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THE SALON SPA TRAINING INSTITUTE

COURSE TITLE: "EYELASH EXTENSIONS 101"

Course Hours: 2

Course Eligibility: Cosmetologists (C), Estheticians (E), Teachers (T)/Instructors (I)

This Course is Offered to Licensees in: Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and West Virginia

Note: *Please take the allotted time for this 2 hr. course to read, reflect, and retain the information.  After you read through your course for the allotted 2 hrs., you can take and submit your end-of-course exam at the bottom.  Please include your name, license number and contact information at the beginning of your end-of-course exam. At the end of your exam, please press the "submit" button to submit your exam.  We will then email your exam results and course completion certificate within the same business day. If your exam is submitted after 7:00 p.m., we will email your results the next business day. Thank you and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Terri at 919-672-4698, or email at SalonSpaTraining@aol.com(Note: Our online CE courses have  a timer/timing element, but it is presently being rebooted for our system and will be up soon. Therefore, this is an alternative way you can take your online CE course.  Thank you for your patience, and we hope you enjoy your course!).

*NOTE: AFTER YOU REGISTER/PAY FOR YOUR COURSE, YOU MUST READ THIS COURSE FOR THE 2hr. REQUIREMENT. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR END-OF-COURSE EXAM UNTIL 2hs. AFTER YOUR COURSE PAYMENT. 

Provider:

The Salon Spa Training Institute℠; Instructor/Owner: Terri Rowland, Ed.D.; 919-672-4698 (phone); 919-287-2688 (eFax); SalonSpaTraining@aol.com (email); Post Office Box 51074, Durham, North Carolina 27717 (address)

Lesson Objective:

This 2-hour online course is designed to teach how to apply eyelash extensions from three perspectives - band (strip) eyelash extension; individual (eye tabbing) eyelash extension; and cluster eyelash extension.  This course seeks to give a background regarding eyelash extensions within cosmetic arts; and it is written for cosmetologists, aestheticians, and teachers. This course will offer the fundamentals of eyelash extensions, and will offer a foundation for the eyelash extension procedure.  Safety and sanitation issues will also be addressed, due to the procedure involving an adhesive being used within centimeters of the base of the eyelid.

There are a total of three (III) Modules, in which this course will:

  • Define the eyelash extension procedure;
  • Present various types of eyelash extensions that are performed (band, cluster, individual);
  • Provide a description of the eye, the eyelid, and lashes;
  • Cover sanitation steps regarding the pre-service set up and post-service clean up;
  • Describe the pre-service set up, and all implements and materials that are needed;
  • Offer client consultation tips in regard to accessing the client's needs;
  • Will give detailed steps for the application of the band/strip, cluster, and individual eyelashes;
  • Will discuss the fill-in process and approximately how long eyelash extensions last;
  • Offer safety precautions regarding professional eyelash extensions,
  • Discuss lash removal techniques, and steps on maintaining eyelash extensions, and will
  • And in conclusion, discuss client and beauty professional benefits within the eyelash extension process.

Time Allotment:

This online course is 2 (two) hours of continuing education credit. Course participants have up to 60 days to complete this course.

Course Price:

$37.50 for this 2-hour online course.

Course Goals: 

This course seeks to encourage salon and spa industry professionals to:

  • (1) Learn the fundamental steps of how to apply professional eyelash extensions, and the types of eyelash extensions utilized;
  • (2) Learn about current issues and trends regarding eyelash extensions;
  • (3) To offer strategies that can aid in building an eyelash extension business;
  • (4) To highlight the importance of sanitation, safety, and precautions while working with clients;
  • (5) To recognize the financial and career-related benefits of offering professional eyelash extensions in the salon and spa setting.

  

 

Time Chart For 2-Hour (120 Min.) Online Course:

"EYELASH EXTENSIONS 101"

Module I: Introduction        

Types of Eyelash Extensions/The Eyelid and Eyelashes                                       25 Min.

  • Eyelash Extension Introduction (3 Min.)
  • The Eye, Eyelid, and Eyelashes (12 Min.)
  • Types of Eyelash Extensions (10 Min.)
  • o Band/Strip Lashes
  • o Cluster Lashes
  • o Individual Lashes

Module II:      The Eyelash Extension Service                                                        85 Min.

  • Pre-Service Set Up ( 12 Min.)
  • Pre-Service Sanitation (10 Min.)
  • Client Consultation (7 Min.)
  • Safety, Precautions, and Allergies (7 Min.)
  • Client Positioning (3 Min.)
  • Band Lash Application (9 Min.)
  • Cluster Lash Application (15 Min.)
  • Individual Lash Application (18 Min.)
  • Eyelash Extension Fill-ins and Lash Removal (4 Min.)

Module III:    Post-Service & Conclusion                                                               10 Min.

  • Post-Service Clean Up & Sanitation (4 Min.)
  • Conclusion (6 Min.)

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YOU MAY BEGIN: EYELASH EXTENSIONS 101: 2 Hrs. (120 Min.)

Module I: Introduction - The Eye; Eyelid and Eyelashes; Types of Eyelash Extensions (25 Min.)

Introduction (3 Min.)  

Eyelash extensions have been a part of cosmetic arts and the beauty industry for many years. From theater to fashion magazine ads, to the everyday eyelash extension wearer - they are indeed a big part of makeup artistry, cosmetology, and the beauty industry as a whole. Eyelash extensions involve extending the natural lash, which allows the eyelashes to appear longer and fuller; and ultimately, eyelash extensions enhance a person's look.    According to The Nielsen Company, between March 2006 - March 2007, the American sales of artificial eyelashes at food and drug stores reached $29.6 million. This figure proves that enhancing the appearance of one's eyelashes has not gone unnoticed.

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Band/Strip Eyelash Extensions

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Decorative/Feather Lashes

 

Eyelash extensions can derive from synthetic, human, and animal hairs (such as mink eyelashes). They can also be made from silk; or they can have a "carnival appeal" with feathers, jewels, different colors, and rhinestones as well.  Eyelash extensions can come in different lengths and they can often be tailored to fit the client's request.  Eyelash extensions are usually applied with a (1) strip or "band" of lash; in (2) clusters; or (3) individual lashes. Many clients who have individual lashes applied pay between $250.00 - $350.00 for their initial, full set of eyelash extensions. There have even been instances where persons have paid $600.00 or more for an individual set of eyelash extensions. It is suggested that some of those who prefer the individual eyelash extension service have a disposable income, and are consumers who enjoy a high-end service.

The Eye, Eyelids, and Eyelashes (12 Min.)

The eye represents one of the body's vital organs, and is known as "the organ of sight." The eye allows persons to visually see during everyday functions. The eye is composed of [but not limited to] the cornea, the iris, the pupil, the lens, the retina, the macula, and the optic nerve.

The following photograph gives a view of the anatomy of the eye:

 

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It must be emphasized that although eyelash extensions are a very popular service within the beauty industry, the beauty professional is working very closely with the clients' eye and eyelid. Therefore, caution must be used in regard to your skill and dexterity while working closely with the eye. Further in this course will be an explanation of various steps utilized to apply eyelash extensions and how important it is to use caution.
According to the National Institutes of Health's Medline dictionary, the eyelid represents ". . . either of the movable lids of skin and muscle that can be closed over the eyeball - called also palpebra." The eyelid grows eyelashes that help protect the eyes from debris, and eyelashes are hairs that grow at the edge of the eyelid. If an eyelash is removed, it usually takes 7-8 weeks for the eyelash to grow back. The number of eyelashes in humans may vary - as some persons may have 50 eyelashes, and other may have between 75-100 lashes per eye.  Again, this number does vary as everyone is different.  The diagram below shows a more detailed look at the eyelid:

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The hair follicle helps to produce the actual eyelashes, and the eyelid is the base from where the eyelashes grow. 
Types of Eyelash Extensions (10 Min.)
As mentioned previously, eyelash extensions can derive from different materials, such as synthetic, human and animal hairs. They can also [again] be decorated with feathers, rhinestones, jewels, and other accessories.  They can also be different colors, such as neon or multicolored. However, the most popular color of eyelash extensions are black and brown. Additionally, various types of eyelash extensions can come in different lengths, curls and patterns. Depending upon your client's wants, personality and fashion style - there are varied choices they can choose from. Ultimately, there are three types of eyelash extensions which include: band (strip) lashes, cluster lashes, and individual lashes.           
        Band (Strip) Lashes           
       Band lashes are also called "strip" lashes, because they represent multiple artificial eyelashes attached to a strip.  This strip may have a pre-made adhesive or, an adhesive glue may have to be applied. The strip for the band lashes is similar to the line and shape of an eyelid, in which eyelashes grow. One strip per eye is applied for the band lash application, and the strip may be transparent (which gives a more natural expression); or it may have a pre-made "eyeliner line" embedded in the strip (this gives a more dramatic expression). Band lashes are one of the most popular self-applied eyelash extensions purchased by the public.  Therefore, when consumers don't have artificial eyelashes applied professionally, the band lash is usually the choice.  However, band lashes are applied professionally in the salon and spa setting, and have proven to provide a more cost effective choice for clients. The time to apply band lashes is far different from the time taken to apply individual and cluster lashes. However, they don't adhere to the eyelid as long as individual and cluster lashes.

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Band/Strip Eyelash Extensions

Cluster Lashes       
Cluster lashes contain approximately 3-6 individual lashes that are banded together. Cluster lashes normally have a base point which holds the lashes together - this base is often called a "bulb."  The blub is used to adhere to the base of the natural lash. Depending upon the number of individual lashes that are included in the cluster, 5-15 clusters can be applied to select lashes of each eyelid. There are some cluster lashes that may contain more than 6 lashes, but for a more natural appeal, the smaller number of cluster lashes, the better blend with the natural eyelashes.

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Cluster Lashes

Individual Eyelashes           
Individual eyelash extensions, sometimes called "semi-permanent lashes," represent a growing trend in upscale services in the salon and spa setting. Individual eyelash extensions represent single eyelash hairs (natural or synthetic, but synthetic is very popular for individual extension use); that are applied to each individual eyelash with a glue, adhesive, or bonding agent. Depending upon the number of eyelashes a person has, anywhere from 50 - 75 eyelashes can be applied ([again] this number can be smaller or larger and varies). It can take from 90 minutes to 2 ½ hours to apply an initial set of individual eyelash extensions, and they can last from 4 to 8 weeks. Although individual eyelash extensions can last over time, "fill-in" (or "touch up") lashes should be applied within 2-4 weeks of the initial set.  A fill in represents the replacement of a single eyelash extension - and the fill-in lash process might involve 10-15 lash extensions per eye. Alternatively, some eyelash extension specialists may provide fill-ins singularly and charge accordingly. Nonetheless, the fill-in process is part of the overall procedure of individual eyelash extensions. 

Module II: The Eyelash Extension Service (85 Min.)           
Pre-Service Set Up (12 Min.)
The pre-service set up is important, because for such a delicate service (involving the eyes), you want to make sure that you are well prepared. There are various implements, supplies, and disposables that are needed, and depending upon which eyelash extension service is being performed - some of the items may vary.  Overall, please note the following items that are needed:
  • Head band, or a hair clip - This is needed to hold the client's hair back, so it won't interfere with the service. You want to make sure that the hair does not impede the service, and you also don't want any additional contaminants to touch your implements, nor the natural eyelashes.
  • Tweezers (at least 2 pair) - Tweezers are very important, because you will use them to pick up the eyelash hair extension; as well as apply the eyelash hairs (for cluster and individual lashes).
  • Cotton Swabs - Cotton swabs are necessary for removal of debris from the eyelid and natural eyelashes before the service.
  • Eyelash Brushes - It's an asset to have eyelash brushes, because after the application of the eyelashes (band and cluster lashes), you need to blend the natural lash with the artificially extended lashes. Or you will need eyelash brushes to gently fan out lashes after the service is completed (individual lashes).
  • Eyelash Curler - The eyelash curler can be used before the service, to curl the natural lashes before the application of the artificially extended lashes.

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  • Hand Mirror - A hand mirror allows the cosmetologist or aesthetician to show the client the results of the service.
  • Manicure Scissors - Manicure scissors are key for cutting the eyelashes for a tailored fit.
  • Adjustable Light - An adjustable light is imperative for this service, because you need to be able to see up close, to make certain that you are applying the artificial eyelashes.
  • Magnifying Lamp or Magnifying Glasses - When working with cluster or individual lash extensions, a magnification lamp is highly recommended - due to working with single eyelashes for the service. A single eyelash hair is very small, and hard to view by the naked eye (without some type of magnification).
  • Adhesive Glue or Bonding Agent - The adhesive glue/bonding agent is needed for whichever service you are providing (i.e., band, cluster, or individual lash extensions).
  • Adhesive Glue Tray or Foil - For cluster and individual eyelash extensions, a sanitized plastic tray is needed to hold the adhesive glue. Foil can be used as well, but a plastic tray is more stable.
  • Eyelid or Eyelash Cleanser - This cleanser is used to clean the eyelid and eyelash area before application.
  • Eyelash Remover - It's good to have eyelash remover available if you need to redo an application. Also, if you are removing eyelashes for your client, you would definitely need eyelash remover as well. Make
  • Cotton Pads - Cotton pads can be used for cleaning the eyelid/eyelash area, and the can also be used below the lower eyelid, to protect the eyes during the service.
  • Eye Gel Patch - Eye gel patches protect the eye during service from fumes and debris.

 

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  • o Cotton Rounds or Gauze - You can use a cotton round or gauze in the place of an eye gel patch, to use during the service.
  • o Paper-based Medical Tape - This light weight adhesive tape can be used along with your cotton rounds or gauze to secure them in place during your eyelash extension procedure (just a small amount is needed to secure both ends).
  • Cape/Draping - A cape or draping should be used (such as a makeup cape, or a clean, sanitized towel) to cover the client during service.
  • Artificial Eyelashes & Trays - You need to have your eyelashes readily available, and you need trays for them to set before application.
  • Mini Eyelash Dryer/Blower - There are manufacturers who make "mini eyelash dryers" or blowers that aid in the eyelash adhesive glue and/or bonding agent drying. Be careful using a large hair dryer, because the eyes are sensitive and it's not wise to apply extreme drying pressure directly on or near the eyes.
  • Additional clean, sanitized cloth towels or pre-packaged disposable linens for the client's head rest during the service.
  • Salon/spa chair or spa bed in which the client will either sit up (band lashes) or recline (cluster or individual lashes) during the eyelash extension procedure.

 Pre-Service Sanitation (10 Min.)           
Sanitation is very important in the salon and spa setting.  State Boards and regulatory agencies are stringent on making certain that professionals in the beauty industry use precaution in regard to cleanliness and sanitary salon and spa environments. Therefore, you want to make sure that all surfaces and implements are decontaminated, to provide for a safe and healthy salon spa setting. If something is contaminated, it has been soiled, tainted, or infected. Pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that cause contamination.  In order to control pathogens, surfaces (living or non-living) and implements must be decontaminated.  Hence, the salon service setting must be sanitized in order to ensure the proper health and safety for the client, and the beauty professional.  There are three (3) levels of decontamination which include:
  • Sterilization,
  • Disinfection, and
  • Sanitation.
Sterilization occurs in hospital and medical settings, where all living organisms on a surface or object can be destroyed. In the salon setting, sterilization is not permissible, because it is only admissible for the hospital and/or medical settings.  Sterilization chemicals and products can also harm the skin if not used properly. In the salon setting, the disinfection of bacteria, viruses, and fungi are crucial.  Therefore, and EPA-registered & hospital-level disinfectant should be used to properly disinfect. The acronym "EPA" stands for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA's mission includes leading " . . . the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts . . ."  [and] ". . . to protect human health and the environment." An EPA-registered disinfectant should kill bactericides, virucides, and fungicides.  All implements within the artificial eyelash application process, such as (1) the eyelash curler, and (2) tweezers, should be properly disinfected before and after the service.When disinfecting, implements have to be washed in warm, soapy water, and then rinsed and dried with a clean cloth towel or paper towels. After drying, the implements need to be submerged in an EPA-registered disinfectant solution for at least 20 minutes before service. It is also wise to have at least one additional set of implements (i.e., eyelash curler and two sets of tweezers), because if you have clients booked right after one another, you will have an additional disinfected set ready to use for your next client.     
      
Sanitation is the lowest level of decontamination in the salon spa setting; however, sanitation is still very important. Sanitation reduces the level of pathogens on living and non-living surfaces such as your hands (living) and on your salon or spa floor (non-living). If you are using an antiseptic on your hands (such as a hand sanitizer), that is an example of sanitation, and it should be done, (after washing your hands with warm soapy water) before your eyelash extension service. Feel free to offer your client hand sanitizer as well, because oftentimes, pathogens can be spread by touching door knobs, and other non-living surfaces. Your table or table top used to place your implements, supplies, and eyelash extensions will have to be sanitized as well. Other means of sanitation include [but are not limited to]: sweeping or vacuuming the salon floor, cleaning the door handles, washing the indoor windows, cleaning the mirrors, and washing linens (with proper water temperature, according to your State Board standards). Additionally, before your eyelash extension service, make sure the surfaces in which the client sit or recline are properly sanitized.  Make sure you also place the clean cloth towel or disposable linen on the spa chair (or spa bed) where the client will lay their head. 
Client Consultation (7 Min.)
A client consultation is conducted whereas the client receives professional advice from the beauty professional, and in-turn, the beauty professional listens to the wants and needs of the client. With an eyelash extension service, the client will rely heavily on the cosmetologist or aesthetician to recommend what's best for the overall appearance.  As mentioned previously, black or brown eyelashes are very popular for the extension service.  Also, the various length, thickness, and overall effect of the eyelash extension will need to be determined as well.Some of the items discussion for client consultation include [but are not limited to]:
  • Desired color of eyelashes - View the color or the eyes and talk with the client about that type of effect they would like to have (such as a dramatic look, natural look, theatrical look, etc.). The color can make a big difference in the overall appearance of the eyelash extensions.
  • Desired length of lashes - Length is important as well, because some clients may have a conservative approach to their eyelash length - due to their job and appearance preference at work, or personal preference. Other clients may prefer a more dramatic length, and you can show clients various lengths of eyelashes that you would like to apply.
  • Texture/thickness of lashes - Volume is important because the more volume the lashes have, the more dramatic they may appear.
  • Also, the type of eyelash extension desired is important as well. Make sure the client consultation includes the discussion of band/strip, cluster, and individual lash extensions, and make sure your client knows the difference between the three. Also, your client may already know what type of extensions s/he needs - such as individual lash extensions. Make sure you recognize that there are factors that may determine their choice such as:
  • o Cost - How much will the eyelash extension service cost? This will help determine what your client can afford at that time.
  • o Time/Duration - What are your clients' scheduling needs? How long will they be available during the service.
  • o Appearance - Make sure you let your client know what type of appearance their desired eyelash extension will have:
  • § Band/Strip Lashes - The eyeliner line may be visible on the upper eyelid or the lashes may seem more dramatic.
  • § Cluster Lashes - They can appear natural, but may still have more volume than individual lashes (depending upon how many clusters are applied to the natural eyelashes)
  • § Individual Lashes - They may have the most natural look, but again will take the longest for application and will be the most costly
Safety, Precautions, and Allergies (7 Min.)
It is important to be mindful of safety during the professional eyelash extension service.  The eye will be exposed to air, the elements, adhesives and/or glue bonding materials - and it is import that you use dexterity and mobility. Your decision making skills are also important, as you will need to be visual - as you professionally extend the lashes: either on the eyelid (band/strip lashes), or on the natural lash (cluster and individual lashes). Make sure before the service, you test your client's skin with your glue/bonding agent.  This can be done in two ways:
  • Test a small drop behind the ear;
  • Test a small drop on the wrist.
This test drop can be applied with a small orangewood stick or plastic spatula, and after the test, the stick or spatula can be discarded. If the test can be performed at least 24 hours ahead of time, this would give ample time to see if an allergic reaction would occur. The client consultation could also be held during the allergy test, and at that time, you can have the client fill out a client consultation sheet, that includes various information such as: medical/health history, known allergies, skin disorders, pregnancy, smoking, and various medications (topical and oral) that are used.  You can also have a waiver signed as well that lets the client know that the eyelash extension service could produce an allergic reaction due to bonding agents used, and/or the eyelash extensions themselves. Ultimately, if during the service, your clients eyes become too irritated and uncomfortable, you can discontinue the service, allow the client to rinse the eyes with water (pending the glue is dry if any lashes have already been applied), and seek the help of a medical professional.           
Also make your clients aware that throughout the service, if they are feeling uncomfortable, to let you know. Make your clients aware that at times - their eyes will be open and closed, and it's recommended that they do not blink while you are attaching the eyelashes. If applying cluster or individual lashes, also let your clients know that they will have to be still for anywhere between 30 minutes - to 2 ½ hours. Additionally, if your client wears contact lenses, then they need to taken out before the service.

Eyelash Extension Applications: Band (Strip), Cluster, and Individual           
Client & Cosmetologist/Aesthetician Positioning (3 Min.):            
Before you perform your eyelash extension procedure, please note the following:
  • The client should be placed on a spa chair or spa bed in an upright position (band lashes) or a reclining position (cluster or individual lashes), with the client's head back.
  • For band/strip lash application, the cosmetologist or aesthetician can work in front and on the side of the client. To apply band lashes, you may prefer to stand, so you can get the best optimal view of your client's eyelids.
  • For cluster or individual lash application, the cosmetologist or aesthetician should work from behind or beside the client, not directly in front of the client.
  • The cosmetologist's or aesthetician's chair should be located behind the spa chair or spa bed during the cluster and individual lash application.
  • There should be significant lighting available so you can see; and you may want to use either a magnification lamp or magnifying glasses as well.
  • Make sure you drape your client with a cape or clean, sanitized cloth towel before service.
  • Make sure you drape the spa chair or spa bed with a clean towel behind the client's head (on the head rest).
  • The setting for eyelash extensions (especially individual and cluster) should be private and more quiet, due to the dexterity and concentration needed for this service. It also provides a more comfortable environment for the client as well.
           
     Band (Strip)Lash Application (9 Min.)
  • Sanitize hands
  • Apply a head band or hair clip to the client's hair, and remove away from the eyes.
  • Brush client's natural lashes and make sure they are clean. If your client is wearing makeup, then you can use makeup remover or eyelash cleanser with your cotton pad and gently swipe from inner corner to outer corner of the eye. Dry eyes as well with an additional cotton pad.
  • You can choose to curl the eyelashes if you would like, so the band/strip lashes will have a better curve along with the natural lashes.
  • For Band Lashes: If the client chooses to have eyeliner applied, apply the eyeliner before the band/strip lash application. But there must be no mascara on the eyelashes before band/strip lash application.
  • Remove eyelash band/strip from package with tweezers (remove gingerly).
  • Before application, the band eyelashes need to be bent to gain more flexibility. It's good if they have a "U" shape, which will allow the band/strip to fit more naturally to the eyelid.
  • Take the band/strip and measure alongside the upper eyelid to make sure the band will fit the eyelid width properly. If the band is too long, take a pair of manicuring or small scissors and cut to desired width length.
  • If the lashes (eyelash extension lashes) are too long, the client may want them shorter. You may then cut the eyelash extensions for a shorter length if necessary. Make sure you cut the band lashes before you apply to the client's eyelid. Also, do not cut straight across the band/strip eyelashes.
  • Apply glue/adhesive across the band lash eyelid base, and wait approximately 10 seconds (more or less seconds depending upon the type of adhesive you are using) until the glue has a "tacky" residue (the glue should not be too wet or too dry).
  • Apply the band/strip to the eyelid, going from the inner - to the outer eyelid. Use the end of tweezers or a lash liner brush to press the band/strip. This pressing will make the band adhere to the lash line.
  • Make sure you place the band/strip as close to the natural lash line when applying.
  • Also, the shorter part of the lashes should be focused toward the inner part of the eyelid, and the longer lashes should accentuated toward the outer part of the eyelid. The band/strip lashes may already be premade this way - or you can customize and cut the lashes for this effect.
  • Allow the band/strip lash to dry for a few minutes and then repeat the band lash extension steps to the other eyelid.
  • After both band/strip eyelash extensions have dried, you may then blend the extensions with the natural eyelashes by taking a clean, sanitized eyelash brush and blending them with the natural lashes.
  • Take the hand mirror and show your client the finished results.
  • Mascara can then be applied if preferred.
  • Traditionally, eyelash extensions are applied to the upper eyelid, however, it is the client's choice to have extensions extended to the lower eyelid.
Cluster Lash Application (15 Min.)
  • Sanitize hands.
  • Apply a head band or hair clip to the client's hair, and remove away from the eyes.
  • Brush client's natural lashes and make sure they are clean. If your client is wearing makeup, then you can use makeup remover with your cotton pad and gently swipe from inner corner to outer corner of the eye. Dry eyes as well with an additional cotton pad.
  • Assess the client's eyelashes, to determine how many cluster lashes you would like to apply.
  • Cover the bottom eyelid and eyelashes with either an eye gel patch, ½ cotton round, or gauze. This helps to protect the eye from glue fumes and residue.
  • This covering can be applied to both eyes.
  • o Note: A lower eyelid covering is traditionally used with individual lash extensions, but they can be used with cluster lash extensions as well (especially depending upon how many cluster lashes are added to each eyelid and how long the process will take).
  • Apply your gel patch, ½ cotton round, or gauze directly under the bottom eyelid, covering the bottom eyelashes (but not abruptly under the eyeball). Start from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye when applying. Apply gently, but securely. The longer, middle cut area of the cotton round goes directly under the lower eyelid and natural lashes.
  • o If you are using an eye gel patch, it is pre-cut and has an adhesive that makes the patch adhere to the skin (the adhesive may be under the entire patch, or it will have pre-made adhesive strips on each end).
  • o If using a ½ cotton round or gauze, you can cut two small paper-based pieces of medical tape, which will lightly adhere to each end of the ½ cotton round or gauze.
  • § Please remember to use cotton or gauze that is smooth, and does not have stray pieces of cotton (you do not want pieces of cotton to flow into the eye).
  • After the eye gel patch, cotton round, or gauze is applied, you can then take your cluster lashes out of their package and place on a separate plastic tray (take as many out that you believe you would use during the service). Make sure you take the cluster lashes out with tweezers, and be gentle when you remove them.
  • o Tray placement - You can place your plastic tray near your client or on your table set up.
  • Ask your client to try to keep their eyes closed throughout the procedure.
  • View the natural eyelashes and envision how many cluster lashes you want to apply. Remember, cluster eyelashes may have 3-6 lashes and you want to make sure your spacing and estimation gives a good look for your finished product. As mentioned before, depending upon the number of lashes that are included in the cluster, 5-15 clusters can be applied to select lashes of each eyelid.
  • Take your adhesive glue and apply to your plastic tray (about the size of a nickel).
  • Take your tweezers and lift the eyelash cluster from the plastic tray.
  • Dip the base of the cluster (bottom) into the adhesive glue and make sure the base is coated. Don't dip too much, because you don't want to over saturate the eyelash extension, nor do you want to apply to much glue to the natural eyelash and near the eyelid's skin.
  • Note: Make sure you start from the outer lashes and work toward the inner lashes.
  • Working with your second pair of tweezers, separate the natural eyelash from other eyelashes.
  • Take the cluster and align with the natural lash and apply to the natural lash.
  • Take your tweezers and press along the newly applied cluster lash, to ensure bonding has taken place.
  • Repeat the glue and cluster application steps from the outer to inner eyelid, and remember that for a more natural look - you can use longer lashes on the outer eyelid and shorter lashes toward the inner eyelid.
  • Also, check the eyelashes to make sure they have not stuck together. You can do this by "fanning" the natural lashes (located along side each cluster lash) from the newly applied cluster lash.
  • After the first eye/eyelid is complete, you can use a mini eyelash dryer/blower (from behind the client) to seal the adhesive glue (if applicable). Oftentimes, the manufacturer's instructions will give you additional information upon how the glue seals and/or how it dries. Make sure you hold the dryer from behind the client and dry about an inch from the eyelash extension. You only need to hold the dryer for about 1-2 seconds. If you want to use a hair dryer to dry the glue, please be careful, because a hair dryer is made to dry the hair - not to dry lash extensions. Also, make sure the power is not on high and the temperature should not be high either.
  • After both eye lids are complete, gently remove each eye gel patch, cotton round, or gauze from the bottom of the eyelids.
  • You can brush and blend the natural eyelashes and the cluster lashes together.
  • Take the hand mirror and show your client the finished results.
  • Mascara is not necessary for cluster lash extensions.
  • Traditionally, eyelash extensions are applied to the upper eyelid, however, it is the client's choice to have extensions extended to the lower eyelid.
Individual Lash Application (18 Min.)
  • Sanitize hands.
  • Apply a head band or hair clip to the client's hair, and remove away from the eyes.
  • Brush client's natural lashes and make sure they are clean. If your client is wearing makeup, then you can use makeup remover with your cotton pad and gently swipe from inner corner to outer corner of the eye. Dry eyes as well with an additional cotton pad.
  • o Note: Make sure eyelashes are dry, because you want to make certain that the individual eyelashes adhere properly. Any oil, residue or moisture can hinder the bonding/adhesive process.
  • Assess the client's eyelashes, to determine how many individual lashes are needed for application (you need as many individual lashes where there are natural lashes). As mentioned previously, the number of individual lashes applied will vary, and oftentimes, as many as 50 - 75 individual eyelashes per eye can be applied.
  • Cover the bottom eyelid and eyelashes with either an eye gel patch, ½ cotton round, or gauze. This helps to protect the eye from glue fumes and residue.
  • o Some eyelash extension professionals prefer to apply an additional covering over the top eyelid, just above the natural lash line as well. This is your choice. Most importantly, whether you apply a top (upper eyelid) covering or not - make sure your technique warrants safety during the eyelash extension procedure.
  • This covering can be applied to both eyes.
  • o Note: A lower eyelid covering is traditionally used with individual lash extensions, but they can be used with cluster lash extensions as well (especially depending upon how many cluster lashes are added to each eyelid and how long the process will take).
  • Apply your gel patch, ½ cotton round, or gauze directly under the bottom eyelid, covering the bottom eyelashes. Start from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye when applying. Apply gently, but securely. The longer, middle cut area of the cotton round goes directly under the lower eyelid and natural lashes.
  • o If you are using an eye gel patch, it is pre-cut and has an adhesive that makes the patch adhere to the skin (the adhesive may be under the entire patch, or it will have pre-made adhesive strips on each end).
  • o If using a ½ cotton round or gauze, you can cut two small paper-based pieces of medical tape, just to lightly adhere to each end of the ½ cotton round or gauze.
  • § Please remember to use cotton or gauze that is smooth, and does not have stray pieces (you do not want pieces of cotton to flow into the eye).
  • After the eye gel patch, cotton round, or gauze is applied, you can then take your individual lashes out of the package and place on a separate plastic tray (take as many out that you believe you would use during the service. Make sure you take the individual lashes out with tweezers, and be gentle when you remove them.
  • o Tray placement - You can place your plastic tray near your client or on your table set up.
  • Also make sure you are mindful of the different individual lash lengths, because applying longer lashes on the outer parts of the eyelid and shorter lashes alongside the inner eyelid will give a more natural, even look.
  • Ask your client to try to keep her eyes closed throughout the procedure (both you you can allow some eye opening time in between individual lash extensions when necessary).
  • View the natural eyelashes and envision how many individual lashes you want to apply. Remember, you may apply anywhere from 50-100 individual eyelash extensions, and you want to make sure your estimation gives a good look for your finished product.
  • Take your adhesive glue and apply to your plastic tray (about the size of a nickel).
  • Take your tweezers and lift the single eyelash from the plastic tray.
  • o Note: This process requires good dexterity, and it is wise to practice picking up your individual eyelashes with your tweezers.
  • Dip the base of the individual eyelash into the adhesive glue and make sure the base is coated.
  • o Try to make sure you coat as least 50% - 60% of the individual eyelash extension, however, don't want to over saturate the eyelash extension, nor do you want to apply to much glue to the natural eyelash and near the eyelid's skin.
  • Start from the outer eyelashes, working towards the inner eyelashes.
  • Working with your second pair of tweezers, separate the natural eyelash from other eyelashes.
  • Take the single individual lash and align with the natural lash and apply to the natural lash.
  • Take your tweezers and press along the newly applied individual lash, to ensure bonding has taken place.
  • Make sure you press from the base of the lashes bonded (extension and natural lash), throughout the entire length of the lashes bonded - to ensure that the adhesive/bonding agent merges the extension lash and the natural lash together.
  • Repeat the glue and individual lash application steps from the outer to inner eyelid, and remember that for a more natural look - you can use longer lashes on the outer eyelid and shorter lashes toward the inner eyelid.
  • As you repeat the individual lash application steps, use dexterity and patience in making sure you extend each natural eyelash.
  • Also, check the eyelashes to make sure they have not stuck together. You can do this by "fanning" the lashes (located alongside each completed eyelash extension).
  • After 1-3 single eye lashes are complete, you can use a mini eyelash dryer/blower (from behind the client) to seal the adhesive glue (if applicable). Oftentimes, the manufacturer's instructions will give you additional information upon how the glue seals and/or how it dries. Make sure you hold the dryer from behind the client and dry about an inch from the eyelash extension. You only need to hold the dryer for about 1-2 seconds. If you want to use a hair dryer to dry the glue, please be careful, because a hair dryer is made to dry the hair - not to dry lash extensions. Also, make sure the power is not on high and the temperature should not be high as well.
  • Continue to repeat each individual eyelash extension step with the first eyelid.
  • After you complete the first eyelid, you can proceed applying the individual lash extensions to the next eyelid.
  • You can gently fan the completed eye lashes and you have completed your individual eyelash extensions.
  • After both eye lids are complete, gently remove each eye gel patch, cotton round, or gauze from the bottom of the eyelids (and top if you choose to apply).
  • Take the hand mirror and show your client the finished results.
  • Mascara is not necessary for individual lash extensions.
  • Traditionally, eyelash extensions are applied to the upper eyelid, however, it is the client's choice to have extensions extended to the lower eyelid.
Lash Fill-Ins and Lash Removal (4 Min.)        
        Lash Fill-Ins (Cluster Lashes and Individual Lashes)(2 Min.)
As mentioned previously, your natural eyelashes will go through a cycle of nearly 8 weeks of growing and shedding from the eyelid.  Therefore, when lash extensions are applied, eventually they will need to be replaced - because as time goes by, there will be an unevenness between the extended lashes and the newly grown natural lashes. When the eyelash extension needs to be replaced, you can recommend a "fill-in" or replacement lash extension service. Fill-ins are usually needed every 2-4 weeks, and again, a full set of artificial eyelash extensions (particularly individual lashes) usually last from 6-8 weeks. Fill-ins can be applied with a cluster or individual lash extensions, and the client can receive fill-ins in the following recommended sequences:
  • Cluster Lashes
  • o A cluster lash extension can be added and the client can be charged for each extension (such as $3-$5 per extension), or
  • o Clients can wait two weeks (or more) and can pay a set price for fill-ins (such as $25 - $50 total).
  • Individual Lashes
  • o An individual lash extension can be added and the client can be charged for each individual extension (such as $3-$5 per extension), or
  • o Clients can wait two weeks (or more) and can pay a set price for fill-ins (such as $50 - $75 total).
        Lash Removal (2 Min.)                       
       Eyelash extensions can be removed as well and below are some tips to removing:
  • Band/Strip Lashes - They can be removed by taking a moist cloth and saturating with either (1) a professional eyelash remover, (2) make up remover, or (3) an oil substance such as petroleum jelly or baby oil. Hold the saturated cloth alongside the closed eyelid and gently wipe (inward to outward) to loosen the band/strip. You can use tweezers to remove the eyelashes, or you can pull off the lashes (gently).
  • Cluster and Individual Eyelash Extensions - They can be removed similarly by taking a moist cloth and saturating with either (1) a professional eyelash remover, (2) make up remover, or (3) an oil substance such as petroleum jelly or baby oil. Hold the saturated cloth alongside the closed eyelid and gently wipe (inward to outward) to loosen the cluster or individual lash extension. You can use cotton rounds to wipe alongside the lash extensions to remove separately. A warm cloth can also aid the enhancement of eyelash removal.
Module III: Post-Service Clean Up & Conclusion (10 Min.)
Post-Service Clean Up/Sanitation (4 Min.)           
After the eyelash extension service, make sure you discard all disposable items in a covered trash container. An example of disposable items include [but are not limited to]: cotton pads, cotton rounds, eye gel patches, eyelash curler cushion, disposable headband and the like. Additionally, your implements, such as your tweezers and eyelash curler should be: washed in warm soapy water, dried with a clean, sanitized cloth towel, and submerged in an EPA-registered disinfectant solution for at least 20 minutes.   As mentioned earlier, it is wise to have at least two complete sets of implements, because you may have another eyelash extension appointment directly after your previous appointment (and you need enough time to sanitize properly).           
Remind your client to [again]:
  • Be careful of having the eyelash extensions in steamy settings (such as a hot steam shower or a hot tub);
  • Do not use make up remover, oils, lotions or creams directly on the eyelash extensions,
  • There is no need to apply mascara for individual and cluster lash extensions;
  • Band/Strip lashes may be appealing, but they will not stay on long - anticipate one day to one week (depending upon the adhesive/bonding agent);
  • Cluster lash extensions may last from two to four (2-4) weeks;
  • Individual lash extensions may last from six to eight (6-8) weeks;
  • Fill-ins are recommended (for cluster and especially individual lashes) as early as two weeks from an initial set of lash extensions - due to the natural eyelash shedding every 8 weeks.
Conclusion (6 Min.)
In conclusion, there are several benefits for the professional eyelash extension client, and the beauty professional that performs the extension service. Eyelash extensions are becoming more popular and again, persons are not as timid years ago of trying new art forms of eyelash extensions. Traditionally, extensions were considered more theatrical, and band/strip lashes were the more "mainstream" eyelash application.  However, there are different alternatives with cluster and individual lashes, and even the cosmetic appearance of band/strip lashes have improved overtime as well.For the client, a fuller eyelash appearance gives a more feminine look, and draws attention with a more opened eye appearance. Ultimately, if your clients are pleased with the overall appearance of the eyelash extensions, it helps to boost their self esteem. Beauty and grooming overall can help with self esteem and self image, and eyelash extensions can provide a natural or enhanced look that can promote one's self image. Additionally, with varied costs of professional eyelash extensions, clients have the option for paying for services from $25.00 to $250.00, and even up to $600.00 or more. Therefore, the professional eyelash extension service is accessible, because there are pricing alternatives that can fit in to the budget of some and can satisfy the disposable income of others.For the beauty professional - either the cosmetologists or aesthetician, the professional eyelash extension service can be rewarding professionally and finically.  Professionally, it is wonderful to see cosmetic talents "come to life" as you have enhanced the appearance of others - and have helped to boost their self image.  From a financial perspective, if you have a talent and expertise for eyelash extensions - you have an excellent means of boosting your income and boosting your career as well!  In closing, eyelash extensions have become a sought after service and if you have skills, knowledge and determination - you will continue to be very successful. You can also acquire advanced training from various beauty companies that manufacture, sell and train regarding eyelash extension services (and advance training can help to enhance your skills).  However, your cosmetologist or aesthetician's license gives you the credentials to perform the eyelash extension service and with your credentials, skills, practice and determination - you have the ability to succeed in performing professional eyelash extensions!   
Citations Used
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  • (4) "Eyelashes For Less - ‘A List' On A Budget." Flare Magazine. (October 26, 2006 - Vol. 28, Issue 10, p. 120).
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  • (6) "Face Time." Essence Magazine. (July, 2006 - Vol. 37, Issue 3, p. 52).
  • (7) "Eyes Wide Open With These Lash Extensions." USA Today. (March 28, 2006). By: Allison Maxwell.
  • (8) The United States Environmental Protection Agency. (http://www.epa.gov/).
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1. Eyelash extensions involve extending the natural lash, which allows the eyelashes to appear longer and fuller.
  2. Cluster lashes can also be referred to as "strip lashes."
3. The eye is one of the body's vital organs and is known as "the organ of sight."  
4. It is not important to use skill and dexterity while working closely with the eye and eyelid, because as a beauty professional you are automatically able to do exemplary eyelash extensions.
5. Some persons may prefer eyelash extensions at different lengths, because of their lifestyle, job, or personal preferences.
6. The eyelid represents . . . "either of the movable lids of skin and muscle that can be closed over the eyeball -- called also palpebra."
7. Eyelashes do not help protect the eyelid from debris.
8. All band lashes manufactured have a pre-made adhesive, in which you can remove from the package and apply to the eyelid directly.
9. Individual lash extensions represent clusters of lashes that usually have 3-6 lashes bonded together.
10. Individual lash extensions are sometimes called "semi-permanent eyelash extensions" and are also called "eye tabbing."
11. It can take from 90 min. - 2 1/2 hours to apply a new set of individual lash extensions.
12. When performing individual or cluster lash extensions, you should only work in front of and beside the client.
13. To control pathogens, only living surfaces and implements must be decontaminated, and non-living surfaces do not have to be contaminated.
14. The "EPA" is an acronym for the U.S. Environmental Probation Agency.
15. When disinfecting implements, they should be submerged in an EPA-registered disinfectant solution for at least 20 minutes before service.
16. To test your client's skin for allergies, you can place a small drop of your eyelash bonding agent behind your client's ear or on your client's wrist.
17. Make sure you cut band lashes before you apply to the client's eyelid. Also, do not cut straight across the band/strip eyelashes.
18. Traditionally, eyelash extensions are applied to the upper eyelid, and they are not allowed to be applied to the lower eyelid.
19. As you repeat the individual lash application steps, use dexterity and patience in make sure you extend each natural eyelash.
20. Regarding eyelash removal, you can use a makeup remover to help remove artificial eyelash extensions.

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