In this day and age it is common for people to have a #sidehustle. We all love a little extra income and especially if it means you can afford that holiday or that new coat you’ve been eyeing off. However, regardless of your determination to be cashed up, you should not risk it at the expense of your clients health and safety.
Tash and her lashing experience: I was a victim to the #sidehustle, and I say victim based on it scarred me for life. I haven’t looked at a pair of tweezers the same ever since. I genuinely feel ill when I think about the ramifications of claiming to be an eyelash technician without thorough training.
This was going back six years ago, and I had just caught word of the new cosmetic treatment known as eyelash extensions.
A friend had started doing treatments from her living room and was slowly but surely drumming up business. I can’t even remember what she was charging for a full set because I’ve tried to suppress the memory of those entrepreneurial days. However, I do remember she was roughly doubling her wage per-week from the comfort of her home. Sounds ideal, right? Well, it was for a 21 year old that wanted to make extra cash, and fast! My friend agreed to come over and teach me the techniques of lashing. I offered a free set to one of my friends and after 2.5 hours I was a “qualified” lash artist. Look, it’s definitely not one of my proudest moments and when I look back I wish someone had given me a rough shake and said, “It’s people’s eyes we’re talking about, you think 2.5 hours cuts it?”. But, no one did, and away I went lashing.
So, what went wrong? I managed to glue a bottom lash to a top lash! I panicked, almost cried and tried to keep it together while my client was nonetheless wiser. It was only until I asked her to open her eyes so I could pry them apart did she realised they were glued together. It was horrific to say the least. I literally had to get two set of tweezers and pull them apart whilst her eyes were wide open. I was immensely apologetic and she was way too nice and forgiving, and I managed to pull it together to finish the set (somehow).
I guess this seems to have finished on a high note? Especially considering there are much worse horror stories of infection and even permanent damage. I just say I’m lucky. And, based on the lack of education, knowledge and experience I well and truly could’ve been one of those people that had damaged someone sight for life.
Moral of the story: Tash was so kindly willing to share her story, one that most people would never admit. But, there is a valuable lesson amongst the horror – that thorough, extensive and well-versed training is a must. It will not only amount to better results for your clients, but also a confidence that will see you in the business for longer.
In a space that is full of quick cash and quick business, it is hard to know where to look sometimes. After having a chat with Tash, she wishes someone had told her to go and do an extensive course – “I would totally still be lashing today if I was taught the right techniques. There is no price on expert advice and thorough education.”