As lash artists we use our hands, wrists and fingers all day long. In order to perform our best, we need to take care of our bodies! Here are a few simple things that we can do now in order to save our selves in the long run and keep us lashing.
This seems to be the answer to a lot of life’s problems, but drinking water while we are working throughout the day is so important! Staying hydrated is going to help your body and brain function properly.
Take a Walk
Whether you have one minute or one hour between clients—move! Stand up, walk around, or shake it out. While lashing we are stationary for long periods of time so whatever you do to get moving is going to be beneficial to your body.
Make Your Space Ergonomically Friendly
Ergonomics is the process of safely and comfortably relating workers to their work spaces. Invest in a seat that allows for proper posture, adjust your furniture to be at comfortable heights, use proper lighting, work in a well ventilated space, and adjust your clients when needed. Your body will thank you later for working in an ergonomically friendly space.
This is a big one because our hands take the brunt of the strain. There are so many good stretches for our hands, wrists, and fingers that we can do easily. Try adding in these stretches at least once a day and feel the difference! I found a great source for stretches with pictures and instructionsHERE.
A good lash set up is the key to working effectively and efficiently. We know what makes up the basics of your working area: eyelash trays, adhesive, lash wands, cleaning tools, tweezers, etc. But what about the extra stuff beyond the basics? I have a few must have items that I always need by my side while lashing.
A GOOD WATER BOTTLE
It is easy to forget to drink water during the day when I don’t have water by my side. I prefer a large bottle with a straw but any way that helps get your ounces in is a must have!
MINTS OR GUM
There is little personal space while lashing so I always keep a stock of mints in my lashing cart so my clients don’t have to know what I ate for lunch. My favorite breath mints for lashing are Listerine strips because they require no chewing or sucking noises for my clients to listen to. Win. Win.
If your anything like me and own too many lip balms, one to keep in your purse, your car, your nightstand, random drawers in the house, and a spare then it’s no surprise I also have a lip balm that lives in my lashing cart.
Any hair tie will do the trick but anytime I wear my hair down to work I immediately regret it. I’m constantly moving my hair out of the way from not only my face but my clients’ faces too and that’s when I decalred the work scrunchie. The work scrunchie never leaves work and I never have to worry about dipping my hair in glue.
Having a phone charger at work is a life saver and probably my most important non-lashing, lashing product. I play music, take payments, and rebook clients from my phone so I have to keep my battery charged! Another good option if your not near a power outlet is a portable power bank.
Having a pen on hand is a trick I’ve learned from experience. I rarely have to write while I’m sitting at my lash table but I do have many clients that use a physical calendar to reschedule their appointments and they need a pen to write in their next lash appointment!
Is it just me, or does anyone else seem to throw lashes while ether removing grown out lashes or ditching fans that didn’t make the cut? I use a new towel under each client’s head but sometimes I have wandering lashes beyond the towel that need to be picked up. I use a lint roller to pick up those lashes and keep my lash bed clean. Plus it’s great for those lashes that end up on us too.
Last but not least, snacks! Sometimes it’s hard to get in an actual lunch break but that doesn’t change the fact that I need food to maintain energy. Having an easy-to-grab snack on hand is the perfect solution. A few of my favorites are granola bars, peanut butter balls, or cheese strings if your lucky to have a fridge near by.
These are my favorite non-lashing products that complete my lash set up. I would love to know, what would you add to the list?
FOR THE CLIENT: CLASSIC VS. VOLUME
For lash artists terms like “classic” and “volume” are simple, but to a new client it might be overwhelming. This post is to help you as the lash artist educate your clients—specifically new clients! Whether you are communicating with a potential client or you’re performing a consultation with a first time client it is important to know how to simply and effectively explain the difference between classic and volume lashes. Give your clients the basic differences, describe the results of the finished looks, explain any pros and cons, and make a recommendation based on the state of their natural lashes. Below is a short and sweet breakdown of the different lash styles.
One eyelash extension applied to one natural lash.
Great for added length or a natural look.
Typically less expensive than volume.
I love to recommend classic extensions to my younger clients.
Two to six eyelash extensions are placed on one natural lash in a fan shape.
Volume lashes are lighter, fluffier, and fuller than classic lashes.
Perfect for clients who don’t have a lot of natural lashes, have sparse lashes or bald spots.
Great for creating natural or dramatic looks.
Volume lashes are growing rapidly in popularity.
A mix of both classic and volume lashes.
Hybrid lashes can be used to create a variety of looks.
Great alternative for clients that are unsure of which style to choose.
When explaining the differences to potential clients one of my favorite things to do is to show them/send them pictures of all of the options and also explain any differences in pricing. Also remember that you are the expert and they will value your advice! I know that it is easy to assume everyone understands lash lingo, so I hope this helps you and your clients!
As lash artists it is so important to use tools that work for us and not against us, one of those tools being...tweezers! Finding the right tweezers can make all the difference in how you work. The right pair of tweezers will improve your timing, isolation, fanning, placing, and removing! I am here to tell you, you will love our gold tweezers. With a variety of styles and a beautiful design these will quickly be your go-to tweezers.
Here’s a quick breakdown of each of our tweezer styles to help you decide which one you need first!
Doe Foot: (My very favorite!) These are great for classic and volume pick up and fanning.
Volume Angled: Another great option for pick up and creating volume fans. These have a flat squared tip in comparison to the doe foot.
Flat Tip: These can be used for volume pick up but they really make a great isolating tweezer. The angled tip makes isolating easy.
Straight: Classic pick up or isolating, ether way these are a staple. These make pick up a breeze with their precise tips. I love these because they are the perfect length for both uses!
Angled: Specifically used for isolation but can also be used for classic lash pick up. (Are you a straight or angled isolater?)
Volume Curved: (Kourt’s pick!) These can be used for volume or classic pick up and assist so well when making fans.
Light-Weight: These tweezers are specifically designed to help ease hand strain and cramping. They can be used for both isolation and classic pick up. I love using these to remove grown out lashes.
All of our tweezers are personally hand tested to ensure quality so you can trust that these are going to work the way they are supposed to. I love that each tweezer can be used in more than one way making me prepared for anything.
WINTER BEAUTY FAVORITES
We are well into winter and despite what the groundhog says, it feels like winter is never going to end! I don’t know about you, but here it is dry, dull, snowy, and cold, cold, cold. I have gathered a few of my beauty favorites that help me survive the harsh winter elements and I am here to share!
1. Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask
I was gifted this for Christmas and I wear it every chance I get. Honestly, I’m wearing it right now! This mask is ultra moisturizing and so light on the face. The instructions say to leave it on for 20 minutes but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it for hours because I love it that much. Either way, it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy only brighter and softer.
2. Laneige Sleeping Mask
I know, I know every time I write a “favorites post” I include a lip product but this one is a game. changer. I specifically started using this because my lips hate winter and I couldn’t keep them from drying out and cracking. I keep this in my night stand and apply before bed and it has helped so much! plus, I actually love the shine it gives my lips so I started wearing it daily too. If there’s one product that has made the difference this winter this is it!
3. Coconut Milk Bath Soak
There is a definite theme going on between my picks so far and that is dryness. Like I said before, winter here is dry and cold, but I have a remedy for both! I am a bath lover through and through especially in the winter. Stay warm and get your whole body feeling hydrated with this bath soak and thank me later!
4. Acai Baie Fragrance
When shopping I always love testing new fragrances and this is one I couldn’t leave without the whole bottle. It’s a budget friendly fragrance that actually lasts! They have so many good scents but this one is so soft and pretty (can a smell be pretty?) This has been one of my favorite new finds this winter.
5. Melatonin gummies
My last favorite is not exactly a beauty product unless you count beauty sleep! Something about taking vitamins in a flavored gummy makes it more fun, especially when it promotes a good night sleep! Make sure to follow the link and read all the ingredients and health disclaimers.
These products have been saving me this winter and I hope you benefit too! Stay warm, lashers!
Finding the right lash artist can be daunting, but we have the advice you need to make your decision simple. If you are a client looking for the right artist for the first time or you’re looking for a new artist that better fits your needs you are in the right place! If you are the lash artist it’s great to keep these tips in mind so you know what clients are looking for.
Social media is the number one way to research salons and lash artists because it’s simple and reliable. There are so many social media platforms but the most common platforms used by artists are Facebook and Instagram. Use hashtags to search for artists based on your location and examine their pictures for quality and style. Some examples of helpful hashtags include: #lashessential #classiclashes #utahlashes. Some salons and lash artists are featured on google or yelp which is a helpful resource and great place to check reviews.
Word of Mouth
If you’re interested in eyelash extensions it’s likely that you’ve seen them before or you know someone who currently wears eyelash extensions. Ask them who their lash artist is! Keep your eyes out for quality work and take note of names and places that you are hearing more than once. This is a great tip because you can see what you’re getting before you get them and it makes it easier to trust your lash artist if someone can vouch for them. As a lash artist, this is one of the greatest ways to get new clients!
Once you’ve narrowed your search down to an artist or two, ask questions! Ask about how long they schedule their services for, their prices, their training credentials, their schedule availability, and any other questions that will make your decision easy and comfortable! You can even take it one step further and schedule a consultation before your appointment to see if they are going to be a good fit. Consider these questions and ask yourself if they are the right lash artist for you.
Nano misting quickly and effectively cures eyelash extension adhesive. By using a nano mister you significantly reduce irritations caused by adhesive and help rehydrate your client’s eyelashes and eyes.
Clearly there are benefits to using a nano mister, but how do you use it properly? We are here to help! Here’s a list of our nano mister tips, tricks, and how-to’s.
Happy nano misting!
Social media, advertising, and promotions are all successful ways to build your business, but the most efficient and cost effective way to bring in more clients is by word of mouth. Your clients are a walking advertisement—use this to your advantage! A referral program will keep your current clients coming and get new clients in the door. There are a few different ways to approach a referral program and some tips to keep in mind.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to running a referral program. When weighing your options, here are some questions to consider; Do you want to reward both the returning client and the new client, or only the returning client? Do you want to give a dollar amount off, a percentage off, a deal on retail, a free add on service, or have a punch-card-like system? Does one referral equal one discount or do they need to refer multiple clients? If they refer multiple clients do they get a greater discount? Is their discount applied one time or as long as their referred client returns? As you can see, you have options!
Once you make the rules of your program one of the easiest ways to implement it is with specialty business cards. Create a business card with your information and a place for your clients to write their names on, that way when a new client brings in the card you know who to reward. Give these to your clients to have on hand. It’s important to keep this part simple and organized for all parties!
Quality work will speak for itself! It is easy for clients to pass on your information if they are getting the best experience they can.
A program that rewards both the referrer and the referred is going to be more successful. It is already an incentive for your clients but it can make the difference for a doubting new client.
Bring up the program to your clients, It can be as simple as asking if they’d be willing to spread the word. Also, spread the word yourself—post about your new referral program online!
Don’t forget the clients who helped you build a clientele by continually expressing gratitude to all of your clients.
Running a referral program can be intimidating but once you break it down, it’s a simple way to grow your business!
Whether you are brand new to the game, or you’re an expert in the field—keep going! never stop learning! Continuing your education is so important in the beauty industry. Education will better your business, refine your skills, and keep you up to date on products and techniques. Things are ever changing in the beauty world and especially in the lash world. I believe in learning in as many ways as you can to help you learn what you like and dislike. I also believe in educating yourself in more than just eyelash specifics, but in things such as business, social media, photography, and more. When you invest in education you invest in yourself! Today I am here to tell you why you should invest in education with Lash Essential.
Lash Essential’s trainers work in the field too. They are business owners, they take clients, they are physically lashing along with you!
Our class sizes are kept small to get the most bang for your buck. Small class sizes also insure more one on one time.
We jam pack our classes with information on not only lashing but on building your business. You will learn about history, products, diseases, and more!
Our trainers are there for you well after your training. They are at your disposal for any questions that come up once you are out in the field.
Here at Lash Essential we preach education and want everyone to be the best lash artist they can be. In addition to our in person training courses we share lots of educational information on our Instagram in the form of tips and videos and on our blog here! Check our website or Instagram to find a training near you!
If you have eyelash extensions or your clients are wondering, “how do you wear make up with eyelash extensions?” You don’t— just kidding! Of course it is always going to be better for your retention to avoid certain products on or around your lashes but I get it, I’m a makeup junkie, too. There are a few rules, however, to make sure you’re keeping your lashes safe and long lasting!
Check the ingredients. You want to avoid oily or waxy products on your eye lids and under eyes. In addition to oil free makeup you want to make sure your makeup remover and skin care regimen follows the same rules.
No mascara. Period. This is a tough one for some people but isn’t that the point of extensions? Not having to wear mascara. Mascara will simply breakdown the bond of your lashes. Don’t toss your favorite mascara just yet, mascara on your bottoms lashes is okay! Instead, use a clean eyelash wand and brush your lashes daily.
When applying eyeliner place the product above your lashes and avoid eyeliner on the inside of your waterline to prevent snagging the bases of your lashes. My personal tip for eyeliner is to use our water based extension safe liner or an eyeshadow/powder liner with a fine point brush.
Avoid actually touching the lashes with product. This applies to primers, eyeshadows, concealers, foundations, etc. And while we’re talking about things to avoid, avoid waterproof makeup—it’s more resistant to removal.
Wash your eyelashes! It’s important to clean your lashes frequently whether you’re wearing makeup or not but if your wearing makeup wash it off and clean your lashes daily. I love our lux lash wash paired with a small fluffy brush to really get the lashes clean.
Don’t be afraid to use makeup in addition to your eyelash extensions! Taking the time and following these simple guidelines will make all the difference!