Lash-Ed Issue 3 October 2018 - Page 14

Advanced Classic lashing

By Frankie Widdows

Anyone in the lash industry who knows me will know how passionate I am about lash technicians taking the appropriate courses to enhance their skills, knowledge and techniques to give their clients the absolutely best lashes they can.

I see so often lash technicians who have completed basic lash training (and often poor initial training at that) who are so eager to go on to learn volume. I do understand the pressure technicians might feel to train in volume as let’s be honest this is what we see bombarded on social media and we think classics can never compete with this, which in some ways they can’t as they are very different looks but a great set of classics can still absolutely rock which I am going to prove to you.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think any technician who wants to be the best should be volume trained BUT this needs to be taken at the right time and when you have mastered classic lashing. Think of it this way it would be like someone wanting to be a racing car driver who has just got their basic driving license, they are likely to crash and burn unless they develop and learn the correct skills to be a good skilled racing driver which means practicing, taking intermediate and advanced lessons and tests, which is similar to lashing.

To be a great volume lash artist you need to possess all the skills of classic lashing and be highly proficient at them

When clients are having volume lashes done they are paying top dollar for this and as such they will expect you to do a fab job on them including styling their eyes correctly to enhance their best features, creating superb direction and uniformity.

Now if you can’t do this in classic lashing then volume is not going to teach you this and therefore you will still have this gap in your knowledge and won’t create the desired effects that you long to, meaning you and your clients leaving feeling disappointed.

Unfortunately, there is only so much you can teach students in a beginner’s course for a number of reasons. This course is the foundation to lashing and then once technicians are feeling confident with the basics i.e. isolation, placement, retention,

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direction, assessing the natural lashes then it’s the time to do another classic course but an advanced one and not to jump straight into volume.

However, people are reluctant to do this as they can’t see the point and they don’t realise how much you can do with classic lashing and how creative you can be. You are able to learn the skill of stacking and capping which is the use of thinner extensions used in multiples to add volume and density, so why not just do volume then you might be thinking?

The skill of stacking and capping prepares you for volume in the excellent tweezer and hand control you must have for creating fans. Getting this foundation before doing volume will be invaluable in assisting you with your volume in the future. You can also cap and stack with volume fans, so you must learn this skill at classic level first because if you can’t do it with single lash extensions you will not be able to do it with volume fans.

So with stacking and capping you will learn a skill that will mean you can give your clients double the effects with stacking a whole set, or fill in gaps in the lash line with capping at the end of your set. This is a set I did with some stacking and capping which as you can see adds texture and fullness to the set.

One of my most creative sets and the picture that gets a lot of interest is actually of a classic colour set I did using advanced classic techniques of layering in colours and curls.

The next photo shows how I used different curls and colours depending on the layer the natural lash was in, this is just one on one application and I think this set is just stunning. This