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Just like the many questions that continue to have conflicting opinions, the biggest quandary a lash artist faces at some point in their lash career is whether to go with Handmade fans or Premade fans? Which is better? As controversial as it may sound, learning about them and how to efficiently use them in creating gorgeous Russian Volumes or Hybrid lashes to grow your business is what should matter. Let's delve deeper into these fans and know how they can help you build your brand and business.

What are Handmade Fans and Premade Fans?

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Handmade Fans are created by hand. Lash artists select a few lashes from the strip and meticulously fan them out to add that extra volume and a touch of drama to their client's lash line. They can then be applied directly to a natural lash or crystallised for later use. 

Premade fans are factory-made, heat or glue bonded. They are ready-to-apply and come in a range of curls, lengths and thicknesses

Advantages of handmade fans

Lash Artist creating a handmade fan during the eyelash extension procedure I Prolong Lash

1. Highlights your Expertise as a Lash Artist

Creating your own fans will likely increase your credibility as a cutting-edge lash artist; after all, not every set of eyes you work on are going to be the same. In addition, handmade fans allow for the highest level of customisation, providing you with an opportunity to earn more and be seen as an artist who creates bespoke work. 

Creating Eyelash Extensions is a work of art. Hand-making fans pushes your creativity to another level and allows you more flexibility and control over the lashing process. As a lash artist, outdoing your best set of lashes every time will not only fill you with a sense of pride and confidence but also build your reputation as an expert among your clientele and help you grow your business. 

2. Prolongs Lash Retention

Handmade fans allow longer lash retention because they have customized bases, and less adhesive is used to attach them. Being lightweight, they retain longer and allow natural lashes to grow and shed naturally. Letting your clients know about the benefits of handmade volume lashes will make them appreciate your service more. 

3. Can Enhance Income Potential for Your Lash Salon

Got some time on your hands? You can also bolster your income potential by selling handmade fans to beginner lash artists in your area and business circle. Handmade fans are highly sought-after, and you could embark on a fantastic business opportunity of supplying handmade fans. 

Disadvantages of handmade fans

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1. Time-Consuming

There is a considerable debate on how handmade fans can reduce your efficiency level because of the time to create them. However, a great way to overcome this is to map before their appointment. If you can, have your client send in a picture of their face before their appointment, you can start to analyze and plan your map before your client arrives. Then you can make your fans in advance. This way, you can get on with their lashes without wasting precious time. 

2. Skill Requirement

Working with handmade fans demands a level of expertise that goes beyond the basics. It's about precision, artistry, and finesse. Meticulously creating fans that seamlessly blend with natural lashes while ensuring a secure attachment is an art that comes with experience. If you are considering this technique, know the journey involves dedication to continuous learning, consistent practice, and a commitment to refining the craft.  

Advantages of Premade Fans

Lash Artist using a premade fan during the eyelash extension procedure I Prolong Lash

1. Ideal for Beginner Lash Artists

Premade lashes are an excellent option for lash artists who haven't yet quite mastered the art of handmade fans, as they will help you bring in more business. Just offering classic lashes may curb your earning potential; volume or hybrid lashes can allow you to earn more. If you have not yet learned the art of Russian volumes, don't fret! Premade Fans can help here. 

2. Time Saving

When you have back-to-back appointments, you simply can't spend time preparing fans for individual clients. It is time-consuming and sometimes unnecessary since your clients may not notice the difference between premade and handmade lashes. Premade fans are great money-makers, and you would want to fit in as many clients as you can in your daily schedule; premade lashes can assist you in completing a lash set more quickly. Ensure you invest in top-quality premade lashes; choosing quality over quantity is the key to growing your business. 

3. Efficiency

If you have clients who are always running against the clock but want their lashes done, premade fans help you expedite the process without wasting time hand making them. For clients who are fidgety, impatient, pregnant, or suffering from injury or illness, causing them to be unable to lay still for long periods, using premade fans can relieve time stress. 

Disadvantages of Premade Fans

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1. Cost Considerations and Quality Assurance

The downside…premade fans will cost you more per set than creating your own fans. Before investing in premade lashes, you will have to do thorough research and testing on the quality of the lashes to ensure you are purchasing the highest quality, as they can make or break your business' reputation. 

2. Limited Customization

Unlike the artistry of crafting handmade fans, where each fan can be tailored to suit the client's desired look, premade fans come with predetermined configurations. The predefined fan arrangements may limit the lash artist's ability to achieve highly personalized designs that perfectly complement the client's unique features and preferences. While premade fans offer convenience and time savings, you should be prepared to work within the confines of the available fan options, which might not always align perfectly with every client's vision. 



Whether you're a fan of pre-made or handmade lash fans, one principle remains unwavering: exceptional aftercare is essential for enduring lash beauty. Prolong Lash emerges as the go-to solution for lash artists, renowned for its top-tier eyelash extension aftercare products, including the Cleanser Concentrate. This specialized formula enhances client retention by maintaining lash extensions in impeccable condition, free from debris and makeup residue. Beyond its benefits, the Cleanser Concentrate empowers lash artists to craft and market their own lash cleanser solutions, adding value to their services and generating extra revenue. With offerings like the Cleanser Concentrate and the Hydrating Under Eye Serum, Prolong Lash enables lash artists to elevate their professionalism, enhance client satisfaction, and secure a prominent position in the beauty industry.

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