A few months ago we had quite a few people coming into the salon asking the same question: How experienced are you?
I decided to answer the question in a long-winded post on our social media pages at the time, and I have also decided to use this as our very first blog post!
My name is Lauren Lappin, and I am the owner of Allure Lash and Beauty Bar. I have always loved all things beauty, and in 2008 - after a short stint in the IT industry - I decided to finally pursue my dream of becoming a beauty therapist. I completed my Diploma, and worked in a couple of local beauty salons. I knew I had found my calling.
I was originally trained in lash extensions in-salon in 2009. I immediately commenced working on clients and soon found that a lot of my days began filling up with lashes over any other service. In 2011, I had my daughter and decided it would be easiest to work from home. I was quite busy doing this, and continued to service my growing list of lash extension clients.
Fast forward to 2013, after having my son and still working from home, I decided to open Allure Lash and Beauty Bar, a salon that would primarily specialise in lash extensions. I knew it was time to get serious and get an actual certification in lashes!
I travelled to Canberra in early 2014 to attend lash training with a company called "Graft-A-Lash". The training was very basic and only went for 3 hours! As I searched the internet for further courses and education, I started seeing a lot on social media about something called "Russian volume lashes". It was the latest and greatest trend in 2014, and I was lucky enough to be at one of the first Australian trainings of the volume lash technique, with Hungarian lash champion and judge, Zsinett Nagy. I loved every minute of the training and was so happy when Zsinett described my work as "perfect" (the perfectionist in me rejoiced!)
In June 2014, I sat the Association of Damage Free Eyelash Extensions (ADFEE) certification exam. I had to complete a full set of classic lashes on a model. Upon completion, a proctor inspected each and every lash that I applied. They had to be correctly isolated (not stuck to any other lashes / extensions), and be the correct weight and length as to not damage the client's natural lashes.
I passed the exam and am currently one of only seven lash technicians in Australia that holds the ADFEE Damage-Free certification.
Soon after, I attended the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas, where I received my LXP Silver certification through the American lash association, NEESA (National Eyelash Extension & Safety Association). This involved a practical and theoretical exam.
I still felt as though I could learn more in the way of volume lash extension techniques. I travelled to Melbourne again for volume lash training with the famous Irina Levchuk from Russia. It was two days of intense training where I learnt the volume technique that I still use now!
In 2015 I decided to enter The Australian and NZ Lash Master Competition, in two categories:
- Creative (coloured lashes and / or makeup)
- Master Volume (technician with more than 6 months experience)
I was awarded 2nd Place in the Creative category, and 3rd Place in the Master Volume category. As you can imagine, I was totally stoked to place in both categories I entered, in such a large competition with so many other talented lash artists!
I have completed about 2700 sets of lashes, since opening Allure in July 2014 (my calculations are based on how many lash extension eye patches we have purchased in the last two years!!).
So how experienced am I?
I can definitely say that I know my stuff when it comes to lash extensions! All the knowledge that I have, I pass on to my team, and we are always training and developing our skills. We practice damage-free lashes, and strive for perfection in all of our work. We specialise in lash extensions, so we literally do lashes pretty much all day every day!
I hope I have answered everyone's questions about our experience. If you need further info or would like to make a booking, jump on our website www.allurelashes.com.au or call the salon on 0421 249 795.