In the eight years of practicing the art of individual lash application, I received four certifications:
I was incredibly blessed to get the opportunity to spend the first year of my career learning expert individual lash application from Dina S. Good before she and her husband retired to the beaches of the Mexican Riviera.
Ms. Good was a classically trained artist and who worked for many years as an engineer. Dina decided to change careers and opened Seattle's first lash studio in 2002. Dina applied her engineering skills and a classically trained eye for art, perfecting a method of applying lashes in a way that preserved her client's eye health.
As my skills grew, she asked me to take a few of her existing clients, who had been wearing lash extensions for 5-10 years without a break. Her clients still had healthy eyelashes and clean eye-margin. Likewise, my clients who have not taken a break since 2014 continue to have healthy eyelashes and clean eye-margins.
After nearly a year of working long hours learning my craft, I decided to drive back home to Arizona to rest and visit friends and family. While sitting at a stoplight, waiting to turn onto the freeway (to begin my long drive back to Seattle), I couldn't do it. I couldn't drive back to a city that felt foreign to me. At that moment, I decided to take a leap of faith and stay in Arizona. I immediately rented a small studio out of a salon in Mesa, mind you, I left behind a full clientele and started over from scratch (having no other beauty industry experience), with very little money in savings. The Lash Aficionado™ opened for business on January 21, 2014; two years later, at the request of my clients, I relocated to Old Town Scottsdale to be more centrally located.