What is the difference between Cluster and Volume eyelashes?

Volume Eyelashes (Russian Volumes Eyelash Extensions)

Volume, like cluster lashes, are multiple eyelashes attached to one eyelash. However, volume lashes are much safer than cluster lashes as they are applied to individual and isolated eyelashes. There are usually 2-6 false eyelashes placed on every natural lash for volume sets, depending on the desired look. These lashes are very light, and don’t weigh down or damage the natural lash. Look at the picture below to see a perfect example of volume lashes!

Volume lashes give a much fuller and cleaner look than cluster eyelashes. Just look at the stark difference between this photo and the outgrown clusters above!

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Volume lashes also have longer bond times than cluster lashing because each volume lash creates multiple pockets of adhesive that form beam like shapes along the lashes. Also, volume lashes provide a much higher surface bonding area. There are multiple surfaces surrounding the natural lash and extensions with adhesive.

But, beware of pre-made volume fans that are glued together before application. Even if they are hand-made they will be dipped in glue twice – once on the fan and once to attach. This can create a bulky and unhealthy look. Also, pre-made fans don’t wrap around your lashes like regular volume lashes do because they have already been glued together. When you make the fans on command they wrap around the natural lash when you apply them. Attaching a pre-made fan keeps the extensions sitting on top of the lash, and it doesn’t wrap around the lash to give a natural look.

Cluster Eyelashes

Cluster eyelashes are pre-made fans with multiple eyelashes on them, as you can see in the picture above.

The problem with most cluster eyelash extensions is that they are applied to multiple eyelashes at once and the bases are usually bulky from the adhesive that holds them together, which causes follicle tension.

Because lashes grow at different stages, the tension from the cluster can cause premature lash loss. This can lead to a type of permanent hair loss called Traction Alopecia if done repeatedly.

When you use a pre-made fan you are also using double the adhesive that is needed, making the bases more clumpy and weighted. Excessive glue not only leads to irritation and allergies but gives the eyelashes a clumped and heavy look. Because cluster lashes are so wide, they often cover free eyelashes so instead, they are glued to the eyelid. This is extremely dangerous for the eye and skin.

Any certified lash technician should know the side effects and dangers of cluster lashes


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