I'm back from another weekend of learning! Meeting so many wonderful ladies from all over, getting to know them and making new friends was lovely. One of the first things our educator Gabe had us do was share how we got here in the industry. It got me thinking I should share that with you as well and also explain why I've now decided to start teaching.
Here is my story:
I had a bad set of extensions applied to myself a few years back and after having to take them off, thought.....well how hard could this possibly be to do? (ha! little did I know) I thought I could do this as a side gig no problem. After months of extensive research I found a local school that offered a 2 day course (way better than one day) and off I went. It was a good school, but I had still many gaps in my knowledge. Since this wasn't my full time job, it wasn't a pressing issue to figure these things out.
Then all of a sudden I lost my job. Now I had to take this seriously. So what to do? I was struggling with my sets and my understanding of adhesives and like many techs out there, thought that there was a magic glue that would make the lashes stay on longer and I wasted so much money buying every glue that promised 6-8 weeks of retention. (spoiler alert- this does not exist. It's all about your enviroment and prep, not the adhesive). I set out to find some real help beyond the facebook forums and youtube videos that really weren't helping.
Cue the refresher course with an experienced artist that would revamp my work and self confidence. Here I had an advanced tech all to myself, I could pick her brain and ask everything I wanted. She corrected simple things I was doing wrong, putting me on the right track to improving my sets significantly. Shortly after, I took a volume course which really is a whole new ballgame (try not to take this too early, it can be very frustrating.) Once again I realized I needed more guidance. I went to my next mentor for another course, benefited greatly, and now have taken the advanced volume course with Borboleta. I'm fully addicted to making fans and volume is my obsession now. That is the result of great teachers!
So why did I decide to start teaching? It's for the passion I have for this industry. I want to make sure that my students have all the information I was missing and feel confident with their clients. How to apply extensions properly, all about adhesive and retention, business information/suppliers, that's just a small amount of things covered.
It is of course impossible to cover every scenario when teaching, that comes with time and experience. But, the more informed and prepared you are, the better you will do.
So there you have it. There are some available dates for classes in November and very limited dates in October. None will be offered in December as that's the busiest month of the year for a lash artist. Get your training in before that! Intro pricing available for a limited time.
Till next time,
Below is my very first set (right) and current work (left).
A question I am asked often is, what is the difference between a Lash Lift and Eyelash Extensions? I thought I would break down the differences for each for my clients both present and future.
Example A. Eyelash Extensions are preferable for this client as her lashes would not be noticable without. They make a big difference for her lovely eyes.
Example B. An Eyelash Lift is sufficient for this client as she has strong healthy lashes that simply need a curl and tint to make them noticable. Adding mascara will give her all the drama she needs/wants for any occasion.
Additional differences will be in pricing. On average Eyelash Extensions can start at $99 -$150 and fills $40-$60. A Lash Lift will start at $60 and eye serum/good mascara will run $25-$70 and will last several months.
There you have it. Because there is such an interest in Eyelash Lifts, see the video below for a brief overview of the technique involved.
As always, ask your lash tech if they are certified to perform Eyelash Extensions or Lash Lifting. Ask to see their certificate! I am fully certified and insured. See "about me" for my certificates and schooling.
Till next time!
Finding a lash tech is easy now days. Just go on a classified ad site and boom! Tons of them pop up. (No knock to kijiji, I've advertised myself on there) The dilemma is, how do you know that the person you're looking at is right for you?
Well, there are 2 types of people. The one who wants to pay the least amount and isn't concerned with the outcome, and the other is one who willingly will pay more for quality because they are definitely concerned with the outcome.
With the first type, that individual will have no problem finding a lash tech. There are many lash techs that offer inexpensive sets and they are everywhere. Some may have just started out and think that by offering a low price they will help build their clientele (this may be necessary but not the only way. Do I hear a future blog topic?) Unfortunately some techs are put into a position of skimping on materials because a discount advertiser they used put them into a situation where they will make next to nothing with the way a promotion was set up until it's too late to notice. I'm not here to judge, these deals are great for those who love them and buy without a second thought. Lastly, some are simply low priced because they are compromising on quality for quantity. The saying though, you get what you pay for most often applies in these situations but that's up to the individual to see for them self.
That being said, a person who wants to pay for quality may still find a few roadblocks on the path to the ideal lash artist. There are lash techs that charge higher prices but their work does not justify. So what to do?
Research, research, research. Oh, did I mention RESEARCH? Do not be afraid to ask your potential lash tech questions such as :
Where did you get your certification? Write it down...look them up. Check on their website for photos proof. Make sure the school/place is legit. Are their instructors successful techs and business owners?
Ask about tool sanitizing. If they do, with what and how? They should have answers for that.
Do they allow time between the bookings of clients? Techs that book back to back within minutes of each other are usually rushing and can overlook sanitizing items. Just a thought, how good of a job can the tech do if they are rushing or constantly watching the clock. It also does not lend for a relaxing environment. For many this is the only time they have to unwind and it is not enjoyable to have the next client standing over you tapping their foot.
Do they include a consult on your first visit? This should always be part of a first appointment. It allows you both to be on the same page and this takes time. It should cover expectations, maintenance, even what type of curl or style you are trying to achieve.
What is their retention like? Everyone's retention varies but the answer should not automatically be 5+ weeks. Those cases are rare and are usually only a few lashes holding on so this does not qualify as retention. We lose 2-5 lashes every day! The correct answer is 2-3 weeks (although some can achieve 4 with excellent aftercare), a fact that even renowned lash artist states and adheres to.
Read their reviews online. This is tricky as some reviews can be from family members who will always post a glowing review. Try to see if the reviews match up to the pictures they have posted to make sure these are actual clients.
Last but not least, a great way to find the right lash tech for you is to talk to friends who have lash extensions themselves. Take note of what they say about their tech. Do they enjoy going to their appointment or are they nervous about not knowing if their appointment is going to be on time or what the tech is going to do to their lashes this time? How do their lashes look? Are they full and natural looking? Could you tell they had extensions before they told you? Or do they look like spider legs? Spiky, long and unflattering to their eyes? Are there clumps of glue?
If they love their lash tech and you love your friends lashes, find out who the lash tech is and hope they are still taking clients. See if they have a referral program. Most do! And then book quickly. When there is a good local tech with a great reputation and excellent quality work, they will book up and eventually stop taking clients.
Hopefully this information helps you in your search for the right lash artist, whether you come to MJR Lashes or live out of town and are trying to find someone local, there is a match for you.
If you're visiting this page, then most likely you've visited my website to research eyelash extensions and what services I offer. I thought I would write a blog to guide you through what to expect here at MJR Lashes.
First off, I have a cozy home studio that is private, always clean and very relaxing. You will be provided with a consent form that outlines my policies, procedures and asks relevant information about yourself. After that we will go over your expectations, choices of lash and desired effects.
Once you are comfortable and settled in the heated massage bed, I will wash your eyelids with cleanser in order to make sure there are no oils that will interfere with the adhesive and then secure your lower lashes with comfortable eye pads. Then it is time to relax. I recommend taking a nap (fairly easy for most) or resting quietly. This is to make sure that the eye pads do not move while I am lashing due to facial expressions when you are talking. If they do move too much, they can bump your eye and cause you discomfort after. It is also not wise to attempt to answer your phone or text while having your lashes done. Your eyes need to be closed completely for your own safety or I will have to stop and wait. This will lessen your lash time and the end result will most likely not be what your were expecting. Best to turn off your phone for the hour or set it to silent.
An hour and 45 mins later and you are done! I set your lashes, remove the eye pads and we go over aftercare. Remember to avoid excessive water around your face for 24 hrs. I retail cute pink swim goggles for the clients who forget and other products that will help extend the life of your lashes. Avoid oils in any products you use around the eye area because this will break down the adhesive and affect your retention. That goes for eyeliners, mascara (which you will not need, but some choose to wear for special occasions) and under eye creams. Also after washing your lashes daily and rinsing them, try drying them on the cool setting of a hair dryer and then brushing them with the lash wand I send home with you.
Fills are done on average every 2-3 weeks and take less time than your first visit. Our natural lash cycle is to lose anywhere between 2-5 lashes a day. This means that although you may "retain" extensions for longer than that, in all likelihood you will find that they will not be as full. Keeping your fills at 2-3 weeks makes sure they are always full and beautiful.
Keep in mind that your fill appointments are always a good time to communicate with me and let me know if you would like something changed up or tweaked. I always keep the health of your natural lash first and foremost so if I can do it, I will and vice versa.
I hope that answers any questions you may have had, feel free to message me if you have any not covered.
Till next time!
Looking forward to seeing you soon,