5 things to know before becoming a lash artist...
So maybe you’ve heard the lash industry is a booming billion dollar biz… which it is. But we wanted to share the nitty gritty of what you SHOULD know before diving in.
- Most states require a state issued license to perform the service. In Texas we have a one of a kind specialty cosmetology license specific to lash extensions technicians. This license is a 320 hour commitment that requires both a written + practical hands-on exam. However EVERY state varies in the law, for example a full esthetician or cosmetology license is required in California to perform the service.
Do you research on your states requirements prior to enrolling in any course or school.
- Certifications are not regulated. Remember that certifications are NOT state or organizationally accredited, they are tokens of continuing education. Earning a certification does not mean you can legally perform lash services without a license.
Taking a class + earning a certification is a great way to enhance your skills and invest in your education to provide your clients with outstanding service.
- Performing lash extensions can take a physical toll. As lash artists we often experience eye strain, neck/back issues, and overall burnout from the physical nature of the craft. Learning to manage your boundaries, investing in proper equipment, and knowing your limits is key to being successful long-term.
Staying active, stretching, and investing in self care is a must.
- You can earn 6 figures. While working part time?! It’s true! If you price your services right + nurture loyalty with clients you can absolutely earn 6 figures a year. But let’s be clear… it takes TIME. Building up your confidence as an artist doesn’t happen overnight but every time you have a satisfied client, you’re one step closer.
Nurture new clients who are a good fit for your biz, encourage them to refer people they know. This helps build your dream clientele of clients who respect + support your biz.
- Lash extensions take time to master. It’s so common when you start as a new artist to struggle with things like retention, client management, and getting your speed up. Remember to take it one step at a time!
Don’t use your paying clients to practice. Schedule time to do models to build your portfolio, practice new skills, or try new products.
Joining a new industry while taking a new career path can be a challenge… But don’t let it discourage you from pushing through the obstacles to build a thriving + successful career!
Stay tuned for more tips from DLU for a successful career in the lash industry.