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Mink vs. Synthetic Eyelashes: Nature Meets Nylon
To help decide between mink or synthetic extensions, read our comparison.
The results of semipermanent eyelash extensions can range from a simple mascara effect to a doe-eyed gaze that could pry Pac-Man from Ms. Pac-Man. Before technicians decide the best length, thickness, and color of lashes with which to create a client’s desired look, you'll have a choice to make: mink or synthetic? Read on for a breakdown of the two most common options:
Mink: Feather-soft mink extensions are comfortable to wear and because each lash is an actual hair, they blend in seamlessly with natural lashes. The result is fringe that appears lusher, though not necessarily longer or darker depending on the look of your natural eyelashes.
Mink eyelash extensions are cruelty-free since their individual hairs are brushed harmlessly from the coats of live siberian mink. The hairs then undergo a careful sanitization process to make them hypoallergenic and safe to wear, even for people with animal allergies.
Synthetic: Less expensive than their mink counterparts, nylon lashes are practically ubiquitous and come in many varieties: natural, neon colored, crystal studded, and outrageously oversized. While most synthetics are heavier than mink lashes, many varieties blend nylon with materials such as silk to lighten the load on natural fringe and provide a softer, more comfortable feel.