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What Do I Need to Run My Lash Business? (Part II)

Updated: Feb 5

Welcome to part two of what you need to run your lash business. In part one we covered all the (usually) one time purchases you’ll be needing to run your lash business. In part two we will be going over all the exhaustible supplies that you will need to have on hand at all times.


Let's start here:


Eye Patches right here


Be careful what eyepatches you use on your clients. Some clients have allergies to the adhesive used on eyepatches. We don’t want to be finding out who is allergic to what at your station. For this reason I highly recommend using a hypoallergenic lint-free hydrogel patch. It took lots of searching until I found this one.


Be sure to keep these in a dry environment as these are prone to get moldy. Always check that the patch is fully sealed and not moldy before use. A mini-fridge is a great place to store them.




Tape https://amzn.to/3AYBUwG


The skin around the eyes is very sensitive. There are many tapes that are rough on the skin. For this reason I prefer this paper medical tape. It adheres to the skin strong enough to work while still being gentle.







Primer https://amzn.to/3AZHKOp


I am shocked at the amount of lash artists that do not know about, nor use lash primer. This is an absolute must for lashing. Always use a lash primer prior to every set.








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These are ideal for lash primer application; it holds just the right amount of primer that you need for each eye. I prefer to use disposable lip brushes over micro brushes for lash remover.






Disposable bibs https://amzn.to/34lBHYD


If you do not have a lash tray or surface that you are able to disinfect between each client, I recommend using disposable bibs.





Lash Glue


Many factors come into play when deciding what is the best lash glue. The biggest factor in your glue choice depends on your own work speed and your environment. Most suppliers display a chart for the ideal speed/temperature/humidity to use the glue. As mentioned in the previous article “What Do I Need to Run My Lash Business (part I)'' I recommend you use a thermo-hygrometer to help maintain the proper temperature. I do recommend using glue that is low on fumes to lower the risk of allergies and or eye irritation.


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Strong, low on fumes and fast drying.




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Dries very quickly. Has high level of fumes. For more advanced artists.




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Strong, fast drying, and great for volume sets.







For the glue you may use a glue ring or jade stone. Some artists even use a lash tile for their glue. I prefer the glue ring over these alternatives. It is less messy and the glue seems to last longer.



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Lashes right here


There are a variety of lash materials including silk, mink, synthetic mink, and more. My favorite material, which is what we use here at Angel Dayz Beauty, is premium PBT which looks and feels natural while maintaining it’s curl. Whatever you decide to use, just make sure that it’s a product clients feel good about.




Mascara wands https://amzn.to/3B2Kydq


You will need mascara wands between sets. Make sure to invest into good ones; mainly one that does not shed and will brush between the lashes.





Quality tweezers look no further


Outside of the lashes themselves tweezers are your most important tool as a lash artist. Give yourself the best opportunity to work precisely and quickly by getting yourself tweezers that work the best for your style of lashing. Don't get just one. You'll want to have extras, even of the same kind, to have ready for your day of clients. Do cleaning at the end of the day and not between sessions.




Sealant https://amzn.to/3utObId


Again I am in shock at the amount of lash artists and instructors that don't know about sealants (some call it bonder). It is imperative that you use a lash sealant. It does exactly what it sounds like. It seals your work in.




Micro Brushes

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Ideal for sealant application





Remover https://amzn.to/3urdlHB


Removers can burn and really irritate the skin. I prefer this one because it does the job and it is gentle on the skin compared to others. Although this remover is gentle, you should not touch the skin while using any remover.




Barbacide https://amzn.to/3HzX3zO


You must use Barbicide to sanitize your tweezers before using them again to serve another client.





Disinfecting wipes https://amzn.to/3sh1r05


Disinfect between each client.

If you do not like using harsh chemicals all the time, invest in a steamer.




Steamer

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An alternative to constant disinfectant wipes.




Masks https://amzn.to/3Gpta3H


Masks have become commonplace. If your client feels uncomfortable without you having one and you want to keep her around, you can do worse than these.


Conclusion


This covers all the material requirements needed to start and keep your lash business running. Keep an eye out for articles covering the skills you'll want to have to bloom in the industry and the mental qualities you'll want to foster to keep growth continuous. Thank you for reading!

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