Where do silk eyelashes come from?

The first thing is that, although some brands market their 100% silk eyelashes, they are a synthetic silk fiber, not real natural silk, since real silk comes from the cocoon of the silkworm, which means that it is a fairly soft material and cannot maintain its shape or curl. Royal mink eyelashes are made from the soft tail fur of the Siberian or Chinese mink, an animal similar to a ferret or otter. Vegan silk eyelash fibers, on the other hand, come from the newest synthetic vegan fibers created to mimic the look of real human eyelashes. Below, we detail the pros and cons of vegan silk versus mink eyelashes, to help you decide.

Let's start with Silk Lashes, okay? Fox fur eyelashes are handmade and are even more expensive than mink extensions. They have a very soft and natural touch. Customers often look for foxskin lashes because of their velvety, rich, and shiny appearance. Horse hair eyelashes are handmade and are also more expensive than mink eyelashes.

They also provide a more natural look. They have less shine than foxskin lashes, but are softer and fluffier than mink or fox lashes. Horsehair lashes are obtained by brushing a horse's tail. For synthetic silk eyelashes, the use of the term “silk” is not entirely accurate for this type of eyelashes, since most silk eyelash extensions are not made of 100% silk, but rather of a combination of materials that give these lashes a silky, shiny appearance and a semi-gloss finish coveted by most customers.

Silk eyelash extensions are a type of medium-weight, medium-price eyelash extensions. They are lighter, thinner and more flexible than synthetic plastic eyelash extensions, but not as thin as mink, fox or horse hair eyelashes. Silk lashes have a shorter cone than natural mink lashes, meaning that the body of the eyelashes is thicker at the base. You'll probably see pop-up ads for everything from cheap striped lashes (of the same quality you'd find at a drugstore) to high-end, diamond-encrusted eyelash extensions (believe it or not, it's a real thing).

Silk eyelash extensions usually contain several materials, such as silk, cashmere and high-quality acrylic plastic derivatives. Vu's experience in the beauty industry allows Lash Pilot to offer more freedom to its customers through top-notch eyelash extensions and microblading services. Inevitably, they last longer than classic eyelash extensions due to their light weight and the even balance of the amount applied. The main problem is that pure silk is too soft and cannot maintain the shape and curl that most customers want with their eyelash extensions.

Chances are you've heard of eyelash extensions at some point, you know, the kind where you have to book an appointment, lie down for two hours, while talking trivially with a certified eyelash technician (hopefully) certified to place your lashes strand by strand, with (let's hope) surgical precision. All eyelash extensions derived from animal hair or hair undergo ultraviolet sterilization procedures before becoming eyelashes.

Jeanette Swart
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