How to Pick the Best Lashes for Hybrid Lash Sets, and Why They're More Versatile Than You Might Think

Hybrid eyelash extensions have always been popular, but these days they seem to be the thing that 7 out of 10 clients ask for! What’s the secret to their success? First and foremost their versatility puts them ahead in the age-old debate of which eyelash extensions are the best – if you’re not yet super clued up on all of the things that make hybrid lash extensions so great, or if you’re a little in the dark when it comes to which lashes to use to create a hybrid set, have no fear – you’re about to receive the gift of knowledge! 

First Things First, What Are Hybrid Lashes?

Hybrid lash extensions are a mixture of classic eyelash extensions and volume eyelash extensions. The versatility comes in when you consider that you can create almost any look imaginable with a hybrid set – wispy hybrid set? Definitely! Mega volume spiky set? Yep! Very natural look that could even be the person’s natural lashes? For sure! 

Hybrid lash extensions are quite often thought of as a 50/50 split between volume fans and classic lashes, and while you can absolutely do this, it’s worth noting that you can apply a majority of volume fans and use some classic lashes as spikes like in a Kim K wispy lash look, or you can apply a majority of classic eyelash extensions and bridge any gaps in the lashes by applying a 2D fan to the natural lashes either side of said gap. 

A photo showing a completed set of hybrid lashes. The client's eye is closed and the technician is using a lash mirror to check the lashes from underneath | London Lash Canada

What Lashes Should You Use for Hybrid Lash Sets? 

To put it simply, you’re going to need some volume lashes and some classic lashes. That might mean 0.15 Classic eyelash extensions mixed in evenly with 0.07 Volume eyelash extensions, it could mean 0.10 eyelash extensions being used both as classic lashes and 2D volume fans for a super light lash set, or it could be 0.03 mega volume lashes with 0.25 flat lashes mixed in to create a really textured spiky lash look. 

Something else to keep in mind is that it’s perfectly fine to mix and match different lash collections, for example, our Mayfair lash range has a dark, shiny finish so you might be nervous to pair them with our Flat Lashes, which have a matte finish. We’re here to tell you that not only will that be hard to notice, but those differences will only add an extra dimension of interest to your completed hybrid lash extensions set.

The possibilities are pretty much endless and you’re really only limited by your imagination when it comes to hybrid lash extensions. 

TOP TIP! If you have a combination in mind that you feel might be a little too risky, try it out on a mannequin training head or some practice lashes just to make sure it looks the way you imagine it before applying it to a client’s lashes. It may not be an exact replica of a human’s lashes, but it will give you a better idea of how well the two (or more) thicknesses of lash extensions will work together.

Wait, Two Or More?

That’s right, the world of Hybrid lash extensions really is your oyster! In the below photo, Lash Master and Creative Genius Iryna Prylypko mixed 6D premade fans with 0.20 and 0.25 flat leashes to create this light but highly textured wispy strip lash look. 

A photo of a wispy strip lash effect set of hybrid eyelash extensions | London Lash Canada

Fancy recreating this? Here’s the lash map:

A digital drawing of a lash map for wispy strip lash effect eyelash extensions. It shows premade volume fans on the bottom layer, and flat lashes on the middle and top layer to create a textured wispy lash set | London Lash Canada

Can You Use Coloured Lash Extensions in a Hybrid Lash Set?

Absolutely! If you wanted to really turn some heads you can even do a full set of coloured lash extensions using different colours for your fans and your spikes. Our coloured eyelash extensions come in 0.15 and 0.07, which just so happens to be a really common pairing when it comes to creating hybrid lash extensions because they complement each other so well. 

How Long Do Hybrid Lash Extensions Take? 

This depends a lot on the balance between the classic eyelash extensions and the volume eyelash extensions, as well as which thickness of lashes you’re using and how big your fans are. If you’re doing 2D 0.10 fans with 0.10 classics it’s going to be a bit of a quicker process than if you were creating 5D fans with 0.07 and mixing them with 0.15 classic lashes. 

As a general rule, a set of hybrid eyelash extensions takes a little bit longer than your average set of classic eyelash extensions, but not quite as long as a full set of volume lashes. 

How Long Do Hybrid Lashes Last? 

We’re asked a lot if hybrid lashes last longer than classic lashes, and while they might seem like they do, it’s really just based on the fact that there are at least some volume fans putting the work in. 

What we mean by that is that when a natural lash falls out with a classic lash set (this is due to the hair’s natural growth cycle, so be sure to remind your clients that this is not anything at all to worry about) there is a more obvious gap. If a fan falls out of a set of volume lashes, that gap is covered by the other volume fans in the set. 

With hybrid lashes, the mixture of classic lashes and volume lashes means that gaps can be covered a little more, so the appearance of a full set lasts a little longer (generally speaking) than a set of classic eyelash extensions, while the growth rate of the natural lashes remains the same. With that in mind, to keep the lashes looking fresh and beautiful at all times, lash fill appointments should still be booked every 2-3 weeks depending on your client’s hair growth rate.

That’s pretty much everything! While we’d never call any treatment a one-size-fits-all treatment, hybrid lashes are nearly as close as you can get to one-treatment-pleases-most – having them on offer means that you can please such a wide range of clients with a huge spectrum of tastes, so it’s well worth offering them, and practising any set that your imagination can conjure!