Updated: Jun 7
As a seasoned Lash Technician and Eyelash Extension Instructor, I have witnessed firsthand the significance of hand placement in various aspects of lashing, ranging from safety to posture. Throughout the learning process, it becomes evident how crucial good hand placement is, especially considering the strain it can put on one's hands.
During the initial stages of learning eyelash extensions, it is common for individuals to instinctively hold their hands in the air to avoid touching the client's forehead. Many believe this positioning offers better angles for placing extensions. However, contrary to this belief, keeping hands in the air actually places additional strain on the technician's arms, leading to fatigue and unsafe holding positions. In such cases, the tweezers often end up pointing downward towards the client's eyes, posing a significant risk. Fortunately, there is a simple solution: providing a support point for the hand, typically using a finger or a portion of the palm resting lightly on the client's forehead. It is essential, however, to avoid leaning into or exerting excessive weight on the forehead. This support point not only enhances hand stability but also helps control fatigue, especially for those who are learning and starting out in the field.
While having a support point is crucial for hand placement and safety during lashing, there are other factors that contribute to proper hand positioning. The way tweezers are held, the height of the bed and stool, and the positioning of the elbows all play a significant role in achieving optimal hand placement.
Firstly, holding the tweezers primarily with three fingers allows for better mobility. This grip facilitates reaching challenging spots and angles without excessive hand movement.
Additionally, the height of the bed and stool is vital to maintaining proper posture throughout the lash application process. By setting the heights appropriately and using suitable magnifying glasses, you can ensure your back remains straight, eliminating the need to bend over to reach the client. Once you have determined the correct height and achieved proper posture, focus on keeping your elbows parallel to your body, allowing them to hang freely throughout the lashing procedure. Lightly resting your forearms on the edge of the bed is acceptable, but avoid relying on the bed for support. It is important to note that hand positioning and posture are interconnected, influencing each other during the lash application.
In summary, hand placement plays a crucial role in achieving exceptional work, maintaining safe practices, and promoting good posture during eyelash extensions. Assess your hand placement technique—are there areas that require improvement? Have you experienced the benefits of improved posture and hand mobility? By mastering hand placement, you can elevate your lash application skills, enhance client satisfaction, and prioritize your own well-being.