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A Definitive Guide to Classic Lash Extensions: The Classic Course Edition

Some people become lash artists because they are tired of working a 9-5 job that doesn’t give them enough time to relax. Others want to make more money and turn their passion for lashing into an amazing career. 

If this sounds like you, an incredible career in the lash industry is waiting just around the corner! 

Lash extensions are a smart career choice. First, it is a recession-proof industry. You can’t stop people from wanting to pamper themselves after a long day or boost their self-confidence with a stunning glow-up. Moreover, as a lash professional with your own facilities, you gain more freedom and control over your schedule.

But as good as it seems, it can be a complex subject for newbies. There's too much information about it, so you may not know how to start. This is where our eyelash extension online course can help. Here's a detailed preview of The Classic Course, our comprehensive training for beginners in classic lash extensions!

We will be covering the following topics:

Part 1: THE BASICS OF CLASSIC EYELASH EXTENSIONS
What Are Classic Lash Extensions, and How Do They Work?
History of the Classic Lash Style
The Benefits of Classic Lash Treatments

Part 2: THE 3 PHASES OF A LASH APPOINTMENT
Pre-Appointment: Preparing Your Tools and Your Client
During the Appointment: Step-by-Step Application
Post-Appointment: Lash Aftercare and Fill-InsLash Health and Safety Practices

Part 3: MAKE A LIVING OUT OF YOUR PASSION FOR LASHES
A Preview of BBA's Online Lash Courses
Frequently Asked Questions 

What Are Classic Eyelash Extensions?

Ever looked at someone with gorgeous and long natural lashes? Look closer. They sometimes appear natural, but they're actually well-done classic extensions!

How Do They Work? 

The classic lash style follows a 1:1 ratio, which means you put one synthetic lash on a single natural eyelash. Depending on the client's taste, it can be of any material, length, style, curl, or thickness.

History of Classic Lash Extensions 

Lash extensions have been around for a long, long time. The idea first existed in 3500 B.C. when Ancient Egyptians looked for an aging solution and eye protection. However, it didn’t feel as pleasant as it does today. 

The materials and procedures used were hazardous, such as using burnt cork, coal, or needles to implant the lashes. But as time progressed, the materials and methods continued to improve and rise in popularity.

  • 1911: Anna Taylor patented artificial eyelashes out of a crescent of fabric with tiny hairs.
  • 1915: A prominent hairdresser named Karl Nessler sold lash services in his New York salon.
  • 1930-1960: Artificial lashes became more popular, making way for more advanced and safer designs.

Benefits of Wearing Classic Lash Extensions

Classic lashes are a viable choice for everyone because of the following qualities:

They Provide a Natural Look

Classic eyelash extensions are made with high-quality synthetic fibres that match the look and feel of natural lashes. They are offered in various lengths and thicknesses to meet the specific needs of the eyes. 

In contrast to other lash extensions, classic extensions are also created to blend seamlessly with natural lashes. They are attached to each individual natural lash using strong glue to move naturally with the natural lashes. 

Best of all, these lashes are lightweight enough that the client can barely feel them. It creates a fluttery effect, emphasizing the eyes without being excessive or unnatural.

They Add Length to Short Natural Lashes

Born with short lashes? Classic lash extensions are a convenient option for women who wish to lengthen their lashes. It spares you the hassle of voluminous fake eyelashes or harsh chemicals.

Classic lash extensions are applied to the natural lashes to emphasize the client’s natural beauty. Depending on the length and thickness of the natural lashes, classic extensions can add up to 50% more length without making the eyes feel heavy. 

No need for mascara or other lash enhancers to extend your lashes; you can wake up and enjoy your lovely, long lashes with classic extensions!

They Are More Affordable Than Other Lash Extensions

Classic styles are the silver bullet for someone who wants a timeless look without going over budget. They are not as complex as hybrid and volume lash styles and are a much more affordable option. 

Furthermore, classic lash extensions are also simpler to maintain than hybrid and volume lash styles. All you need is to use high-quality products and adhere to the recommended aftercare to keep them as healthy as possible.

The 3 Stages of Classic Lash Extension Application for Lash Artists

We often find ourselves rushing a pile of work in the least amount of time. While this can be effective in some situations, it's not always the right approach. Quality should always trump quantity, especially with eyelash extension applications.

Lash technicians undergo three stages to complete a perfect set of lash extensions: client consultation, treatment, and aftercare. This guide outlines the process a lash artist must take to achieve optimal results when applying classic lash extensions. 

1) Pre-Appointment: Client Consultation

A lash appointment always starts with a consultation. This initial stage is when you'll get to know your client, understand their unique lash preferences, and address any concerns they may have. With this information, you can ensure your client leaves their appointment happy with their new look.

Factors to Consider Before Applying Lash Extensions

Besides client preference, lash consultation also involves inspecting certain aspects to ensure their safety throughout the procedure. Here are some key areas you need to look into:

Factors to consider before applying lash extensions
  • Eyelash Anatomy: Familiarise yourself with your client’s eye structure, including the pupil, eyelid, iris, and conjunctiva. Each of these areas can guide you on where to place lash extensions and help you identify the most suitable lash length and style for their eye shape.
  • Health Conditions: Eye health conditions such as dry eyes or blepharitis can affect how you will apply lash extensions and how well they stay on. Don't forget to ask your client to disclose pre-existing conditions so you can take proper cautions beforehand.
  • Lash History: Find out whether they have had lash extensions in the past and what their experience was like. You may use this information to determine what lash application works best for them.
  • Lash Curl, Style, and Length: These three factors all play a significant role in the overall look of the lash extensions. It's essential to communicate with your clients about their preferred lash style to complement their natural beauty.
  • Consent Form: Have your client sign a consent document. This form will help protect you and your client by documenting what was discussed and agreed upon during the consultation.

Getting Your Client Ready for Their First Lash Appointment

You will have clients who have never had lash extensions before, so they may find this appointment exciting yet nerve-wracking. Here are a few things you can do to help them relax and prepare for their first ever lash appointment: 

  • Don't wear strip lashes. If your client normally wears strip lashes, encourage them to remove these lashes for a day or two before their session. Doing so will allow their natural lashes to breathe, giving you a better view of their lash line.
  • Clean off their eye makeup. Remove their eye makeup before the process—everything from foundation to mascara. The cleaner the lashes are, the stronger the adherence of the extensions. It also prevents clumps or premature lash fallouts. 
  • Don't wear contact lenses. Inform them that wearing contact lenses during the session is not advisable. The glue can irritate if it comes into contact with the eye, leading to complications.

Workplace Setup

Think about it—when you go to any appointment, you usually try to relax and destress from your busy life. It's the same for your lash appointments; you don't want to work in a rushed, unorganized environment.

For this reason, it's so important to take the time to set up your workplace in a way that promotes relaxation and tranquillity. Little details can be of great relevance in creating a lash experience that your clients will love. 

 A few preparations can go a long way and help establish the tone. Consider these pointers:

  • Good lighting is essential in a lash extension set. Natural light is one option, but we recommend using a strong artificial light positioned right above the client. We recommend Glamcor since its powerful, concentrated light gives lash artists a precise view of each lash. This way, they can highlight any areas that need more attention.
  • The area should be tidy and uncluttered to help you stay organized. Ensure sufficient counter space for your items and that everything is conveniently located.
  • Your workstation should be comfortable for both you and your client. Use an adjustable chair to help you find the ideal posture. Get a table with a comfortable height for both the lash artist and the clients getting their lashes done.
  • Having sufficient ventilation in your workspace is crucial because lash extension application involves glue and other chemicals. You can achieve it with an exhaust fan or by keeping the windows open.

Remember, the pre-appointment stage is the front page of creating a successful experience for you and your client. By setting up your workspace carefully and thoughtfully, you can provide a high level of service that will keep your clients coming back.

2) During the Appointment: Lash Extension Treatment

You've just learned how to consult with your future clients successfully! Now, let's talk about what you should do during the exciting part of the appointment: the actual lash makeover.

Tools You Will Need

First things first: let's set up your lash tool kit! There are many lash extension tools for your selection, but not all are necessary. If you're still a newbie lash stylist, don't overwhelm yourself with advanced equipment. Instead, use this guide from our classic lash course.

Classic lash extension kit

Lash Cleansing

We're almost ready to apply the lashes! But before that, let's clean your client's natural lashes first. They shouldn't be dirty, and you must remove any oil buildup so that the adhesive can bond with the lashes better. It will also prevent the risk of eye conditions.

Here's a preview of how you do it.

  1. Use a clean towel to cover your client's hair and keep it protected from any accidental spills. 
  1. Gently remove eye makeup residue with a cotton swab dipped in a water-based remover.
  1. Let the client know what you'll do before each step to make them more comfortable when you apply products in and around their eyes.
  1. Thoroughly cleanse each eye using the lash shampoo and cotton swabs.
  1. Rinse the eyes and lashes with saline solution. Then, dry them with tissues until no more foam is visible and the eyes are completely dry.

Step-by-Step Application

Finally, we're at the heart of the Classic Course: the lash application! It's time to get a sneak peek of what it's like to perform a classic lash extension service on your client. Here's a quick guide to give you a gist of the process.

Design by Regina Coeli Aquino

3) Post-Appointment: Lash Extension Aftercare

Once you're done with the lash treatment, your next task would be educating your clients about aftercare. They must know how to properly care for their eyes and extensions to extend their lash investment.

Lash Aftercare Best Practices

Here's what your clients should know about the most effective daily aftercare practices.

  • Avoid exposing the lashes to water for 4 to 6 hours after the initial lash extension application.
  • If you're wearing eye makeup, gently remove it using a cleansing wand, water-based remover, and lash shampoo.
  • When drying your face, pat it dry with a sponge or fibre-free towel to avoid pulling the lashes out.
  • Don't forget to brush your lashes regularly (especially after washing your face) to keep them in good condition.
  • Don't try to rub your eyes or pull on the lashes.
  • Avoid putting oil on the lash extensions. Facial steam, fire, and saunas are also discouraged.

Lash Aftercare FAQs 

We’ve also included some of the most frequently asked questions about lash aftercare below:

Can you wash your face while wearing lash extensions?

Yes, absolutely! It will help remove existing oil, dirt, or makeup residue. But be sure to use the right tools and brush the lashes afterward to keep them in good shape.

Is it safe to wear mascara with eyelash extensions?

It's possible with classic extensions but requires a lot of caution. Otherwise, you'll risk damaging your lash investment due to the pressure and softened lash glue. If you really have to, use oil-free, water-based products. But mascara should never be necessary - lash extensions already enhance your lashes more than mascara!

How often do you fill classic eyelash extensions?

We suggest having lash refills every 2-3 weeks. This can help fix the gaps and replenish the lash line. However, more than three weeks of fill-in requests will need a full set application. 

Asian esthetician taking notes

Bonus: Health and Safety Practices

As a future lash artist, you must be aware of the health and safety risks involved in the lash industry. Otherwise, neglecting them will only put a damper on your career. Here are some reminders from us.

Lash Artist’s Health

Lash artists are no strangers to pain. They constantly bend over their clients for hours to apply a good lash set. But it's not just the physical pain that they have to deal with. 

The mental stress of constantly looking for potential health and safety hazards can also take its toll. Thankfully, there are some health and safety practices to fight that constant repetitive motion:

  • Take breaks often. Take frequent breaks in-between your appointments to avoid neck and back strain. For example, stand up straight and do gentle stretches every 20 minutes.
  • Use supportive cushions. If you're sitting or standing for long periods, get a supportive cushion to help take the pressure off your lower back.
  • Take care of your mental health. The demands of being a lash artist can be tough, so it's important to find ways to destress and relax. Set aside time for yourself; perhaps try something like yoga, exercise, or meditation.
  • Stay hydrated and eat healthy foods. This routine is absolutely necessary and will help your body cope with the physical demands of being a lash artist.

These easy steps can reduce the risks of developing minor to severe health issues and help enhance your wellness.

Tool Cleaning and Maintenance

A lash stylist's work requires extra cleaning and maintenance time in all stages of the lash extension appointment. Bonus points if you can do a thorough health and safety check on your lash extension tools.

Here's how to prolong their lifespan:

  • Inspect your lash extension brushes and tweezers regularly: Look for signs of wear and tear, such as fraying bristles or bent tips. Replace your brush or tweezer immediately if you see any deterioration.
  • Disinfect your lash tools using alcohol: Tweezers, for example, need cleaning and disinfection after every use. This step helps remove any residue buildup that can interfere with the grip.
  • Sterilize the lash extension tools: Keep your lash kit clean and sterile. Autoclaves use steam and pressure to sterilize tools, which is the most effective way to prevent infection. 
  • Store them properly: Storing your lash extension tools in a clean, dry place is key to keeping them in good condition and preventing them from collecting dust or residue. 

Tool Storage

Organizing your lash equipment shows professionalism, prevents accidents, and even boosts your mental health. Learn how to use the right storage material for each tool and make the most of it with the best lash storage practices.

Examples of lash storage organizers include:

  • Airtight containers
  • Lash trays
  • Lash cart
  • Tweezer holders
  • Acrylic boxes and organizers
  • Ziploc bags

And here's how you store your tools properly:

  • Organize lash extensions according to their type, length, thickness, and curl.
  • Check your inventory regularly to avoid running out of supplies.
  • Never use disposable products more than once.
  • Make your most frequently used tools accessible.

Become a Certified Eyelash Technician with the Classic Lash Course

This lash treatment has been around for a long time, proving that people will always keep coming back for it. If you want to start officially, classic lash extensions will make a good foundation to build your expertise. It may appear daunting at first, or you could be seeking more details in some parts of this discussion. Worry not! You're one course away from mastering the art of lash extensions and becoming a certified lash boss.

An Overview of Beauty Boss Academy’s Lash Courses

Ready to take the first step to your lash career? Join the BBA community for an educational and fun-filled learning experience! Here's a preview of our courses for everyone—from lashing newbies to experienced lash techs.

  • The Classic Course: As mentioned, this course is for passionate lash students with little to no experience in lash services.
  • Classic Refresher Course: This one is a complimentary course for seasoned lash artists who want to freshen up their lash skills and knowledge.
  • The Volume Course: Meanwhile, this course is for lash techs who have mastered Classic Lash Extensions and want to expand their services with the advanced technique of volume lashing.

Classic Eyelash Extension Course FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions as a bonus to make sure all your concerns are met. Hope these help!

How long does the eyelash extension process take?

A full set application may take one to three hours of service. However, depending on the client's condition and lash tech's skills, it may extend. Meanwhile, lash refills usually take approximately 30 minutes to an hour.

Where should I take a classic lash extension course online?

A quick Google search will show you many online lash course options. But there's no need to look further than BBA, as we cater to passionate lash students worldwide!

How long is your classic lash training?

You can finish this course in as little as two days, but you can always go at your own pace. Everything is completely up to your preferred schedule! Most BBA students study for a few months before getting certified.

How long does it take for beginners to master the basics?

We can't give you a fixed answer because it depends on your learning pace. However, we can assure you that anybody, even someone without prior experience but who’s always been interested in this industry, can make it. That's what our courses aim for.

How much does an online lash course cost?

We offer our Classic Course at $197. No other lash course offers high-quality learning materials and detailed modules that cut the fluff at an affordable rate. We also teach you the latest techniques, give you access to a VIP community, and offer free educational resources on our website and social media accounts.

How do I become a certified eyelash technician?

After completing The Classic Course and passing your final exam, we will grant you a certificate that can help you establish your career. That makes you certified, but you should also check the lash regulations in your country to find out whether you still need a license to work.

Choosing a lash career will not just give you a lot of freedom, time, and money; it will also give you a newfound sense of fulfillment. Pursuing something out of passion can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. We hope we’ve convinced you to take the first steps towards your dream career through this Classic Course preview!

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