They both have very exotic names and are almost as appealing as going on a long holiday – well, almost. Russian volume lashes and Tahitian feathering lashes offer a world of opportunities for extra lash gorgeousness.
Is one better than the other? What technique should you choose?
It all depends on the look you’re going for.
You’ve always dreamed of glamourous and highly noticeable lashes? Then volume was created for you. The lashes used in the Russian volume technique are really thin and extremely light, which means they are not exerting any pressure on your eyelid and they are not dangerous for your natural lashes.
However, you still need strong and healthy lashes; and the more you have the more effect you can add. Indeed, more natural lashes equals more opportunities to apply fans of volume lashes.
It is what will determine the amount of volume you are able to get. You obviously can choose from 3D to 6D and you will get a dramatic look with fans of Russian volume lashes no matter what. Can you even imagine a fluffy bouquet of 6 lashes on just 1 of your natural lashes, repeated along your entire lash line?
I believe it is quite difficult to have an accurate vision of the final result, no matter how many before/after photos you look at on the internet or on a brochure.
They are fantastic because they do give you a peak at what you can have and help you make a decision. But looking in the mirror and seeing all that extra volume and the intensity it adds to your eyes is amazing.
Anyway, Russian volume is perfect to add volume and a large number of natural lashes is the absolute guarantee to have the most dramatic effect of all.
Tahitian lashes were created in the UK and differ in that there are no fans or bouquets. Instead, each synthetic lash is attached individually on the client’s natural lash. Just like Russian lashes, this technique does add volume. However, it does so in a softer and more subtle way.
It is easier to accomplish for the technician because she doesn’t need to form a fan. Another added benefit to the technique is the varying length of lashes chosen to match the natural lash line.
The downside is that with this technique the client may end up with a fair quantity of glue on her lashes. Instead of a drop for a fan, each natural lash has to absorb glue for every single synthetic lash applied.
Both Russian and Tahitian need retouches after 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the natural lash cycle and of course how the client takes care of her lashes (i.e. daily routine, use of makeup, etc.).