HOW TO USE LOOSE FANS
HOW TO USE LOOSE FANS
This is a controversial topic regarding the use of pre-made volume fans rather than hand made fans. Hand making fans is where the technician hand makes each fan, within the application process. These technicians are highly skilled and took the time learn the Russian Volume technique by taking accredited classes. In these classes you learn the correct lash weight to use on each client and spend hours of practice learning how to create perfect volume fans at high speed. Another criteria a hand made volume artist knows, is that a hand made fan can wrap onto the natural lash and will result in excellent retention and a seamless bond.
Those that use pre-made fans usually do so because they want to offer their clients volume but are not already volume trained – or do not want to take time to create handmades. Unfortunately this is where we can witness a lot of damage being done to clients, where the technician is applying a pre-made volume fan that is far too heavy for the natural lash, because they have not attended a volume class where you learn how much volume a client can support depending on their natural lashes. They also seem to use far too much adhesive, whereby they use “classic lash” glue dipping techniques instead of volume fan dipping techniques and as result they overload the natural lash and cause damage. Pre-made volume fans are already pre-bonded, therefore they cannot wrap onto the natural lash and will not offer the same retention as a hand made fan, they do not blend as seamlessly as a hand made fan and can be tricky at times to apply and can take some practice.
I want to offer a pre-made volume range to because we believe that there is a place in the industry for them, but that they MUST be used correctly and safely.
You MUST always ensure that the pre-made fan you are about to apply, is suitable for that natural lash. Each client has a variety of lash stages in their lash line:
Anagen – baby lashes: very delicate and can only support short and ultra lightweight volume
Catagen – transition stage: medium/strong natural lashes
Telegen – resting stage: lashes are strongest in this phase
When you create a fan, you create it to suit the natural lash, so you must ensure that you pick up a pre-made that suits that lash, rather than just using what is in the tray you purchased. Nothing wrong with using a classic finer lash on a baby lash rather than weighing this lash down with a large fan.
Please ensure that you always work with a variety of dimensions within your sets to keep the natural lashes healthy and your sets safe, never just use the same dimension of fan throughout your whole set. The best way is to educate your long-lash loving client as to the damage this can cause when worn too long, and also alternate between short and longer sets to save on weight.
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