Every single day is another chance to learn. Infection control expert, Emily Lee, joined us on The Lash Podcast (www.instagram.com/thelashpodcast) to tell us about different practices in the lash industry and how these affect the artist and the client’s health and safety.
Just like other aestheticians, Emily did not know any better back in the day. She admits that she was not the perfect lash artist. And even the protocols that were taught to her years ago were quite unsophisticated compared to now. But her focus shifted in just a single blow—when a situation arose where a client had chlamydia in her eye after a lash treatment😬
It was the turning point of Emily’s career. Since then, she “accidentally”—as she describes her journey—became part of the health and safety sector of the lash industry. She realized that as a lash artist, it is important to think about what she was doing and question what she was taught.
The lash industry has changed so much. There are a lot of practices that have dramatically changed as our industry has grown. As time went by, Emily observed that everybody she meets want to do better. People do want to know the right protocols. People want to be safe. But there are a few important things to note. During training, according to Emily, it is important to be coachable. A student must always be willing to learn. How are we even supposed to grow if we are not allowing ourselves to be watered with proper knowledge?
Emily also tackled the importance of having quality service. Always remember this lovelies: Higher prices does not always mean lower profit. Yes, you got it right! It does not matter if you rate your services high. As long as you are at a higher standard than what you are expected to be, then you are good to go! Also, it is important to not aim for quick-money services! Tools, disinfectants and other lash supplies to do a good job and keep you and your clients safe are pricey, so price your services accordingly!
It all comes back to awareness. Be patient with the process of learning. Remember that when you know better, you do better. It will not always be a smooth ride, but the work and attention to infection control will make everything worth it in the end. Do not be afraid to learn something new, get the hang of it, and then ask yourself, “how can I do this better?”
To find Emily, go to http://www.instagram.com/beautypromedia