Mink Vs. Silk Lashes
I get asked all the time- Do you use real mink lashes?? Well the answer is No. Yes I do have real mink lashes in the shop, that would cost over $500 for a set and they do not hold their curl and they come from the tail or rear end of an actual mink. But I don't use them because my shop is cruelty-free. So unless you are Jennifer Lopez and want red carpet real mink lashes for one night, we all use faux-mink lashes.
But back to the question. Mink vs. Silk. All the lashes made today are made from a mono-filament man-made fiber. Mink lashes are matte in finish and will give a soft black finish like velvet. This is my favorite lash and I stock them in all lengths and widths. I use mink for both my classic and volume sets.
Silk lashes tend to come in lighter gram weight and have a shiny finish. I personally believe that your hair should be shiny and not your eyelashes.
So to recap-
Mink lashes –matte & velvety
Silk Lashes- shiny & glossy
Now to get one step further.
Years ago lashes come only in a thick diameter and there was one look and that wast to look like mascara. So extensions come in the thickest - .25 gram weight to .20 and .15 gram weight. If you had a really thick natural lash maybe you could hold a .25 thick lash. But most woman cannot and soon found themselves with lash damage from too much weight. Enter the Russian Volume lashes- it really changed the game and it started in about 2013 with lashes that come as light at .05 grams and you can put on as many as 5 layers of lash (to equal .20 max) The trend in the industry is going to more fullness and softness and curl and since the lashes are now lighter you can avoid lash damage.
So once again, mink vs. silk- either one is fine, just make sure that your lash artist is trained and certified and knows to not layer 2 classic lashes (.15 grams x2= 30 grams too heavy and will damage your lash) and invests in good quality lashes and glue.
Then of course there is a whole other topic about curl. J curl was the original curl- it looked like a sideways letter J. Then came B, C, D. which my favorite is C and D. Curl. If you lash artist is using J curl well, all I can say is why?