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As a lash artist, your studio is your sanctuary. It’s where you spend most of your time, where you meet with clients, and where you perform your art. It follows, then, that you want your studio to be as comfortable, efficient, and stylistically pleasing as possible. While the specifics of decor will vary from studio to studio and artist to artist, there are certain must-haves that every lash artist should consider for their lash room. In this article, we’ll cover what those must-haves are and why you should consider investing in them.
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on the latest equipment or rent a studio in a fancy new building to create a lash room that your clients enjoy. Rather, it’s important to invest in small tools that can go a long way towards creating a welcoming environment for your clients and a supportive environment for you as the artist.
Focus on quality rather than quantity: you don’t need to have a room with tons of paintings or fancy decor. Rather, a few well-considered and high-quality items will go a long way towards making your clients feel comfortable. Ultimately, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere comes down to having a handful of materials that you can use throughout your lash career.
These are the items every lash artist should purchase for their lash studio. Remember, you don’t always need to get the most expensive option! Look for items that are high quality, have good reviews, and, most importantly, work well for you.
In addition to promoting calmness, positive energy, and creating a stylish look, plants are important to you and your clients’ health.
Plants purify the air. While we as humans inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, plants do the opposite. They take the exhaled carbon dioxide to create oxygen which, in turn, can help us focus harder and work more productively.
A well-ventilated and oxygenated lash room is a happy lash room: one with air that you and your clients will feel good breathing during a marathon volume appointment.
No one wants to go to a studio and inhale the harsh scent of chemicals. Using aromatherapy options like candles or diffusers can create a calming, relaxing scent for your studio.
The great thing about aromatherapy is that you can choose scents based on the mood you want to set. It also creates a nice, luxurious touch that makes your clients feel cared for. Aromatherapy is a great way to elevate your studio’s feel without spending a fortune.
As a lash artist, your clients’ comfort should be your main focus, second only to their safety and health. You want to make sure your bed set up is comfortable for them. During a lash appointment, clients can lie in the same position for up to three hours at a time.
Have you ever tried lying on your back without a pillow? Can you say “neck pain”?
Using a pillow also helps you as the artist. A pillow will elevate your clients’ head a few inches off the bed, creating a more supportive position for you to lash from. This position will help prevent pesky arm and wrist pain.
Remember, comfort is your top priority! If your client is uncomfortable in your studio, chances are, she’ll skip out on her next fill appointment and seek another artist.
Few lash artists can afford a customized spa bed. But, you can create a more comfortable experience by using a memory foam topper. You can easily grab one of these online or in a local store. The added cushion will help ease your client’s back pain and make the experience more pleasant.
Lying straight on your back like a board can create back and neck pain, even with a memory foam mattress topper. That’s where a leg bolster comes in. By adding this small boost under your clients’ knees, you change up their position, alleviating back pain and creating a more comfortable position.
If you don’t want to invest in a leg bolster, a regular pillow will do the trick. Offer it to your clients to put under their knees and change their position for the better.
The biggest complaint from lash artists is back pain. Lashing is hard work and requires you to stay in an uncomfortable and unnatural position for long periods of time.The best way to combat this pain is to pay attention to your ergonomic posture.
It’s better to splurge on the adjustable stool than to buy a cheaper model that’s at one height. Your clients will be all different shapes and sizes. You want to be able to adjust your position to see them properly.
Similarly, consider a stool with wheels that you can easily roll and reposition. When you’re lashing a client, you’ll need to see them from many different angles. A rolling stool is easy to maneuver, meaning that you’re more likely to move to the correct place rather than strain your neck or arms just to avoid having to pick up and move your stool over and over.
Your eyes are important and, because of the tiny implements we work with, prone to strain as a lash artist. A good ring light will provide a bright, easy-to-see environment so that you can effectively manipulate those teeny tiny lashes.
As an added bonus, ring lights are great for photography! If you use a ring light in your work, you’ll get an instant upgrade on your portfolio. Hello, new pics! Hello, new clients!
Creating an optimal studio environment can take work, effort, and money. But it’s worth the time! By spending the money to create a supportive and welcoming environment, you’ll make a space that people actually want to come back to, time and time again. Any investment you make in upgrading your lash studio will pay you back tenfold in your health (mental, physical, and financial) in the long run.