Hybrid lashes, also known as American volume lashes, is a lash treatment that has become increasingly popular over the years.
However, if you’re new to the world of hybrid lashes you might be curious to know: Should I get hybrid or volume lashes?
In this article, I will provide you with some key information about hybrid lashes, including whether hybrid lashes are good and whether you can go from classic to hybrid lashes.
Keep reading to find out more.
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What are hybrid lashes?
Made popular by the Kardashians, a hybrid lash treatment is a combination of two techniques: volume (SVS or Russian) and classic lash extensions. Hybrid lashes will give you volume and length, resulting in a wispy, textured lash extension look that lasts for up to 8 weeks if you take care of them well.
Hybrid lash treatments typically involve using 30% classic lashes and 70% volume lashes to obtain the fluttery, sultry look. However this ratio can vary depending on the salon that you get your lashes done.
Taking the best bits from both treatments, hybrid lashes offer you a varied texture and more volume without looking super unnatural like volume lashes often can on their own. Hybrid lashes have a more natural, ‘messier’ look that is less uniform, and more similar to how your natural lashes grow.
As a result, this lash treatment represents the best of both worlds. This, in part, is what makes the combination of the two so popular.
Are hybrid lashes good?
The answer to this question is largely subjective, as it will depend on your preferences when it comes to eyelashes.
However, the reputation of hybrid lashes speaks for itself. This popular lash treatment is perfect for anyone who is looking for bespoke lashes with the definition of a classic treatment but with added depth and volume.
Hybrid lash extensions can last up to 8 weeks but with regular infills, every 2-3 weeks, they can last longer. To get the most out of your lashes, you will need to follow the same rules as you would for any other lash extensions.
In the first 24 hours after your treatment, you should not get your hybrid lash extensions wet. It is also advised that you avoid using saunas and steam rooms until 48 hours after your treatment to maintain the best results.
This is because the adhesive can take up to 48 hours to fully set. Contact with heat, water or steam can impact the glue bonding your natural lash and extension together, which may result in your lash extensions falling out.
After this time period has passed, it’s completely safe to swim, shower and use saunas. However, you will need to make sure that you remember to carefully brush your lashes afterwards using a clean mascara wand so they stay fluffy and full.
Are hybrid lashes made of mink?
Eyelash extensions, including hybrid lashes, may be made from several materials including mink, fau mink, silk, synthetic, human or horsehair. Faux-mink lashes, which are man-made fibres, are designed to imitate real mink fur and are one of the most popular extensions used by lash artists today.
They are very fine, soft and silky, just like real fur. However, they have been improved, in that if you wet them, they won’t lose their curl.
These man made, poly-fiber lashes come in a variety of lengths, diameters and curls, have good flexibility and remain somewhat natural looking depending on the length. They’re designed to imitate real mink fur, but lash artists and clients both love this extension type because the curl is permanent and they’re low maintenance.
In addition to this, though, there is no animal cruelty involved in the making of faux mink lashes, which is what makes them a much more popular choice for lash technicians.
If you’re concerned about the material that your eyelash extensions are made out of, you should always do your research on the salon that you are getting them from. There’s no harm in ringing up to check, or checking at your consultation with your lash technician to ensure that your hybrid lashes are not made out of real mink.
Should I get hybrid of volume lashes?
This question depends on the look you want to achieve and your natural lashes. If you already have thick natural lashes then you may decide to get classic lashes, so that your lashes don’t look too dramatic.
However, if you don’t have naturally thick eyelashes, then you may prefer to choose hybrid lash extensions to achieve the best of both worlds.
Ask yourself a few questions, such as do you prefer a fuller or more natural look? Are you looking for length or volume?
Once you have established what you’re looking for, then you can start looking at whether hybrid or volume lashes would be more suitable for you.
If you aren’t sure on what lashes will suit you, then you should discuss the different options with your eyelash extension technician and settle on lashes that you’re most comfortable with.
A lash technician will be able to help you achieve the look you are going for and discuss what treatment will be best for your natural eyelashes.
Never be afraid to book a consultation to discuss which lash style is best for you. Most salons offer consultations free of charge, and you will come out with a much better idea of what you’d like and are much more likely to feel comfortable in your decision.
Can I go from classic to hybrid lashes?
Yes, it is possible to infill classic sets with volume lashes to make hybrid lashes relatively easily–this involves replacing any grown-out of lost extensions with volume fans, pumping up the lashes from your very first infill.
Most lash artists will charge more for a classic and volume lash mixed set, as it will add on time. This simply comes down to the fact that you are switching between classic and volume. It also adds on more time because volume fan making can take longer than classic lashes.
However, whenever it comes to getting lash extensions and infills, you will want to ensure that you have done your research and you are trusting an experienced lash technician. This is fundamental, as there are a variety of risks of getting eyelash extensions that you want to ensure are minimized by a technician that you trust.
These include but are not limited to:
- Skin irritation of the eyelid
- Temporary or permanent loss of eyelashes
- Infection of the eyelid or cornea
To minimize these risks, you should always make sure that a professional, certified lash technician attaches your eyelash extensions in a clean environment.
In addition, if you have sensitive skin or allergies, you should make sure that you do a skin test a few days before as the adhesive could irritate your eyes.
Do hybrid lashes last longer than classic?
Hybrid lashes have a lifespan of around 8 weeks, but with regular infills after around 2-3 weeks, they can last even longer than that. In comparison, classic lash extensions on average should last up to 4-6 weeks if you look after them well.
How long your lashes will last will heavily depend on how well you look after them. You could have the best lash technician in the world and the best quality lashes on the market, and you could still need infills or need your lashes replaced sooner than you expected if you don’t take proper care of them.
As a result, it cannot be stressed enough, you need to make sure that you don’t get your lashes wet in the first 24 hours. This rule isn’t in place just to make your life inconvenient when it comes to washing your face in the shower, it is to ensure that the adhesive that bonds your lash extensions to your natural lashes has the best chance of lasting.
In addition to this, you shouldn’t go in a sauna for the first 48 hours for the same reason. This will ensure that your lashes last and remain looking great for longer.
As your natural lashes shed, it’s natural for your eyelash extensions to shed, too. However, you want to make sure that you get the most use and wear out of your lashes by taking as good care as you can of your eyelash extensions.
What is the difference between D curl and C curl lashes?
With the variety of curls currently in the market, it might feel overwhelming to understand the difference between them. However, it is worth noting that not every manufacturer keeps the same standards in their eyelash extensions curl type.
C curl – C curl lashes generally offer a slight, natural curl. They are often used for customers who are looking to achieve a very natural look, as it doesn’t dramatically change your eyes too much.
This type of curl does not open the eye very much. Therefore, it might not be the best choice for people who have “closed eyes”.
D curl – D curl lashes are often used to create a more dramatic look, as they can significantly alter your look. D curl lashes are also recommended to use on clients who want to extremely open up their eyes.
When you have your lash consultation and discuss the type of look that you’re going for, your lash technician will determine the best curl for you and your eye shape. Whether you want a more dramatic or natural look, they will be able to design lash extensions that make you feel confident.