Find out everything about classic eyelash extensions treatment, aftercare, maintenance, cost, as well as the difference between classics and other styles.
Eyelash extensions have been a huge lash enhancement trend. It all started with the classic lash extensions and in the meantime, new styles have developed. However, classic eyelashes are still the most popular style and in this article, you will learn everything about them
Classic lash extensions are a type of eyelash extensions applied on a 1:1 ratio, which means one extension is attached to one natural lash. One extension is dipped into the adhesive and applied to one of your natural lashes, unlike strip cluster lashes, which are applied to the skin of the eyelid. Classic lash extensions are also known as individual lashes or 1 to 1 lash extensions.
Classic eyelashes are the most traditional and popular style because the results look natural, they are not heavy to the eye and, if done properly, they won’t damage your natural lashes. They come in different materials as well as length, thickness, and curl type.
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Classic lash extensions can be made of natural or synthetic materials, usually mink, sable, and fox fur, as well as silk and faux mink.
The treatment usually lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. The lash tech will prepare your eyes for the treatment, and then dip each of the classic eyelash extensions in the lash adhesive individually and apply it to your natural lashes.
It is important to come with clean lashes and the area around them, so don’t wear makeup to the appointment and avoid waterproof mascara before the treatment to make sure your lashes are completely makeup-free. Also, avoid oil-based products around your eyes.
Take off your contact lenses before the appointment. It is also advisable to shower before the treatment since you shouldn’t shower afterward because this can affect the lash glue. It will take some time for it to dry completely.
Be careful in the first 24h after the treatment, because the glue is still fresh:
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Classic eyelash extensions are glued to your natural lashes so they follow the lash growth cycle. People tend to lose around 20% of their lashes per week. Classic lash extensions last 6-8 weeks, without infills.
If you want to prolong the duration of classic lash extensions, it is advisable to have regular fill-ins every 4 weeks. More extensions will be added where your natural lashes fell off. If you wait for all of them to come off naturally, you will need to repeat the full treatment.
Lash techs usually require you to have at least 40% of lash extensions remaining in order to have an infill. The frequency of infills is individual because some people have a shorter lash growth cycle. So, expect to book a fill-in appointment 3-4 weeks after the initial treatment.
The average price for a classic lash extension set is between $80 and $200. The price depends on various factors such as the choice of the extensions (material, brand, etc), your location, and the popularity of the lash tech.
You can wait until they fall out with your natural lashes.
If you want to remove them sooner for whatever reason, it is best to visit your lash tech. All of them should have a removal service and they usually charge $20-$30 to remove classic eyelash extensions.
If you try to remove your classic lash extensions on your own, you risk damaging your natural lashes, so it is better to leave it to the professional.
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As said before, with classic lashes 1 extension is applied to 1 natural lash. With volume lashes, multiple thinner extensions are attached to 1 natural lash. They usually go from 2D to 6D, depending on how many lashes are attached to one natural lash. They are also called Russian volume lash extensions.
Classic lashes add length to your natural lashes, but volume lashes add thickness and depth. They create a soft, feathery effect, and a little bit of a dramatic look. Russian volume lashes are more suitable for people who wear make-up every day since classic lashes look more natural and are more adequate for everyday use.
Hybrid lashes mix classic lash extension and volume lash extensions. This means that individual lashes are added in some spots, while in others, fans of 2 or more volume lashes are applied. Lash artists usually use longer classic eyelash extensions to create hybrid lashes.
By combining the two techniques, with hybrid lashes you get length and fullness. Perfect for people who want a fuller lash line and a more texturized lash look.
Classic lashes are perfect for people who already have good lashes but want to add more length while keeping the natural look.
Volume lashes are for those who like a more dramatic look, while the hybrid lashes add both length and thickness, for those with thinner natural lashes or for those wanting a denser classic lashes set.
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It is enough to book an infill every 3-4 weeks. Also, if you want them to last as long as possible, protect them when you shower.
Clean your classic lashes regularly, every day or every second day. Wash them gently with micellar water or some special lash cleanser and a wide eyeshadow brush, then rinse with water. Don’t rub them and dry them afterwards.
Try not to sleep on your stomach if you want perfect classic lashes for a longer period.
Yes, you can, if you really want to. But there are downsides to that.
Firstly, mascara will add extra weight to your classic lash extensions. Also, it can affect the lash glue. Therefore, if you want to use mascara, start from the middle of the lashes. Never apply it to the roots of the lashes. Be careful and add no more than one coat.
If you really want to add extra volume with mascara, don’t use waterproof or oil-based mascara, because it can affect the lash glue and break the bond.
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If done properly and if you follow the aftercare and maintenance tips, classic eyelash extensions will not damage your natural lashes.
Classic eyelash extensions are a great way to add length to your natural lashes and have awesome lashes every day. They are a low-maintenance way to improve your look and boost your self-esteem. That is why they are so beloved.