It's no secret that we absolutely adore lash extensions, and if you're reading this, you probably do, too. Once you learn to apply gorgeous high quality extensions to your clients' natural lashes, you can elevate their look from natural beauty to absolutely jaw-dropping glam in just an hour!
And in the centre of the glamorous world of lash extensions are hybrid lashes, a trend that's been taking the beauty industry by storm. But what exactly are they, and why are they the talk of the lash town? Let's dive in and explore this popular lash treatment, perfect for those who want the best of both worlds – the natural and the dramatic!
The Basics: Classic, Volume, and Hybrid Lashes
First things first, let's break down the lash lingo. We've got three main types: classic lashes, volume lashes, and of course, our star of the show, hybrid lashes. Classic lash extensions involve attaching a single lash extension to each natural lash, creating a lovely, natural look. Volume lashes, on the other hand, are all about drama. They involve attaching a fan of two to five extensions per natural lash, resulting in more voluminous lashes that really make a statement.
But what if your clients want something in between classic natural lashes and dense fluttery volume lashes? Enter hybrid lashes – the perfect combination of classic and volume lashes. They're bespoke lashes, tailored to each client, mixing single lash extensions and volume fans. This approach adds depth and volume, without tipping into the sometimes unnatural look that volume lashes can create.
Why Hybrid Lashes?
In the following section, we'll delve into the reasons why hybrid lashes have become a preferred choice for both lash artists and clients alike. We'll explore the unique advantages they offer, and how they can cater to a diverse clientele seeking a bespoke lash experience.
The Best of Both Worlds
Hybrid lash extensions offer a middle ground – a mix of the natural lash line enhancement of classic lashes and the added depth and drama of volume lashes. If you want to learn more about the differences between types of treatment, don't forget to check out our deep dive into hybrid vs volume lashes!
Perfect for Clients with Damaged Lashes
Hybrid lashes are ideal for clients with a broken lash line or sparse lashes, as the volume fans can be placed in denser parts where needed compared to isolated lashes.
One of the biggest perks of hybrid eyelash extensions is their customisability. As lash artists, we can create length where it's lacking, add fullness, and even create a more tailored look to suit each individual's eye shape. It's about giving your client's eyes that 'wow' factor while keeping things looking as natural – or as dramatic – as they desire.
Faster Than Volume Lash Extensions
When applied correctly, hybrid lashes can be a faster treatment than volume lashes. This means that a hybrid lash treatment is perfect for clients who want to add length and density to their lashes without spending a long time in the chair.
Suited For a Range of Face and Eye Shapes
If your client has small eyes, close-set eyes, or deep-set eyes, it's important to make sure that their eyelash extensions don't go overboard. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm their gorgeous, delicate features with the intense glam of Russian volume extensions! Instead, hybrid lashes are ideal for when you want to emphasise the client's natural features with a stunning set!
What Tools Do You Need For a Hybrid Lash Treatment?
For a successful hybrid lash treatment, it's crucial to have the right tools and supplies on hand. This ensures not only the quality and longevity of the lash extensions but also the comfort and satisfaction of your clients. From selecting the right types of lashes to choosing the best adhesive and precision tools, being well-prepared is the key to delivering an exceptional lash extension service. By investing in high-quality products and mastering their use, you can create stunning, durable lash looks that will keep your clients coming back for more.
High-Quality Eyelash Extensions
Well, duh! For an amazing hybrid lash set, you'll need high quality lash extensions from a trusted seller like the girls at BELO Lash (wink wink!). This includes a variety of lengths and thicknesses in both classic lash extensions and volume lash extensions. For hybrid lashes, you'll typically use a combination of single lash extensions (for the classic part) and volume fans (for the voluminous part).
Let's take a moment to discuss volume fans. For your hybrid lash extensions, you'll need to pick between creating fans yourself, which can be time-consuming and fiddly (but can lead to incredible results if you're good at it), or using either pre-made or pro-made fans. What's the difference? We're glad you asked!
Pre-Made Lash Extensions
Pre-made fans are volume lash extensions that have been pre-assembled and are ready to use straight out of the box. They are manufactured in a factory setting, where multiple thinner lashes are bonded together at the base to form a fan.
Since they are already made, they save a significant amount of time during the application process. These fans offer uniformity in size, shape, and symmetry, ensuring a consistent look across different clients. So, they're ideal for lash artists who are new to volume lashing or those looking to reduce application time.
Pro-Made Lash Extensions
Pro-made fans are similar to pre-mades with one big difference: they're made by hand. The delicate and expert crafting of these volume fans means that they're a step up from pre-made fans, allowing for an even more luxurious treatment for your clients. And they also save you time and ensure consistency throughout your treatment!
Note: we don't recommend using cluster lashes, which are of a lower quality and can be more damaging to the natural eyelash. Always choose pre-made or pro-made fans or make them yourself for the best results!
Whichever types of lash extension supplies you choose, we have them all here at the BELO Lash online store. So whether you're looking for UK lash deliveries or need them sent to international destinations, we've got you covered with our quick and reliable delivery!
A high-quality, long-lasting lash glue that's suitable for sensitive eyes is essential. It should be capable of securely bonding the eyelash extensions to the natural lashes. Keep in mind that the volume fans will be heavier so they need a strong lash adhesive to keep them in place on each natural eyelash.
You'll need at least two pairs of lash tweezers: one for isolating the natural lashes (isolation tweezers) and another for picking up and placing the lash extensions (application tweezers).
Eyelash Extension Tape or Under-Eye Pads
Both lash extension tape and hydrogel eye pads are used to protect the lower lashes and the sensitive skin under the eyes during the application process. Keep in mind that applying hybrid lashes can sometimes take slightly longer than doing a classic lash treatment, so it's important to make sure your clients are comfortable for the whole time!
Before starting, it's crucial to clean the natural lashes and eyelids with a lash cleanser to remove any oil, dirt, or makeup residue. A specialised eyelash extension cleanser is recommended.
Mascara Wands and Micro Brushes
Disposable mascara wands are used for grooming the lashes before and after the application. Microbrushes help in cleaning the lash line or applying and removing products with precision.
A lash primer is used to prepare the natural lashes for the application by stripping any residual oils or proteins, ensuring a better bond between the natural lash and the extension.
Mastering the Technique: The Art of Hybrid Lash Extensions
Applying hybrid lashes is a creative skill that combines two techniques. You'll be applying classic lashes, where one extension is glued to one natural lash, and volume lashes, where a fan made up of two or more separate lashes is attached to a single natural lash. This requires more precision and skill than using just one method, but the results? Absolutely worth it.
If you're new to hybrid lashes, use this step-by-step guide to ensure your treatments delight your clients every time.
Step 1: Consultation and Preparation
- Client Consultation: Begin with a thorough consultation. Discuss your client's expectations, eye shape, and any concerns they might have. This step helps in customising the lash style to their preferences.
- Eye and Lash Cleaning: Ensure the client's lashes are clean. Use a gentle, oil-free cleanser to remove makeup and natural oils from the lashes and eyelid area.
- Prepare the Lashes: Apply under-eye pads to protect the lower lashes and skin. Then, comb the natural lashes with a clean mascara wand to separate and organise them for easier application.
Step 2: Selecting Lashes
- Choose Lash Types: For hybrid lashes, you'll need a mix of classic lashes (one extension per natural lash) and volume lashes (fans of 2-5 lashes per natural lash). Select lashes of varying lengths to create a natural, textured look.
- Determine Length and Curl: Based on the client's natural lashes and desired effect, choose the appropriate length and curl type. Remember, the extensions should not be too heavy or long to avoid damaging the natural lashes.
Step 3: Application Process
- Isolate a Single Natural Lash: Using a pair of precision tweezers, isolate a single natural lash. This step is crucial for precise application.
- Dip the Extension in Adhesive: Lightly dip the end of the lash extension in lash adhesive. Be sure not to overload it with glue.
- Apply the Extension: Gently place the extension on top of the isolated natural lash, approximately 1mm from the eyelid. Avoid touching the eyelid with the extension.
- Apply Classic and Volume Lashes Alternately: Alternate between applying classic lashes and volume fans to create the hybrid effect. Ensure even spacing and balance across the lash line.
- Continue the Process: Continue the application until you've achieved the desired fullness. Remember to frequently comb through the extensions with a mascara wand to keep them neatly aligned.
Step 4: Drying and Setting
- Allow Lashes to Dry: Once all extensions are applied, allow them to dry. You can use a lash fan to speed up the process gently.
- Check for Stickies: Carefully check for and separate any lashes that may have stuck together during the application.
Step 5: Final Touches and Aftercare
- Remove Under-eye Pads: Gently remove the under-eye pads and ask your client to slowly open their eyes.
- Comb Through Lashes: Give the lashes one final, gentle comb-through to ensure they are perfectly set.
- Schedule Follow-Up: Don't forget to arrange a follow-up appointment to check the health of the natural lashes and the state of the extensions. This is also an opportunity to make any necessary adjustments.
Remember, the key to applying the perfect hybrid lash set is balance. It's like creating a piece of art – each lash extension needs to be applied correctly to prevent unnecessary breakage and to ensure each lash appears textured and voluminous. It's about creating that perfect union of classic and volume lashes for a look that's uniquely beautiful.
Aftercare: Keeping Those Lashes Fabulous
After applying those gorgeous hybrid lash extensions, it's crucial to educate your clients about proper lash aftercare. Remind them to pat dry gently and avoid rubbing their eyes. They should apply slight pressure if needed, but remember, preventing unnecessary breakage is key to maintaining those stunning lashes.
At this point, your clients may have questions, such as whether they can get their hybrid lash extensions wet and whether they need to brush them to keep them looking fresh. Advise them on the initial period of care (no water or steam for the first 24 hours), and how to brush their lashes daily to keep them looking their best. And, of course, remind them that regular infills are a must to maintain that gorgeous, fluttery look.
If you're new to lashing, you might want to practise giving this spiel to a friend or give out free factsheets that lay out all this information in a quick and easy way. This way you can ensure you're not giving the wrong answer to your clients' important aftercare questions!
Staying on Top of the Game: Embrace the Latest in Lash Trends
As lash artists, it's essential to stay updated with the latest lash news. Whether it's new techniques, products, or trends, being informed helps you offer the best services to your clients. But keep in mind: hybrid lashes are more than just a passing trend; they're a testament to the ever-evolving world of beauty and the creative skill of lash artists worldwide.
So, there you have it, aspiring lash technicians. Hybrid lashes are a game-changer in the world of eyelash extensions, offering a custom, creative solution that blends the best of both classic and volume lashes. They're perfect for clients seeking a look that's both natural and dramatic, and they require a skilled hand to apply. Embrace this popular lash treatment, and watch as your clients leave your chair with a confident, irresistible flutter in their eyes. Let's get lashing!