Choosing which style of lashes to go for can be confusing but it doesn't have to be once you understand the difference between the two main techniques and the pros and cons. Many for my clients' first question is "What's the difference between Classic and Volume lashes?" and quite rightly so as the two styles are priced differently so there must be a big difference right? Correct.
Firstly, CLASSIC and VOLUME lashes describes the technique of the application of the lashes. Volume lashes is officially called the Russian Volume technique as it started in Russia. The application involves adhering 2-4 lashes per single natural lash and you can even apply up to 10 safely! This application of 5+ lashes on one natural lash falls under MEGA VOLUME which has been popular recently due to the demand for fuller, thicker and more dramatic lash sets.
These special volume lashes are much finer in thickness so have less weight on the natural lashes. On the photo below which is a photo of my lash board I use for my consultations, we can see the different thicknesses lashes come in. Volume Lashes can ONLY be done using 0.03, 0.05, 0.07 or 0.10 which can be used for both Classic or Volume. How many lashes a lash tech decides to put on the natural lash comes with their knowledge and training of proper application of Volume lashes. My main value when it comes to my specialist skill of Eyelash Extensions is of course to not damage natural lashes. For this reason, I have made it my mission to go after the best training courses and keep in touch with some of the best lash techs out there for continuous feedback and advice.
If you're still not sure, don't panic! I'm sure we can come to a suitable choice for your lashes when you come in :)
It's the phone call or text we all dread as lash providers...
“Hi this is Emma. You did my lashes yesterday and now my eyes are itchy and swollen.”
Your heart sinks, your hands get clammy.
Did you get her to sign a waiver prior to treatment? Yes.
Was she aware that any beauty service (although rare) comes with a chance of a negative reaction? Yes.
You promptly book her in for a (hopefully free) removal ASAP, and wish her the best - possibly giving her a small credit towards a different service like Threading or Tinting… Crisis Averted. However, we all know we would do ANYTHING to minimize these types of situations which are uncomfortable for them, and let’s face it, the worst part of our job.
Full blown allergic reactions are rare, and there are usually warning signs for you and your client to be aware of. These symptoms signal that your client’s body is beginning to become intolerant to the service.
I hope this post helps you all, and inspires you to know that it is truly possible to have a lash business with NO large reactions. By paying attention to warning signs, and taking additional steps to minimize risk - your business will flourish, and your clientele will stay happy and healthy for years to come. Remember, when a reaction happens - it is nothing you or your client did wrong! Treat each instance as a priority, and learning experience.