Do you want your lash business to thrive but feel overwhelmed as a newbie eyelash technician? If so, we’ve got you covered! We’ve created this ultimate guide tailored specifically for beginner lash technicians like you.
This blog post will give you all the essentials to launching your career as a successful lash technician. Let’s start your journey from cleaning the tools properly to the different lash application techniques.
5 Essential Things a Lash Artist Must Know
Starting a lash business can take a lot of effort and hard work. Still, the excitement of being an entrepreneur and having your own lash salon makes it all worth it. There is a lot involved in launching your own business as a newbie lash artist:
Here are the basics you must know about operating a lash business:
Proper Sanitizing of Tools and Equipment
As a lash artist, cleaning your tools and learning proper handwashing are essential. Sanitizing involves using an antimicrobial agent on objects and surfaces, like your salon’s bed sheets, to reduce the presence of viruses. This is to ensure your and your clients’ safety.
Sterilization is also necessary to kill all disease-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This involves using chemicals, temperature, and pressure. For example, soaking your tweezers in 70 percent alcohol for 20 minutes is a form of sterilization.
2 Being Aware of Eye Conditions
As an eyelash technician, you must put the eye health of your clients first. You can’t diagnose a client just by looking. That’s why familiarizing yourself with different eye conditions is so important.
Knowing if an eye condition is contagious will help you evaluate when to turn away clients gently. If you recognize an eye condition that is serious enough to refuse lash procedure, calmly talk to your client. Kindly let them know that you notice their symptoms and that they should get looked at by a medical professional.
For example, if you notice a client has viral conjunctivitis that may spread between other clients, kindly advise them to seek medical advice. Inform them also that you wouldn’t perform lash extension services for them.
3 Paying Attention to Your Workplace Setup
Establishing an inviting workplace setup is key to making lash clients feel welcomed and comfortable. Creating a positive and uplifting atmosphere is a strong branding strategy that will help increase customer loyalty.
You can achieve a positive workplace setup by incorporating special features into your lash salon. This includes a comfortable bed for clients, relaxing music, good lighting, cozy pillows, and blankets. You may also offer complimentary drinks or free small gifts for your clients.
Since you are just beginning your career as a lash technician, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t have every key feature mentioned. You can add different features later on as your lash business grows.
4 Conducting Client Consultation
Consultation with your client should be the first step of a lash appointment. During the consultation, gently ask your clients about possible health conditions they have and if they are taking any medications. This is to avoid any allergic reactions.
You can also ask them if they have had a bad experience with lash extensions. Client consultation is also the perfect time to ask your client about a specific lash style they would like to have.
Additionally, make it a point that clients sign a consent form before you begin the lash extension application. This form will serve as your liability security in case any disagreement occurs. For example, if an allergic reaction takes place and your client becomes upset despite the risks you outlined in the form, the consent form will protect you.
5 Lash Styling and Application
More than everything, your skills in applying lashes and the range of lash styles you offer will make the difference. As a beginner, focus more on the technique of applying lashes rather than the number of lashes you apply.
When it comes to lash styles, ensure you examine the health of your clients’ natural lashes. For example, if a client wants a cat eyelash style but doesn’t have natural solid lashes to withstand the extensions, the style may not be a good fit.
Instead, you can suggest the butterfly lash style, which is closer to the look of cat eye style but suitable to their natural lash health. But, if a client is against your suggestion, give them the lash style they want unless it’s for safety reasons.
Creating and marketing your own lash business is extremely rewarding. However, it requires time, effort, and, most importantly, knowledge. Trends in the beauty industry are constantly changing. This is why lash artists must continue learning.
If you want to become a certified lash tech, you must be willing to go through comprehensive lash training courses. Start honing your lash skills, and you’ll be well on your way to being a successful lash artist!