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Opinion: Should you get more than one certification?

What my volume sets look like these days. A more clean, uniform look.

My opinion is absolutely yes! Taking just one lash course really minimizes on the information you could be exposed to as well as different techniques that certain courses and educators have to offer. The lash world is constantly evolving so if you're relying on the information you learned from one course a few years back, some of the things you learned could already be outdated with newer techniques. As an educator myself, I am constantly looking for different courses to take to make sure my students are up to date, as well as get a different perspective from other educators out there. Even if you are a master lash artist, there is always opportunity to learn something new. By opening your mind to different perspectives and trainings, you are able to pick up on different techniques and find what works best for you.

I always recommend to my potential and current students to take a classic course first before taking on more advanced techniques such as volume and mega volume. If they want to take all the courses back to back, of course I won't stop them but I also share what I think is best in my opinion. Eyelash extensions look a lot easier to do than it actually is. A lot of students come into their first course thinking they will pick it up right away and that it will just be smooth sailing from there. Wrong. It takes a lot of precision and practice! It is such a meticulous task that I don't think it's something you can just do once and be a master at it. Most classic eyelash extension courses are the introductory course into eyelash extensions. It covers all the basic knowledge you need to know such as proper techniques, placement, information on safely attaching extensions without causing any damage to the natural lash and so on. It is quite a lot of information but once you understand all the fundamentals of it then it is just down to the actual hands on practice. When you are first starting out, it will take you a lot longer to do a full set than if you were doing it for a few years. I find that you are still trying to get the grasp of how to properly do classic lash extensions so if you were to throw in the advanced technique, like volume lashes right off the bat, a lot of people would get quite overwhelmed and maybe forget a lot of information regarding the proper techniques, hence leading to poorly done lash sets. I say take your time easing into eyelash extensions. Take the beginner classic course, reread the curriculum over and over until its embedded into your brain, and practice, practice, practice! When I first started out, I thought I did horrible in the class. I did two live models in class and could honestly say I maybe added 10 extensions on to each model. It was awful. I felt like I already wanted to give up because this was actually so much harder than I thought. Even after I received my certification in classic lashes, I didn't feel comfortable enough charging to clients. I offered as many of my friends free sets and fills for the first month just until I felt comfortable with the sets I was giving them. I could feel with each set I completed that I was getting better and quicker. I did hundreds of sets before I even thought about taking a volume course. The moment I decided to move on to volume was when I almost felt "bored" of classic lashes. I was getting so quick at completing a full set and business was booming but I was starting to lose interest. This is where I thought that I needed to be challenged again. I took a volume course and I was right back to square one. This was so much harder than classic extensions! Yes I knew how to properly isolate and pick up and place the extensions, but now I need to hand make a volume "fan" and somehow get it to do some sort of "wrap" around the natural lash?! Couldn't I just throw it on top like I do with classics? Nope. You see a lot of "volume" sets out there where it looks like the technician just grabbed a handful of lashes, dipped it in the glue, and threw it on. Most likely thats what they did. Either from improper volume training, no training at all, or them being so frustrated and having no clue what they're doing so they decide to take short cuts. I did not want my sets to look like that. I knew in order to be successful in this business I would need to practice the proper way, even if I always got frustrated with it and wanted to give up. It took me quite a bit longer to get a good grasp on volume lashes than with classic lashes. It takes even more practice and extra time to make those perfectly fanned out volume fans. This is why I tell students to master the classic technique before taking on volume. If you aren't able to complete a classic set in a reasonable amount of time, or if you are still struggling with classic application, then you will for sure be struggling with volume application. Volume is more advanced than classic, there is more to it therefore I don't think it is something everyone should just rush into. Again, this is just my opinion and I am not here to stop anyone from doing what they truly want BUT I have just found students becoming more successful in their lash career when they take the classic course, master that, and then take a volume course when they are 100% ready.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

What my volume sets used to look like. A messier look with several crooked lashes.

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