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Classic vs. Volume vs. Hybrid Lashes: Decoding the Perfect Eyelash Extensions

May 29, 2023 6 min read

Classic vs. Volume vs. Hybrid Lashes: Decoding the Perfect Eyelash Extensions - eslashes
Classic vs Volume vs Hybrid Lashes: Decoding the Perfect Eyelash Extensions

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on eyelash extensions! At eslashes, we take pride in providing high-quality eyelash extension services that cater to our lash techs unique preferences. In this article, we delve into the intriguing world of eyelash extensions, comparing the popular styles of Classic, Volume, and Hybrid lashes. Whether you're a lash enthusiast or a newcomer, this guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision and achieve the lashes of your dreams.

There are 4 lash choices that are typically offered. The pricing on this list is from lowest to highest. Classic lashes would cost the least, and mega volumes would cost the most. Mega volume is the most time consuming and uses the most product.  This is why the price is adjusted accordingly.

  • Classic – Applying one lash extension to one natural lash.
  • Hybrid– A mix of classic and volume. (Usually 50/50)
  • Volume – Applying one fan to one natural lash. Between 2-8 extensions per fan.
  • Mega Volume - Applying one fan to one natural lash. Between 8-16 extensions per fan.



Understanding Classic Lashes

Definition: Classic eyelash extensions involve attaching one extension fiber to each individual natural lash. This meticulous technique results in a natural and elegant look that enhances the length, curl, and thickness of your lashes.

Classic Vs. Flat

Classic Lashes have a round circular base, whereas flat lashes have a flatter more oval shape. Flat lashes adhere better to the client’s natural lash, and also appear denser and more dramatic. Most lash artists prefer flat lashes since they create a more dramatic look while using less weight.

Read a full article on Flat Lashes Vs. Classic lashes here. 

The Process

The process of applying Classic lashes is a true art form. Skilled lash technicians will consult with you to understand your desired outcome and customize the extensions to match your unique eye shape and personal style. Using a gentle adhesive, they will carefully attach each extension fiber to your natural lashes, ensuring a seamless blend.

Benefits of Classic Lashes

  1. Natural Elegance: Classic lashes provide a subtle enhancement, adding length and volume while maintaining a natural appearance. They are perfect for those seeking a refined and timeless look.

  2. Versatility: With Classic lashes, you can choose the length, curl, and thickness that best complements your facial features. Whether you prefer a dramatic or more understated look, the options are limitless.

  3. Low Maintenance: Classic lashes require minimal maintenance, making them a convenient choice for busy individuals. Regular touch-ups every 2-3 weeks will keep your lashes looking fresh and flawless.

Considerations for Classic Lashes

While Classic lashes offer numerous advantages, it's essential to consider a few factors:

  • Volume: If you desire more pronounced volume, Classic lashes may not provide the dramatic effect you seek. In that case, Volume or Hybrid lashes may be worth exploring.

  • Natural Lash Condition: Classic lashes require healthy, strong natural lashes to ensure a strong foundation for the extensions. If your natural lashes are weak or damaged, lash technicians may recommend alternative options or lash care techniques to improve their condition.

Exploring Volume Lashes

Definition: Volume lashes involve attaching multiple lightweight extension fibers to each natural lash, creating a fuller and more voluminous appearance.

Volume lashing is done by applying fans with 2-8 lashes in them. The thickness of the lashes used would be 0.07 or 0.05. Each lash in the individual fan should be evenly spaced out. With volume lashing it’s important to create perfect symmetry between the lashes. This creates a very fluffy and symmetrical look. Volume sets can lack the density of a mega volume set, so they can sometimes be considered a more natural look. Clients with brittle sparse or damaged lashes are not always the best candidates for Russian Volume lashes.

lash fan sizes cartoon

Mega volume lashing is very similar to regular volume lashing, but with 8-20 lashes per fan. Instead of using 0.07 lashes, 0.05 or 0.03 are used. 0.03 Lashes are much more difficult to work with than 0.07s. This creates a very dark lash line  and a very glamorous look. It takes a lot of practice. The good news about mega volume fans is that they do not have to be perfectly symmetrical. There are so many lashes in one fan, that it is not noticeable like it is with 0.07s. That being said, you do want them to be fairly balanced but don’t worry about having them 100% evenly spaced. Clients with brittle, sparse or damaged lashes are typically great candidates for the use of lightweight lashes such as 0.03. The 0.03 lashes are very light and easier for a brittle natural lash to support. Those with damaged lashes should have smaller more lightweight fans, to keep the natural lash healthy and safe. For example: a client with damaged or sparse lashes may benefit from the use of 4d or 5d fans, in 0.03.

8D, 9D, 10D, 11D, 12D, 13D, 14D, 15D, 16D Volume Fans Cartoon Comparision


The Process

Volume lashes require advanced techniques that demand precision and expertise. Lash technicians will skillfully craft handmade lash fans using ultra-thin extension fibers. These fans are then delicately attached to your natural lashes, providing a glamorous and voluminous effect.

Benefits of Volume Lashes

  1. Ultimate Volume: Volume lashes are designed to maximize the fullness and density of your lash line. They create a dramatic, fluttery look that adds depth and allure to your eyes.

  2. Customizable: With Volume lashes, you can select the number of lashes in each fan, allowing for a customized level of volume. Whether you desire a subtle enhancement or a bold statement, our technicians will work closely with you to achieve your desired look.

  3. Ideal for Sparse Lashes: If you have naturally sparse lashes or desire a more impactful result, Volume lashes are an excellent choice. They can fill in gaps and create the illusion of a fuller lash line.

Considerations for Volume Lashes

While Volume lashes offer impressive volume, there are a few factors to consider:

  • Maintenance: Volume lashes require lash fills or infills every 2-3 weeks. The delicate fans can require extra care to ensure they remain intact and beautiful.

  • Weight: Volume lashes are generally lightweight, but can be adjusted to suit the individuals needs. Volume lashes can be very dark and dramatic, or fluffy and natural. They are very customizable. 

Embracing Hybrid Lashes

Definition: Hybrid lashes are a fusion of Classic and Volume techniques, combining the natural elegance of Classic lashes with the enhanced fullness of Volume lashes. 

In a hybrid set of eyelash extensions, it is common for eyelash technicians to create a blend using approximately 50-50 or 70% volume lashes and 30% classic lashes. This combination ensures a balanced and customized result, providing both volume and a natural look for the lashes.

Explore the comprehensive Hybrid Lashes Guide by reading the complete article here.

The Process

Hybrid lashes offer the best of both worlds. Skilled lash technicians will expertly create a customized blend of Classic and Volume lashes, strategically placing them to achieve a textured and multidimensional effect. This technique results in a stunning, eye-catching look that beautifully balances length, volume, and definition.

Benefits of Hybrid Lashes

  1. Versatile Style: Hybrid lashes provide a unique opportunity to experiment with different lash styles. Whether you prefer a more natural look with subtle volume or desire a bolder, more glamorous appearance, our technicians can tailor the hybrid lashes to suit your preferences.

  2. Texture and Dimension: The combination of Classic and Volume lashes creates a visually captivating texture and dimension. Hybrid lashes offer the perfect balance between elegance and impact, accentuating your eyes with a multidimensional effect.

  3. Customizable: Just like Classic and Volume lashes, Hybrid lashes are fully customizable. Skilled lash technicians can create a personalized look that complements your eye shape and facial features.

Considerations for Hybrid Lashes

While Hybrid lashes provide a harmonious blend of Classic and Volume, it's important to consider:

  • Maintenance: Hybrid lashes require lash fills or lash infills every 2-3 weeks to keep them properly maintained.  A skilled lash technician will recommend lash fill intervals based on your desired look and natural lash growth cycle.

  • Individual Preferences: The choice between Classic, Volume, and Hybrid lashes ultimately depends on your personal preferences. Experimenting with different styles during your initial lash appointment can help you determine which option suits you best.

Lash Styles cartoon

Comparative Weight of Lash Extensions Across Various Thicknesses

The weight of lash extensions refers to the mass of individual lash fibers used in eyelash extensions. This chart showcases the weights for different lash thicknesses, ranging from 0.03mm to 0.20mm. It helps provide an understanding of the variations in weight based on the chosen lash thickness. The weights are represented in grams (g) and demonstrate the subtle differences in lash extension weights, allowing individuals to make informed choices based on their desired look and comfort level.

Thickness (mm) Weight (g)
0.03 0.00003
0.05 0.00005
0.07 0.00006
0.10 0.00010
0.12 0.00013
0.15 0.00015
0.18 0.00025
0.20 0.00030


At eslashes, we understand the significance of eyelash extensions in enhancing your natural beauty. Whether you gravitate towards the timeless elegance of Classic lashes, the captivating volume of Volume lashes, or the harmonious blend of Hybrid lashes.

By providing this comprehensive guide on Classic vs. Volume vs. Hybrid lashes, we aim to equip you with valuable insights to make an informed decision that aligns with your desired style.

Remember, your lashes are an extension of your unique personality—let them shine!

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