Classic and Hybrid and Volume.. oh my!

Classic Hybrid and Volume Eyelash Extensions

All of the sudden... there are so many choices!! What does this mean you may ask? Why do the prices vary?

Classic Eyelash Extensions are the original gangster in town. If you have been getting lash extensions that look a lot like your mascara, then you are probably experienced with the application technique known as Classic Eyelash Extensions.

The technique of Russian Volume Eyelash Extensions has been around for several years. Until recently, it was rare to see them done properly. In fact, the majority of attempts that we saw coming into Garnet from other lash locations were an utter eyelash massacre.

In this very delicate, highly-skilled application technique, a group of fine, synthetic lashes is expertly chosen and formed in the moment right before adhering to your perfectly isolated natural lash. It is only when this is done in the most experienced manner that a client can experience this feathery fantasy without damage to their natural lashes.

I decided to research seven different techniques, studying with established trainers around the United States before bringing Volume Eyelash Extensions to Garnet Lash Studios.

Starting in 2017, I personally began to offer Volume Eyelash Extensions on my own clients to ensure the products and techniques used were preserving the health of my client's natural lashes. 

Now, Garnet Gems at both locations are confidently offering safe Volume as well as Hybrid Eyelash Extensions, which is a mixture of Classic and Volume application techniques. The prices vary due to the increased skill, effort and products used during these advanced techniques

Curious? Mention that you read this blog post and we will give you $10 off your first hybrid or volume appointment. Warning: you might just get hooked. :)

With Love+Light!
Danielle Rae :)


Will Eyelash Extensions Harm My Natural Lashes?

Yes they can, but only when the are done improperly.

Your natural lashes should always be completely separated and extensions should never be adhered or glued to your skin.

A true and experienced professional will ensure that an eyelash extension is placed at the correct distance on your hair follicle so that it is safe for your eyes.

The extensions should be professionally chosen so that they last and do not cause discomfort.

This all takes proper education and experience.

When you invest in a reputable salon, like Garnet Lash Studio, you will be in the hands of specialists in Eyelash Extension Application.

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5 Factors on How Often to Touch Up Lash Extensions

Each person has individual needs when it comes to getting a Lash Refresh/Refill/ReLash/Touch-Up.

The most important thing to understand is that your eyelash extensions need to be done correctly for any of this to even matter.

If you suspect they were installed improperly for any reason (multiple lashes glued together, extensions not adhered to the base, poor quality adhesive, etc) then your lashes will not last as long as they should anyway.

If you know you’re in good hands, then you’re safe to proceed with the following recommendations on how often to have your lashes done!


1. Home Care & Hygiene

We’ve all been told that we should steer clear from touching our lashes. And while this is true (especially with oil-laden fingers), some TLC is also definitely necessary.

Applying and removing makeup will no-doubt put some wear and tear on your lashes. Someone who never puts eye-makeup on, will have longer lasting lashes than she who wears liner daily. Either way, a clean lash-line is a happy lash-line, so after you’ve enjoyed the use of your eyelash-friendly makeup, we recommend you follow-up with eyelash-friendly makeup remover and/or facial cleansers. Keep your lashes clean and clear of any build-up.


2. Activity Level

How active are you in bed? Do you toss and turn? Or do you sleep like a mummy, arms crossed over your chest, adorned in gold? The most common detrimental activity to your eyelash extension longevity will be sleeping even somewhat with your lashes smashed.

I personally can only truly fall asleep on my side. I have also trained myself to make sure my pillow is positioned just right so that my face is literally hanging off and no lashes are in contact with anything. Do I trust myself through the night? Well… sorta.

Exercise: We should all be doing it! Just make sure if you tend to sweat… a lot… that you make sure your headband is handy to absorb sweat before it rolls into your lash-line… bringing dead skin, oil and potentially other hazardous substances into your gorgeously placed extensions.


3. Genetics

There is a correlation of hair length, texture and growth cycle to genetic variation. Knowing how the hair on your head behaves gives clues about how your lashes may behave.


4. Hormones & Medications

Hormone treatments/imbalances, medications and supplements can heavily effects the way your hair behaves both on your head and on your eyes.

Being aware of this can help troubleshoot why you may feel like your lash cycles have changed or could be influenced.



5. Personal Preference

Everybody’s lash preferences are unique!

Do you have to have your lashes looking thick and full 24-7?

Do you prefer a look that looks more natural and do not mind the more sparse look of week 3?


I personally, I love my lashes full, all the time. They make me feel good! I toss and turn through the night.. and I love my eyeliner. Because of this, I prefer to have my lashes done every 2 weeks.

Ultimately, trial and error is the best way to figure out what works best for you, 🙂

- Danielle


The difference between Classic and Volume Eyelash Extensions

What are Classic Extensions?

To achieve this desired, customized look, a single synthetic eyelash extension is applied carefully and properly to one single isolated natural eyelash. This process is repeated until every viable natural lash has an extension.

Your lash artist will assist you in customizing a look that matches your needs while preserving the health of your natural lashes


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What are Volume Eyelash Extensions?

Volume Eyelash Extensions are also referred to as Russian Volume, 3D, 4D, 5D and so on.  

This intricate technique requires the application of multiple, ultra-fine synthetic extensions to one natural lash, resulting in more VOLUME!

This technique requires extensive skill and an experienced Lash Artist to perform correctly.