Top Tips for Choosing the Best Lash Educator
If you are interested in beauty, particularly lashes, lash extension could be a good career for you.
In some ways, it's as popular as getting a new haircut or colour—that is, it's a completely new way for people to express themselves.
After all, it's only a US$ 1.5 billion industry that's looking to expand even further.
Now, the first step towards a long-term career is to select the best eyelash extension courses—particularly the best lash educator.
You see, it’s not as simple as picking the first one you see.
Here’s What To Look for in a Lash Course
A great educator needs a great course to showcase what they can teach you.
That’s why, when looking for a lash instructor or mentor, take a peek at the courses that they run and how they run their own business —it’s a BIG clue as to what they can offer you.
First and foremost, they must have a clear and comprehensive curriculum.
The best eyelash extension courses aren't short; they go beyond styling to include how to set up your salon, the biology of lashes, proper equipment and tool usage, and even everything you need to know about allergies.
It's also a plus if a course includes a high-quality kit. It will help you get started in your career and, more importantly, to get some valuable practice in.
It's worth noting that some good courses don't include a starter kit to keep costs down.
But, it's far better when an educator uses trusted, high-quality products to demonstrate the potential art you can create down the line.
Lastly, make sure they provide you with materials and support that can help you along the way.
As a final note, make sure that you take the budget into consideration.
That is, make sure that you inquire how much you’ll need to invest all-in from the start all the way up to your certification.
The best, most dependable course providers will give this up-front with no hidden fees.
All that said, don’t skimp on your education!
As in all things, you get what you pay for. So if you have to save up a little to get the very best, it will be worth the investment.
Tips for Choosing the Best Lash Educator
Tip #1: Read the Reviews & Testimonials
Certifications, of course, only speak to the credibility of your lash educator.
The other side of the equation is their ability as an educator, as well as the work they deliver.
You see, every educator has a distinct teaching style. Some are friendly and engaging, while others may be more serious and direct.
There is no single best style; instead, choose the one that best fits your personality.
It helps to read the experiences of others to check your own boxes.
If educators all have their own unique personalities, then they also have their own artistic styles and inclinations.
There are many sources for these key bits of information, but it’s best to look at independent review sites or even talk to those who have taken their courses.
These reviews are frequently unbiased and raw, so these can help you know exactly what you're getting into.
Tip #2: Talk to Your Future Educator
Here’s one thing that many future lash artists don’t realise—you can always talk to your future educator well in advance of starting your course.
Even with an online lash extension course, many of the more reputable course providers allow this.
Sometimes, the educators themselves will reach out to you via email, text, or even Facebook prior to the start of the course.
This is especially true with online classes where rapport and establishing connections give meaning to distance learning - you don't want to start the course and realise you have no support.
You see, this is one of the best ways to learn about what you're getting yourself into.
Plus, there's something about talking to someone face to face—or via video call—that allows you to learn more.
For one thing, you can tell a lot about a person by how they interact with you. You can also look for nonverbal cues and how easily reachable they are.
But more importantly, you can ask them anything you need to know in order to make an informed decision.
Tip #3: Price Matters
We mentioned earlier that you should not skimp on getting the best lash education from the best lash educator from the best provider.
But if circumstances really don’t allow for that kind of freedom, perhaps it's time to consider saving up for the course or taking advantage of 'Buy Now Pay Later' options.
Your education is an investment and if your teacher is incredibly knowledgeable and great at teaching, that doesn't come cheap.
As an educator, I want my students to not only be as good as me but strive to be BETTER than me.
But, seriously, if you’re going for a great career—it’s worth spending the money for!
At this point, you should now have everything you need to find the best lash educator to set you on the right path for your future career as a lash artist.
You're probably wondering why you have to pay attention to these details. Because if you want to succeed in this industry, you must take it seriously.
Now, here are a few extra tips that will cover a few key points you should be aware of for your own business:
Extra Tip #1: Pay careful attention to cleanliness.
No one wants a messy lash technician working on them. It’s just nasty.
So if you’re naturally clean as a person, you still have to take that to the next level when you're choosing a course.
Have a chat to your educator about infection control and if that's included in their course (which definitely should be!)
Not only is it something your future clients will thank you for, but it’s also just hygienic and can help prevent any incidents where dirty tools cause infections or other health and cleanliness problems with your clients.
Remember: This could lead to legal proceedings.
Extra Tip #2: Invest in advanced courses.
Often, the basic courses are sufficient to get you up and working.
However, if you really want to stand out from your competition, you will want to expand towards more advanced techniques taught by further courses.
You can enquire with the educator or course provider where you received your basic lash extensions training to see if they also provide advanced training.
The benefit of undertaking advanced courses with your educator is that you will build on the foundation that you have laid down during your beginner course which makes for a smooth transition to advancing your knowledge.
Extra Tip #3: Create a strong online presence.
As early as you start with your studies to become a lash artist, you should already be building up an online presence.
Really, social media like Facebook and Instagram will do.
With so many shifting restrictions due to our current health crisis, online is the best place to find your own clients even as you are finding employment with a salon.
Furthermore, if you want to start your own lash business, it’s a good idea to build a following online as soon as you can.
While there are undoubtedly many lash educators out there who have a great deal of expertise and experience...
It’s important to be able to distinguish between those who are the most respectable and qualified.
So be sure to ask some questions and do some research before you commit to working with a particular educator.
I hope this article gives you a better understanding of what you need to consider when it comes to choosing a lash educator.
And If you follow the tips we shared, you’ll be sure to find the best mentor for your lash training. Good luck!
P.S. If you are interested in getting your lash career off the ground by learning the skills and techniques lash artists must possess, I'd be happy to help. Click here to find out more about how I can help.