The Differences Between Classic, Volume, & Hybrid Eyelash Extensions Explained

If you’re a beginner to the world of eyelash extensions, it surely takes some time for you to learn the terminology involved and understand what sets them apart. There exists many various effects that can be achieved with each type.

In general, eyelash extensions are able to amp up your eyes by making them appear brighter and you, more put together without the need for makeup. Having said that, what are the differences between classic, volume and hybrid eyelash extensions? Read on to find out!

Classic vs volume vs hybrid eyelash extensions

What Are Classic Eyelash Extensions?

Classic lashes are simple, beautiful, natural-looking eyelash extensions. They are applied on a 1:1 ratio, meaning one extension on one natural lash strand, which allows you to achieve a subtle, natural enhancement. 

Suppose you want eyelash extensions that will only be noticeable to those you are close with, classic lashes can usually do the trick. They come in an array of materials, thickness (1-1.5mm) and styles. Feel free to talk to your technician about the look you are trying to achieve. 

Applying classic lashes usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours. If someone tells you they can do it within an hour, it’s a scam, so run! The end result should be soft, natural looking lashes your friends will think it’s the job of a great mascara or a lash growth vitamin

What Are Volume Eyelash Extensions?

Volume eyelash extensions deliver a bold, better-than-falsies look that screams glamour and drama! Also known as Russian volume lash extensions, its application involves “fanning” lash extensions to one lash. Therefore, instead of the 1:1 ratio of classic lashes, you will have a 1:3 or 1:5. This is how the full, luxurious volume is achieved.

2D, 3D and 5D define the number of lashes in each fan. Suppose your desired lash look is “3D”, it has a 1:3 ratio. 2D and 3D lashes give off a rather natural, voluminous look, while higher volumes deliver a dramatic, exaggerated look. In fact, you can even go up to 10D if you don’t mind the extreme falsie look!

What are Hybrid Eyelash Extensions?

Hybrid lashes are a 70-30 mixture of both classic and volume lashes. Opting for hybrid eyelash extensions gives you nothing but the best of both worlds.

This look has since been spread across the cinema of the United States, Hollywood. Celebrities are obsessed with it because it offers a rather wispy, natural lash line with a touch of drama.

The look is achieved by combining classic lashes and volume lashes placed strategically to frame the eyes. 

What is the Difference Between Classic, Volume, and Hybrid Eyelash Extensions?

Classic Eyelash Extensions

The most prominent difference lies in the result you can achieve with each. Classic lashes won’t add much volume but rather, it adds length. They offer you an even lash line that effectively opens up the eye, helping you look made-up right from the moment you arise from bed, and builds on your natural lashes. This look is highly recommended if you’re looking for something simple and not too over-the-top. 

Volume Eyelash Extensions

Volume eyelash extensions differ from an intensely natural look which adds some volume and length (2D and 3D lashes), to an extremely dramatic and full look (5D and up). However, do note that 5D and higher may look like you are wearing false lashes all the time. If it’s something you could care less about, go for it!

Though of course the lashes are attached to your natural lashes, hence no bulky strip or lash separation to be seen. 2D lashes are very much similar to classic lashes, just with some extra volume which may be just what you’re looking for. 

Hybrid Eyelash Extensions

Hybrid lashes deliver a varied texture and more volume, except without the dramatic, falsie effect volume lashes come with. However, these lashes are very soft! If you ponder how Hollywood stars have such beautiful and long lashes, here’s your answer!

Classic Lashes are applied individually on a 1:1 ratio, volume ranges from 1:2 to 1:10 on average, and hybrid lashes often use 30% of classic lashes and 70% volume lashes respectively.

Another difference to consider is the cost of application. Classic lashes require the fewest preparation, hence a much more affordable option if budget is a priority to you. 

Volume lashes on the other hand, requires a higher level of skill and larger time investment from the technicians, as they hand make the fans beforehand. 

Do note that classic lashes can often become “spidery” way sooner than volume lashes. The former also need infills, this is because they are prone to breaking or falling out resulting in fewer lashes to maintain the look.

Which One of Them Is Better, The Classic, Volume or Hybrid Lashes?

Any of them can do the work, honestly! It all comes down to your desired lash look and your natural lashes. If you are lucky enough to have thick, natural lashes you may opt for the classic option to balance out the effect. 

If you don’t have naturally thick lashes, you may go for hybrid lashes where you can benefit from the best of both worlds. Certainly, 3D eyelash extensions and other volumes will likely give you lashes you won’t stop looking at. 

Classic vs volume vs hybrid eyelash extensions is a hot topic. Discuss the options with lash technicians who know best how to help you achieve the look you are yearning for and what’s best for your natural lashes. 

Are you an avid falsie wearer? If so, you’ll love the full look volume lashes can help you achieve. Most importantly, you can have that look for a long period of time without having to apply or remove them! If not, consider the classic and hybrid alternatives for a natural look. 

Do I Need to Get a New Set Every Time?

Generally speaking, new, full sets of eyelash extensions are only applied once unless you let them grow up and do not return for a touch-up. In that case, yes, you will need to get a new full set. 

A touch-up every 4-6 weeks will cost you less and will keep your eyelash extensions looking nice and full. 

Can I Wear Mascara if I Have Lash Extensions On?

We don’t recommend it. If you have volume or hybrid eyelash extensions, definitely avoid mascara. Not only will it harden delicate extensions, removing it will break down the adhesive or pull out the lash extensions together with your natural lashes. 

Can I Go From Classic Eyelash Extensions to Either Volume or Hybrid Lashes at My Next Session? 

Yes! However, it will require more time and money to go backward.

If you are not sure if you want the dramatic, full effect volume or hybrid lashes, it’s wise to start with a classic set first. Once you know what you’re looking for next, go in to increase the fullness at your next appointment!

Celine So

Celine So

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