Volume Eyelash Extensions: The Ultimate Guide

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Invented by a Russian lash stylist named Olga Debronravov, in 2011, volume eyelash extensions are perfect for those with sparse or thin natural lashes. Or for those who simply want to restyle their look.

Volume lashes deliver a thicker, more dramatic look, fuller and fluffy in appearance. Depending on your preference, you can achieve both a natural or glamorous look. In this post, we will walk you through everything you need to know about volume lashes.

What Are Volume Extensions?

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Volume lashing is an application technique used to achieve more texture and dimension. With this method, the result, is luscious, voluminous eyelashes.

Volume extensions have lash diameters of 0.05mm, 0.06mm and 0.07mm. They are super fine extensions made into fans. Each fan consists of anywhere from 2 to 10 lashes (2D – 10D). 2D and 10D define the number of lashes in a fan.

So, for example, 2D extensions have a 1:2 ratio, 2 lash extensions are applied to each natural eyelash. And, 10D extensions have a 1:10 ratio, 10 lash extensions are applied to each natural eyelash. The fans are either pre-made or hand-made by the lash stylist during your lash appointment.

How Much Do Volume Lashes Cost?

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Volume eyelash extensions require skill and time to apply. And this makes them expensive. The cost varies massively depending on the location and the quality of the salon.

On average, volume eyelash extensions can cost anywhere from $200 to $300. And take 1 to 3 hours to apply.

Lash refills are cheaper. They cost $80 to $95 on average. And take 1 to 2 hours to apply. The time taken depends on how much work is needed on your eyelashes. Moreover, a successful refill session requires at least 40% of the original lash extensions.

What Size Lashes Do You Use For Volume?

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Volume lashes range from 0.05mm to 0.07mm in diameter. The size you and your lash stylist select will depend on the length and thickness of your natural lashes.

In general, the number of extensions in a fan varies depending on the thickness of the extensions being used and the thickness of your natural lashes.

For example, 0.07mm extensions with 3 lashes in a fan (3D lashes) are most frequently used. But a lash stylist could also use 0.05mm extensions with 5 lashes per fan (5D lashes), depending on what they feel your natural lashes can handle. Too thick, too long, or too many can damage your natural lashes.

How Many Fans Do You Need For Volume Lashes?

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Volume lashes are super lightweight synthetic eyelash extensions that are crafted into a fan before being applied to your natural lashes.

Depending on the individual, each eye has between 90 and 150 natural lashes. Volume lashing can increase your lash count by as much as +700 extensions per eye.

The number of fans is determined by the type of natural eyelashes you have. For example, if you have already have thick natural lashes, you won’t need too many for sufficient coverage. But, if you have sparse eyelashes, it will take more to achieve the coverage you need.

On average, to achieve a natural look with 3D lashes, 40 fans per eye will suffice. And for a voluminous and glamorous look +85 fans per eye will be required.

What Lashes Do You Use For Mega Volume?

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Mega volume lashes range from 0.03mm to 0.05mm in diameter. Interestingly, a single 15D mega volume fan using 0.03mm lashes weighs approximately the same amount as a 0.20mm classic eyelash extension.

The size you and your lash stylist select will depend on both the weight of the extensions and the thickness of your natural lashes. People are different and so are their eyelashes. And, the lash stylist will have considered this before application.

What’s The Difference Between Russian Volume And Mega Volume Lashes?

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The difference between Russian volume lashes and mega volume lashes is the diameter of these lash extensions and how many extensions are used to create a fan.

A Russian volume fan uses 2 to 5 extensions with a diameter of 0.05mm to 0.07mm. While a mega volume fan uses 6 to 16 extensions with a diameter of 0.03mm to 0.05 mm.

Mega volume lashes give you a softer yet darker lash line than Russian volume lashes. And, they provide more fullness and drama.

How Long Do Volume Lashes Last?

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The lifespan of your volume lashes depends on numerous factors. Your lifestyle, your lash growth cycle, whether you have oily eyelids, and the way that you sleep can determine how long your eyelash extensions last.

When looked after properly, volume lashes last 6 to 8 weeks. And, they can last longer if you visit the salon for regular lash refills.

To avoid your lashes looking patchy as they grow out, we recommend regular infills every 2 or 3 weeks. Looking after your lashes is key in helping them stay looking good for as long as possible.

Do Classic Or Volume Lashes Last Longer?

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Volume eyelash extensions outlast classic lashes. On average they last up to 8 weeks. Whereas classic lashes last 4 – 6 weeks.

A single 3D volume fan weighs less than 1 individual classic eyelash extension. Because volume lashes are so lightweight, they can often last up to 50% longer than classic lashes.

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

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The most common classic lash extension diameters are 0.15mm and 0.18mm. Anything higher will be too heavy for your natural lashes. Classic lashes are applied to your natural lashes using a 1:1 ratio. And, they look natural and add great length.

Whereas, the most common volume lash extension diameters are 0.05mm and 0.07mm. Volume lashes provide fullness and drama at the expense of length. And, they typically range from a 1:2 ratio to a 1:10 ratio.

Lastly, hybrid eyelash extensions are a mixture of volume extensions and classic extensions. They add both length and fullness while maintaining a natural-look.

Can You Go From Volume Lashes To Classic?

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Yes. You can make the switch from volume to classic lashes. At your next infill appointment, you can ask your lash stylist to help you transition from volume to classic lashes.

Classic extensions are used to replace outgrown volume extensions and fill the gaps caused by natural lashes that have fallen out. However, replacing all the other volume extensions is a time-consuming process.

Should I Get Classic Or Volume Lashes?

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Classic eyelash extensions are perfect for those with a naturally full lash line. And, they are ideal for achieving a natural look. Volume lashes, on the other hand, will add glamour and dramatic thickness to the lash line.

If you’re looking for a natural look then choose classic eyelash extensions. But, if you want drop-dead gorgeous, full, fluffy eyelashes. Pick volume eyelash extensions.

Should I Get Hybrid Or Volume Lashes?

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It really does depend on your natural lashes and the look you want to achieve. If you want a natural look, you may prefer hybrid lash extensions to get volume and length.

But if you’re looking for thick, dark, and fluffy eyelashes. Volume eyelash extensions are your best choice. Most of all, if you have sparse natural lashes both hybrid and volume lashes are great options. Whereas, classic eyelash extensions are more suited for those with naturally thick lashes.

What Are The Advantages Of Volume Eyelashes Extensions?

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Volume lashes create a fluffy, softer look to your natural lashes. Unlike classic extensions, they also help fill in the gaps between sparse natural lashes.

Additionally, volume lashes offer superior retention compared to classic lashes. This is because the multiple lashes of a fan wrap themselves around the natural lash, increasing the bonded surface area.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Volume Eyelash Extensions?

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Depending on what your natural lashes look like and what your needs are, volume extensions can be just a bit too much for you for an everyday look.

Their dramatic style can look unnatural and very obvious. And, if you just want a subtle, natural look or your lashes are full, thick, and long already, volume lashes may not be for you.

Volume Eyelash Extensions: Final Thoughts

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Volume eyelash extensions are very versatile, you can basically recreate any kind of look you want. For a natural, fuller look 2D and 3D volume lashes are the go-to options. While higher volumes, 5D – 10D, add more drama and volume, to create a more glamorous look.

Moreover, the Kardashians are avid fans of volume lashes. As well as, other celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, and Beyonce. If volume lashes are good enough for your favorite celebrity, they’re good enough for you.

However, long-lasting volume extensions require extra care. For instance, if you are wearing volume extensions, we do not recommend any kind of mascara since it closes the fans and makes them look clumpy.

Additionally, maintain good lash hygiene. Clean your eyelashes regularly. This will prevent bacteria from building up. And reduce the risk of nasty eye infections.

Generally, the aesthetics of volume eyelash extensions outweigh the potential side effects, which, most commonly, include irritation, infection, and allergic reactions. In closing, if you’re planning to get volume lash extensions, have them applied by a licensed esthetician to avoid these side effects.


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.