The new lash debate:
Handmade or pre-made?
Lash artists that are trained in Russian Volume can produce fans at the time of appointment and keep appointment times around 3 hours.
Handmade Russian volume allows the artist to create fans that are made for each individual lash and keep adhesive to a minimum by only dipping once.
- Pre-mades are often made with glue bonded ends or heat bonded ends.
- More glue equals more weight that the natural lash has to hold up while growing.
Each natural lash will differ in size and thickness.
So although 1 natural lash might be able to hold a 5d fan, the lashes around it might only be able to hold a 3d fan in the same length.
When using pre-mades or pro-mades, the amount in the fan has already been created, this means that you could be attaching a large fan to a little eyelash.
What is the difference between Pro-made and Pre-made?
- Pro-made are made by a lash artist.
They take time to make the volume lashes and then bond it.
They are usually stored in lash cases of the same curl, diameter & length similar to that of buying pre-made lash extensions.
- Pre-made are made by the manufacturer.
They are bonded either by adhesive or heat.
Depending on the manufacturer, the bases can be pretty different. Some have large bases & others have thin bases.
The main issue for pre-mades are the following:
- they attach like a classic lash, so not wrapping technique is used
- the fans are too big for the client
- extra adhesive used – both which cause extra weight for the natural lash
It can also get very costly for the lash artist to buy trays of pre-made lashes. Trays have a limited number of volume fans & when producing sets, different lengths need to be used.
If the volume fans don’t attach, then it is discarded and this can lead to excess waste for the artist.
Pre-mades are not the same as cluster lashes.
Clusters, also known as party lashes, are very thick extensions made into oversized volume fans & designed to be used like strip lashes. These should only be applied with a water based glue that will come off after a certain amount of hours.
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