BL Lashes - December 07 2020
Easy Fanning Lash: A complete guideline
What is Easy Fanning Volume Lash?
Easy fanning volume lashes are specially designed for lash artists looking to reduce the time needed to complete a custom volume set.
Unlike other lash extensions that are produced as one layer of individual lashes (ie. Mink lashes), Easy Fanning Lashes are made with multiple layers of individual lashes attached by a tiny amount of adhesive.
Microscopic view of Easy Fanning Lash: Multiple layers individual lashes are stacked together
Comparison of their structures: Easy Fanning Lash VS Mink Lash
When a lash tech picks up the Easy Fanning Lashes and wiggles the tweezers, these layered lashes spread out and create a perfect fan within seconds.
What’s amazing about Easy Fanning Lashes is how the sticky lash strip holds the volume fans and prevents them from separating at the base, allowing you plenty of time to adjust the size or design the fan.
The sticky adhesive at the base hold the fan, allowing you to adjust the fan.
Easy Fanning Lashes are also called self-fanning lashes or flowering lashes by different brands.
To make the perfect volume lash fan using Easy Fanning Lashes, keep reading for our in-depth how-to instructions.
The benefits of using Easy Fanning volume lashes
Amazing time saver
Unarguably, this is the best thing about using Easy Fan volume lashes! Crafting handmade lash fans is like creating a work of art, and it can easily take 3 or more hours of application time.
Not to mention that perfecting the techniques of handmade volume fanning takes a notorious amount of time (we’re talking months to years!). Using Easy Fanning volume lashes can save you all that trouble.
No expensive course fees
Learning an advanced skill like volume lash application doesn’t come with a cheap price tag. Online or in-person courses can cost anywhere from $300 to a whopping $2,000.
This can be a burdensome investment for someone who’s just starting off. Creating volume lash fans using Easy Fanning Lashes doesn’t require any additional courses. You can easily learn the trick after a few hours of practice.
Having said that, one thing you should never skip learning is how to calculate the size and weight of volume lashes. This is a must for performing safe lash extension.
If you’ve already used premade lash fans but feel that ready-made volume fans limit your ability to customize the look but you’re not ready to jump into the handmade volume game, then you’ll love easy fanning lashes.
With Easy Fanning volume lashes, you can easily adjust the number of lashes from 2D to 20D and the size from narrow to wide.
Cheapaer than using premade or handmade volume lashes
We did some calculations. Let’s say you’re doing 5D volume lashes on a client who needs 120 volume fans for the whole set. Here’s a comparison of how much your lash supply can cost depending on the type of extensions you use:
1) Premade lash fan: With a tray of 132 premade lash fans (average cost of $19 per tray) you can serve only a little more than one customer. When using premade lash fans for volume sets, your lash supply cost is about $14 per customer, and that’s not cheap!
2) Handmade volume fan: If you use a traditional mink lash tray, which typically has 5,760 individual lashes (average cost of $15 per tray) and lets you make 1,152 pieces of handmade 5D volume fans, you can serve roughly 10 customers. When making all handmade lash fans, your lash supply cost comes out to about $1.54 per customer. Not bad.
3) Easy Fanning volume fan: Now, if you use Easy Fanning Lashes, where one tray contains 9,312 individual lashes (average cost of $23 per tray) and allows you to make 1,862 pieces of 5D volume fans, you can serve roughly 15 customers. Using Easy Fanning lash fans, your lash supply cost is about $1.53 per customer. The most cost-effective way by comparison!
Common mistakes when using Easy Fanning Lashes
Are you intrigued to give it a go? Before we dive into the in-depth how-to, here are a few common mistakes to watch out for when using Easy Fanning Lashes:
Using Easy Fanning Lashes without fanning (pick & attach)
Some lash technicians don’t fan out the bundle of Easy Fanning Lashes but attach it directly to the natural lash.
Yes, it is possible to assemble the look of the volume lash set this way, and this method will definitely make the whole application VERY fast, but we are strongly opposed to this idea. Why?
If the bundle of lashes is not fanned manually, you’ll have no control over how many lashes will be placed on the natural lash or the shape of the lash fan. A very thick base can lead to more stickies, and it’ll create an uneven design.
For this reason, we recommend always placing the Easy Fanning Lashes on the strip and fanning them properly.
Step-by-step: How to use Easy Fanning volume lashes
Three guidelines (line A, B, and C) will help you make a perfect fan with Easy Fanning Lashes. Just follow these 3 steps:
Step 1. How to pick up the lashes
Picking up Easy Fanning Lashes too far from the lash roots can cause separation of the individual lashes. Pick up the lashes from line B.
Step 2. How to lay the lashes on the sticky strip
To create an evenly shaped fan, re-attach the Easy Fanning Lashes on the strip. Make sure that you align them with the bottom of the lash strip (line C).
Do not reattach the lashes too low. The upper part of the lashes will get stuck in the sticky strip, and the fan will not open up.
Do not reattach the lashes too high up. They will move too much, and it will be hard to wiggle out the fan.
Step 3. How to make a fan
Gently press and wiggle along line B to open the fan.
Do not wiggle the root of the lashes. The fan is likely to get separated and the adhesive from the Easy Fanning lashes will make your tweezers sticky.
Do not wiggle from above the Line B. It’s hard to create an evenly-shaped fan if you try to open the fan from the middle of the stem.
Step 4. How to pick up the fanned lashes
Pick up the fan from line A. This is a sweet spot to pick up the fan without losing its perfect shape. Not only that, when you pick up the fan from line A, you’ll have enough surface on the lash root for adhesive to go on.
Picking up the fan from below Line A won’t give you enough space to dip the lash fan in the glue dot, which will cause poor retention. And picking up the fan from above Line A will be hard to retain the shape of the fan.
Different types of Easy Fanning volume lashes
At BL Lashes, we have 3 styles of Easy Fanning Lashes that can be used to achieve different lash looks.
Easy Fanning Feather (0.03, 0.05, 0.07mm): Easy Fanning Feather lashes are composed of varying lengths (3 lengths in each strip) of individual lashes on each strip, which provides a natural, yet voluminous look.
Easy Fanning Feather Brown (0.07mm): The Easy Fanning brown lashes are also composed of 3 lengths in each strip, and they are a fantastic choice for customers who want soft-looking volume lashes and customers with lighter color lashes. To find out more about how to use brown color lash extensions, visit Brown Eyelash Extensions - A New Trend is Coming.
Easy Fanning Doll-like (0.07mm): In comparison to Easy Fanning Feather lash, a strip of Easy Fanning Doll-like contains lashes of a single length, creating a bold, show-stopping look with maximum fullness.
Best lash extension glues for Easy Fanning volume lashes
Just like handmade volume fans, Easy Fanning volume lashes have a wider surface area for adhesive and for attachment. Use thin, fast-drying glue-like Mach glue (1 to 2-second drying) or Ultra plus glue (3 to 4-second drying).
Dip the fans 1.5mm (1/16 inches) into the glue dot. Using too much or too little glue can cause the fan to close up.
Best lash tweezers for Easy Fanning volume lash
Use tweezers that have a larger, stabler boot like RV-1. It’ll make picking up fans much easier.
Easy Fanning Lashes Q&A
Do Easy Fanning lashes have bad retention?
A common opinion about Easy Fanning Lashes is that their retention is not as good as handmade Russian volume lashes because with Easy Fanning Lashes you can’t wrap around natural lashes.
This is true. Easy Fanning Lashes are held together by a tiny amount of adhesive at the 1mm base of their strands and because of that, it is not possible to wrap the Easy Fanning Lashes around the natural lash.
When it comes to retention, handmade volume lashes trump all other lash types. Easy Fanning volume lash has similar or even better retention than premade lash types.
If you find that your retention with Easy Fanning Lashes is especially bad, check if you’re picking up the fans from a point too close to the root of the fan as we explained in step 4 of the how-to guide.
Don’t Easy Fanning Lashes have super bulky roots?
This is one of the common misconceptions about Easy Fanning lashes. Manufacturers of Easy Fanning Lashes use a special adhesive to hold the base of the lashes together, and when there is too much adhesive used, the base can look thick and bulky.
We are proud to say that after many years of trial and error, we have found the perfect amount of glue to hold the lashes together without creating any thickness at the base.
To try out our Easy Fanning Lashes, visit this page.
My Easy Fanning Lashes are sticky at the bottom and they don’t fan out properly. Why is that?
The reason why some lash artists find that the base of Easy Fanning lash is too sticky is because the fan was opened with the wrong method. With the right application method, the sticky bottom doesn’t happen.
Always make sure to wiggle from at least 1mm AWAY from the bottom root (see step 3 of our how-to) so your tweezers don’t touch the adhesive between the lashes.
Can I use glue aid for Easy Fanning Lashes?
Glue aid like Extension Base helps cure any adhesive you are using faster than it usually cures. This solution must be applied at the base of the lash strips. Unfortunately, glue aid can mess up the special adhesive used at the base of the Easy Fanning lash.
If glue aid is applied on the base of the Easy Fanning Lashes, the adhesive of the strip can get gooey and messy, which will make your easy fanning experience not so easy anymore! So, glue aids are a no-no for Easy Fanning lashes.
Instead, you might want to learn alternative ways to adjust the humidity level in your room to get the drying speed of the glue you want.