Eyelash extensions are an art, and art can’t be rushed. But, the truth is, the quicker you are at quality lash extensions, the more clients you can see, which means the more money in your cute little bag. I said quality lash extensions. You got that, right?
As lash artist’s we never want to sacrifice quality for time, but if there is a way to get faster and still have a high-quality lash set, then we are 100% in. Buying premade volume lashes can save you time. But there are more ways than just that to become more efficient. So read on! Who doesn’t want some extra green?
Average Industry Standard Timing for Lash Artists
- Classic Full Set: 1.5 to 2 Hours
- Classic 2-3 Week Fill: 1 to 1.25 Hours
- Volume Full Set: 2 to 3 Hours
- Volume 2-3 Week Fill: 1.25 to 1.5 Hours
If you are within these time frames, then you are a lash boss. You are doing great, lash artist! If you’re not in these time frames, well, we have five tips that can help you reach your lash-timing goals.
1. Set up Time | Save up to 5 Minutes
Preparing for your client before their appointment will save you precious time during the actual lash appointment. Are you prepared when a client walks in the door or do you have to get your lash supplies ready for their service? If you have all the lash products you will need out and ready, this will help reduce the time you spend during the service. Are your lash tweezers disinfected? Do you have tape cut? These little things will save you time!
I also highly recommend evaluating your current lash setup to see if you can make any small adjustments to eliminate wasted time during the service. Are your lash supplies close to you or do you have to get up to grab them? Are your lash tiles full and organized? Do you use a crystal stone and an acrylic lash tile? By having your lash adhesive close to your extensions, it will prevent wasted time from moving to the side of the clients face to the glue ring on your hand.
Also, lash stones keep the adhesive cool longer, which means your lash adhesive will last longer throughout the service. You will even save time on shaking that bottle of adhesive and applying a new drop on your stone! Another important note about using a tile and stone, keep it close to the client’s face. The less distance your hand is traveling, the more time you can save.
2. Isolation | Save up to 10 Minutes
We all know how important isolation is, and girl, we also know how it takes up most of the time! It takes practice to create muscle memory, but eventually, you won’t have to think about what you are doing. As they say, practice makes perfect. Practicing will greatly improve your isolation and the time it takes to isolate, but there are a few other things that can help speed up the isolation process, too.
Change Your Angle
Don’t be afraid to move around. Changing your angle can make a huge difference when isolating. Sitting directly behind your client only gives you one view of their lashes, but if you move to the side, you can have another view too. Still can’t get to a natural lash? Try moving the client’s head. Your client wants beautiful eyelash extensions, so I promise they won’t mind if you adjust yourself or them to achieve just that.
Lash New Growth
Start your lash extension service by applying short extensions to the short natural lashes. Short natural lashes can get in the way during isolation, but with extensions on them, they are easy to see and easy to move out of the way. I recommend using a thinner and shorter extension to prevent the natural lash from breaking. As you know, lash health is one of our top priorities!
Tape Up Extensions
Tape is every lash artist’s must-have lash product! Not only does tape help hold down the bottom lashes, but it’s also a great tool that can aide in isolation. You can use tape to manipulate client’s lids to be able to isolate easier or to pull back extensions to help isolate harder to reach natural lashes too. If you don’t currently use tape to help with isolation, use it! It will save you so much time and will help you produce great quality lash extensions!
3. Excessive Weaving | Save up to 5 Minutes
The most popular isolation method is weaving. I personally use this isolation method, and so do all my lash artist besties! It’s a great and quick way to isolate. But, if you weave your tweezers excessively through the lashes throughout the lash service, you’re wasting time. If you use the weaving technique, make sure you’re weaving with a purpose!
4. Excessive Brushing | Save up to 5 Minutes
It’s totally okay to brush your client’s extensions throughout the service, but don’t spend too much time brushing. At most, I recommend brushing the lashes just a few times during a fill and up to 6 times during a full set. Brush with a purpose!
5. Talking | Save up to 10 Minutes
Creating relationships with your clients is so important. Your clients will be loyal if they consider you more than just their lash artist but rather their friend. But, it’s a catch 22. Talking can be distracting to the last artist. Have you ever been so deep in a conversation that you stop lashing? That is time wasted! Does your client move their face when they talk? Well, that will slow you down too. Try to find the balance between the chit chat and the lashing.
Now, at the end of the day, practice, practice, practice is the only thing that will improve your timing with quality lash extensions. Having a few pointers to help you along that road never hurt, though! Try these five things and I promise you will see a difference in your speed and your pocket!
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