This is a question we are often asked in the salon. The biggest difference between the two is the number of lashes that are applied to each natural lash. Classic lashes are when a single lash extension is applied to a single natural lash. Volume lashes are when 2 or more lash extensions are applied in the form of a fan. Volume lashes are typically 2-6 lashes that are ‘fanned’ symmetrically and come to a perfect point at the bottom. The goal of volume lashes is to look fuller and give the appearance of more volume between fills.
While classic and volume are the most popular techniques used, there are also hybrid lashes and mega volume lashes. Hybrid lashes are when a tech will use both classic and volume techniques to make the lashes appear fuller. Mega volume is just that, lots and lots of volume! Mega-volume uses lashes as tiny as .03 millimeters in diameter. Fans are between 6-15 lashes applied to one natural lash. It can be a pretty heavy look for the average client to wear daily.
The True Russian volume technique is my favorite and, in my opinion, gives the best outcome. The lashes I use are so soft and only .05 of a millimeter thick! I make the fans as I’m working through each lash service I perform. My fans are between 2- 6 lashes (depending on what’s needed) and applied with the smallest amount of adhesive. They look so natural! My clients always comment on how weightless they are and how they can’t even feel them!
Aside from different techniques, there are also different lash diameters. This is where having a technician who is properly trained comes into play. If the diameter of the lash is too thick, the natural lash can be overloaded, causing breakage or premature shedding. There are many technicians that use pre-made fans for hybrid or volume lashes. While this is ok most of the time, if multiple over-sized lashes are used and applied to one natural lash, damage can occur. It is important that your technician recommends the appropriate size lash because damage can be permanent if it is continually happening.
Regardless of which look you think will best suit you, make sure you go to a well-trained technician that can apply your lashes correctly. You don’t want to end up as one of those horror stories because you decided to go to an untrained tech who was cheap. When you book with a K Bella technician, you will feel safe and confident with their ability! They will take the time to explain all of your options in order to get the look you desire. Don’t be afraid to book your appointment today!