Our lashes fall out naturally over time. It’s inevitable, and a very reasonable part of hair growth. If your clients are experiencing a loss of your lashes, it’s essential to educate them to minimize worry. Assure them that there are healthy habits that they can adapt to grow longer and lusher lashes that will keep coming back.
As a professional lash artist, it is our responsibility to help our clients be informed about aftercare and best practices to keep healthy, full, and long lashes. When our clients take care of their natural lashes, they are creating a stronger base and more lashes to lash. Educate your clients on their hair’s growth cycle, how it works, as well as ways they can keep their lashes healthy for a beautiful and dramatic look when they come to see you for their next appointment!
Knowing how the eyelash growth cycle works yourself is vital in your professional eyelash extension business. Your knowledge can give your business a professional edge that others may not have. Here are some of the key points to explain to your clients:
- Eyelashes have a growth cycle that consists of three phases that involve growing, being dormant, and shedding (Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen phases).
- Approximately 10% of all the hairs on your body are in the shedding phase at any given time.
- 90% of your lashes are in the active growth stage, and they grow about .16mm a day.
- On average, you’ll shed up to 5 lashes a day, and each lash can take up to six months to complete one cycle.
- Lashes have a lifespan of 3 months, and it takes between 4-8 weeks for a new lash to be fully grown.
With substantial knowledge of eyelash facts, your clients should also be educated on healthy habits to adopt as a part of their daily routine to retain the extension the longest. Discuss these tips and recommendations during the consultation phase of your meeting; that way you can show your client how much you care about their experience.
- Don’t scrub, but be gentle with washing off eye makeup when you have your lash extensions.
- Use a water-based makeup remover to clean both your natural and eyelash extensions, as well as any makeup around your eyes. The cleanser should be massaged softly onto the lashes with an eyelash brush or the tips of the fingers. Rinse, then blot dry.
- Please don’t use an eyelash curler while you have eyelash extensions because they can wreak havoc on the lashes.
- Consider taking vitamin supplements to enhance your already healthy diet of lean protein and vegetables to achieve healthier eyelashes — stock up on biotin, or any hair, skin, and nail supplements.
- In between eyelash extensions, ensure that you are using mascaras that won’t damage your natural lashes. There are certain mascaras on the market that can damage your eyelashes, making them dry and brittle.
- Use growth serums for lashes regularly because they have vitamins and peptides that deliver nutrients straight to the lashes.
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fatty acids and proteins to help your lashes flourish. Salmon, beans, flaxseeds, and walnuts are great options to keep your hair healthy and active.
- If your eyes get puffy, brew some green tea, which has anti-inflammatory properties that will also improve blood circulation to enhance the health of hair follicles. You can drink it or apply it directly to the lash line.
Knowing these healthy habits and educating your clients about them will give your clients a boost of confidence in your professionalism and knowledge. Sharing these insider tips will help you develop deeper relationships with them so that they will always return to you for long-term business. Let your clients know that you are as invested in them as they are and gain their trust with your wisdom about eyelash services and products. When you keep their best interest in mind, your bookings will increase substantially!