How to Become a Lash Technician in the USA

Are you pondering a shift in your career path, or are you a student in the field of aesthetics curious about how to become a Lash Tech? At London Lash, we understand that the journey to becoming a certified Lash Technician can seem daunting if you're unsure of where to begin.

As many of you might know, our founder, Hanna Putjato, began her career as a Lash Technician before establishing London Lash Pro – and she was exceptionally successful at it! We take great pride in our close relationship with the lash tech community – you are, after all, the backbone of our industry. Where would we be without you?!

To assist aspiring lash artists, we're excited to share our top tips on how to become a Lash Tech in the USA. Keep reading to discover more! 

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What Does It Mean to Be a Certified Lash Technician?

First things first, let's cover the basics. A certified Lash Technician in the USA is a professional licensed to apply eyelash extensions, either as a self-employed individual or as part of a salon or beauty business.

However, the requirements can vary by state. In most cases, you'll need a cosmetology or esthetician license before you can pursue certification as a lash tech. If you're already working towards your esthetician license, you're on the right track – it's often an essential step in your journey to becoming a Lash Artist.

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Is a License Necessary for Lash Techs?

You might wonder if certification is truly necessary. The answer is a resounding yes! While not every state mandates a specific lash certification, practicing without one can lead you to be classified as 'unregulated' by the Board of Cosmetology, potentially leading to legal complications. Therefore, investing time, effort, and resources into getting certified is highly advisable – not to mention, it significantly enhances the credibility of your lash business and helps in building a solid client base.

Steps to Becoming a Certified Lash Technician

To become a certified Lash Tech, start by researching accredited lash training courses, keeping in mind your state's specific requirements. Do you need an esthetician or cosmetology license first?

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Once you've got that sorted, look for a comprehensive lash extension foundation training course. The duration and format of these courses can vary – some are intensive 3-day programs, while others may span up to two months. Choose a course that fits your schedule and learning style, ensuring it's led by a qualified Lash Artist and covers crucial topics like:

  • Best health and safety practices for Lash Technicians.
  • Techniques for applying various types of eyelash extensions safely and beautifully.
  • Tailoring lash extensions to different eye shapes.
  • Managing allergies and preventing chemical burns.

Important Note: Don't forget to read reviews and testimonials to aid your decision-making process!


After mastering the basics, consider advancing your skills with courses in:

  • Volume and Mega Volume eyelash extension training.
  • Advanced styling and mapping techniques.
  • Business training for Lash Professionals.
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    Lash Certification: Online or In-Person?

    You can choose between online, in-person, or blended training options for your lash certification. We generally recommend in-person training for beginners for hands-on experience. Many accredited courses also provide essential training materials(such as eyelash extensionslash glue, and lash tweezers), which might increase the cost but are invaluable for starters.

    For advanced courses, online training can be an excellent way to expand your skills conveniently and efficiently. For instance, our prestigiousRussian Volume online lash training course is a fantastic resource for those looking to delve into more complex techniques! 

    Cost of Lash Extension Training

    The price of lash extension training in the US varies based on factors like course duration, inclusion of training materials, and whether it's remote or in-person. Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $2,000 for a quality lash certification course!

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    Does London Lash Pro Offer Eyelash Extension Training Courses?

    Yes, London Lash offers atop-tier online training course in Russian volume lashes, designed for Lash Artists who are already qualified in Classic looking and wanting to expand their repertoire. This course is increasingly popular and can significantly boost your lash business! The course comprehensively covers topics from selecting the right lash glue to hygiene and allergy prevention, and advanced styling and mapping to create the perfect set of Russian Volume lashes.

    Participants have six months to complete the course, andwill have exclusive access to our Online Russian Volume Course videos, a digital manual, and a Welcome Letter with all necessary details for successful completion.

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    We're here to support you every step of the way – from educational content on our blog to top-selling lash trainingeBooks, and starter kits. We hope this helps you on your journey to becoming a certified Lash Technician! 

    Best of luck! x