Just like any industry, the eyelash world has its own vocabulary. I have gathered and explained a few terms that at one point had me saying, “Wait what was that again... or I thought that was this...” It’s so important to understand the terminology used in the lash business to be able to accurately explain ourselves to our clients and keep our education relevant.
CLASSIC APPLICATION: One eyelash extension applied to one natural lash.
RUSSIAN VOLUME: A technique in which multiple fine eyelash extensions are applied to one natural eyelash. The term “Russian” comes from the fact that the technique originated in Russia.
HYBRID: A set using a mix of both classic and volume extensions.
SYNTHETIC MINK LASHES: These man made extensions are the most popular in the industry. They hold their curl, come in true black, are the most consistent, and are easy to work with.
SILK LASHES: A very soft eyelash extension. These eyelashes tend to loose their curl and their sizing is less consistent.
LOOSE LASHES: Lashes that do not come in a strip or tray but are single lashes placed loosely in a container. These lashes are less desirable to work with.
REAL MINK LASHES: Eyelash extensions made from skinned mink animals. There lashes do not hold their curl, they are expensive, and can potentially cause allergic reactions.
DIAMETER: The width or thickness of an individual eyelash extension. The width is measured in millimeters and can range from .03-.25
DIMENSION: The length of the eyelash extension. Eyelashes are measured in millimeters and can range from 4mm-15mm.
ISOLATION: meaning “to seperate.” In the lash world this refers to separating one natural lash from the rest.
RETENTION: the definition of retention means, “the continued possession of something.” We use retention to measure how many lashes the client has remaining over a certain amount of time.
CYANOACRYLATE: the main ingredient in lash adhesives.
CURING: Eyelash adhesive cures rather than dries. Curing transitions the glue from a liquid to a solid from the outside in.
BLOOMING: Blooming or “shock curing” happens when there is too much moisture before the adhesive has fully cured. When adhesive blooms the glue turns white and small flecks will spread.
I hope this “lash dictionary” taught you something new, and as always, happy lashing!