Not all technician who are trained in lashes are certified. Aesthetic services in most Canadian provinces are unregulated, this is not saying that all service providers are uneducated or not certified. However, it means that a person, even though they may be self-trained, can provide aesthetic services without completing certification. And it should be noted, there are several reputable certification course across Canada. I took my lash certification 2 years ago from a recognized company; however, some lash technicians can be trained in house. Meaning, a peer or employer can show someone a service, then proceed to perform it. Which works as long as safety and hygienic practices are being thoroughly taught and maintained.
My course gave me the basic knowledge on lash application, yet, the first 8 hours were dedicated to safety, first aid, ethics, and hygiene. This is a key element that has kept my lash practice incident free for the past two years. Nevertheless, the most hygienic practice can experience incident. I have only experienced two allergic reactions, both were not to the adhesive, but the primer and gel pads.
Ongoing studying is paramount and has taught me how to reduce some of the common lash reactions, such as: sclera bruises (from tape or gel pad causing friction in the eye), allergic reactions from products, and natural lash damage (from poor lash isolation, and improper glue amounts).
This whole post is not to give a list of my certifications, but for you women who love lashes to realize that not all technicians are trained equally. Education is an essential part of lash extension application and it protects the technician and the client. It is your right to inquire about your technician’s training, what their training entailed and what is the rate of incidences in their practice.
Ladies, you are entitled to transparency! Be kind to your lashes and to your health and make sure that even if your technician is not formally certified (which I do recommend), that they are, if nothing else, thoroughly educated in the safety and hygienic practices of lash extensions.
Sending lots of lash love,