Classic Eyelash Extensions: The Ultimate Guide

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Classic eyelash extensions anyone? We all know a girl that has them. And we’ve all been green with envy because they look so gorgeous. But what are they?

For me personally the first and probably the most popular reason people love them is that they deliver a really full natural look while being virtually undetectable. In this post, we will walk you through everything about classic lashes.

What Are Classic Eyelash Extensions?

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Classic lashing is an application technique used to enhance the length, fullness, and thickness of your natural lashes. Classic eyelash extensions are made from several materials including mink, silk, and synthetic fibers.

They are simple, beautiful, and classic as the name implies. Classic extensions are applied on a 1:1 ratio. Meaning, for each individual eyelash on your eyelids, an extension is applied, seamlessly merging your natural lashes with the extensions to give you an understated, natural look.

How Much Are Classic Eyelash Extensions?

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If you are looking to get classic extensions, be prepared to part with anywhere from $100 to $200 for your first application. The cost pares down to about $50 to $70 for a refill per session. Also, it’s worth noting that lash refills are typically needed every 2 to 3 weeks to ensure that your lash line stays full and fabulous.

How Can I Make My Classic Eyelashes Look Fuller?

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The most obvious way to make classic eyelashes looker fuller is with coverage. The more eyelash extensions you apply, the fuller the result will look. To that end, the goal should always be to achieve 100% full coverage.

However, the fullness you can achieve depends a lot on how many natural lashes you have. Because, if you have sparse natural eyelashes, even with 100% full coverage, your lashes may not look as full as they would on somebody else.

Alternatively, we recommend volume eyelash extensions, that deliver extra fluff, coverage, and fullness that cannot be created with classic extensions.

What Thickness Should Classic Lashes Be?

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Classic eyelash extensions can be as lightweight as 0.07mm for a super natural look, or as thick as 0.18mm for a fuller look. Avoid thicker extensions above 0.20mm, they’re just too heavy for your natural lashes to handle.

Choosing the right thickness depends on that of your natural lashes. But the choice is also determined by your goals as well. Consult with your lash stylist about your goals to find the ideal thickness for your desired look.

How Long Do Classic Eyelash Extensions Last?

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Classic extensions can last an average of 4 to 6 weeks after initial application depending on your natural hair growth cycle and how long it takes for your natural eyelashes to shed.

The lifespan of your classic lashes can be extended to all year round if you visit the salon for regular infills every 2 or 3 weeks. To have a successful infill you must have retained at least 50% of the original extensions. That’s how you can tell if you need a refill or a new application.

What Is The Difference Between Classic, Hybrid, And Volume Eyelash Extensions?

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Classic extensions are applied individually on a 1:1 ratio. Hybrid extensions typically use a variable ratio of 30% classic extensions and 70% volume extensions. And volume extensions typically range from a 1:2 ratio to a 1:10 ratio.

Classic extensions add length, but won’t add much volume. Hybrid eyelash extensions offer you varied texture and more volume without looking unnatural. Volume eyelash extensions vary from an extremely natural look to a very full, voluminous, and dramatic look.

How Long Does It Take To Get Classic Eyelash Extensions?

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You will need to set aside 1 to 2 hours to have your lashes done. So if you have a busy schedule, it’s important to set aside some time for your lash appointment. Remember, this is an investment in your beauty and should be treated seriously.

Can I Go From Classic To Volume Lashes?

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Yes. You can step it up a notch and go for volume. It’s quite easy. Suppose you’ve already tried classic eyelash extensions and you feel like they do not give you the volume or the fullness that you need, at your next appointment you can ask your esthetician to help you make the transition from classic to volume lashes.

The process involves replacing any grown-out or lost classic extensions with volume fans. Typically, it takes two infill appointments. But you should see a difference immediately. To get the best results it would be a great idea to talk to your eyelash technician beforehand.

It’s that simple. Remember you want your lashes to look as natural as possible. So go for 2D or 3D volume and see how it turns out. You can go higher next time if you decide that a more dramatic look is required.

Should I Get Volume Or Classic Eyelashes?

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If you have thick natural lashes then it’s probably best to go with classic lash extensions that will add length onto what you already have. Making your eyes look bigger and bringing out your best features.

Volume lashes on the other hand deliver a full and voluminous look. And are best suited for those with sparse natural lashes. The best part is if you choose classic lashes you can always transition to volume lashes.

Should I Get Hybrid Or Classic Eyelashes?

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Hybrid lashes are a blend of classic and volume eyelash extensions. They are designed to add varied texture and volume while maintaining the natural look and feel of classic eyelash extensions.

When it comes to choosing which eyelash extensions to go with. It’s best to think about the look and feel you’re trying to get. And your lash stylist will customize your lashes to suit your goals.

What Are The Advantages Of Classic Eyelash Extensions?

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Classic lashes are the most natural-looking eyelash extensions compared to all the others. They are also a great alternative to wearing mascara.

Meaning you save plenty of time on your daily make-up routine. Classic lash extensions are built to last 4 to 6 weeks, their hardwearing design means they can keep up with a busy, rigorous lifestyle.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Classic Eyelash Extensions?

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The classic eyelash application process is intended to be safe and painless. Although, there have been reports of swelling, skin irritation of the eyelid. And the rare loss of eyelashes which can be permanent.

These problems commonly occur because of an allergic reaction to the eyelash adhesive used to attach the lashes. And carrying out the procedure in an unsanitary environment.

Your eyes should remain closed for the duration of the procedure to minimize any risk of glue finding its way into your eyes. You could also consult your lash technician to see if you are potentially allergic to any of the ingredients in the adhesive. And if any alternative glues are available.

Classic Eyelash Extensions: Final Thoughts

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Classic lash extensions will give the appearance of wearing mascara. Making them ideal for anybody looking for a minimalist natural look. As well as, first-time lash extension rookies who would like to experience what having eyelash extensions feels like.

While classic lashes primarily favor people with naturally thick and dense lashes. They’re a good choice for the majority of people because they are the most natural. And with proper care and attention, they will last for as long as you need them to.

It’s important to consult with an eyelash technician before booking an appointment for the procedure. That way they will know exactly what you want. And you’ll avoid having a terrible first experience with eyelash extensions.

Once you start your classic eyelash extensions regimen. You will find that you won’t need so much eye makeup. You will also get used to setting the monthly time aside for maintenance, a bit like the acrylic nail infills of 25 years ago. And after a while, you will find that classic extensions are an essential part of your beauty routine.


By Jessica Crawford

Jessica Crawford is a beauty editor at Kintegra Research. She writes stories about beauty for the internet. Obsessively writing about latest makeup trends, beauty tips and tricks, and must-have beauty products. She also has an unhealthy crush on Brad Pitt and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.