3 HACKS FOR THE PERFECT LASH INFILL
So, the time has come for you to infill a client's lashes, but you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the thought of it. Don't worry, we've got you!
There are a few rules to remember which will make your life a whole lot easier. Infills will soon become second nature and a nice distraction between long full sets.
Setting Yourself Up For Success
Firstly, always allow yourself enough time. If you are just at the beginning of your lash journey, make sure you schedule at least an hour and a half for every infill, but don’t worry if you need more time - it’s not a race.
Ask that clients book the infill at the end of their previous treatment. Thisway, you can avoid long breaks between infills. Do not schedule infills for more than 3 weeks and advise your clients that you require at least 50% of the extension still on when they come for their infill appointment.
Finally, highlight the importance of correct aftercare to your clients. It is crucial that their lashes are being cleaned everyday. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to apply extensions on dirty lashes! Try sending this aftercare article to your clients if they need a little extra push.
CLEANING THE LASHES
So... you did a full set 3 weeks ago, advised your client about the aftercare and necessity of washing their extensions daily, but no matter how often you repeat yourself, you will always find one client who will come for their infill with dirty lashes. We like to give second chances, so when that happens, always make sure you have a lash shampoo and saline eyewash to hand. You can wash your clients lashes for them to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned. This can also can be a good opportunity to demonstrate the proper aftercare that should be followed once they leave the salon. See an example in the below video:
Once the lashes are nice and clean, you're ready to apply eye patches.
REMOVE UNWANTED LASHES
The first step of the infill is to remove any unwanted lashes. These may be lashes that have grown out by more than 3mm or have twisted.
Tweezers are the easiest and quickest way to remove lash extensions. All you have to do is catch a natural lash in one tweezer and the extension in another and gently peel them off.
It may happen that last time you used a bit to much glue and extensions aren’t peeling as easy as they should, but don’t stress! You can still use a small amount of gel eyelash extension remover, just remember to use it directly on the lash you want to remove.
The third way to remove grown-out lashes is by pinching the bottom of extension to break the bond between the natural lash and the lash extension:
At this point, you should also check forany stickies or poorly applied extensions.
An infill is also a good opportunity for you to check on your work and reflect on any mistakes you may have made during the previous set.
It is always worth talking to your client, asking how comfortable the lash extensions felt and if thereis anything that they would like you to improve.
The more feedback you get at the beginning, the more efficient you will become andthe quicker you will see progress.
IT'S TIME TO REAPPLY
We've reached the final hurdle... but before you start reapplying new eyelash extensions, remember to use your apply your pre-treatment cleanser and primer with micro fibre brushes, exactly the same way as you would when preparing for a full set. Check out this blog for more information on the perfect pre-treatment routine.
If you are a beginner you will probably feel more confident if you repeat the lash map process. Do whatever makes you feel the most comfortable!
You will often notice that one eye is fuller than the other. There are lots of potential reasons for that - so don’t panic! Maybe that’s the side your client is sleeping on, or one eye was touched more thanthe other. This is extremely common.
The best technique when dealing with an uneven infill, is to start working on the eye with fewer extensions until the eyes are even. You can then go ahead and work systematically with the remaining time.
Hopefully, these few steps will help to reduce any infill-induced stress you may have! Let us know how you get on.