Taking care of yourself is the ultimate lash health! Here at The Lash Professional, we truly believe that in order for you care for others, you must first and foremost, care for yourself. In order for you to feel great and do your best work, you must treat yourself and your body with kindness and care, in order to stay mentally and physically healthy.
Here are seven suggestions to better care for your body in and out of the lash salon. Cheers to your lash health!
Having good posture while lashing is extremely important! Leaning too far forward or being hunched over the lash bed can cause aches and pains in your neck and back, and can even lead to possible long term back issues over time. In order to avoid this, we suggest positioning the client’s head as close to you as possible, so you don’t have to lean too far over them. Position the lashing bed and your adjustable stool both at a height where you are able to sit straight upright, with both feet still touching the floor. (Place your feet on on either side of the bed, so you are straddling the bed while performing the service.*If your lashing bed allows you to place your legs under the table, this can be another comfortable option.) In this position, you should be able to rest your arms comfortably at a 90 degree angle on the pillow, or while resting your hands on the clients forehead.
As a lash artist, much of your day is spent sitting and sedentary. Because of this, it is very important to take breaks between clients to get up, stretch and walk around. This movement is important for your muscles, joints, and blood circulation. Make sure to give yourself breaks during your day to walk around the block, or in the very least, stand up, walk around and stretch.
Staying hydrated throughout the day will keep your energy level up, and will keep your mind and body functioning at its best ability.
Choose energy rich and fueling foods. Not only will you feel better and more energized throughout the day, but you won’t get that afternoon sugar/caffeine crash. 5) Rest up – Get enough sleep! The amount of sleep that each person needs at night in order to function properly the next day can vary greatly depending on the individual. It’s important to learn what your body needs in order to feel rested, stay alert, and perform at your best ability. If you start your day feeling tired groggy, then siting still behind a lash bed is only going to make it much harder to concentrate.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t also dress cute. However, we recommend choosing outfits in which you can sit comfortably all day, that aren’t too tight, or cause you to move around and/or need to adjust constantly.
Squinting or straining your eyes while performing the service can cause headaches and blurred vision. If you find this to be happening, we recommend using magnified (or reading) glasses, or even add additional/brighter lights to your work station.
Exercising in your off time is crucial to the overall health and care of your body. Whether it’s yoga, climbing, running, or even something more mild – such as walking or stretching, keeping active and a maintaining a strong “core” will make all the difference when it comes to your ability to sit and lash for long periods of time.
When you are rested, strong and healthy, you will feel better, have more energy, and in turn, be able to take better care of your clients. “You can not pour from an empty cup – take care of yourself first.”