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.