Hybrid Eyelash Extensions
What are hybrid lashes?
Whether you’re a seasoned eyelash extension lover or a complete newbie to the world of lashes, it would be difficult to deny how beautiful hybrid lash extensions are. They’re the style of lash extensions that have taken the beauty world by storm and given wearers more opportunity to personalise their look. They’re also a gamechanger for those who have an irregular lash line and need volume in some areas and length in others. If you’ve been considering taking the hybrid route but aren’t sure if this style of lashes is for you, here’s the lowdown to help you decide.
Volume eyelash extensions vs Classic
To create hybrid eyelash extensions, lash artists use a combination of the Classic and Volume techniques and the result truly is the best of both worlds. If you weren’t aware, Classic eyelash extensions are created by attaching one extension per natural lash. The result is a subtle-looking natural finish. When it comes to Volume lash extensions, however, a fan of extensions is created and attached to each natural lash. The added extensions provide extra volume to the lashes, which can be adjusted per person, depending on how dramatic they want their look to be.
Hybrid lashes vs Classic
Chances are, if you’ve been drooling over a celebrity’s eyelashes and wondered how they got them so fluttery, it isn’t genetics, it’s hybrid eyelash extensions. Made popular by the Kardashians, hybrid lash extensions create a broken lash line, which appears textured and spiky looking, although incredibly soft at the same time.
Hybrid lashes are perfect for people who have sections of their lash line which are sparser than others, or have naturally thin eyelashes overall. Fans of extensions can be added to places where the natural lashes are less thick and single extensions can be used in denser parts of the natural lash line, or to create length where the eyelashes are shorter.
If you’ve tried Classic lash extensions and aren’t sure if you want to make the leap to Volume lashes, hybrid eyelash extensions are a great stopgap. They’ll give you the chance to get a feel for what more voluminous lashes will look like on you. Equally, if you know from the offset that you want something with a little more oomph, then hybrid lashes are the perfect option. If you’re not sure, have a chat with your lash artist, after all, they’re the experts and will know exactly what type of lashes are best for your eye type and desired look.
How to do hybrid lashes
If you’ve opted for hybrid eyelash extensions, or your lash artist has decided that this method is best for you, prepare to spend a little longer in the salon chair. It can take around two and a half hours to apply a full set of hybrid lash extensions, due to the fact that more precision and creative skill is needed compared to other styles. Don’t worry though, the process isn’t uncomfortable and some people even drift off to sleep!
Just like when they’re applying Classic and Volume lashes, the lash artist will isolate each eyelash before attaching extensions. For the best effect, fans will be handmade by the lash artist before being attached to an isolated natural lash. Usually, two fans will be placed on two separate lashes, and a single lash extension will be applied onto isolated lashes either side. This method is then repeated over and over until a full set of hybrid lashes have been applied.
How to take care of hybrid lashes
Just like with Classic and Volume lash extensions, if you visit a trained professional, there should be no reason for any damage to be caused to your natural lashes. However, there are things you should keep in mind, once you’ve left the salon, that will help keep your lashes in tip-top shape. For starters, like all hair, the lifespan of a single eyelash hair is finite and it will inevitably shed, taking your eyelash extensions with it. This is why you’ll need to make infill appointments, so your beautiful, full lashes can be maintained.
For the first 48 hours after your treatment, you should not get your hybrid eyelash extensions wet as the adhesive needs time to settle. After this initial period, you must clean your lashes every day with a lash cleanser, pat dry gently and brush through with an eyelash brush. It’s important that you only apply slight pressure to your lashes, to prevent unnecessary breakage.
When it comes to choosing your preferred style of eyelash extensions, there really is no right or wrong answer. Everyone has a different eye shape and type of natural lashes, which will inevitably influence which style of extensions will suit you best. If in doubt, it’s always best to ask the advice of a professional.