Essentials for A Beginner Lash Tech: What Should You Have In Your Lash Extension Kit?
So you’ve just got your professional lash technician qualification and you are ready to. First of all, congratulations! You have taken the first step, and have the potential for an amazing career ahead of you! The first stages of setting up your lash business can be extremely overwhelming, we get it… so we’re here to break down everything you need in your lash extension kit to get going.
We always suggest purchasing a lash extension kit, as they offer a nice discount on the products when sold all together, and save you some time in the process! Buying a bundle may seem like a steep investment at first, but you will save on cost in the long run. Not only this, but lash extensions require a lot of components, so it is likely that you will need all of these products from the get-go.
So let’s get into it.
This is an obvious one… but yes, you’re going to need lash extensions! It’s always good to have a range of lash curls, lengths and thicknesses, as every client will be different. The most common curl used by lash techs is C curl, so often in a lash training kit, you will find C curl and CC curl trays.
If you are offering classic lashes only, then you will need a range of thicknesses between 0.12 and 0.15mm, and if you are offering volume, you will need between 0.5 and 0.7mm to start off. As you progress, you may find yourself opting for different curls and thicknesses, but for now, it’s best just to keep things simple.
Top Tip: If you are only trained in individual lashes but want to offer a volume option, try using premade fans to create a fuller look.
Finding the best lash glue for you will probably be quite the journey. Most lash technicians will try 100 before they find their favourite one. However, there are a few factors to consider when picking your first lash glue.
As a beginner, it’s best to pick a lash extension glue that has a longer drying time, as it’s unlikely that as a beginner you will be applying a lash in 0.5 seconds. It’s always best to start with a longer curing time and work your way down if you feel it’s too slow for you. If you're unsure, try ordering samples before you fully commit!
You also need to find out the humidity and temperature in the room that you will be working in, as this plays a huge part in the glue choice. Check out this article if you need some help with working out which lash glue is best for you.
Another vital part of your lash extension kit will be your tools. Again, the tools you need will vary depending on whether you’re offering just classic lash extensions or both classic and volume eyelash extensions. For any lash extension treatment, you’ll need a minimum of two pairs of lash tweezers; isolation tweezers and application tweezers.
If you are trained in volume lashes, then you will want some volume lash tweezers. Our new Fibre Tip tweezers are a London Lash Trainer favourite.
Again, tweezer choice often comes down to personal preference, so don’t panic if you don’t enjoy using a pair of tweezers that the rest of the lash industry seems to love!
We often see beginner lash technicians skipping pretreatment, as they don’t think it’s crucial. We completely understand that when you’re starting out that you only want to buy what is absolutely necessary, but please trust us… pretreatment is non-negotiable and we will not hear otherwise!
At this stage in your career, you don’t need all 5 pretreatment steps that we offer, however, there are 3 products that you should be using as a minimum; Protein Remover Pads, Lash Cleanser and Lash Primer.
Having an eyelash extension remover in your lash kit is always necessary! You may not perform hundreds of removals, but it’s always important to have remover on hand.
There are lots of different types of lash extension removers on the market. At London Lash, we love a cream/gel remover, as it’s the safest method to remove lashes whilst being gentle. Our cream remover is ideal for beginners as there is no chance of it running into the eyes due to its creamy texture.
We’re nearly there, we promise. The final bits and pieces you need for your lash kit are;
- Eye patches - there are so many different types, so play around and find your faves, and you can try using foam tape as an alternative if you’re struggling with eye patches
- Disposable mascara wands - for both you and your client (you can offer these with their aftercare)
- Mapping pen - the key to perfect sets is lash mapping (and lots of practice)
Phew! That’s the end! Of course, there are lots of different products you can buy to expand your kit, services, and content as you progress in your lash career, but for now, just get set up with the essentials. It’s easy to get carried away, and whilst we believe in investing in good quality products, it’s important to get your foundations in place before splashing the cash on a Glamcor content creation light for example!
We offer a range of lash extension starter kits, as the perfect kit for you will depend on what you're offering and what you feel you need. Shop these at the bottom of the page in the related products section'.
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