As a trainer for lash extensions, one of the main things I see new students struggle with is eye protection. When students sign up for classes, they know they are going to learn the art of lashing. Part of this art is being able to see very tiny lashes. Many clients have blonde or even white or gray lashes, and as they age, their lashes become shorter and thinner. These lashes are more difficult to see with just normal vision.
It’s very challenging to see every single lash available for an extension without some sort of magnification.
As a student moves through the practice exercises, I will introduce them to magnification. Most younger students will balk at using magnification. They have great vision, and think they have no reason to use magnification.
Why You Should Use Magnification
As we get more precise with our applications we need to “see” every lash in order to get the most fullness with every set. These tiny lashes can make or break the clients satisfaction. If we do an incomplete set, our clients don’t get that fullness they are looking for and it leaves them asking for more every time. Questions like “ can you make them thicker?" are common. Almost every client I have ever lashed, wants their lashes thicker and sometimes longer.
The health of our eyes is a major concern. If we are straining our eyes every day, how is that impacting the health of our eyes and our vision? Not to mention the fumes that using lash glue can have on our eyes as well. I always introduce my students to some type of eye protection with magnification. I purchase low strength readers for each student. I have a few incentives for them to try out. Our students need to see what they are missing and have a barrier between their eyes and the glue. So, if you aren’t using anything to protect your eyes, try out a low strength magnifier until you get used to them, and add more power as you get more proficient. Your eyes will thank you!
Maryann has an accomplished, 30+ year background in the beauty industry. As a cosmetologist she opened her first salon in ’83. She has specialized as an educator since 2006. Maryann knows what it takes to create successful salon businesses and is here to share her experience with you.