As I’ve been connecting lately with lash artists over their biggest struggles and helping them to overcome them, I’ve realized so many of these issues can be solved with one specific recommendation I give. Whether you’re wanting to increase your speed or nail down a specific technique or result, you can do so by understanding and engaging in the power of practicing with intention!
As lash artists, practicing with intention means sitting down in your off time and dedicating your focus to one specific thing you want to improve upon. With how technical lashing is, we have to rely so heavily on our muscle memory in order to do all the many difficult things we do during our applications, while also being quick and efficient and not to mention providing an experience for our clients. It’s a lot to do and the only way it gets easier is when it becomes second nature!
Before we get into how things become second nature, I want to touch on the ‘down time’ thing. It’s very important that you do this type of intentional practicing when you’re not lashing a client, because we need to utilize repetition in order to build up that muscle memory, which allows us to provide our desired result on command (like while we’re lashing)! If it’s not a specific result you’re after (like a certain type of fan) and it’s a skill you’re looking to develop, (like isolation or secure bonds) it's still repetition that will help you acquire your skill! That’s why the longer we’ve been lashing, the better we are, but we want to help fast track your way to lash mastery and have you producing better results, much more quickly!
So, let’s say you’re struggling with making consistent fans (refer back to **this blog post** if you’re not sure why you’d want consistency) or maybe it’s narrow fans or a specific dimension fan... then I want you to sit down and commit to making a certain amount of those fans OVER AND OVER. Maybe give yourself a time frame that you’ll be doing it for, and don’t stop until your time is up. Adhere them to a sponge or crystallize them and save them if you know how to, but however you do it, the point is to practice with the specific intention of the result you want in mind. If it’s improving your bonds, place a bunch of “natural lashes” (Classic extensions) onto a sponge and practice placing extensions or fans onto them over and over. Spend time doing the thing that you struggle with most! I can’t stress to you enough how much of an impact this will have on your skillset!
Now let’s talk about crystallizing, as I mentioned. If you’ve learned how to do it, this would be a great time to save the fans you’re making during your practice, so you can use them in your services. As much as I’m preaching about practicing in your off time, I actually always hated doing it! So, knowing that I could save the work I was putting in during this time and use it later, really helped me have a better perspective on doing it. Highly recommend storing those practice fans if you’re able to!
Another great thing to do while you’re practicing, is to pay attention to what you’re seeing and experiencing as you work! I’ve done this with ‘in person’ students and I can see the improvement happen SO quickly!!
Here’s what I mean:
Let’s imagine you’re working on making narrow fans. Yours are typically super wide, lots of windows of space between each extension and you’re really wanting to place narrower fans, in order to achieve those super dark, flawless sets you see all over the ‘Gram. So you start making them and they keep coming out wide. Tweak your micromovements, because essentially what you have been doing hasn’t been working. Next time, make a minor adjustment to the way you open the fan or in the way you try to perfect the fan. Did you see a little improvement? What did you do differently? Make a mental note of it, then keep doing it! Maybe even film your work and see if you can analyze it that way or see the error you’re making by viewing it from a different angle. Being intentional also means being focused and analytical. Trust me, paying close attention and adjusting accordingly will really help you see what’s going wrong AND what’s going right, so you can work towards achieving your goal every time!
Doing this type of repetitive work in a dedicated time frame will significantly improve your speed, your skill and certainly your performance when you’re actually lashing!! If you make the time for it, you’ll be SO happy you did!!