After care is so so important! Proper after care not only improves our client’s retention but also keeps their eyelashes and lash line healthy. It is our responsibility to educate our clients on after care. We have compiled all of our best tips and tricks for you to recommend to your clients!
Avoid moisture and steam for 24 hours after application.
Do not rub eyes or pick and pull extensions. Carefully scratch around the extensions.
Do not use mascara. Do not use eyelash curlers
Avoid any oils in makeup, skincare, makeup removers, Vaseline, sunscreens, and lotions.
Do not use cotton balls on the extensions.
Try to avoid smashing your lashes while sleeping
Remember to re-book fills. This is also a good time to remind our clients of our lashes natural shedding process.
Wash lashes regularly with lash cleanser and brush. When using our Lux Lash Wash, encourage your client to wash lashes at least 3 times a week. If they wear heavy make-up they should wash their lashes daily. Pump foam on a make-up brush, apply to the lash line, move in gentle outward circles, rinse the lashes with water and a makeup sponge.
Just like any industry, the eyelash world has its own vocabulary. I have gathered and explained a few terms that at one point had me saying, “Wait what was that again... or I thought that was this...” It’s so important to understand the terminology used in the lash business to be able to accurately explain ourselves to our clients and keep our education relevant.
CLASSIC APPLICATION: One eyelash extension applied to one natural lash.
RUSSIAN VOLUME: A technique in which multiple fine eyelash extensions are applied to one natural eyelash. The term “Russian” comes from the fact that the technique originated in Russia.
HYBRID: A set using a mix of both classic and volume extensions.
SYNTHETIC MINK LASHES: These man made extensions are the most popular in the industry. They hold their curl, come in true black, are the most consistent, and are easy to work with.
SILK LASHES: A very soft eyelash extension. These eyelashes tend to loose their curl and their sizing is less consistent.
LOOSE LASHES: Lashes that do not come in a strip or tray but are single lashes placed loosely in a container. These lashes are less desirable to work with.
REAL MINK LASHES: Eyelash extensions made from skinned mink animals. There lashes do not hold their curl, they are expensive, and can potentially cause allergic reactions.
DIAMETER: The width or thickness of an individual eyelash extension. The width is measured in millimeters and can range from .03-.25
DIMENSION: The length of the eyelash extension. Eyelashes are measured in millimeters and can range from 4mm-15mm.
ISOLATION: meaning “to seperate.” In the lash world this refers to separating one natural lash from the rest.
RETENTION: the definition of retention means, “the continued possession of something.” We use retention to measure how many lashes the client has remaining over a certain amount of time.
CYANOACRYLATE: the main ingredient in lash adhesives.
CURING: Eyelash adhesive cures rather than dries. Curing transitions the glue from a liquid to a solid from the outside in.
BLOOMING: Blooming or “shock curing” happens when there is too much moisture before the adhesive has fully cured. When adhesive blooms the glue turns white and small flecks will spread.
I hope this “lash dictionary” taught you something new, and as always, happy lashing!
This is for all of you that may be newer to lashing, and I guess a good reminder for anyone who might be struggling. DON'T GIVE UP!!! Do you have thoughts going through your head like "I will never get fast at this" or "my lash pics don't look as good as everyone else's" or "I don't want to look at another eyelash again". I'm hear to beg you... don't stop trying. It can be a little overwhelming at first....or for a while, but I promise with practice and pacients it will get better. I remember when I started and it took me 3 hours to do a full set of classic lashes. It took me about 5 months before it just clicked and I didn't stress over every lash I placed. I would finish a set, and feel like I never wanted to see another eyelash again. Then that evening while laying in bed I couldn't get them out of my head and was excited to do another set. If you feel like you need more information and knowledge there are so many places to look, you don't need to feel like you are alone. There are multiple instagram accounts with great advise and tips (like yours truly). Also Facebook lash forums are a great place to search and throw questions out there and get other lash artist opinions. Now for the "my pics don't look as good as other pictures issue" they might not. It could be for many reasons. You could be comparing yourself to someone that has been doing lashes for way longer and has more experience. Or maybe they are just posting pictures of there clients with the best lashes. Or maybe editing was involved. I'm not saying everyone does this I'm just pointing out that you don't know, so try not to get down on yourself. This is an art and everyone's art is different. So hang in there. Give yourself a pat on the back, take a deep breath and keep stretching yourself.
name is Whitney O’Neal, soon to be Whitney Mutaguchi. I am engaged to my best friend and biggest support system ever. I have a daughter, Mila, who is 7 years old. They are my world and push me to do and be better in all aspects of my life. We love to travel and explore new places together.
I have been in the beauty industry for 7 years now and I absolutely love it! My passions are lashes and microblading. I initially loved lashes because I wanted to make everyone feel as pretty as I felt when I got my lashes done. I have built up a clientele for lashes and no longer have room for new lash clients. But if you need a fresh set of brows, I am your girl!
If I had to give someone advice for just starting out in the beauty industry I would have to start with:
Write down your goals, dreams and aspirations, work-related or not. Manifest your dreams and they will become your reality with hard work and determination. I tell this to my daughter daily to instill it in her young.
Read inspiring books, be positive and HUSTLE! We have all had those days where we want to chuck our tweezers or tools at the freaking wall. I get it, I have been there more times than I can count. Go home, breathe, meditate, take a bath or go rage out at the gym. Recollect yourself, grab a pen and paper, and write down five to ten things that you did great that day. “I made the best 5d fan ever,” or whatever it is, be nice to yourself and give credit where credit is due. You can learn the best things from days that are the hardest.
CHARGE WHAT YOU ARE WORTH GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND! Yes, I am screaming that at the top of my lungs for everyone to hear. If you feel like you are not charging what you are worth, your heart won’t be in it and from my experience, you won’t be doing your best work. If you’re still learning, that’s great, take people at a discounted rate for a limited amount of days. Do not get stuck at that price point, though. You don’t want the clients who are always looking for the best deal or cheapest price. They aren’t loyal and most likely will come crawling back to you after they get a botched job by someone who is not properly trained. You are worth every damn penny.
Having my own business has been one of the greatest blessings I have ever had in my life. I have been a single mom since my daughter was 2 years old. It has allowed me to make my own schedule and work from home for several years. I am able to wake up every morning and be with my daughter, take her to school, get a light workout in then head to work. Most days I am off in time to pick my daughter up from school. I love being able to do that and spend the nights hanging out with my little family.
Keep reaching for the stars! We are all amazing and have so much to offer this amazing industry! Never stop learning and educating yourself. As Maya Angelou says, “Do your best until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Pricing can be scary and confusing, but we are here with some tips to help! Below is a list of helpful tips to get started, but most importantly believe in yourself! Know your worth! You have invested in education and products so price accordingly.
Pulling from personal experience, I learned early on not to price around tipping. When I originally set my prices I was timid and charged less in order to leave the client room for tipping. This set me up for disappointment when clients didn’t tip or they didn’t tip enough to meet my expectations. Now I have my prices set to what my time is worth and if clients choose to tip then it is just that, a tip.
I’m here again to tell you about my FALL beauty favs! If it feels like I was just talking about my summer favorites, it’s because I was—summer turns to fall around here almost overnight. Or maybe we’re just all so excited for pumpkin spice and flannels that as soon as the temperature drops below eighty degrees we’re calling it fall and decorating for Halloween. EITHER WAY fall is coming and I am sharing my go-to beauty favorites this season.
1. FACIAL SPRAYS. I have two favorites for this time of year. Mario Badescu Facial Spray is my go-to for a fresh face with or without makeup. This rosewater spray wakes up my face and the clean ingredients leave my skin feeling guilt free. Milani Make it Dewy Setting Spray gives my face the glowy dewy look that is usually lacking during these dark and chilly months. Lash tip: I wear an eye mask or place two cotton rounds over my eyes before spraying to protect my clean eyelash extensions!
2. DEEP CONDITIONER. I recently discovered Amika’s Soulfood Nourishing Mask and I can’t quit it. This mask is perfect for the post summer months where our hair might be feeling dry and damaged, plus all the extra shine doesn’t hurt.
3. LIP BALM. I know I had a favorite chapstick in my last summer post but I can’t help it-- I’m a lip balm junkie, and Smith’s Rosebud Salve is another favorite. I keep this stuff in my nightstand at all times and something about the smell makes me feel extra cozy.
4.HAIR ACCESSORIES. scrunchies, bandanas, and bows are all the rage right now and such an easy way to spice up any hair style. Accessorizing is one of my favorite ways to transition into fall styles; I add a bandana to all of my pony tails. I found the cutest accessories here, here, and here.
5.CURLING IRON. The Babylisspro Titanium Iron is what curling iron dreams are made of. This is the most popular iron used in the salon and it is so easy to use at home too. Lately, I have been feeling inspired by all the new fall trends and I can’t wait to create new looks with this curling iron.
Introduce your self. Tell us about your self and a little about your business. We will get more in detail in the individual questions.
Hey! 👋 I'm Courtney! I'm from Pleasant Grove, Utah and have my Master Esthetics license. I've been married to the love of my life for 6 years and have two beautiful kids - Cruz (4) and Alivia (2) and another little girl coming very soon!
What sparked your interest in lashing and how long have you been in the lash industry?
I've been in the lash industry for almost 4 years coming up this fall! Honestly, I learned lashes while I was in esthetics school and was totally frustrated with how long they took and how I couldn't get them perfect (hello perfectionist!). As time went on I got more patient and opportunities opened up that made me realize this was what I was supposed to be doing. I've learned to love the detailed work and creative outlet it has given me as well as the flexibility to still be a mom!
What has been some of the best advice you have received since starting your business?
To never give up and to keep practicing and keep trying even if I felt discouraged.
What does your daily routine look like?
I'm a person that feels very comfortable with a scheduled routine or plan for the day but I've learned that as a mom that doesn't always happen. Most days seem like chaos trying to balance mom/wife duties and working. My little human alarm clocks usually wake me up in the early morning and our day starts right away with breakfast and trying to wrestle them to get ready. No matter if it's a day I work or not we are mostly gone from home. Either I'm working and the kiddos are playing at my aunts house or we are spending the day running errands, doing chores, trying to survive with the least amount of tantrums possible. 😅 I always try my best to get a healthy dinner on the table at the end of the day. I'm so lucky to have such an awesome partner that comes home from work and gives me time to myself to decompress and take some time for me whether it's the gym or even just being able to fold laundry in silence! After we put the kids down we usually spend the rest of the night trying to relax and spend time together either if it's watching our show or laying in bed talking and laughing.
What is something that you do, just for you?
I'm a huge advocate for self care. The things I do for myself that make me feel my best mentally and physically are exercise and eating well. Sounds cliche, I know! But there really is nothing that helps me release stress and boost my confidence more than going to the gym and lifting some weights. When I'm eating well and taking care of my body I feel energized and able to conquer anything!
What was one of your hardest life lessons, and how did you learn/grow from it?
I had a life experience last year that left me feeling broken, unloved and alone. Im a true believer that everything happens for a reason and all trials are meant to help us grow into the people we are meant to be. This particular experience gave me the chance to start from the bottom and learn to love myself and accept myself for who I am. To not worry about what people thought of me and to just try my best and let that be enough. I learned that I am worthy of love and it started with loving myself.
Do you have any tips for those in the industry looking to grow?
My best advice isn't for business growth but for personal growth in the industry which I feel like in turn can grow your business! Quality over quantity ALWAYS. It's better to perfect your art and let the timing follow than to hurry through a client and expect the quality to improve later. This goes for your clientele as well, don't sell yourself short. Know your worth and what you deserve. Set expectations for you clients from the beginning and don't let anyone bully you into something you don't want to do. The good clients will come and those who aren't willing to meet your standards or try to push your limits are not worth your time. There is always someone better who can replace them!
Not only do lashes come in different lengths and thickness they come in different curls. Different curls create different looks. There are curls for every look and every eye shape. Most clients’ natural lashes will not necessarily match the curl of the synthetic lash. The Curls include J, B, C, CC, D, L, and L+.
J CURL | The most natural lash. This lash has a very slight lift off from a straight line and resembles an average natural lash.
B CURL | This eyelash has a slightly greater curl than the J Curl. This lash would be used for a more natural look.
C CURL | This is a very popular choice for curl as it compares to eyelashes being curled with an eyelash curler. This is a great go-to lash for client’s that don’t know what they want or if your unsure on what to use for their eye shape. This curl flatters and lifts most eye shapes but can really make a hooded eyelid pop.
CC CURL | Growing in popularity, CC curls are a perfect medium between C and D curl. These lashes are so versatile on their own but they can also be easily mixed with C or D to create different styles.
D CURL | The curliest and most dramatic curl. From a sideview, D curl has the greatest curve compared to the other styles. This curl differs the most from a natural eyelash and it helps to open deep set eyes and monolid eye shapes. D Curl is another very popular choice among clients and artists.
L CURL | The L family is the newest curl. L curl lashes have a straight base and then curls straight up. They are very beneficial when you are working with single lidded eyes.
L+ CURL | This Curl is very similar to the L curl as it also has a very straight base but with a more defined angle as it curls straight up. This curl actually resembles the letter L.
I have gathered and linked a few of my go-to summer beauty products that I can’t live without! These are tried and true products that I have used all summer long and I hope you love them as much as I do!
1. Glow Drops! Makeup Revolution’s liquid highlighter has been my favorite makeup this summer. Summer time is all about minimal makeup and these glow drops are the perfect addition to a sun kissed face. I use a drop or two mixed with a moisturizer or face primer, apply all over the face and call it good. They are so budget friendly and a little goes a long way. As we transition to the fall months, I continue to use these under my foundation for a subtle glow.
2. Chapstick! I am a chapstick addict and use it all year long, but in the summer months I make sure I’m using one with SPF. Lately I have been obsessed with Sun Bum’s sunscreen lip balm, It has saved me this summer! I used this lip balm during a trip to Hawaii and after a few days everyone’s lips were burned and flaking except mine! They have so many options and they all smell amazing. I’ll be using my coconut flavor through the fall to hold onto summer as long as possible!
3. The Wet Brush! I recommend a wet brush to every one! We love this brush at my house so much that me and my husband each have our own. Not only is this great post shower, but I take this out camping, to the pool, and on the lake. It makes detangling the hair so easy!
4. Flake Away! Soap and Glory’s Flake Away Body Polish is exactly what it sounds like—it exfoliates dry flaking skin. I used a whole tub of this after my vacations. We all hate peeling, dry, flaking skin after a sunburn and this helps so much!
5. Lux Lash Wash! Obviously! I love how simple this wash makes cleaning my lashes. The summer months can be hard on lashes with extra swimming and outdoor activities so using a product that is extension safe is so important! I Know after a day in the mountains my eyelashes are covered in dust and the first thing I do is use my Lux Lash Wash!