Updated: Nov 3, 2020
If you’re considering lash extensions, you may have come across these terms: classic, hybrid, and volume. What is the difference between these 3 lash extension types? This post will hopefully give you a better understanding of each technique and help you make a more informed decision about which is the best for you.
A classic set is the most basic technique in lash extensions. It’s usually the first technique lash artists learn. In this method, only a single extension is applied to a single natural lash. This usually yields a relatively more natural look. However, there are still ways to achieve a more dramatic look using a classic set, such as selecting thicker and longer extensions. A classic set offers the length and wispy definition of individual strands. If it’s your first time getting lash extensions, I recommend trying a classic set. Once you’re more comfortable with extensions and begin to understand what kind of look you want to achieve, you can start exploring other styles with your lash technician.
A volume set requires a more advanced technique where a fan of multiple extensions are applied to a single natural lash. These extensions are also thinner to ensure that the fans are lightweight and do not strain your natural lashes. Depending on your lash technician and the look you’re aiming for, this could mean anywhere between 2 to 15 extensions per natural lash (usually expressed as 2D-15D). Generally, 2D-6D is the most common range for volume sets. Anything higher than 6D is sometimes referred to as Mega Volume or Russian Volume.
Compared to the classic set, a volume set provides a more dramatic, fuller, and fluffier look. Volume sets are perfect for individuals who enjoy a more dramatic look. If you are someone that often wears a full face of makeup, a volume set would be more suited to balance out the makeup. However, some clients who have naturally sparse lashes may choose to get a volume set to help get more fullness in their lashes. In these cases, the set may be more natural depending on the client’s preference and what their natural lashes can support.
Performing volume sets requires a considerable amount of skill and it’s important for you to find an experienced lash artist for this. Some lash technicians may use pre-made fans to make the process easier and faster. Generally, if the pre-made fans are hand-made by a skilled technician, they are fine to use. However, some pre-made fans can be bulkier and heavy which might strain the natural lash.
Hybrid sets combine the classic and volume technique into one. In this method, some natural lashes get a single extension while others get multiple. Possessing the definition of the classic and the fluffiness of the volume, the hybrid set is the best of both worlds. This method provide the artist with more control and customizability. It’s also good for individuals who have naturally sparse lashes but are still looking for a relatively natural look. In my own practice, this is the best-selling set!
When it comes to lash extensions, every set should be uniquely crafted to the client’s eyes and desires. At the beginning of each appointment, I always ask my clients what kind of look they’re going for. Based on the condition of their natural lashes and their desired look, we work together to decide on a style and technique that best suits them.