What Is The Difference Between Silk Lashes And Faux Mink Lashes?

Every Lash Artist is aware of the controversy surrounding Mink lashes - if you're not, where have you been?!

In recent decades, consumers have become increasingly conscious of shopping sustainable, ethical brands wherever possible. For Lash Techs specifically, this often means avoiding real Mink lashes made using mink fur. 

This is pretty easy considering far fewer lash extension suppliers stock real Mink lashes nowadays, having moved to cruelty free Faux Mink lashes instead. However, there are still some retailers which claim to stock 'cruelty free' real Mink lashes. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. 

A 2020 report by Glamour magazine discovered that, despite some brands marketing their products as ‘cruelty free’ due to them collecting mink hair that has shed naturally to create their eyelash extensions, this doesn't quite make it so. Animal rights' campaigners argue that it is the conditions in which minks are kept that makes it impossible for the use of real mink fur to ever truly be cruelty free.  

With this in mind, a number of eyelash extensions wholesalers (such as London Lash) have create genuinely cruelty free alternatives to mink lashes by producing high quality Faux Mink lashes. And even more impressively, we've still maintained the same fluffy appearance of the real deal. So let's take a closer look at two of the most popular alternatives to Mink lashes on the market for Lash Artists: Faux Mink lashes and Silk lashes

Lash tweezers and eyelash brush for Volume lashes

What Are Faux Mink Lashes?

As we briefly touched on above, Faux Mink lashes are a vegan friendly, cruelty free alternative to Mink lashes, designed to replicate the quality and weightlessness of real mink fur. 

Using Faux Mink lashes as opposed to real Mink lashes does not mean you have to sacrifice quality! Here at London Lash, we've worked incredibly hard to make sure our Faux Mink lashes are of an exceptional standard. 

These lash extensions are a premium type of synthetic lashes made from manmade fibres called PBT. Not only are they excellent for those who wish to avoid real Mink lashes for ethical reasons, they’re also perfect for those who suffer with allergies to animal fur. 

Silk lashes for Russian Volume lashes

What Is The Difference Between Faux Mink Lashes And Silk Lashes?

Silk lashes are a mid-weight type of eyelash extensions made from a synthetic based silk fibre. They're typically more natural looking than Faux Mink lashes. Our range of Chelsea Silk Lashes have a more matte finish, whereas our range of Mayfair Faux Mink lashes have a bolder, shinier finish.

Both Silk lashes and Faux Mink lashes can be used for sets of Classic lashes and Volume lashes. It all depends on what you and your clients prefer. Some Lash Techs prefer using our Mayfair Faux Mink lashes to create lash fans, as the strip that they arrive on is a little less sticky than the Chelsea silk lashes. 

Silk lashes and Faux Mink lashes with lash tweezers

Do Faux Mink Lashes And Silk Lashes Come In A Variety Of Thicknesses, Lengths And Curls?

They sure do! Our Mayfair Faux Mink lashes are available in thicknesses ranging from 0.03 to 0.20, while our Chelsea Silk lashes start from 0.04 and again go all the way up to 0.20. Both types of lash extensions come in a range of different curls and lengths, it just depends on the overall finish you wish to achieve. 

Variations of eyelash extensions for Volume lashes

Which Eyelash Extensions Last Longer: Faux Mink Lashes Or Silk Lashes?

As long as you've mastered a fantastic pretreatment routine for the natural eyelashes, you'll find that lash extension retention with either of these types of lashes is superb. Both Silk lashes and Faux Mink lashes should last up to 8 weeks, but again this all depends on whether you follow a proper pretreatment routine and how well your clients take care of their lashes, and at which stage of their growth cycle their natural eyelashes are at.

Interestingly, a disadvantage of real Mink lashes is that they can withstand far less than synthetic lashes. Real Mink lashes do not stay curled, meaning this is something your clients will have to stay on top of themselves while wearing them - not ideal for those who are getting eyelash extensions due to how low maintenance they're supposed to be! 

On top of this, your clients will have to take extra care not to get real Mink lashes wet, as this can rapidly decrease their longevity and increases the chances of your client getting an eye infection such as blepharitis due to not being able to clean their lashes properly

Are Silk Lashes Cruelty Free?

As with Faux Mink lashes, Silk lashes are made from a synthetic fibre. This makes them completely cruelty free and animal friendly! Eyelash extensions that are made from actual silk are extremely rare, almost all of the Silk lashes on the market today are made from this synthetic silk fibre. Silk lashes for Classic lash extensions

We hope that you have found this guide useful for understanding the key differences between Faux Mink lashes and Silk lashes, and how using these eyelash extensions are a great way for Lash Artists to help their lash extension business to be more sustainable and cruelty free!