Self Care for Lash Artists

Preventing Pain through Proper Ergonomics

Having a long, successful career as a lash stylist requires taking care of your body every step of the way. That means listening to what your body tells you and investing in an ergonomic workstation that adjusts to your body’s needs. We’ve pulled together our top tips for supporting your body’s needs in the lash studio.

Take Care of Your Body with Flexible Client Seating

As lash artists, we can spend up to three (or more!) hours in a chair when giving clients a full set of lashes. If possible, invest in a bed or recliner that will allow your legs to go fully underneath so that you can stretch out, avoid hunching, or even change seating/standing positions while working on a client. You won’t be at the top of your game if the bed your client lies on doesn’t let you adapt to your body’s needs as the hours slip by!

Prevent Eye Strain with Professional Lighting + Magnification

Just as people who spend hours on computer screens need to protect their eyes with blue light filter glasses, lash artists who spend the better part of their workdays performing intricate lash work with tiny lash extensions need to protect their eyes from strain! To this end, professional studio lighting is a must. Look for a lamp loaded with enough brightness settings to adjust to your needs, particularly as daylight hours wax and wane throughout the day.

As a bonus, high-quality lighting will give even the most haphazard iPhone photos that extra salon-quality, professional oomph. Your clients will be much more likely to post pictures and tag you on social media if they can snap glowing, well-lit photos while still in the chair!

In addition to lighting, consider purchasing magnifying glasses if you need them. Not only will it help you see your work on a larger scale, but it’ll also prevent you from additional, unnecessary squinting and eye strain.

“The constant strain of simple daily activities can squeeze or compress the carpal tunnel.”

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Erin Soletski
ESoletski@lne.com

Erin Soletski is co-founder of LashBeePro, an eyelash extension training and products company with a focus on natural beauty, quality, and innovation. LashBeePro’s mission is to equip and empower lash artists to bring more beauty into the world. Erin also co-owns LashBee, a multi-award winning lash and brow studio in downtown Philadelphia. Prior to opening LashBee, she received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business after years working in consulting, supply chain, and operations. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs and beauty professionals.