As with all jobs, becoming a lash technician follows a formula: Education, Skills, Work, Experience. The difference is the flexibility. There are many different pathways into the beauty business, and eyelash technology is no exception. Let’s take a look.
Beauty School (accredited)
For many, beauty school is the best career pathway to achieving their goals. If you are hoping to pave a way into the lash business, while also picking up on peripheral skills in massage therapy, facial treatments, makeup artistry, waxing technology, eyebrow treatments, and nail tech – you’re in the right place! Beauty school provides the full spectrum of beauty therapy education, and prepares students for a career in the many different facets of the beauty industry.
However, due to the comprehensive nature of the accredited courses, your education will come at a cost. Whether or not you have student-loans, it’s a big hit to your wallet. Not only that, but the schedule is extensive and fixed. You will need to make time for schooling, rather than fit it around your prior commitments.
Short Courses (classroom based)
In-person short courses are one of the best methods of learning beauty therapy in a short amount of time. Within weeks, you could have a firm grasp on the techniques and practical requirements used in various lash applications. In classroom courses often are a little bit pricey, and run on a tight schedule, however offer teacher-student contact and in-time feedback on your work.
Online beauty courses can provide an incredible opportunity for anyone who doesn’t have the resources or finances to attend beauty school or in-classroom courses. They are often very cost-effective, easily accessible, and can be completed at any time, in the comfort of your own home. If you are the sort of student who learns better with no time pressures, and enjoy working through content at your own pace, check out our article: How to Become a Beautician from Home, to learn more.
Apprenticeships offer beauty career hopefuls the opportunity to work inside a salon from day one. There are many pros and cons to having your education in a working salon. If you are not comfortable or confident in front of clients, it may be a steep learning curve. However, you will begin your training learning to work with customers, creating in-demand styles and applications, and learning to take care of a salon. Your education is from working professionals in real time.
The downsides? It’s a long process. Because of the nature of work based education, there will be many occasions where you’re simply sweeping floors and waiting for your mentors to finish their current work. This can take a long, long time. Years, in fact.
We debated whether to add this, since it is a cautionary inclusion. Amateurs are those that practice lash tech simply because they have a love for the art, and no formal training. There may even be casual students of lash technology who have achieved a really high level of artistry in the medium.
However, because lash services involve precision and informed decision making when it comes to chemicals and hygiene, we do not recommend offering lash services without some form of formal training.