If you are new to the world of eyelash extension, you probably are kinda confused with the terminology. You read about classic lashes, Russian volume, American volume, hybrids, different types of curls (J, B, C, D…), different parameters of thickness and are left wondering – am I getting my lashes done or solving a math problem? The world of lash artistry is growing very rapidly and if you are a newbie, it’s easy to get lost – and maybe even discouraged.
This is why today we are going to have a talk on hybrid lashes – what are they, really, what are their advantages and whether or not they are a good choice for your first (or next) set of lashes. If this sounds like something useful for you then keep reading!
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What are hybrid lashes?
To answer this question, firstly we have to learn what are classic and volume extensions.
Classic eyelash extensions are the most basic type of extensions, created by attaching one extension per natural lash (1:1 ratio). They are the most subtle and realistic-looking. Classics come in many different thicknesses and lengths but tend to be the shortest and finest out of all extension types. Oftentimes they are made of organic materials, such as silk or mink fur, but can also be synthetic (hence vegan and cruelty-free).
Volume eyelash extensions, as the name suggests, create much more volume and drama on your eyelids. They are created by attaching a fan of extensions per natural lash, with a ratio of 1:3 or even 1:5. They allow for a lot of customization, as the lash specialist can choose where to attach an extension of greater length or density, giving your eye a certain shape in the process. This technique creates a very full, amplified lashline and can give you the boldest look. The lashes themselves are actually lighter than classic extensions, as you will have much more of them attached to your natural lashes.
Hybrid eyelash extensions are pretty much the best of both worlds. To create “hybrids” the lash artist combines the classic and volume techniques, fitting the effect to your personal taste, features, colouring and eye shape. This way, you can achieve a look that gives you a boost of length and thickness but remains wispy and natural-looking. Hybrids can be as dramatic as volume lashes, but allows for more texture and differentiation which looks far more realistic.
What are the perks of hybrid lash extensions?
- They are the perfect middle ground between classic and volume lashes, allowing you to enjoy some serious lash drama but without the “artificial”, “plasticky” appearance.
- They can be easily personalised, with a wide range of styles available.
- They are great for those of us who have an uneven lashline, as the artist can choose where to attach denser fans and where single extensions are preferable.
- They are also perfect for people who do not have a lot of lashes overall.
- If you are used to classic sets and curious about volume extensions, but still on the fence about actually trying them, hybrids are a perfect way to try a bolder look without the full commitment.
What are the cons of hybrid eyelashes?
- They require more advanced knowledge of lash artistry and not every lash specialist knows how to do hybrid lashes, so there are fewer businesses offering this technique.
- They are more expensive than classic sets (although still less pricey than full-on volume lashes).
- As they are customised and more difficult to attach, they take longer to apply than classic lashes.
How long do hybrid lashes last?
As with all lash extensions, it mostly depends on your natural lash lifecycle. It takes around 8 weeks for them to naturally come off, but with regular refills (every 2-3 weeks) you can enjoy them for much longer.
How long do hybrid lashes take to apply?
As hybrids use a mix of classic and volume extensions, it’s only natural that they take longer to apply than classics but still less than full-on volume sets. Depending on the experience of your lash artist, the exact style you have chosen and the number of volume fans used, the whole process takes about 120-150 minutes.
Can you achieve a full look with hybrid eyelash extensions?
Of course! As mentioned before, hybrid lashes are very light and can be applied with greater density. If you ask your lash artist for a bold, voluminous style, they will be able to meet your expectations. However, keep in mind that if your goal is an extremely full look, Russian volume or American volume will probably be a better option.
Where can I find the best lash specialists in my neighbourhood?
On Booksy, of course! Booksy is UK’s #1 platform for health & beauty specialists, and we gather only the best of the best. Visit Booksy.com (or even better – download our convenient app!), define your preferred time and place (or even better – turn on localisation services) and browse through businesses that meet your criteria.
Thanks to Booksy, you can check any lash artist’s hours of operation, see the before and after photos of hybrid lash sets that they’ve created, compare prices, read reviews, check driving directions and more. Finally, you can book your appointment with just a few clicks, anytime, anywhere! Do not choose blindly – use Booksy to find the best lash specialist in your neighbourhood and see what a difference it makes to have your hybrid set done by a true artist!