Where do mink eyelash extensions come from?

Suppliers of mink fur used for false eyelashes place well-known and reassuring labels on their products, such as “ethically sourced”, “farm-sourced” and “cruelty-free”. In Australia and other countries, mink eyelashes have become popular. They are mink skins that have been shaved off the body of a mink (either just before or immediately after the animal is killed on a fur farm) that are then glued in tufts to a human's eyelashes to achieve a “fuller and thicker look”. Mink lashes are natural fur obtained from mink, usually Siberian mink or Chinese mink.

The animals' tails are gently brushed to pick up the hair, which is properly sterilized and then cleaned to ensure the high quality of the extensions and reduce the possibility of allergy to a minimum. The animals are not harmed during the procedure. Mink lashes come from animal skins and, like real human hair, have all the characteristics of organic hair. For example, it has tiny scales of hair that cover it if you put it under a microscope.

It feels and looks like a real human whiplash. It's lightweight, comfortable and, at the same time, natural, which is the main reason why all Hollywood celebrities are fans of this product. Because of their lower production volumes, real mink services are more expensive than regular eyelash extensions, between 30 and 50%. Great eyelash extensions don't always have to come from cruelty to animals or the risk of eye infection.

Although some eyelash strips may come from human hair, they are not made to create eyelash extensions. Unfortunately, due to their low cost, most eyelash artists start using them, which can be a problem for those who try them for the first time and think it's the standard feel and look of eyelash extensions. Purchasing eyelash extensions from an eyelash specialist in Chicago is a rewarding experience in many ways. However, because they're heavier than silk or mink eyelash extensions, they're not a good option for many people.

Personally, I believe that silk or mink are the only types of extensions that should be used in the long term, so as not to cause thinning of natural eyelashes. It would be impossible for real mink eyelash manufacturers to send samples of every batch of real mink lashes for bacteria-reading laboratory tests. The fur for using eyelash extensions is supposedly obtained by gently brushing the animal and picking up the detached fur. However, most salons specializing in eyelash extensions today have moved away from using real mink fur and use a product called “Faux Mink”.

Many celebrities also prefer this type of eyelash extensions. Heidi Klum, Oprah Winfrey, are just a few to mention. Currently, no manufacturer on the market can produce eyelash extensions made from human hair, as it would be almost impossible because of the amount of work it takes to recover them when they can be created artificially so easily. Because mink eyelash extensions are made from natural fur, they have a natural quality that cannot be matched by synthetic materials.

Being made of natural fur also means that mink eyelash extensions behave naturally and can have certain drawbacks that are actually more inconvenient that can be resolved quickly. Silk lashes from two different brands were mixed to create this hybrid or mixed set of eyelash extensions.

Désirée Bruski
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