Are you looking to start a new career in the beauty industry? If so, becoming a lash technician may be the perfect choice for you!

In this guide, I will walk you through the 6 steps on how to become a lash technician. I’ll cover all the basics, from choosing the right course to gaining your first client.

So whether you’re just starting out or you’re ready to take the next step in your career, read on for all the information you need to become a lash tech!

What are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are a type of false eyelashes that are applied to the natural lashes. They can be either synthetic or mink, and they come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, and colors. Depending on how well you take care of them, they can last anywhere from two to four weeks.

Lash extensions are a great way to enhance your natural beauty and make your eyes pop! I’m obsessed with them. As a mom of two toddlers, my lash extensions paired with a little tinted moisturizer makes me some what presentable in the morning.

What is a Lash Tech?

An eyelash extension specialist is an exciting career and a fun way to earn money. They apply lash extensions to the individually to the real lashes of their clients and give them that extra boost of confidence.

There are SO many awesome perks such as the following:

  • Flexible schedule: Choose when you want to work
  • Scalability: You can work as little or as much as you want.
  • It’s fun! Building up your clientele is awesome.

How Much Can You Make with Lash Extensions?

The clientele you build will determine what your rates are, where you work and how much money you can make. On average, lash techs can make around $47,000 annually, but sole owners typically make much much more, with some reporting six figure incomes.

It all depends on YOU.

How Long Does it Take to Become a Lash Technician?

This depends on if you need to become licensed and certified. Getting your beauty license is the most time consuming part.

Getting your beauty license depends on your state (we’ll touch on this more below), and can take 1-2 years. Yes, it’s an investment, but totally worth it!

Getting your lash certification only takes a few days to weeks depending on the certification program you choose (and I DEFINITELY recommend becoming a certified lash technician, more on that later).

So, now that you’ve decided to become a lash technician, here are the 6 steps to becoming a certified lash tech.

6 Steps on How to Become a Lash Technician

Now that we’ve got the basics down, here are the steps to getting your beauty license and becoming a lash tech.

Step #0: Decide if you actually want to be a Lash Technician!

It’s really important that you know what you’re getting into before investing so much time and money in this career path. Many lash technicians love what they do, but you want to make sure it’s the right fit.

Some of the pros include – flexible schedule, fun work and building your own business.

Some of the cons include – initial investment costs, having to pay for monthly supplies, learning new skills (if you don’t have much beauty experience), etc.

If you think this rewarding career is for you, read on!

Step 1: Determine Your State’s Requirements

Let me break this one down for you. There’s a lash certification and a beauty license (either licensed cosmetologist or licensed esthetician). What the heck is the difference? And do I need them? Let’s take a closer look into the beauty industry:

  • Licensed Cosmetologist: A cosmetologist is an expert in cosmetics such as hair, nails, and make-up.
  • Licensed Esthetician: An esthetician license is someone who is an expert that typically works with skincare.
  • Lash Certification: A Lash Certification is a certification stating that you have gone through a course and received the necessary training to safely and effectively apply eyelash extensions.

So, which ones do I need? Well, that really depends on your state’s requirements. Start by looking up your state’s board requirements before proceeding.

I recommend first, making sure you are compliant with state laws. If you don’t, this puts you at legal risk. Maybe you need to be a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician, maybe not. But make sure you are aware, and make SURE you stay up to date in case the law changes.

Let’s say your state requires you to be a licensed cosmetologist with a lash certification. You watched a bunch of videos on YouTube, did it for you family and friends, and wanted to start up your own business. But, you didn’t want to go through all those hoops. You accept clients, and then unfortunately had a client with an allergic reaction or you harmed their eye. This puts you at huge financial and legal risk. I do not recommend this.

Secondly, I recommend getting your beauty license (cosmetology license of esthetician license) regardless of the state requirements. The reason why is many lash certification programs, or the specialized training programs for eyelash extensions, may require a beauty license to even enroll into the program. If you don’t have one, then you may miss out on some of the best training that are offered. Also, most states require one. It also allows you to be a credible professional.

Lastly, I recommend everyone getting a lash certification. Enroll in either an in-person or online training program that will give you all the information you need to keep you client safe. After all, you’re dealing with the body!

Step 2: Get Your Beauty License as Required by your State

As I already discussed above, I highly recommend getting your license (either cosmetology or esthetician license), depending on your state’s requirements.

Yes, it is true that some states don’t require a lash technician or any beauty professional to have a license to do their job.

However, in the majority of states that requires lash technicians and other beauty professionals (e.g. hair stylist) to have an active license before being able to start practicing their craft, it is important for you as a lash technician or aspiring one to get your own beauty license before starting your business.

To get your beauty license you need to find an accredited school . There are many schools across the United States that offer different courses in cosmetology and esthetics. Once you have completed the course and training program, you will then be able to take and pass the state licensing exam.

Getting your beauty license may seem like a daunting task, but with the right resources, you will be able to obtain it in no time.

Step 3: Get your Lash Certification

Finding the right eyelash extension training is the most important step in learning how to become a lash technician, so take your time when choosing which course or training method best suits your needs and budget!

The anatomy of natural lashes and how to properly apply extensions so as not to damage them during application or removal is an art form. In your training you will learn about different types of glues used to apply lash extensions, their strengths/weaknesses & more! You’ll learn how to create different eyelash looks, all while maintaining perfect hygiene.

Upon completion of the eyelash extension training class, you’ll receive your certification.

Step 4: Decision Time: Work for Someone Else or be a BOSS

Congratulations! You are now a licensed and certified lash technician. But more importantly joined a community of amazing lash artists. Now what? Well you can choose to either work for a lash company or be your own boss. Both have its pros and cons and it really depends which one is the right fit for you.

Working For A Salon:

Working for a salon can be a convenient way to get started and gain experience right away. Here are some things to consider.

  • Get clients right away
  • Much less marketing needed
  • Great way to get that initial experience
  • May have less freedom with the hours
  • May not have as much earning potential as owning your own salon.

Independent Business Owner:

If you like being your own boss, then owning your own lash extension business may be more appealing. To be in the beauty business, you’ll need a business plan, find the right location to set up shop. This includes rent, lease terms and requirements, etc.

  • Create your own hours
  • High earning potential
  • Requires more marketing
  • Requires more financial investment.

Step 5: Build Your Clientele

You’re ready to start your business! Now, how do you get clients through the door?

This can be done by:

  • Social media
  • Building a website and gaining traffic through SEO (Search Engine Optimization) or Ads
  • Word of mouth/referral program
  • Free trial with friends and family members. This helps establish your credibility as an expert lash technician, so you can start charging for your services
  • Networking with other businesses in your area (e.g. hair stylist, esthetician, etc.)

There are many ways to build your clientele as a lash technician and it really depends on what works best for you and your business.

Step 6: Stay Up To Date.

Make sure that you are always staying up to date on the latest trends and techniques in the lash industry so that you can offer your clients the best services possible!

It is also important to keep your license updated and active by renewing it every few years per state guidelines.

That’s it! Raise a glass to moving forward to your next chapter.

I hope after this you find that anyone can become an eyelash extension technician if you put the work in first. They really are lash artists after all. If after you’ve read this and decided maybe this is not for you, keep browsing around to get more entrepreneurial ideas.

I’ve designed this site to help women and mother entrepreneurs (calling all Mamapreneurs!!!) achieve their business and personal goals.

For more ideas check out 35 Side Hustles for Women and Business entrepreneurs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does it cost to become a lash technician?

The cost of becoming a lash technician can vary depending on the type of training you choose to take. Some independent business owners may already have the necessary supplies and equipment, so their only cost would be for the initial certification class. Others who are just starting out may need to go through cosmetology school which is a higher cost depending on the school you choose.

Is becoming a lash tech worth it?

Absolutely! Not only is it a great way to make some extra money, but it’s also a very rewarding career. You get to help people feel better about themselves and give them the confidence boost they need.

What are some of the challenges of being a lash technician?

The main challenge of being a lash technician is keeping up with the latest trends and techniques. This industry is constantly changing and evolving, so it’s important to stay up to date on the latest lash products, treatments, and styles. Additionally, as an independent business owner, you’ll need to be proactive in marketing your business to gain new clients.

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