Being a lash artist can be an immensely rewarding career. Helping women look more beautiful while earning a living is such a blessing! However, the hard work can take its toll on a person, both mentally and physically.
I’ve been doing lashes for more than a decade. During that time, I found that I must work very hard to ensure that I am taking adequate care of myself. I have found that the delicate and intricate nature of our profession can add a lot of emotional stress to my every day life. This profession also can tax my physical body.
I’ve created a list of 10 things that I do regularly to ensure that I am taking care of myself so I can work in a stress-free environment.This list also includes some very important tips on how I set up my workstation to make sure I am comfortable and able to function ergonomically without worrying about repetitive-use injuries.
Stefani Altieri's 10 Self-Care Tips for beauty industry professionals
Be sure to use angled or curved tweezers to isolate your lash. This is a best practice for avoiding strain on your wrists and preventing long-term use injuries.
When you keep your workstation close to the lash, you keep excess movements and lashing time to a minimum.This practice also helps lash retention because the adhesive doesn’t begin drying before attachment.
Nothing adds more stress than poor lash retention. Be sure to check our adhesive chart to choose the best adhesive for your climate. Using the correct adhesive ensures retention.
Take time before, during, and after your sessions to engage in simple stretches of your wrists, forearms, neck and shoulders. Many yoga teachers and massage therapists can offer great suggestions for you.
5. Get Massaged
One of the best stress relievers is massage. It’s also ideal to help alleviate any muscle tension. Massage helps to relieve tension from lashing in your shoulders, arms, and wrists.
6. Get Your Vision Checked
Your eyes are your most valued tools, be sure you get your vision checked regularly. Read my Vision Article Here.
7. Properly Adjusted Table
Protect your back and shoulders by using a table you can properly adjust.
8. Proper Chairs
Make sure your chair adjusts so you can raise and lower it as needed.
9. Proper Pillows
Clients are not all shaped the same. Make sure you have different shapes and sizes of pillows to be sure you can make the client comfortable and get them to a height and angle that is comfortable for your arms, shoulders, and wrists.
10. Adjustable Light
Make sure you can easily move and adjust your light. Being able to see the intricate detail is crucial.
Take good care of you and happy lashing!