One example is the cluster lash, also known as cluster extension or flare lash, which has gained popularity in the beauty world. These volumizing lash enhancements provide a faster method of creating length and volume without the obligation of individual eyelash extensions.
We will explore what cluster lashes are, the different types of cluster lashes, methods of application, maintenance, and the advantages and disadvantages of cluster lashes.
What Are Cluster Lashes?
Cluster lashes are artificial eyelashes made out of multiple synthetic lashes attached together in a very small, knotted base. They can comprise several lashes (usually 3-5) bundled together. The cluster lashes can be of different lengths, thicknesses, and curls according to various styles and preferences.
Cluster lashes and individual eyelash extensions are totally different. It is not about attaching a single synthetic lash to each natural lash. However, they give a more dramatic and fuller look by tying multiple lashes to one single natural lash.
Types of Cluster Lashes
There are a variety of cluster lashes in existence to cater for different needs and looks. Here are some common types:
1. Flare Clusters:
The most common type of cluster lashes are flare clusters. They include 3-5 individual lashes that are bonded to natural lashes using adhesive. These flare clusters come in different lengths, curls, and thicknesses, thus can be used for various styles, from easy natural to stunning dramatic.
2. Knot-Free Clusters:
The knot-free cluster lashes will give you the illusion of soft, natural eyelashes. The word suggests the absence of a knot at the base and looks like separate fingers. These groups are perfect for individuals who prefer a fuller but subtle eye enhancement.
3. Pre-Made Fans:
Premade fans are pre- created fans that have the fan shape with only 3-6 lashes in each fan created by the lash technician. They are applied to the natural lashes directly resulting in a quicker application process. They give an impression of being ‘fattened’ quickly.
Application of Cluster Lashes
In fact, to apply cluster lashes safely, it should be done by a trained and certified lash technician. Here’s an overview of the application process:
- Preparation: Start by cleaning the client’s natural eyelashes from oil, makeup or any remaining residues. Select the appropriate cluster lash type, length, and thickness in accordance with the desired look of your client.
- Isolation: Use tweezers to pick one natural lash, keeping others disconnected from it.
- Application: Dip the base of the cluster lashes in adhesive, ensuring it is not overly saturated. Gently place the cluster lash on the isolated natural lash, avoiding contact with the eyelid or skin. Repeat the process, applying clusters to individual natural lashes until the desired volume is achieved.
- Drying Time: Allow the adhesive to dry completely to ensure a secure bond.
Advise clients to keep their eyes closed during this time to prevent irritation.
Maintenance of Cluster Lashes
Proper maintenance is crucial to ensure the longevity of cluster lashes and prevent any damage to the natural lashes. Here are some maintenance tips:
- Clients should clean their cluster lashes daily using a lash cleanser and a disposable mascara wand. Avoid oil-based makeup removers, as they can weaken the adhesive.
- Clients should avoid rubbing or tugging at their cluster lashes, as this can cause premature shedding and damage.
- Cluster lashes do not last as long as individual extensions. Encourage clients to schedule touch-up appointments every 2-3 weeks to fill in any gaps and maintain their desired look.
Tips for Achieving the Perfect Cluster Lash Look:
Consultation: Start with a thorough consultation to figure out the client’s expectations and her preferred lash style.
Customization: Pick cluster lashes that match the desired length, thickness, and curl. Use different lengths and thicknesses for a textured appearance.
Proper Application: Apply cluster lashes carefully to avoid discomfort and damage to the natural lashes.
Adhesive Selection: Use a high-quality lash adhesive that is safe to use on the eyes and provide a firm bond.
Professional Training: As a lash artist, you should have your cluster lash application skills enhanced, so you can deliver quality services to your clients.
Cluster Lashes are an ideal means to get the most voluminous and dramatic eyelashes within a short period. For a lash artist who wants to offer new services or for a client who seeks a unique lash look for a specific event, cluster lashes offer a versatile option. In a bid to help you make the best decision about whether cluster lashes are perfect for you, this book will address such matters as the application process, pros and cons, the aftercare, and the tips on how to achieve the perfect cluster lash look.