Working as an Eyelash Technician is a great way to enter the ever evolving beauty industry. You’ll have so many perks including the flexibility of being self-employed, which is an amazing opportunity for the parents out there and if you’re fitting this around another job. Lash extensions and lifts are high demand services with many people who use these services, staying with their lash tech for as long as possible. It’s also quite well paid which is always a nice bonus when entering any field.
There are so many avenues to getting into this field to become a lash tech and we’ve narrowed some down for you, find out all you need to know below.
Why should you consider becoming a lash tech?
- It’s affordable.
You might be at a point in your life where you’re questioning whether university’s worth it, or perhaps you no longer find your chosen career fulfilling. One of the perks of being a lash tech is that training only takes a year or less, whereas with university, you’re looking at at least 3 years for an undergraduate alone. Lash tech courses are also a lot cheaper than a university degree which may help to influence your decision.
- It’s a professional qualification
As opposed to gaining qualifications in other areas, being a lash tech means that you have the means to earn as soon as you qualify!
- Flexible Schedule
Most lash techs are self employed unless you get in with a salon, hotel or cruise ship (yes cruise ships employ beauticians), which means you’ll be in charge of your schedule! Are you a night owl who hates waking up early? Great, you only book yourself in for afternoon appointments. Or, are you a parent who needs to work around their children’s schedule? You’re in charge of your appointments so you’re free to book them as you like.
- Work from home!
Hours of commuting back and forth from an office in stuffy and uncomfortable clothes is enough to make anyone not look forward to going to work in the morning. As a lash tech, you’ll be able to work from home! We can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to work in your pj’s as most techs prefer to wear the typical salon tabards to protect their clothes, but at least the customers will come to you. Plus working from home means you won’t have to pay those pesky salon fees.
- The social life!
It’s often said that people who work in the beauty industry should charge for therapist services as well! Your clients might talk at you most of the time, but the ability to socialise is one not to be taken lightly. Gone are the days of working in isolated cubicles, hello talking for a living and having a laugh with your clients.
What do you need to become a lash tech?
- First and foremost: Patience… and lots of it.
‘Eyelash extensions may be the most tedious profession you could get into’.
You’ll be doing procedures on and around your clients eyes, you need to be able to be patient and take your time. Lash extensions are especially meticulous and if you find yourself easily frustrated, it may not be the profession for you. However, if you love the feeling of mastering something that few others can do and helping your clients feel the best version of themselves, then hurry up and train!
- Qualifications and courses
In the UK, there is no specific license or course you need to take to perform eyelash extensions. We would recommend that you do as much training as possible though! As said above, you’ll be doing procedures on some of the most delicate parts of your clients’ bodies; you need to make sure you know how to do this safely. Another reason is for public liability insurance. You’ll need proof of qualifications when you apply for public liability insurance. And if you need any more reasons to get the appropriate training, you’ll bring in more customers if you can say you have some form of official qualifications. New clients will feel safer trusting you with their eyes and eyelashes if you can show that you’ve received proper training.
What qualifications are there?
- After that lecture, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re scrambling to find any lash tech course you can, but that in itself can be overwhelming. A good starting point when looking for a course/qualifications is to see what your insurance provider recommends. Any NVQ/VRQ qualifications are also a great place to start! Here at TNB, we also offer these courses which have great reviews and success rates so we are not so subtly telling you to check those out!
Keep in mind though, that you’ll need models to practise on. These can be your friends, family of volunteers (a lot of people will risk their eyes to students in return for free or discounted services).