extension, but they are fuller. Your eyelash tech will attach several lash extensions to each of your natural lashes, rather than just one. Volume lashes can draw attention to your eyes without looking overly dramatic.
J and C Curl Extensions
Extensions can have one of two types of curl shapes. J-curl extensions come out from your eyelid and then curl up at the tips. C-curl extensions curl down and then up as they emerge from your eyelid. C-curl lashes tend to be more obvious and dramatic, whereas J-curls are more natural and subdued.
Hopefully, this guide has given you some insight into your options with eyelash extensions. If you are still not sure which types are best or will suit your preferences, consult with your eyelash tech. They can tell you what lashes they think will best enhance your look in a preferable way.