How to Speed Up Lash Extension Application
Have you gotten great at creating amazing lash looks, but you’re struggling with speed? This can be especially frustrating if you’re having to turn down clients because you just don’t have the time. If you’d like to be able to help more clients in your day, you’ll need to find ways to do your job faster, while still being careful and precise.
Luckily, with practice, any lash technician can speed up their lash extension application without sacrificing quality. In this post, we’ll help you discover how.
Practice faster isolation
One key facet of lash extension application in isolation. It is one of the most important things in the process, and it’s also where you need to be the most precise.
Once you’re comfortable with the basics of lash extension isolation, then you can begin practicing quicker application.
Place under-eye pads well
If under-eye pads are not covering the bottom lashes properly, they will keep popping up and get mixed in with the upper lashes. Separating these lashes will slow you down! So when you place the eye pads in the beginning, do it well.
How the lash room setup can help you speed up the application
Good lighting: Lighting is one of the most important parts of the setup for speedy application. If your light is dim and yellow, you can’t see all those tiny lashes (not to mention that it is a threat to your eye health in the long term). This is the time to get yourself a bright fluorescent studio light. Glamcor light is a popular option.
A tidy lash cart: Use a lash cart next to your lash bed and pre-organize all the supplies you’ll need during the application. You can even organize the supplies according to your movement.
A table clock: To check your progress during the application, get yourself a simple table clock next to the bed (you should be able to see it easily). Checking your phone for the time not only slows you down but can also be quite distracting.
Thermometer & hygrometer: Change in humidity and temperature can affect the drying speed of lash extension glue and slows down your set. Always place a thermometer and hygrometer next to your lash bed.
Keep brushing and fluffing at a minimum
Yes, yes, we want our clients’ lashes to be perfect, but sometimes we just have to hold back on the priming and preening. One thing that tends to take up too much unnecessary time, especially with newer lash technicians, is fluffing lashes as they’re applied.
If you think your excessive brushing is caused by anxiety and uncertainty about the design, make sure you write down the lash mapping (including the curls and lengths) on the under-eye pads before starting the application.
As for brushing, while yes, it is important, there’s no need to do it every few lashes or so. Instead, do it during times when your hands aren’t holding tweezers, like for example when you’re replacing your glue drop. Or when you need to check the overall design.
Being efficient with your time simply opens up more time for your clients, so don’t waste it.
How the client setup can help you speed up the application
Client preparation: When a client comes to the salon with eye makeup on, it can waste your precious time removing mascara stuck in the lash line. Tell your client to come to the salon with no makeup on.
No chatting during the set: Of course, chatting with your client helps you bond, but when a client talks, she moves her face, and that in turn slows you down. Give your client a hydrating lip mask so that she won’t be able to chat.
- Client’s comfort: It’s really difficult to lash on twitchy eyes. Eyelid twitching comes from stress, anxiety, and caffeine. Make your lash room as comfortable as possible for the client so she can relax her eyes.
- Blanket: Make sure to have a cozy, weighted blanket
- Pillow: Provide a soft and fluffy cloud pillow
- Music: Play a soothing playlist so she can fall asleep
- No caffeine: Tell your client not to drink coffee before the appointment if possible.
Take advantage of your lash supplies
Some lash products were specifically designed to improve the process of lash extension, so of course, they’ll also help you do your work quicker.
Here are some products with which you should arm your lash extension arsenal for quick, yet stunning lashes.
The lash primer should be your best friend. Because it removes all sorts of dirt and oil from your client’s lashes, it also keeps lashes from slipping off and increases their retention.
Imagine the horror and frustration of having to reapply an extension lash over and over again, and all just because you haven’t prepped your client’s lashes!
Make sure to never skip the primer, and you’ll be sure to attach lashes successfully the first time, giving you more time to complete the rest of the set…and the next clients and the next clients...
If a one-second drying time is still too fast for you but you’d like a faster-drying one, then Rapid Low Fume glue should become an indispensable part of your lash kit. With a medium consistency and a setting time of 0.5 seconds, you can halve your application time, leaving room for more clients. The best part is that it’s also low on fumes, which means less irritation for both you and your client.
Last but not least, a great option for speeding up a lash application is Laser Lash. Thanks to their microscopic laser-processed indentations, OW classic Lashes create an instant bond between the extensions and the natural lashes. As a result, the extension lashes don’t slide off the natural lashes, which saves you time from reapplying and allows you to move quickly to the next lash.
OW Flat lashes are 50% flatter than the classic lash. They have half the weight of normal mink lashes. to create superior, interlocking flat shapes which are 75% lighter than normal classic lashes and increase retention time up to 10 days longer than a classic mink lash. Due to the flat shape of these lashes, it is easier to attach and it shortens the extension application time.
Lint Free Applicator or Micro Brush
The unique applicator tip holds fluids in a non-drip suspension for targeted surface cleansing. It is an ideal alternative to traditional cotton swabs, which contain fibers that may get caught between natural eyelashes and eyelash extensions. Using a lint-free applicator or micro brush can help speed up the process of extension.
Speed Lasher, Go
Each of the tips and methods above alone can already help you to be faster at creating fab lash looks. In combination, they’ll make you into the Wonder Woman of the lash industry!
The only thing we can say is to not force it. It’s better to learn to do things right than to be quick about it, so be sure to practice, practice, practice and with time you’ll be able to adapt quicker alternatives.