Choosing an Eyelash Extension Stylist

In Texas, Lash Extension Professionals must have a License from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) as an Eyelash Extension Specialist and Certification from a reputable Eyelash Extension Training facility. If your lash stylist does not clearly display these credentials, ask to see them.

Lash extensions applied improperly can cause damage to your natural lash line. Don't trust your eyes to anyone who doesn't have the proper credentials. Do your research. Remember, what may seem like a bargain at the time, could cost more in the end. Beware of bargain pricing as most reputable salons are around the same price range. Extremely low pricing can reflect stylist inexperience, skill level and inferior product quality.

Improperly Applied Eyelash Extensions (NOT OUR WORK):

Choosing a Permanent Makeup Artist

Once you have made the decision to have Permanent Makeup applied you have the important task of finding a qualified technician to do the work for you. This is a critical decision. Locate a technician in the same manner you would a doctor, dentist, etc. Ask friends and other beauty industry professionals for referrals. Since there are no uniform regulations in the country, it is mandatory you learn as much as possible about the industry so you can determine who is a qualified professional in this field. Each State has its own list of requirements. Remember you are altering your appearance permanently so it is important you make your decision carefully.

It is important you visit the site where the work will be done. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set standards for physical cleanliness and a sanitary working environment. Does the location you are visiting meet this outward criteria? Is the work being done in a private room where other contaminants, such as acrylic nail dust, cannot circulate in the air? Is the technician clean and neat? Do they use new gloves for every client? Do they use a disposable chair/table covers that are changed before each client? Are the technician’s nails clean and short? Most importantly, do they use new sterile needles and equipment with each client?

Ask about the technician’s background. How long have they been in the industry and how many procedures have they done? Ask to see all certificates of training and continuing education. Since this field is rapidly evolving, regular continuing education is a must. For someone relatively new to the industry, ask how many hours of training they have had. A two-day course is not enough and should disqualify the technician unless she/he have been in the field for more than one year. 

Most importantly, look at the technician’s portfolio and inquire if it is their own work.

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