“are your lashes mink or silk?”
There is so much conflicting information out there about what the exact difference between mink and silk lashes.
It stands for Polybutylene Terephthalate. There are lots of fancy chemical words you could put into this sentence to define exactly what PBT is, but to break it all down, it is just a high quality form of plastic.
PBT is handy stuff and excellent to use for lash extensions for it is very strong, does not change it’s shape very easily, shrinks very little & is heat resistant.
Due to wanting lash extensions to sound a little more fancy to consumers, some genious thought up a great marketing idea and decided to call them instead “silk lashes” or “mink lashes”.
And thus we enter the world of silk & mink lashes.
There are authentic mink eyelash extensions available, but the difference in thickness, consistency and they lose their curl very rapidly & they are usually rather expensive. Also there is quite a lot of debate on exactly how these little animals are farmed and some say not too humanely.
Because of this, we have decided not to use authentic mink lashes.
The alternative to authentic mink is actually ‘faux silk’ or ‘faux mink’ (faux means “fake” in French), which are purchased in trays and are PBT and will have no silk or mink in them.
Most manufactures and suppliers will call their lashes ‘silk’ or ‘mink’ when actually they are not. They are simply PBT.