1. Don’t be so hard on yourself! If you are offering lashes at a discounted price because you are a either a beginner or working on your speed, then that is enough. Breathe through the hard times. Believe me, they aren’t over. Stay positive and set goals!
2. Choose 3-5 people you give discounts to. Giving discounts out to everyone is a slippery slope and can get out of hand. Giving your mom, mother-in-law and your eight sisters/sister-in-laws can add up to a lot of money and time on your end.
3. Have a set cancelation/no show policy in place before you get a huge clientele. I get it, stuff happens. I am single mom and sometimes my sitters just don’t end up working out like I had planned and hoped for. BUT if someone repeatedly no shows you or cancels day of, charge them a fee. People need to learn to respect your time just like you should respect their time.
4. Take care of yourself. This one is has been the hardest one for me and probably will always be. (it is the momma bear in me). If you can’t afford it, then look for someone to trade with. (massage therapist, nail girl, hair girl) the great thing about our industry is you have a valuable skill that people want and is great for trading!
5. My last tip would be to never stop learning! The beauty industry is forever evolving and I love it. I have taken countless lash courses and I learn something new every single time. You would be amazed what you can learn from following people on social media and youtube! ***Every Friday at 4:00 pm Lash Essential does a Insta Live – they give great tips on ever aspect of your business!
Things to consider when finding your lash artist & when to find a new one:
•\tAre they a licensed Esthetician or Cosmetologist?
This is important because licensed practitioners are taught proper safety and sanitation through licensed programs.
•\tWhat lash company/brand of lashes do they use?
Yes, some brands are way better quality. (Psst, Lash Essential…) A great way to get a referral for an artist is to contact a lash supplier and they can give you the name of someone in your area.
•\tDo not skimp on price.
Lash artists that truly care keep up on up-to-date technique and products, and have spent thousands of dollars on education. They are worth every penny!
•\tWhen you go to your appointment, take notice of if they are clean.
It is probably not a good sign if there is dog hair all over where you are going to lie down for an hour.
•\tGetting lashes SHOULD NOT HURT!
I want to shout this from the mountaintops! Yes, the fumes can get strong and it may sting here or there. But if you feel like you are being tortured,RUN!
•\tWhen you leave your appointment, your lashes SHOULD NOT HURT!
No, you do not need to get used to that tight or poking pain after a lash fill. This could be happening for a variety of reasons. (i.e. Gluing the extension to the lid, poor isolation, putting too heavy of a lash on a natural lash that isn’t strong enough to support it, etc.) RUN!
Lashes make summer a breeze, especially not having to worry about mascara running
down your face. That being said, they do tend to be a little more high maintenance –
follow these tips to care for them.
1. As always allow at least 24 hours for the bond to fully cure. Keep them dry, avoid
steam/humidity, and maybe skip the gym for one day. (Plan ahead: if you are
going on vacation it may not be the best idea to fit in your lash appointment 12
hours before your vacation.)
2. The need for cleansing will increase naturally during the summer months due to
more oil production, sweating and harsh chemicals from pools. Never let
chlorine dry on lash extensions. Run and rinse your lashes with tap water or your
poolside ice water. (Goggles are great for protection as well.)
3. Spray tans are my favorite: my go-to over a tanning bed or baking in the sun.
However, spray tans can weaken the bond of your lashes and make it extremely
difficult to get lashes to bond at your fill. Cover your face for spray tans or try a
mousse/lotion sunless tanner instead. My favorite sunless tanner is St. Tropez
Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse, found on Amazon or at Ulta.
4. USE THE SUNSCREEN! Protect your pretty faces. Go for the sunscreen lotion
instead of the spray. Pay close attention to migration of the product so it doesn’t
sneak down to those perfect lashes. The suns UV rays are wicked strong and can
potentially break down the bond. I suggest wearing some sunglasses that have
UV protection to help.
5. BBQ – my favorite summer time smell! Be cautious when opening those BBQ
grills that are hot enough to singe your lashes (especially our soft and fluffy
volume lashes). It is never easy to fill lashes when someone has singed them.
They can melt together, which makes it difficult to separate and cause them to
snag when brushing them out.
Due to these factors, most people naturally need to get fills more frequently during