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What is mink and why are they so popular?

Jun 26, 2023

Mink lashes have gained popularity in the beauty industry, popular for their luxurious appearance and natural look. However, it’s important to understand the truth behind mink lashes and why their use should be avoided. In this article, we will explore what mink lashes are, shed light on the ethical concerns surrounding their production, and discuss alternative lash options that promote cruelty-free beauty.

What Are Mink Lashes? 

Mink lashes are a type of eyelash extensions made from the fur of minks, small mammals native to certain parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. The fur used for mink lashes is obtained through the process of fur farming, where minks are raised in captivity solely for their fur. The fur is then collected, sterilized, and processed to create individual lash extensions that mimic the appearance of natural lashes.

Ethical Concerns of Mink Lashes

  1. Animal Cruelty: The production of mink lashes raises significant ethical concerns. Minks are often kept in confined and stressful conditions on fur farms, deprived of their natural habitats and subjected to inhumane treatment. These animals are typically raised solely for their fur, leading to their exploitation and suffering.

  1. Unregulated Industry: The mink lash industry lacks proper regulations and oversight, making it difficult to ensure that the fur used in lash extensions is sourced ethically. Many mink lashes on the market claim to be “cruelty-free” or “sustainable,” but it is challenging to verify these claims due to the lack of transparency and accountability within the industry.

  1. Environmental Impact: Fur farming, including mink farming, has significant environmental consequences. The production process consumes large amounts of water, energy, and resources. Moreover, the waste generated by fur farms can pollute local ecosystems and contribute to environmental degradation.

Alternatives to Mink Lashes

Fortunately, technology has come a long way for lash extensions! 99% of the lash extensions on offer are made from synthetic fibres. Lash artists are now spoilt with choice when it comes to the pure selection of materials on offer, which are all synthetic. There are a lot lash extensions that are still called “Mink Lashes” but you can be rest assured that they are in fact mink imitation and not real mink. How can you tell if lash extensions are real mink or mink imitation? 

Real mink lashes don’t have defined thicknesses, that’s because it’s almost impossible to separate real fur into defined thicknesses. The curl on mink fur also don’t last that’s because it’s real fur and treating it with chemicals and harsh heat to curl the fur could also damage it. As a result, synthetic fibres can easily be made by varying thicknesses and curls. As you know with advanced technology, there are lashes which are multi-colored, glossy or matte, offering various types of curls and lengths going all the way up tp 26mm (or more). These synthetic or mink imitation lashes are premium quality, ultra soft to the touch and holds their curls beautifully. 

    While mink lashes may appear enticing due to their luxurious appeal, it’s important to consider the ethical concerns surrounding their production. The fur used in mink lashes is obtained through inhumane practices and contributes to animal cruelty. By opting for alternatives such as synthetic lashes you can enjoy beautiful lash extensions while promoting cruelty-free beauty. Let us embrace ethical choices that prioritize the well-being of animals and the environment, ensuring a more compassionate and sustainable beauty industry.

    Lashpro holds a high standard when it comes to our lash products and promote animal cruelty-free beauty. Click here to shop our range of lash extensions.  

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