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What the Heck is Russian Volume?

January 4th, 2018

By Irene Yeung
Lash Therapeutics®

Eyelash Extensions, Training & Supplies | Toronto, Canada | www.lashtherapeutics.com

From the land of the harshest winters and vodka galore come a beautiful and delicate thing – russian volume eyelash extensions. It’s a game changing category within the lash industry and the world of false eyelashes. I would call it the Rolls Royce of all things lashes.

But what is it, technically speaking? To answer this question you’ll need a bit of background as to what classic eyelash extensions are. You may have heard several terms when it comes to eyelash extensions, including: classic, hybrid, volume, 2D, 3D, mega volume, volume fans, etc. It also doesn’t help when companies use adjectives like ‘voluminous, glamorous’ to describe what is technically a classic set of eyelash extensions. Well, let me clear this all up for you. The terms Classic or Volume speak to the number of lash extensions placed on a single natural lash.

Traditional classic eyelash extension sets involve a one-eyelash-extension-per-one-natural-lash attachment method. Though the most beautiful results generally come from covering all of the eyelashes on a person’s eye (which can range from ~75-200 lashes per eye per individual), companies may charge based on the amount of lashes that they attach per eye, or by unit of time that they spend on the client. Hence, there may be many names that a classic set can be called usually based on how full the set is and will vary based on the company (some examples include Mini, Voluminous, Glamorous). So, classic = 1 lash extension on 1 natural lash.

In a volume eyelash extension set, multiple thin eyelash extensions are 1) fanned artistically 2) glued at the base to keep its fan shape, and then 3) attached individually to each of the client’s natural lashes. Nowadays, more and more companies are introducing volume sets to their menus. This involves a much higher skill set and level of meticulousness. The category volume includes fans with at least 2 extensions in one fan (2D), and often more – up to 5 extensions per one fan (5D). A subcategory has also emerged called mega volume that comprises of fans with 5 extensions and up per fan ( up to 10D or more!). Thinner lashes are used in volume sets compared to classic lashes, and the concept of weight equivalents is used to maintain the integrity of the natural lashes. The bigger the fan, the thinner the lashes used. So, volume = 2 or more lash extensions on 1 natural lash.

 
 

You can imagine that volume lashes would require significantly more time, skill and experience. Hence, these sets are reserved as the most luxurious of all lash services. Though it may not be a routine beautifying experience for all, the effect is breath-taking and makes you feel like a million bucks, cash. It’s definitely worth trying, at least once in a blue moon!

 

Eyelash Extension Artist as a Career

April 5th, 2018

By Irene Yeung
Lash Therapeutics®

Eyelash Extensions, Training & Supplies | Toronto, Canada | www.lashtherapeutics.com

I personally have never thought of a career in the lash industry, let alone the entire beauty/aesthetics field. I had studied Sciences in my bachelors degree and even pursued an additional degree in Registered Nursing. As with most people of my generation, we pursue higher education hoping for a better chance in the job market.. and I suppose it does help with beefing up a resume. But let me be clear – most people I speak to nowadays actually haven’t followed through with what they planned to do in careers class. I don’t know why I didn’t do research on an RN’s potential income sooner – but I found out the cap after 8 years of service was about $84,000 pre-tax at 1 full time job. Of course there are other methods to earn more (work in the US, work double part time jobs with lieu pay, go back to school for further education, etc., etc.), but I really wasn’t happy with less than six figures for so much lead up time.

The only thing I knew was that I wanted to be my own boss and I wanted to make six figures – but I didn’t know it while in school. It was because of a series of small insignificant frustrations that I encountered as I manoeuvred around the life of work that I came to the only SANE conclusion – I must be in control of my own income, autonomy, schedule, and ultimately.. my destiny. I had to figure it out on my own too. I didn’t come from a wealthy background.. but I was tenacious. I think my first entrepreneurial venture was from Grade 3 primary school – I sewed up recorder flute cases from extra fabric my mom had from her seamstress job and with her sewing machine, took them to class and sold them to my classmates for $1 each.. they quickly became popular and I had made them for almost half the class. After several more independent projects here and there throughout the years, I picked up website design, photography, branding, marketing, networking, and a bunch of other business-related topics here and there. Not to say I’m an expert in any of these topics.. but I know enough now in each of them in order to get by and even to offer solid advice to other budding entrepreneurs.

In terms of prerequisites for being a lash artist – all you really need are good eyes and steady-ish hands. To be a business owner; however, requires a lot more. You need to have that hunger to make it.. to keep improving.. to stand out above the rest.. and that’s in all industries. It doesn’t matter what you do – I bet there is a way to make six figures in it. This feeling of self-motivated urgency is what makes any successful person, well, successful.