How do you choose who to train with?
Written by Julie Sandy, Owner of Salon 25 Lashes
So you've decided you want to train in lash extensions, but how do you choose who to train with? Choosing a company or a person to train with can be a bit of a minefield. With so many options to choose from it can be hard to make a decision, so it today's blog post, Julie Sandy gives her advice on how to choose a trainer and what to look out for.
When you're looking for a course, whether it be lashes, beauty or otherwise, you have to ask yourself what inspires you to choose that person or company? Do you look at good reviews, by word of mouth or take on other people's recommendations?
Do you focus your attention on their pictures of lash extensions? Are you interested in how many followers they have on social media, does the price clinch the deal or do you read their bio? Are you someone who does your homework on the company to check their experience and reputation and also their passion within the industry? But does being able to produce the latest look or a perfect set of lashes, guarantee a good educator, or has it become known as the next automatic step within the industry?
Something to look out for is whether the person or company offers ongoing support, you need to know whether you'll have someone to reach out to with any questions or queries after you've completed your course. Being able to ask for help and support after a course, can be so important for increasing your confidence, mastering the basics and allows you to build on the framework.
Online or Offline
Another option is to look at online courses. Are you someone who likes the convenience of online courses or do you prefer education delivered in person within a classroom setting? Nowadays, we even have the option of traveling abroad to train - in 2013, I was lucky enough to train in Russian Volume in Ukraine. It was a rare opportunity then, whereas now, international trainers will often visit and be hosted in the UK.
The cost can also be a deciding factor. If you've chosen cut-price courses in the past, have you found yourself paying twice to retrain? If you're addicted to education in this fast-moving industry (like I am!) - building on your knowledge can be super important. Especially if you want to offer the latest techniques, truly bespoke service and the latest looks. All of these things will keep you ahead of the game, however, with that being said some treatments can be a temporary 'fad' so choosing where to put our hard-earned cash, is worth thinking about.
When I first trained in Classic lashes (10 years ago) there wasn't a vast amount of lash companies, trainers, products, and groups to follow on social media. Word of mouth or websites were all there was to find a recommendation or review and the choices were simpler. Training in Classic lashes was the only real choice and then going on to complete a 'Masters' with a limited amount of companies that offered advanced training.
Skip forward a few years and lash training has changed so much. Now we can begin at Classics, move onto Russian Volume, add on techniques and courses in Mega Volume, Hybrid, Pre-made fans, competition courses, and Fantasy Lash Art/colour. In addition to this, as an artist, you can now offer so many bespoke 'looks' to clients such as Wispy, Kim K, Cat, Squirrel, Dolly to name but a few. It's because of this, the lash industry continues to thrive and evolve with ongoing education in the form of courses, mentoring and workshops.
Being one of the fastest-growing treatments in the beauty industry, lash extensions have evolved so much and now there are more companies selling a full range of products as well as offering in-house training, it is much easier to write and accredit your own manuals, which offers more choice, but can mean the market is getting quickly saturated with options, but does it always guarantee quality? Every trainer and company will have their own standards and content, so I believe it's important to not jump at the first deal and find out what you want to gain from the course.
Looking at the networking and social side, there are now regular lash events taking place, where we can meet and learn from likeminded people. Lash events also provide a platform to attend mini-workshops, hear influential speakers' and try the latest products. If your thinking of training in lashes or have trained in the past, attending lash events is a great way to expand your knowledge and learn from others.
It's such an exciting time to be in this industry. So if you're looking to train in lashes you've chosen the right time!
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