As a professional lash artist I cringe to hear how confident others in the industry are to tell me they are going to learn how to do eyelash extensions. I then say.. "okay, are you going to dedicate your career and time to being a lash artist?' The most recent answer I heard that makes me shake my head is " No, I just want to do it on the side."
I want to express the importance of how it is quick and easy service like putting eyeshadow on someone. Just because you sign up for a lash training and get a certificate from a big corporate brand of lashes does not make you good. Having a quality trainer to depend on for questions and help along the way is key. You do not always get this from pop up lash training from corporate lines.
IT IS A TRUE ART to be able to do a quality set of eyelash extensions. It has taken me working with them for 3+ years now to say "I AM GOOD and stand behind my work 100%"
When looking to book a set of eyelash extensions here are a few tips to make sure you are not getting a rookie who could damage your lashes FOREVER. If we do not have any real lashes to add extensions to you can kiss the lash extension dream goodbye and might want to look into investing in a strip lash company... because that is all you will ever be able to work with again:/ Aggressive I know... It's that serious!
Experience: In order to do eyelash extensions properly, the stylist must have a great deal of practice before charging for their service. How many full sets has the stylist completed? How many years has the spa/salon been in business that they work out of or refer from? Make sure the person you trust has experience and not just a certificate before they work around your eyes.
Service Time: While many lash places tend to boast that they can do the service more quickly than others, this is NOT a good sign. The process of applying a full set of lash extensions should take between 2 and 2.5 hours. The process of doing a quality lash fill should be at least 1 to 1.25 hours. When the stylist has been trained in the proper technique, they isolate each individual natural lash while they meticulously apply an extension. At this point, the stylist must maintain the isolation for enough time for the adhesive to dry and for the lash to not stick to the neighboring lash. When stylists go too fast, the lashes tend to stick together and look messy and clumpy with adhesive.
Cost: Be careful of places offering very low priced lash extensions. If it’s very cheap, then most likely you are getting what you paid for—cheap, messy, extensions that will end up damaging your natural lashes. As stated earlier, many places are getting their products at low prices and then rushing through the application to save time and money. This is why they can charge next to nothing for their service. Some things ARE too good to be true.
PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT NOT PERFECT! RESEARCH YOUR PROFESSIONALS PAST WORK AND ASK TO SEE PICTURES.