I have worked with real Siberian mink eyelash extensions in the past and though it is marketed as a high-end product, there are some details that potential clients should be aware of. While they are super soft and thin, thus resulting in an extremely natural look, they fall short is their inability to hold their curl and create drama.
There is also the issue of how real mink lashes are sourced. Mink lash manufacturers claim that their methods are cruelty-free and that the hairs are gently brushed from the mink animal. Unfortunately this is probably not the case. In fact, very little information can be found about mink farms and many inquiries regarding the process have gone ignored. So if you are against the fur industry, you will want to skip on this option.
Most lash boutiques will offer faux mink or faux silk. They are synthetic and usually made of a poly fiber material (PBT). Unlike real hair, the synthetic material is predicable and more effective. Faux lashes hold their curl very well yet still maintain a natural feel and appearance.
At Lashes by Tandi, we offer faux mink eyelash extensions that are so light that you can barely feel them. And for clients who want that super thin look, we choose a lash that is finer than the standard and mimics the look and feel of real hair.
Please be aware of lash boutiques that claim to offer real mink lashes, but are applying faux mink instead. Real mink is an expensive product so the service price is a bit higher than faux mink most times. If real mink is what you want, make sure it is what you're getting by asking questions and seeing the product. Do your research, stay informed, and ask a lot of questions before you get your eyelash extensions done.