In 1882, Truth (A British periodical publication) reported that Parisian women had found a way to elongate lashes by sewing hair from the head sewn into the eyelids, an excruciating process. Thanks to the advent of artificial eyelashes, women can now get longer, and fuller eyelashes applied in a safe, painless way by eyelash technicians who have attended eyelash extensions class.

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are a cosmetic application used to enhance the volume, length, and curl of natural eyelashes. The extensions are applied to the natural lash about 1-2 mm from the base of your natural lash, or after doing a lash lift using an adhesive (lash glue). Several materials can be used for extensions, including but not limited to mink, human hair, and silk.

What are the different types of eyelash extensions?

Classic eyelash extensions

Classic extensions are applied on a 1:1, meaning, one extension applied to one natural lash. They are an excellent option for anyone who wants extensions that won’t be noticeable as they give a soft, natural look. They take anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours to apply.

Volume extensions

Volume lashes (sometimes known as Russian volume lash extensions as Russian technicians invented them) do just what their name suggests; they add volume. The result will be fuller, fluffier lashes. This look is achieved by having 2-6 eyelashes that make a fan shape applied to one natural lash for a higher ratio between the extension and natural lash. Mega volume lashes are also an option for higher volume though the result will not look as natural as the lower volumes.

Hybrid extensions

Also known as a mixed set, hybrid lashes are often a 70-30 mixture of classic and volume extensions to give fluffy, textured lashes. They offer a thicker look than classic eyelashes but without the uniformity of volume extensions.

What to consider before buying eyelash extension products

Shopping for beauty products has never been easy, but if you are planning to buy eyelash extensions online, here are some tips to make sure you don’t end up frustrated.


High-quality products will give you a more refined look and will not start-acting up before their lifespan. Buying lashes from a specialized boutique with certification is an excellent place to start. If, for example, you are buying eyelash extensions Montreal, look for boutiques in that area and get recommendations from friends and family. You can also choose the curl and material of the lashes you buy.


If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. While you don’t need to break your bank for extensions, get products whose price reflects their value.


If you have any allergic reactions, make sure you buy products that do not contain those irritants. If you want to apply mascara to the tips, consider purchasing your products from mascara for eyelash extensions brands that are reputable.

The application process

After purchasing your extensions, go to a certified lash technician to have them applied safely. The process should be painless, and the time taken will vary depending on the type of lashes used, and the nature of your natural lashes. You can also get a refill every 2-4 weeks since we lose natural lashes daily.