Synthetic vs. Silk vs. Mink – What Eyelash Type to Choose?

shutterstock_450265984One of the things that people often wonder before getting eyelash extensions is: What’s the difference? As you may know there are three types of eyelash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Understating the pros and cons of getting one or the other type of eyelash extension is crucial for your overall final look – We want you to look fabulous!


Synthetic eyelash extensions: If you want to go for a more dramatic and made-up look, this is probably your best option. In appearance, they are a little shinier or glossier than the other options. Because they are made from acrylic material, they are the firmest of all which allows them to hold their curl always on point.

Synthetic eyelashes should –most likely-  be used for younger clients that have healthy and dense lashes of their own to avoid thinning of natural lashes. These eyelashes are thick and heavier than other types and are a great option for someone with very thick natural lashes who’s seeking for a simply fantastic.

Silk eyelash extensions: If you are looking for a mid-weight type of lash extensions that give you a finer and more flexible look than the synthetic type, this is the choice for you. These eyelashes look naturally glamorous, yet thick as the synthetic ones. It’s a good option for people who have weak or fine eyelashes because they are lighter weight. So, for a more natural look that lasts longer than synthetic, yet still looks full and curly, this is the option for you.

 Faux-mink lash extensions: These are man-made imitation of a real mink fur. This is the option for those who want to get very fine, soft and silky eyelashes. They go closer to your eye, giving a more natural look, yet with a glossy look. If you want a dramatic “Kardashian look” this is not the best option for you. They don’t tend to twist and can last a couple of weeks with proper care. However, this type of eyelash extensions takes a lot longer to apply and are more expensive.

Bottom line: If you are looking for a dramatic look, consider getting a synthetic eyelash extension. For a more natural look, we definitely recommend mink.

At Wax Spa,we specialize on synthetic eyelash extensions because they come in different types, colors and lengths to fit everyone’s definition of glamour. You can also choose from pre-curled short, medium, or long synthetic lashes that can look natural (think “athletic length”) or ultra-dramatic for a red carpet look.

Each individual lash is attached one-by-one via a trained technician and curved to replicate a natural eyelash for maximum volume. The feathery, light-weight lashes are water resistant and can last for several months if touch-ups are maintained every two to three weeks.