What’s The Difference Between Hand Made And Pre-made Volume Fans?

Handmade, also known as “pro-made” fans are created by the lash artist without the use of machinery. These are often made in real time during the appointment. Handmade fans are created by removing a few extensions from the strip, they are then fanned using the artist’s preferred method, dipped into the adhesive, and placed on the client’s lash creating a secure bond on the natural lash. To pro-make fans, you repeat the same process, and instead of placing the fan on the natural lash, the adhesive is rapidly cured and stored for later use.

Volume Fans

Pre-made fans, just as the name implies, are created by the manufacturer and delivered to the artist ready to be dipped and placed on a client’s lash. The process for creating pre-made fans is similar to that of strip lashes. A person is involved, but they are completely assisted by machines. Pre-made volume fans are then either bonded at the base by a tiny amount of adhesive, or are heat-bonded. The finished product comes inside a tray, on a sticky strip, similar to individual lash extensions.

Pro-made Fans

Like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two natural lash lines are the same. Some clients have fine lashes so sparse you could count them, while others have lush lash lines that go on forever. Then, you must consider that each client’s individual natural lashes are all at their own stages of growth. With this in mind, you must carefully calculate the extension diameter, length, and weight before applying the fan to each lash. You want full control in creating your fans to balance the weight of the extensions on the natural lash, while still achieving the ideal look of the full set. While it’s not the easy way out, hand making volume fans is the ultimate tool in customizing each set for your clients.


On the flip side, pre- made fans offer little to no flexibility to allow for customization. They cannot adapt to individual lash textures, lengths, or strengths. Additionally, the artist doesn’t have control over the amount of adhesive already on the fan like they do in creating their own. This means that even more weight will be added once the volume fan is dipped in adhesive a second time. With pre-made fans, it is also impossible to achieve the “wrap” of the adhesive and the bases of each extension around the natural lash. Because of this, retention could be affected and may not be as good as making and placing your fans in real time during the service.

Purchasing pre-made lashes can save you time and energy, which you can spend booking more clients or growing your business. They may be more costly than making your own, which is something to consider. Whatever you choose, take the time to perfect your craft. Without proper technique and good adhesive control, it won’t matter which method you choose.

Whether you’re first embarking on the volume journey, or perfecting your craft, we would love to teach you skills of volume lashing in our two day hands on course. When you become Saatn Lashes Volume Certified, you’ll be backed by a globally recognized brand. In our two-day course, we cover everything from layering and fanning techniques, proper lash pickup, adhesive control, and more. You’ll get real-time feedback from an instructor as you practice, so you’ll have a good grasp of what you need to work on post-course to slay your new skills.

Offering your clients handmade volume lashes means you’re offering them the best quality possible. SAATN Lashes is here to help, even when it’s something challenging.