While faux mink tends to be the most popular material for eyelash extensions these days, there actually several different kinds. It,s easy to get confused with all the "mink/faux mink talk", throw in "silk" and you're like...huh? Lets break down what the different types of extensions are and how they differ from each other.
Mink, faux, and Silk are the most commonly used extensions. The main difference between them comes down to their firmness, are they real fur, faux fur or are they synthetic.
Usually used on older clients or those going for an extremely natural look. The allure of extensions made from mink hair is that they have a natural quality to them that you cannot get from synthetic material. Real Mink lashes come from the Mink tail, usually coming from either the Siberian Mink or the Chinese Mink. With Mink extensions you'll get a light, fluffy, soft natural look. The extensions usually last longer because they are so light as well as being able to apply several mink extensions per natural lash. The downside to this type of extension is that not only are they expensive, ranging from $300-$500 per set, but they also do not come curled. They'll need to be permed and you'll have to keep curling them at home to maintain that curled look.
Faux Mink (Cheaper)
These are the most popular extensions used by lash artists today. These man made, poly-fiber lashes come in a variety of lengths, diameters and curls, have good flexibility and remain somewhat natural looking depending on the length. They're designed to imitate real mink fur, but lash artists and clients both love this of extension type because the curl is permanent and they're low maintenance. No need to curl or put mascara on these type of extensions. The Faux Mink lashes are a little more bold, slightly glossier than the Silk and Mink. Because of their variety of size and length they're great for customizing different looks for each client.
These are the mid-weight type of lash extensions, and are finer and more flexible than the synthetic type which makes their retention slightly better. Because of their lightweight they are good to use on older clients or clients with weak and flimsy natural lashes. Like synthetic lashes, silk come in a variety of curls and lengths. These types of extensions also hold their curl but the curl tends to be less uniform then synthetic lashes, making them better for clients looking for a more natural look. Silk lashes tend to be thicker than any other type of extensions and also have that rick black color. They tend to be the least comfortable type of extension and are best used for special occasions.