So I’m a hip, cool young professional running my lash studio right outside of Washington, DC, and I just love spring! Here in DC, we have the enchanting cherry blossoms in bloom along the tidal basin and romantic spring showers. Even longer, brighter, crisp days and then comes the pregnancy announcements…
Wait, pregnancy announcements?
It seems to me that every spring I have a handful of girlfriends, clients, and fellow lash artists announce pregnancies. I found out this fall that I was pregnant for the first time. And even though I’ve always told pregnant clients that there was no risk from lash extensions on the pregnancy, suddenly I wanted to know more: what ARE the risks of being a pregnant lash artist? And for your clients, are they safe?
So I did some research. I got on the phone with my distributor, so I knew what to ask my doctor specifically. I brushed up on my product knowledge and learned more about ingredients. I wanted to prepare for when I asked my doctor to address my concerns and help me put all my anxious mommies-to-be at rest.
My doctor all calmed my nerves; “It’s not like you work in a glue factory!” he said. Here are the tips I gathered for expecting mommies, who lash for a living:
- ALWAYS wear a carbon filter mask while working. The vapors from the cyanoacrylate in lash adhesives are to be avoided as much as possible. The activated carbon filters the VOCs out of the air with each breath. I love this sexy black lace mask from Lash Affair.
- Take breaks! Good posture while working is essential, and working in a good chair with your feet flat on the floor is a great start. Also taking frequent breaks to stretch and walk help with fatigue a ton.
- Clients may prefer to schedule shorter lash appointments as they progress in their pregnancies. Laying flat on their back for longer appointments can be very uncomfortable for expecting mothers.
- Have a couple of pillows on hand can help with comfort level as well. Expecting mommies can lay on their left sides during their lash service and the pillows can be placed behind them to take pressure off their backs. Or in between their knees to support the lower back. A cool one I found was called The Mumanu
- Stay hydrated! You and your clients both need plenty of liquids while getting those babies ready for their new entry to the world, so have bottled water on hand. Those shorter appointments help with frequent bathroom breaks too!
- Keep peppermint and ginger candies on hand to help soothe nausea or an upset stomach.
And when it’s time for baby to come, maybe a nice gift for your mommy-to-be lash client would be a lash-protecting silk blend Lash Pillow, so Mommy’s lashes stay pretty during her shortened nights!
Congratulations on your new adventure and good luck to your mommies and all the bouncing bundles of joy! Remember, Lash Love is True Love and True Love is LASH AFFAIR!
PS- here’s me and my sweetie at our baby shower- our bouncing boy is coming June 2016! Lash love to you!
Leslie Greene | Plushwink Boutique | Owner & Artist