How to Become a Licensed Lash Tech

So you want to become a licensed lash tech? Here’s everything you need to know about the process and what you can expect.

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In order to perform lash extensions, a cosmetology or esthetician license is required in most U.S. states. The majority of lash artists train through private courses or online programs, which can run anywhere from $500-$2,500. Certification can be achieved through the National Lash Association and membership has its perks, like discounts on supplies and education.

Once you have your license and certification, you will need to purchase a kit, which can cost around $300. Prices for lash extension services vary by location and artist, but they usually start around $100 and go up from there.

The Importance of Licensing

As a lash tech it’s important to be licensed in order to work in a salon or spa. A license proves that you have been trained and are qualified to perform lash extensions.

Licensing requirements vary from state to state, but in general, you will need to complete a certain number of hours of training from a certified Lash Artist Training Academy. Once you have completed your training, you will need to pass a written and/or practical exam administered by your state’s cosmetology board.

Once you are licensed, you will need to renew your license every one to two years. Renewal requirements also vary by state, but generally involve continuing education credits and/or passing an exam.

Becoming licensed may seem like a lot of work, but it is worth it to be able to work as a professional lash tech Not only will you be able to work in salons and spas, but you will also be able to get insurance coverage for your business.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed lash tech the first step is to check the licensing requirements for your state. Then, find a reputable Lash Artist Training Academy and sign up for classes.

How to Get Licensed

In order to work as a licensed lash technician, you will need to obtain a state-issued license. Each state board of cosmetology has different requirements for licensure, but most require completion of an approved cosmetology or esthetician program and passing a state-administered written and practical exam.

Once you have met the requirements for licensure in your state, you will need to submit an application to the state cosmetology board along with the appropriate fees. Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will be issued a license which will allow you to legally practice lash technology in your state.

The Lash Extension Process

Applying lash extensions is a meticulous process that requires a steady hand, an eye for detail, and plenty of patience. The lash extension artist will start by measuring and trimming the false lashes to fit the length and style of the natural lashes. They will then apply a small amount of glue to the false lash and use tweezers to attach it to the natural lash, making sure it’s placed as close to the lash line as possible. Once all of the false lashes are in place, they will use more tweezers to slightly pinch and curl the natural and false lashes together to create a seamless look.


Aftercare is critical to the health and retention of your lash extensions. Here are some aftercare tips to follow in the first 24-48 hours:

-Do not wet your lashes for the first 24 hours. This will give the adhesive time to cure and bond properly.

-Do not use oil-based products on or around your lash line. This includes makeup removers, moisturizers, etc. Oil will break down the adhesive bond and cause your extensions to fall out prematurely.

-Do not pull or rub your eyes. This can cause the lash extensions to loosen and fall out prematurely.

-Be gentle when cleansing your face. Avoid using harsh scrubbing motions around your lash line. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser and use circular motions when cleansing your face in general.


In order to become a licensed lash tech you will need to complete a cosmetology or esthetician program at an accredited school. You will then need to pass the state Board of Cosmetology exam. Once you have your license, you will be able to work at a salon, spa, or as a mobile lash technician.

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