No Lash Extension specialist desires to gain a notorious reputation for a mishandled task, particularly such a novice error like lash clumps. Not only are fused lashes unappealing, but they can also result in enduring harm to your customer’s genuine lashes. An adequate isolation technique is crucial. The lashes are more pleasant to wear, and the overall appearance is not an eyesore (both literally and metaphorically!).
Why is adequate separation technique significant?
Prevent dreaded lash clumps Our innate lashes, like everything else, experience a life cycle. They grow and shed, and each follows its own rhythm. While one lash may be just starting to grow, the neighboring one may be ready to shed and make way for a new one. When you fail to isolate properly during the attachment of extensions, the lashes have a tendency to fuse together, resulting in what we refer to as lash clumps.
In such instances, a lash that is on the verge of shedding may tug on a newly growing lash, leading to damage to the follicle. Over time, this can cause lasting harm to the natural lashes and potentially even result in bald patches. Now, envision a cluster of lashes tangled together. They were not adequately isolated, and now they are causing considerable discomfort to your client.
Not only do they feel weighty, but they also cause discomfort as stronger lashes exert pressure on weaker ones. They may even impede vision, as a clump could be visible in front of your client’s eye, causing distractions. With proper isolation, this ceases to be a concern.
Master the art of isolation for a breathtaking arrangement
Due to varying growth stages, every lash possesses a distinct size. Neglecting adequate separation may lead to a botched overall arrangement. Our lashes lack flawlessness and uniformity, hence meticulously separating each lash during extension application allows for the selection of the ideal size and shape of extension lash for each genuine lash.
Elevate your expertise to the next level
Undoubtedly, as you acquire more proficiency as a lash artist, your abilities will enhance. If you dedicate time in the initial stages of your journey as a lash technician to refine your separation technique, you will progressively become more skilled over time. In the realm of lash extensions, efficiency (coupled with precision!) is paramount. Initially, concentrate solely on precise separation and accurate placement.
Next, utilize a timer to measure and assess the time you spend on isolating each eye separately, both left and right. Once you identify the step that hinders your progress, devote more practice to it in order to increase your speed. As you improve and become faster, you will reduce application time, enabling you to accommodate more clients throughout your day.
Dual-handed isolation technique
The name itself is quite self-explanatory – with the dual-handed isolation technique, you utilize both hands to isolate lashes. Initially, if you are dominantly right-handed, relying solely on your left hand for isolation may prove challenging. Feel free to utilize your right hand to aid in isolation until you feel at ease using just one hand.
Employing a guide lash method
If a small natural lash repeatedly becomes entangled during isolation (and tests your patience), utilize a guide lash to maneuver it out of the way. Affix a 0.07mm thick extension onto the natural lash. This approach renders isolation considerably simpler as you can now visually identify and separate the minuscule lash. While the attached extension may not endure for an extended period due to the thinness and brevity of the natural lash, it will remain intact throughout the application process, facilitating a smoother procedure.
Implementing the layer-by-layer technique
You may have come across the term “isolation by layer technique” recently and wondered about its significance.
Our genuine lashes are structured in 2-3 vertical layers (up to 5 layers for individuals with abundant hair). If you encounter challenges with horizontal isolation, beginning the process vertically can prove beneficial. This technique is particularly advantageous when working with volume lash extensions. You can accomplish this by gradually separating one layer of lashes at a time, utilizing tape for assistance.
Here’s how to isolate and apply lashes using the layer-by-layer approach:
⦁ Prepare a strip of tape that is longer than the width of your client’s eye. Attach an additional layer of tape with the adhesive facing inward to prevent it from pulling on the lashes. Remember, the tape is used to secure the lashes, not to tug or affix them. If your client has very short lashes, leave a portion of the adhesive exposed to help lift the shorter lashes (as depicted in the image below).
⦁ Elevate the lashes using the tape as support.
⦁ Employ tweezers to free a single layer of natural lashes from the taped section.
⦁ Proceed to apply lash extensions onto the liberated natural lashes.
⦁ Once you complete the extension application on a specific layer, proceed to extract a fresh layer of lashes from the taped region.
⦁ Continue this process iteratively until you have applied extensions to all layers of lashes.