BL Lashes - Oct 21 2020

Exercises for Lash Artists: Keep Muscle Strain Away

We love lashing, don’t get us wrong, but sometimes it can be a literal pain in the neck...and wrists and fingers and eyes…

Any job with repetitive motion and a need for precision carries the risk of potential strain injuries, and lash artistry definitely isn’t immune to that. The more you do it, the more pressure you’re putting on your body.

However, there are ways you can exercise the various muscle groups involved in lashing and make your day (and later life!) more comfortable and pain-free.

Let’s check out some ways you can stretch and warm up before an appointment.

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Hand and Wrist Exercises

Precision calls for very nimble hands and fingers, so it’s very important that you take care of them.

After all, your career depends on your hands. Here are some simple exercises you can do to keep the pain away and keep those hands strong.

Fists for Fit Fingers

Have you been lashing for such a long time that your hands feel like they’re holding tweezers even when they’re not?

Or do you just want to prepare before you even start your next appointment so that doesn’t happen?

Making a fist is a simple way to stretch out those hand and finger muscles to both relieve and prevent pain!

Wrist Exercise

Our hands and fingers aren’t the only ones needing a little love. Our wrists, too, can get exhausted after creating stunning lash looks. To help keep your wrists free from pain, try this exercise:

Save your hands & wrist with a massager

Another great way to make sure your hands are ready for a day of creating beautiful lash sets is to give them a bit of massage with compression and warmth.

Thankfully, there are tons of products on Amazon with thousands of reviews, conveniently taking care of every part of your hand, including fingers and joints, effectively relieve carpal tunnel syndrome and finger pain.

Loving your job doesn’t have to mean having to put up with any discomfort that comes with it, which is why it’s important to make a small investment for your body and set some time aside for self-care.

Neck & Back Exercises

The back of our necks is always strained when lashing because of the way our heads are bent, so it’s important to take care of that muscle first.

No matter how much we try to set up an ideal lashing station, just the fact that we have to bend our heads to do our job correctly is going to make our necks and backs hurt. It’s inevitable, but there are ways to exercise your neck to strengthen it and to ease the pain.

Here is a quick exercise you can fit into your day to stretch it:

Get a back brace for support

If your shoulders and back are in serious pain, wearing a back support brace is a great idea.

The back support brace gently pulls your shoulders back, becoming tight under the armpits and across the chest when you hunch over. Use the brace while lashing to avoid hunching.
Many lash techs rave about the back brace and claim that with this brace, their body feels much better while lashing. At price under $25 on Amazon, we say it's worth the investment for your long, pain-free lashing career.

Eye Exercises

All of these other muscles can be in their best shape ever, but that won’t mean anything if your eyes are too tired.

It’s very important that you take care of your eyes, especially after working for hours. They’re the key to stunning lash looks.

If you can’t see what you’re doing, how will you get a “Wow!” from your clients?

To make sure your eyes are well-rested, try this palming eye exercise:

1. Sit at a table and keep your elbows in front of you on the table
2. Cup your eyes in each palm
3. Slowly breathe in and out while holding your eyes
4. Do this for 30 seconds at a time, then release and start again
5. Keep repeating for 2 minutes

Remember, your mental energy should be going toward creating amazing lash looks for your clients, not that annoying crick on your neck.

So, get stretching and we wish you a lifetime of painless lashing!

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