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).