Need to Speed Up Your Lash Treatments? Here’s How to do it Without Sacrificing Quality!
Picture this: your client arrives later than planned and they have an event so they need their lashes to look fresh and full. Do you:
- Cover as many lashes as possible but skip on pretreatment and stickie checks
- Tell them that’s a them problem, and apply only what you can and send them away disappointed
- Pull out these handy little tips that save you time without forsaking even a little bit of quality
If you answered anything other than C, I wish you the best of luck in your business endeavours.
Seriously though, as tempting as it may be to cut corners, you’re not going to be doing yourself any favours by doing so – skipping pretreatment means your lash retention will suffer and you’re putting your client at risk of an eye infection. Not checking for stickies will lead to the natural lashes being damaged. Even if you truly believe that there are no stickies in your lash set, they have a way of sneaking in there, so it’s really not worth the risk.
Sure, you can tell them it’s their issue that their lashes aren’t as full as they wanted, and we highly recommend that you explain to them that lateness won’t be something you can facilitate going forward, but being blunt about it won’t win you any 5-star reviews. For their first offence, it’s worth doing what you can to keep them happy and just explain that they really need to get to you on time in future, otherwise they simply won’t get the coverage that they want.
So, what can you do to speed up your appointment times when the need arises, without sacrificing your retention or quality?
Work with the Lash Layers
We know that working with the layers instead of applying lashes willy-nilly seems like it would take more time and effort, but hear us out, this is a little trick you can use to make the lashes look more full than they are.
What you’re going to do it cover the bottom layer of lashes completely, the middle layer about 75%, and then cover the top layer as much as you can in the time you have left (whilst also factoring in time to check for stickies), focusing on covering any gaps in the lash line. By doing this, when your client opens their eyes at the end of the treatment they see a fully covered lash line and what appears to be a nice full set.
To add to this, try making your fans slightly wider than usual, as this will help to cover any gaps you might see otherwise. If your client has come to you for classic lashes you might face more of an issue, but check with them if they’re happy for you to apply a few 2D fans to cover gaps, making their lashes look more full.
Change the Kind of Lashes You Use
If they’re coming for classic lashes, try using flat lashes instead of regular classics – you can use a much thicker lash but still ensure that your client’s natural lashes are safe as flat lashes weigh only around half as much as a regular classic lash due to the shape of their base.
If they’re coming to you for volume, you have a little bit more wiggle room because you can swap handmade fans for premade volume fans and save yourself a bunch of time that way, or if your client prefers a very wispy lash look, you could opt for Camellia Easy Fanning lashes which will give you a lot of density, but which require very little work from you when it comes to fanning, and even less when it comes to making a wispy set.
Use Tape to Make the Lashes More Accessible
We don’t mean lifting the eyelids to make the inner corners easier to lash, though that will help you out if you’re not already doing it (there’s a couple of GIFs below, if you’re not sure what we mean by this), what we mean is taping back the lashes so that you don’t have to work as hard to isolate the lashes – you’ll be surprised how much time this saves!
This is most helpful during lash fills as you can pull back the extended lashes and the uncovered natural lashes will just pop out from among them, so you can get straight to placing your extensions. For a full set though, tape all of the lashes back, careful to only stick down the ends and let the tape rest on the lashes, and then use your tweezers to gently pull the lashes down layer by layer and apply your extensions.
For reference, this is how to use tape to make the inner corner lashes more accessible:
And this is how to use tape to help you work with the lash layers:
And that’s it! Three ways to speed up your eyelash extensions treatments without sacrificing even an iota of quality! Give your clients what they want, and give them the lashes they deserve. Be sure to remind them to stick to their scheduled time in the future though – you might have a few time-saving tricks up your sleeve, but you’re not a miracle worker!