A Different Kind of Fashion Career

Are you looking for a career that combines art, science and fashion in a unique way? Consider Lash Technology. That’s right, the Art and Science of Eyelashes. Just when you thought that spectacular lashes were just another fashion trend, it turns out there’s a whole science behind the research and production of lash extensions, application and developing formulations that take natural lashes to a new level of lush. Companies like SugarLash Pro are at the forefront of this emerging field of fashion career.

What is Lash Technology?

Cosmetics companies ranging from budget to luxury products have flooded the market with eye makeup that does everything from nourishing lashes to making them longer, fuller and more lush. Recent trends also include the development of mascaras that add fibers to ‘grow’ lashes instantly. However, the wave of seems to be lash extensions.

The leading edge of the technology side seems to be with the so-called “Russian Treatment,” which is sweeping Europe and Asia. Called 3D extensions, these are lighter and longer-lasting than traditional extensions. This technique differs because instead of lash-on-lash application, there are 3 – 4 ultra-fine extensions applied to each natural lash. The company also focuses on safety and innovation.

What Are Lash Extensions?

These aren’t your grandma’s false eyelashes. Lash extensions offer a permanent solution to the problem of short or sparse lashes. A technicians applies lashes to the end of the natural eyelash with an adhesive bond; think of it as nail tips for your upper eyelid. Well-made extensions from a reputable manufacturer, applied by a certified lash technician, are a safe, long-term way to add the level of thickness and length desired by clients everywhere.

Lash extensions can be made of natural human hair, mink, faux mink or fox fur and even silk. When properly applied, they can lat up to one month. However, experts recommend a touch-up every 2 – 3 weeks to keep them in good repair. They can be worn with makeup, but be careful about getting them too wet or using oil-based makeup removers when you’re wearing extensions. The good news is that you won’t need to bother with mascara any more. Be aware that they must be removed by a professional lash technician or allowed to fall out on their own. Trying to remove them yourself could damage your natural lashes.

Are Certified Lash Technicians Really a Thing?

Yes, it is, and many cosmetology programs and colleges now offer certification courses in lash technology. This is a good option for those who are already working in the industry and want to add a specialization, students entering the field of cosmetology, makeup artists and beauty industry entrepreneurs. The only requirements are a passion for the job, steady hands, good eyesight and concentration. If attention to detail, the ability to work well with people and a string head for business are among your defining characteristics, lash tech may be a good option for you. Lash technicians can work at teaching, in beauty salons or spas and as makeup artists for private clients as well s in the film and stage industries.

The Way Forward in the Lash Industry

The new research and development models also move forward a feminist agenda that includes a sisterhood of scientists and entrepreneurs who are creating a foundation of products for women by women in all sectors of the industry that extends from makeup artists to CEOs. We want to create products that are safe, sustainable and ethical without using animal testing or exploiting women. Innovators strive to develop products that offer breakthroughs for longer-lasting, better looking lashes that truly pup up the ‘wow’ factor for even the most discerning of clientele

Whether you’re a cosmetologist, a research technician or you just adore beautiful lashes, I think we can all agree that advancing the industry in a way that’s sustainable and responsible benefits everyone. Beauty and science can coexist, and innovators in fashion are at the forefront of pushing forward into the 21st century and beyond.