What Lash Lift Supplies Do I Need For Client Sessions?
Lash lifts are popular among clients because they create glamorous eyelashes without any effort. And they’re popular for salon owners and beauty technicians like you because the procedures are low-maintenance and take just around a half hour to complete, depending on the client.
If you’re looking to expand your salon services and are considering adding lash lifts to your repertoire, you might be wondering what lash lift supplies you’ll need for your average session. Well, we can help — read on for a list of the most essential lash lift tools and products, plus an overview of the entire process.
Essential Lash Lift Supplies for a Single Session
These tools and products will help you not only create beautiful lashes for your clients but also ensure a smooth and relaxing experience.
9 Lash Lift Supplies for a Single Session
These 9 tools will create a smooth and relaxing experience for your client. Here’s each tool that is used, and how a standard session will typically go:
1. Lash Brushes
You will need a good set of lash brushes to use throughout the treatment. They make it easy to apply lash lift products and help you to shape the client’s lashes. Always have several within reach to avoid cross-contamination and be sure to clean them in hot, soapy water between clients. There are many different styles of brushes, so experiment to learn what works best for you and your clients. It’s best to select reusable brushes that you can clean and soak in barbicide to sterilize them.
2. Lash Cleanser
Proper preparation is key for a successful lash lift. As a first step, it’s necessary to clean the client’s eyelids and lashes with a high-quality lash cleanser to remove any stubborn dirt, oil, or makeup. This is important since clean lashes will always lift better than lashes that have buildup on them. Even if your client comes in with no makeup on, it’s always best practice to clean their lashes thoroughly. It’s preferable to use a gentle foaming lash cleanser free of harmful chemicals, and to avoid using any scrubbing motions, which could irritate the entire eye area.
3. Eye Pads
Next, you’ll place eye pads on the client’s lower lashes and on the sensitive skin under their eyes. This will protect the lashes from accidentally coming into contact with the glue as you’re working on the top lashes or becoming otherwise tangled with the top lashes. Make sure that whatever type of eye pad you use, it’s one that’s easy to remove for your client’s comfort. You might even look for an under-eye pad or under-eye patch that includes an anti-aging formula for a dual treatment, meaning your client gets to essentially enjoy two treatments at once.
4. Lash Rods or Shields
As a lash artist, you have the option of using either lash rods or lash shields during a lash lift. Both tools have the same purpose: to help you create a full and lush-looking lash shape. However, the two types result in slightly different looks. Lash rods will make either a “C” or a “D” shaped curl, whereas lash shields make an “L” shaped curl.
To allow for even further customization, both types come in multiple sizes to suit every client and every set of eyelashes. Your decision to use lash rods versus lash shields will be based on your expertise and the client’s desired lash shape.
5. Lash Lift Glue
Crucial to the entire treatment process, lash lift glue keeps the lashes in place while you apply the lifting solution and wait for the lashes to take on the desired shape. Once the process is complete, the eyelashes will stay in place even after you remove the rods or shields.
Look for a lash lift glue product you can use for both lash lifts and eyebrow laminations. Ideally, the bottle design should allow you to have full control over the flow of the product so you can work with precision and avoid making a mess.
6. The Lifting Solution
Once you have the client’s lashes arranged perfectly on the lash rods or lash shields, you will apply a lifting solution. This restructures the composition of the lashes so that they soften, enabling you to further manipulate them, in conjunction with the lash rod or lash shield, into the right shape. This solution will stay on the client’s lashes for 4 to 7 minutes (depending on the client’s hair type) before you wipe off and move on to the next step.
Look for a lifting solution that nourishes your client’s lashes in addition to lifting them. For example, a product that contains cocoa butter, biotin and vitamin B3 will help keep their lashes strong, healthy and beautiful.
7. Neutralizing Solution
Following the lifting solution, you’ll apply a neutralizing solution to stop the lifting process. This prevents over-processing, which would otherwise result in eyelashes that are too tightly curled or that are angled in all different directions. Usually you will apply the neutralizing solution and then leave it on for the same number of minutes as you allowed the lifting solution to work.
The application of the neutralizing solution is another opportunity to nourish the client’s lashes — such as with a product containing cocoa butter, hyaluronic acid, panthenol and horsetail extracts. This will help your client attain thick and luxurious-looking lashes with the proper aftercare.
8. Moisturizing Solution
Sometimes a client will ask you to perform an eyelash tint while you’re lifting their lashes, or you can suggest it to every lash lift client to see if they’re interested. For these situations, it’s good to always have some lash dye on hand. A tint will essentially darken the natural color of their eyelashes for a more dramatic, attention-grabbing look. You will want to keep the last tint on for just 3 to 5 minutes and then remove the product the same way you would the lifting and neutralizing solutions, with a dry cotton swab or disposable applicator tool.
9. Moisturizing Solution
After you clean all the neutralizer (and possibly any last tint, too) off of your client’s lashes, you will want to apply a moisturizing lotion to assist you in removing any excess tint product or glue from the client’s eyelashes and eyelids. Additionally, the moisturizer will help keep their eyelashes strong, hydrated and in good condition. In terms of process, this is similar to the special care you might give a client’s hair after it undergoes a perm or an intense dye job.
Look for a moisturizing solution with hydrating and plumping ingredients, such as panthenol, hyaluronic acid, marshmallow extract, or aloe vera. And instruct your client to leave the solution on their lashes for the next 24 hours. Until those first 24 hours have passed, it’s crucial they avoid getting their lashes wet. If they care for them properly, their lifted lashes will last for several weeks.
Now you should have a much better idea of what’s involved in a lash lift treatment, as well as the essential products you need to achieve ultra-glamorous lashes for your clients. But remember, it can take time to perfect your technique. So listen closely to your clients’ lash lift questions and requests and commit to learning through trial and error. Soon you’ll see the benefits of adding lash lifts to your well-rounded list of services.
- Sara Millecam