PREP

Lash Set Up

Having a proper lash set up is important, a set of drawers next to you with all the supplies you need at hand, a chair at the right height, the perfect lighting. All these make a big difference. 

Beauty Bed

The more expensive a bed the more options you have like height adjusting.

Chairs

Its easy to buy a cheap chair, but if your lashing all day you need comfort. A saddle chair with back support is good for posture and what is recommended to lash techs.

Lighting 

This is important, it helps make your job easier and ensures your photos look amazing.

Lash Pillow

If your bed is a little on the low side this will give you more height and gives your client neck support.

Lash Prep

Before you start mapping or lashing you need to prep the natural lashes. A bad pre-treatment routine is one of the main causes of poor retention.

If you start applying lash extensions without cleaning the natural lashes first, you're not going to get the good retention. You might not be able to see by the eye, but those natural lashes can be coated in the bodies natural oils and sweat traces, make up and skincare products. There's no point in spending hours on a beautiful set of lashes for them all to fall out with the swipe of a brush. 

What can I use for prep?

Protein Remover Pads.

These are like make up wipes material they come round and in a a tube to stop them drying out. Perfect for new lashes as you can really scrub, harder on infills due to the material they tend to snag on the extensions.

Pre-Treatment Cleanser

This comes in a liquid form usually in a dropper bottle. You apply a micro brush to wipe any excess off. Using too much can sting the eyes due to high levels of alcohol.

Primer

To be used after a pre-treatment it comes in liquid from, brush gently over client natural lashes focusing at the root of the lashes. It prepares and moisturises the natural lashes by stripping the lash of natural oils and dirt. It creates the perfect PH levels for bonding,

Nourishing Primer

This product is similar to a classic primer but it has added hydration and conditioning properties. Has added fragrances. 

Purifying Primer

Similar to a classic primer with lower alcohol percentage and has added fragrances.

Foam Cleanser

Known as a lash shampoo comes in a foam pump bottle. Sometimes has anti bacterial properties such as tea tree to help prevent eye infections. You do need to rinse out the shampoo with water, any foam cleaner that is left on the lashes will create a barrier and cause bad retention. 

Bio Cleaner

A product London Lash Pro sell combines properties of a cleanser, primer and booster.

Booster

A multi-functioning product which increases retention and the speed of work, it can help prevent volume fans from closing. Due to its high alkanity it helps gently open the hairs cuticle which enables the glue to grip/stick increasing retention. You apply it with a micro brush onto the natural lashes after cleanser or primer. 

Applicators for primers

How to Shampoo Lashes

Some lash techs will shampoo before every new set and infill. Most clients keep their lashes relatively clean so before an infill pre cleanse and prime. But for those naughty clients which haven't been washing their lashes at home and have a clear build up of oil, dirt and make up. A lash shampoo is needed.

 

  • Pump the foaming cleanser on the back of your hand.

  • Use a cleansing brush (soft bristles) so you can get into the root area without causing discomfort.

  • Leave it to soak for a minute, pay attention to the lashes and dry eyelids.

  • Once brushed rinse the shampoo out.

  • Use a lash fan to dry the lashes then prime.

Glue Troubleshooting

All glues have different speeds and consistencies, they all suit different temperatures and humidity's. Sometimes you have to try a lot to find the perfect one for you.  

Brush Off's

After finishing a gorgeous set you brush through the lashes and they come off. This is usually down to the glue drying before properly adhered to the natural lash. This can be because the glue is too quick for the speed of your lashing or that the humidity in the room is causing the glue to dry quicker than usual. To solve this problem try a slightly slower setting glue or invest in a dehumidifier if humidity levels are constantly too high. Another reason for brush off's is if the natural lashes are not clean as lash adhesive will not stick to dirt and oils.

Have you noticed that room temperature and humidity plays a big part in how your glue acts. It's a good idea to have a hydrometer which measures the humidity and air temperature in your workspace.