Signing up for an eyelash extension course is the second step in being a successful lash tech. The first one is loving what you do, in this case, eyelash extensions.
In a lash tech course, you will be able to learn many things, such as but not limited to, how to apply lash extensions properly, refine your existing skills, how to use lash supplies and tools correctly, and so much more. Remember, eyelash extension courses are different from each other, some are more extensive while others are simpler.
At the end of each course, you will get a certificate that proves your participation and completion. These certificates can help improve your lash tech career and reputation. The result is more clients, income, and a better lash business. These certificates are just one of the benefits of joining lash tech courses.
However, you can’t learn everything from one eyelash course. There are things you can only learn from experience or other lash tech mentorship. We listed 6 things they rarely teach you in your beginner course.
1. Proper full set eyelash extension removal
You can learn how to apply lash extensions, the supplies and tools you need to use, and the aftercare routine you should advise your clients. But most often than not, many courses fail to teach the right way to remove lash extensions without harming the natural lashes of your clients.
Here are some steps and tips to remove the eyelash extension of your clients in the right and proper way that you can’t learn from your lash tech course:
- During the lash extension removal, make sure your client’s eyes are closed.
- Use under-eye pads.
- Only use lint-free micro brushes.
- Use small amounts of your lash extension remover at a time.
- Do not pull when applying the lash remover at the base of your client’s eyelash extensions. Use a gentle dabbing and massaging method.
- Use a different lint-free micro brush for each eye. Allow the remover to sit for approximately 5 minutes. Gently brush and lift the eyelash extensions.
- If the extensions are not easily coming off. Apply the remover a second time. Making sure to coat the base of the extension, where the adhesive has dried.
- Once all the extensions have been removed. Clean the lashes of your client.
- Remove the under-eye pads.
2. Proper weight on natural lashes in your lash tech course
The weight of the eyelash extensions will depend on the thickness (diameter) and length of the eyelash extensions you use. In addition, you can’t just randomly use lash extensions because you need to consider the health of the natural lashes of your client, their length, and thickness.
As a lash tech, you need to make sure the eyelash extensions you use are not too heavy on the natural lashes to avoid premature shedding and breakage. Keep in mind that the longer and thicker the lash extensions you use, the heavier they will be.
There are two main types of eyelash extension applications, namely classic and volume applications. In classic eyelash extension applications, one lash extension is applied to one natural lash. The most commonly used eyelash extension is 0.15. Remember, your clients have different natural lashes. You need to consider their health and strength before applying lash extensions.
On the other hand, in volume extensions, multiple lash extensions are applied to one natural lash. Meaning, you need to consider the number of extensions per fan as well as the diameter you use, as they might be too heavy for the natural lashes. The more extensions you need to apply to one natural lash, the lighter the extensions should be.
We put together reminders, tips, and tricks that can help you choose the best length and thickness of classic extensions depending on the natural lashes of your clients.
3. Your lash tech course may miss mentioning stretching techniques during applications or in between appointments
Applying eyelash extensions will take a long time. Especially if you need to remove the previous ones and apply a brand new set. You will be sitting on your chair, and only your arms and hands will be moving. Which is not healthy. You need to move your body to get your blood pumping, reducing the strain on your arms, and avoiding stiffness which can affect your speed and precision.
Stretching during and in between eyelash extension applications is very helpful to make sure your blood is pumping throughout your body. Stretching your back, shoulders, arms, and neck can greatly help in keeping your speed and precision while avoiding mistakes.
Here are some easy stretches you can do before and during your lash extension applications:
These simple and quick exercises will only take 10 to 20 seconds but can greatly improve the blood flow in your body.
4. Talk about how to take great photos in your lash tech course
Marketing your lash services and your work is very important to grow your network, improve your reputation, and attract more clients. These days, there is an easy and quick way to advertise and market your lash salon business which they do not teach in most lash tech courses, that is utilizing the use of social media. You can post photos of your work, lash extension supplies you use, and your workspace on your social media accounts and attract more clients.
Here are some tips for taking great photos you can post on your social media accounts:
When taking photos, it is necessary to check the quality of the photos before posting them. Check and double-check the photos and make sure they are clear and consistent with your branding.
5. A lash tech course may not discuss what to include in your waiver
Many lash tech courses do not teach you the importance of a waiver. As a business owner, you need to protect your business, yourself, and your employees. Having a waiver form prepared and signed by your client before the eyelash extension service can help you avoid any problems in the future.
To create an effective waiver form, it should include the following:
- The complete eyelash extension process and what your client can expect
- All the products you will be using.
- Your policies (ie: if a client is unable with the service)
- Available payment methods.
- No-show and cancellation policies.
- Possible side effects the client might experience.
- Liability disclaimer.
- Permission to take and use photos
- The date of the service
- Signature of your client.
The waiver form should be as detailed as possible.
Before applying eyelash extensions, have your client read and understand the information in the waiver form, especially if they are first-timers.
6. Your lash tech course may not talk about using reputable brands
Not all lash tech courses talk about using reputable brands, which is very important in any lash extension service. You need to keep in mind that these brands have been in the eyelash extension business and industry for years and are backed by many positive reviews from various lash techs and lovers. They have a good reputation for a reason.
Popular brands tend to have stricter quality control to protect their reputation and make sure their lash extension supplies and tools they offer are effective and high-quality. As a result, you will have fewer complaints from your clients.
Here are two tips for choosing the reputable brands for your lash supplies that they do not include in your lash tech course:
Joining a lash extension course can definitely help in learning new skills and honing your precision and techniques. However, you can’t learn everything from just one. It is necessary to do your research and read various information, tips, and tricks to improve your lashing skills. If you are ready to explore the eyelash extension industry more, you can always subscribe to Cartel Lash’s newsletter to be updated with the newest information regarding eyelash extensions and lashes.