You did it! You took the leap to start your career as a Lash Technician. We're so happy for you. Now you may have some questions about what you can expect from the lash course. Of course, we will cover lash techniques, but what about infection control? Though this may not seem like the most exciting part of the job, it’s an essential part of the work you do to keep both you and your client safe and healthy. This article covers a glimpse at how we approach infection control during the Ch'i Lash Lash Technician Course.
How Ch'i Lash The School May Differ From Other Programs
Here at Ch'i Lash, the infection control portion of the class includes training students on the anatomy of the eyeball, including around the eye with the lashes, starting from the client's own anatomy and eye health. We understand that each client is in a new situation, so we start with training on recognizing what a healthy eye or unhealthy eye anatomy looks like so you can maintain safe experiences for your clients. We will also cover bacterial and other infectious diseases, as well as contraindications that would prevent you from performing the lash application.
Here at the school, you have access to all of the solutions, all the products, and the tools you need to take care of and be very sanitary in your work environment. Throughout the course, you will experience hands-on training in applying extensions. Not only are you learning about maintaining proper infection control practices during application, but you'll be learning the application techniques while being instructed by a certified and/or licensed Lash Technician Instructor.
Understanding cross-contamination is a huge part of infection prevention. We've heard through the years from lash artists that someone would have a cell phone or a drink on their workstation. Every time you touch your cell phone, you contaminate your fingers.
During class, we go over what good techniques and good habits are to keep sanitized throughout your workstation to ensure safe lash application. We've heard stories of many bad habits from clients and technicians coming through, so infection control is a big, important part of the program.
I want my students to know how important it is for them to take this course because it covers all aspects of the industry: history, practices, trends, and legislation. It covers everything you need in order to be a licensed lash technician in Connecticut. The certification course will give you the skills and knowledge of proper techniques for application as well as infection control and aftercare maintenance, so you can provide the best service possible to your clients.
One major area you'll learn about is how to sterilize your equipment. There are many ways to do this. Sterilization and cleaning are two methods of decontamination. Sterilization is the process that destroys bacteria and living microorganisms. Disinfectants are used to clean the workspace and implements. Bleach is a disinfectant, though it is not as effective in decontamination. Some tools that may need sterilization include tweezers and any other implement that will come into contact with the client's skin.
Protecting yourself is just as important as protecting the client. Be sure to use proper hand washing and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as needed when handling any disinfectants. Disinfectants should not come in contact with the skin. If the disinfectant touches the skin, rinse the area with liquid soap and warm water, then pat dry. Only add disinfectants to water, never add water to disinfectants to prevent incorrect mixing ratio.
As a lash technician, you must inform your clients of the necessary and proper at-home care instructions after they receive their lashes to prevent possible bacterial infections. Not only is this important for the overall health of the eye but the longevity of the lash extensions, too. Here are the instructions for eyelash maintenance:
Allow 24 hours before getting them drenched in the shower or before swimming
Cleanse extensions and lashes using a gentle facial cleanser daily after 24 hours of the lash service
Do not use a lash curler
Do not use waterproof mascara
Do not allow the clients to trim the extensions
Do not pull or rub your eyelashes
Brush the extensions using a lash wand (mascara brush) in the morning and evening before bed.
Do not use makeup remover wipes on the extensions
Use only oil-free makeup remover
Stay away from intensive heat ovens, blow dryers, grills, etc.
While remembering all of this can feel overwhelming, we are here to support and guide you every step of the way! We will also learn the safety protocols alongside the techniques during the lash course, so you are able to put all the knowledge to practical use. And don't forget, we're always here to answer any questions!