In general, lash technicians consult with clients to tell them about options, learn their preferences, and choose a flattering look. They also:
- Apply extensions using special techniques and medical-grade adhesive
- Use approved practices to maintain a sanitary and safe work station by disinfecting and sterilizing instruments and equipment
- Provide after-care guidance and recommend products to upkeep lash extensions
Lash technicians may perform eyelash tinting, perming, and lifting (curling). They also:
- Provide advice on false lashes and products that extend the life of lashes
- Shape eyebrows and apply extensions
- Apply facial makeup
- Offer microblading as a specialty service
Eyelash extensions come in various lengths, thicknesses, curls, and colours. They may be made of synthetic silk, faux mink, horsehair, human hair, or other synthetic and natural materials. Each product has advantages and disadvantages. For example, synthetic silk is relatively inexpensive but heavy on the eyes. Faux mink is lighter but more expensive. Horsehair is lighter and softer than synthetics but may trigger allergic reactions.
Types of lash extensions include:
- Premade or handmade fans or band eyelashes
- Clusters or flares
- Volume lashes
Premade and handmade fans are attached to a band that is glued to the skin at the lash line. They are intended for single-day use. Clusters or flares are groups of 5 to 8 lashes glued together in a flare shape. Each flare is then glued to small groups of natural eyelashes. They last 1 to 2 weeks.
Classic lashes are single extensions applied to each natural eyelash. Volume lashes involve attaching a cluster of two or more lashes to each natural lash. This requires further training. With proper care and maintenance, volume lashes may last 4 to 6 weeks.