Lash Prep

When you have filled out all your forms and you have an idea of what lashes you are going to apply, ask your client to lay down on the couch so you can begin cleansing and securing lashes in place. Asking the client if they would like a blanket is a nice touch (depending on the weather!) and they may want to listen to their own music when you start so they can get their earphones ready.

 

I remove all residue with damp cotton pads and use lipstick wands to dry through and apply primer (if needed). Some adhesive manufacturer's recommend using primer and some don't so it's always worthwhile checking their recommendations for best use.

There are a few ways to secure the lashes which you can also see on the video tutorial. When I trained I was taught to use just lash pads but I know that other techs are taught to use micropore tape. I think both have their benefits and disadvantages and I now use a combination of both to make sure that I don't end up with bottom lashes stuck to the top ones at the end of the treatment. I have found that micropore tape on its own, although great for securing the lashes, can be really quite uncomfortable when you remove it. Even when you try to remove most of the tackiness first and although the gel pads are more comfortable, they aren't very reliable at keeping lashes stuck down. So, as a happy medium I cut thin strips of micropore tape, just enough to keep the lash down but not enough that it attaches to the delicate skin under the eye. I then apply my gel pad on top.

The natural lashes need to be completely clean and free from oil for a good bond to form with the extension. At the patch test I ask clients to attend their appointment makeup free and as a general rule they do, but there are always some that forget. If they are free from makeup then I will swipe over the lashes with a protein remover pad. If they haven't removed their makeup I use a soft makeup brush and foaming/ oil free cleanser to gently remove it.

After you have padded up and you are happy that all the bottom lashes are secure, use your dental mirror to just check that there are no gaps in the lashline. Fumes from your adhesive will be drawn to the moisture in the eye and if any of the eyeball is exposed while you lash there is a good chance that your clients will experience irritation. This can cause your client's eyes to feel sore and appear red and bloodshot so try and keep those eyelids fully closed. In some cases, usually if clients have had surgery on their eyes,they may not be able to fully close them. In this instance you can place a damp cotton pad on the cheek to draw the fumes away from the eye to prevent a reaction.     

 

Taping