As a lash artist, you’ve undergone training to learn the best ways to apply long-lasting, gorgeous lash sets. However, applying lash extensions is a multi-step process and leaves a lot of room for error; even small mistakes can greatly impact the longevity and quality of your lash sets. New and seasoned lash professionals can unknowingly detract from a lash set’s quality by skipping steps or failing to control certain aspects of the lash extension process. Today, we’re sharing how to avoid common lash extension mistakes to help lash professionals take their services to the next level.
Mistake #1: Rushing Through Appointments
NovaLash products and techniques allow lash artists to complete full, high-quality lash extension sets in less time. However, that doesn’t mean you should rush through the service. You should always allot 2 hours for full sets and about 1 hour and 15 minutes for infills. If you have a new client, allocate a bit more time so you can hold a full consultation and provide detailed aftercare instructions. When you don’t allow enough time, you run the risk of applying only half or partial sets, which look sparse, shed quicker, and generally result in a less satisfied customer. Take your time to ensure each client gets the long-term results they’re looking for!
Mistake #2: Ignoring Humidity Levels
All Platinum Bond® adhesives by NovaLash react to moisture, which means they’ll cure faster when exposed to humidity. You have to monitor your humidity levels to avoid the risk of your lash extension glue drying too quickly, lash adhesive drying too slowly, poor extension retention, your client experiencing poor extensive retention, and longer than normal service times. To help lash artists monitor humidity levels, try the Aura by NovaLash. This hygrometer allows you to see the exact humidity and temperature in your lashing space. With one quick glance at the Aura, you will know if you need to adjust humidity levels to meet your needs. Need more moisture? Try the Mini Mr™ or AirNova®. Too much humidity? Lower the moisture level using a dehumidifier, air conditioner, or heater. By controlling your space, you can achieve the lasting results you and your clients expect from NovaLash
Mistake #3: Skipping the Separation Process
Separation is one of the most important steps of the lash extension process. Failure to perform proper separation can result in the natural lashes sticking together, which can compromise their growth cycle and cause lash damage. Additionally, failing to separate lashes often causes gaps in the lash line, itching, and irritation. One secret to nailing the separation process is using the correct tools. We recommend the Dumont curved forceps, since they allow you to isolate natural lashes and get into those hard-to-reach places. The key to painlessly separating natural lashes or lash extensions that are stuck together is to control your forceps, keep the tip closed around the extensions and natural lash, and pull toward you. Never pluck, pull, or cause pain during separation. As such an important part of the lash extension technique, separation takes repeated practice to master. If you think you need a separation refresher, sign up for a NovaLash training course. Each course provides a detailed explanation of separation given by a leading NovaLash professional.
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Mistake #4: Improperly Applying Lash Extension Gel Patches and Stickers
Correctly placing gel patches and stickers is the foundation of a successful lash extension service. By securing the bottom lashes, you can perfect the separation process and efficiently apply the right extensions for your client’s needs. NovaLash gel patches make it easy to hold down the bottom lashes, as they won’t move or budge once in place. The NovaLash under eye stickers provide a smaller surface, which is perfect for clients with petite eyes. Plus, NovaLash stickers display the NovaLash logo, which is perfect for social media snaps – you can showcase your use of the world’s safest and healthiest lash brand to entice future clients.
Mistake #5: Not Providing Aftercare Instructions and Products
Even if your lash extension application is flawless, your clients won’t be able maintain your work without the right aftercare. Give each client detailed instructions on how to care for their extension, and include an explanation about how NovaLash aftercare differs from other brands. Unlike most lash companies, NovaLash adhesives love oil, so clients can use oil-based makeup, makeup remover, and aftercare to keep their lashes luscious all month long. Spend as much time as you need explaining the importance of aftercare – after all, the better you educate your clients, the longer their lashes will last and the happier they will be!
Mistake #6: Failing to Customize Lash Sets
We all have different eye shapes and facial structures, so you should have a large variety of curls, lengths, and diameters on hand to fit every client’s needs. When taking on a new client, be sure to ask about their desired outcome. Depending on their lash goals and health of their natural lashes, you’ll need to use different types of lash extensions for each client. As a lash artist, it’s your responsibility to determine which extensions would best suit your client’s face and give them the results they’re looking for.
Becoming a lash artist is more than a job – it’s a career. Even advanced lash artists need to keep practicing, refining, and perfecting their technique to give the best possible results to their clients. By avoiding these common mistakes, you’ll be able to create flawless, long-lasting lash sets without damaging your client’s natural lashes.