Two quick tips to improve your comfort as a lash artist
If there's one thing I know about lash stylists, it's that our comfort when lashing is essential.
We are all about perfecting our lash skills, but there's something we can't forget along the way... supporting our bodies.
When it comes to lashing, good posture and stretching affect both ergonomics and comfort.
Both of these things are super important for long-term lashing and overall general health!
If you're a lash artist, these two quick suggestions will help you lash at your full potential comfortably. Because you always want to be the best version of yourself for both you and your clients.
TIP 1: ALWAYS STRETCH BEFORE AND DURING LASH APPOINTMENTS
No matter what, starting your day off with a good, full-body stretching or yoga session is always a good start.
As lash techs, you will typically spend hours sitting with your back, arms, and neck position at a set angle, so it is essential so essential to stretch out those muscles.
Stretching every day can help reduce and prevent stiffness and overall strain to the body.
Before taking your first client, give your body a nice stretch, particularly your upper body, since that's the area that gets the most of a workout while you lash.
Here are a few essential stretching tips to get those muscles loosened up. (Note: You can hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds.)
Shoulders: Grab one elbow, then lightly pull that arm to your chest. Repeat to the opposite side.
Neck: Tilt your head towards the joining shoulder until you feel a nice stretch. Repeat to the opposite side.
Upper Back Stretch: Clutch both hands together, round those shoulders, and reach forward as far as possible to get that upper back nice and adequately stretched.
To start making this a habit, take the time to stretch between appointments. If you have to, set yourself a reminder so you don't forget!
TIP #2: PRACTICE GOOD POSTURE WHILE LASHING
Another tip you need to be utilizing while sitting down is practicing good posture. Along with stretching, this can make all the difference and help to alleviate pressure and fatigue to your back and upper body.
For good lash extension application posture:
- Always keep a 90–120-degree bend in your arms and knees while seated.
- Straighten your back as much as possible.
- Make sure you have a comfy chair that supports your back.
I know there are times you may have to lean in over your guest a little to get the job done, and that's ok.
It takes time to train yourself on proper posture etiquette. Just know that any slouching will take its toll after a while.
If you notice your posture is lacking, correct it ASAP.
Your body will thank you. Trust me.
For more in-depth tips, check out our Youtube video on the correct lash posture
MORE TIPS FOR LASH ARTISTS
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