What animal are lashes made of?

Eyelash extensions are sometimes made of mink fur, and yes, they probably come from animals imprisoned in the same seedy, filthy fur farms that supply the fashion industry. Mink eyelashes are usually sold “100% cruelty-free” or “safely collected on a farm raised outdoors” or even “taken only after brushing the minks”. Well, it's quite simple, if they are real mink eyelashes, they come from mink fur. Most of the eyelashes that claim to be made with mink are made with a synthetic material called PBT.

Brands that sell mink lashes sometimes claim that mink is “brushed” to obtain the hair used to make the eyelashes. There isn't much evidence to support this (lashes are more likely to come from fur farms), but even if this were true, it would still be cruel. There is no need to brush the mink. These wild animals are naturally afraid of humans, and any manipulation would be stressful for them, meaning they are likely to attack whoever is brushing.

In any case, mink eyelashes are highly unlikely to come from “brushing” and are much more likely to have been obtained from animals that were euthanized for their fur. Since mink lashes have the widest variety of curls, thicknesses and lengths, they can offer your customers a wide choice of styles, from natural to spectacular. With so many different types of tabs available, it can be difficult to decide between them when looking for the distinctions and which one is best for whom. The word “mink” tends to confuse many artists and eyelash clients, and many of them tend to believe that eyelashes are made of animal hair.

Add depth to the lower lash line and create a more cohesive look with mink lashes to extend the lower lashes. No one knows the specific and exact activities that take place at each level of the supply chain before fur becomes fur coats and false eyelashes. For the same PBT mink eyelash extensions, some brands would call them mink, while others would call them royal sabre. If you compare silk and mink lashes of the same thickness, you'll notice that silk lashes look clearer and smoother and result in a more natural look.

What's worse is that, since a minimum federal slaughter law protects the welfare of animals on mink fur farms, ruthless slaughter methods are inevitably used to keep mink hides intact and preserve coat quality. For example, mink lashes feel soft and luxuriant, while Royal Sables eyelash extensions offer a crisp texture with a frosty sheen. But the most important thing for the eyelash industry is that mink hair makes the lashes look more natural, bulky and durable, and that they look almost nothing when used close to the eyes. Mink lashes are the most popular type of eyelash in the industry today, and we're here to guide you on what they really are.

However, due to their flat (square) shape, flat lashes are not ideal for extending eyelash volume.

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