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Clients typically struggle to lay on a massage table to spend hours of their time to get their lashes done. Performing a lash appointment can be a struggle especially when you are pressured for time. Let’s be honest both the client and the lash artists want amazing lashes in 1.5 hours or less, right?!
I am so grateful to my beginning clients who have started with me from the beginning. The beginning, when they would spend 4 to 5 hours for a full set on my couch. I’m grateful for those who have allowed me to experiment trying new techniques. These clients gave me their patience and time so that I can practice and develop my skill to be faster and better.
It is my hope, that my tips and experiments will help you to be faster and better from the get go. Here’s my lashing secrets for you, my lash sister!
1. Prep For the client
Before the client comes you need to prepare for the client. For example: If it’s their first appointment I will send paperwork via email to have filled out prior to the full set. Then they can bring the paperwork with them or send it back via email. This allows us to get started faster in the full set application versus waiting to fill out paperwork. If I’m able to get the paperwork prior to the client arriving, then I will have a base understanding of what they’re looking for with their lashes. I will get out the curls, thickness and lengths that they may need for their lash appointment.
For fill appointments, have all your tools laid out, ready to go. For me this looks like: clean tweezers set out, lash strips on my lash ring, a glue ring waiting for glue, my glue bottle right next to it, 2 sets of gel pads, one of the gel pad sets have tape on it (for working on the lash layering, more on this later, in the blog).
When the client arrives we begin by catching up. Because I don’t want to waste anytime, I begin hand shaking my glue, and pour a few drops in the glue ring, while we talk. Then, I set the glue ring in between the opening of my tweezers. Next I place the gel pads on my clients eyes. I instantly will tape up the lash layers like in the picture below.
2. Tape up the layers right away
By taping up the lashes first, it allows you to isolate extremely fast. You are not having to work with all the lashes at once and your not having to filter through to find the grown out ones.
I highly recommend to Stop going through each of the lashes to check for removals in the beginning of the fill appointment. Instead work layer by layer on each eye. Remove the grown outs when you see them and instantly replace them.
3. Lash the babies
You may think lashing the baby lashes is wrong. But I’m here to tell you differently. I have a few reasons why you should lash the baby lashes (this is for all lashing techniques except mega volume). I should also note: when lashing the baby lashes use a shorter length with one .07 or a few .03 extensions to lash the babies with.
Reasons to lash the babies:
4. Focus on Retention
Yes Retention is extremely important but how much are you focusing on each individual lash for having the best retention?
When you are doing a fill appointment m, it is more important to focus on the amount of glue you are using, than applying as many lashes as possible during the appointment time. Sometimes we easily get into a habit of lashing to make it look full or dark verse lashing for longevity.
Dip the extensions in the adhesive and pick up a healthy amount of glue. You Need Glue to adhere for a long time. In the past, lash trainers have taught that we need minimal glue per extension. We were taught to not overweigh the lash with glue. I have found this is false for having great retention. You actually need a descent amount of glue to adhere with for amazing Retention.
Apply the extensions with a little more glue than you think you need. Hold the isolation just a little bit longer (babysitting the lash). The entire 2-4mm base of the extension needs to have glue and be flush with the natural lash. We want that one natural lash to have a full lifespan with an extension, in order to have great retention. Lash extensions should only be falling out with the natural lash attached.
By using more glue correctly, lashing the baby lashes and using tape to reach all the layers, then you will have better retention! In doing these tips, it will in turn help you have better speed during the appointment and better retention for your clients.
Interested in the products I lash with?
My favorite tweezer set for volume and classic: Ida Jane Tweezers
Tweezer for mega volume pinching: Diamond Dusted Tweezers
Lash Glue: Lyly Adhesive
Gel pads (set of 2 per pack): Mini Gel Pads
Morgan McGrath, Owner and Founder of Ida Jane. Ida Jane’s goal is to inspire eyelash artists and make lash life fun! We are lash ARTISTS who educate and make the lash world a better place!