How much money can you actually make from doing lash extensions?


December 13, 2021

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How Much Can You Actually Make from Doing Lash Extensions? 

The lash extension business has only grown over the last few years, and this fashion trend is sure to continue to expand, unsurprisingly. Lash extensions do wonders for your face. Not only do they boost your self-confidence, but they add dimension and enhance your look. You can go out without any makeup and only your lashes and feel gorgeous. As more and more women jump on the trend, it pays to be a lash artist these days, but how much?

With the eyelash industry continuing on impressive growth, many factors can contribute to your success. As with all business owners, you’ll still be learning, developing, and honing in on those skills as you begin your career. With growth and development and building your client base, you can start to charge more for your skills and expertise.

Lash Business Owner vs Salon Employee

Where you work and who you work for play a big part in how much you can make as a lash artist. You can start your own business, or you can choose to rent a booth at an established salon. There are many benefits to each, and it truly depends on where you want to start.

Salon Employee

Working in a salon as an employee can be a great place to start as a beginner. While you can learn the ins and outs of being a lash artist in a classroom setting, nothing beats the ability to learn hands-on. You learn practical skills like managing schedules and systems and, of course, the ability to build strong client relationships. As an employee, you can focus on growing your professional and your soft skills and continue to evolve without the stress of running a business.

Working for a salon has its limitations, and working for someone else can be challenging to manage a work-life balance. You may also have less control of your services, prices, and products you would like to work with, and your environment may not be of your design. On average, a lash technician working as an employee in a salon can make well over $47,000 a year, according to ZipRecruiter. And this is with NO collage degree, no stress of running a business, just clocking in and out, hanging out and making people feel confident in themselves. Other jobs that make this amount? Executive assistants, construction superintendents, police officers, dental hygienist, to name a few. 

Lash Business Owner

Starting a business as a Lash Artist can be done whether you’re a beginner or have been working under a salon for years. Owning your own business allows you more freedom to do what you would like with your business. You can choose to run it out of your home or choose a studio place. You have the freedom to choose your products, set your schedule, and set your prices.

Owning a Lash Business is more involved than just working in a salon. You have to do more complex taxes, stock, keep inventory and ordering, and be prepared for successful client management. I have ADHD to the max, so for me, running my salon is the perfect career since I am never bored and always getting to do something different. 

Because you can set your schedule and prices, the amount you can make annually as a business owner in the Lash industry does not have a cap. Most lash business owners bring in over $100,000 a year, earning $67,000 in profit alone, with top earners earning $200,000+ and this is including all write offs! Just because I think its sooooo interesting to know, other jobs that make this amount is physicians, lawyers, IT managers and pharmacists. No college degree required, and owning a lash business brings in the same and more than these other respectful careers. 

Are you looking to get started in the Lash Industry? Do you currently work as a Lash artist and want to take your business to the next level? Email me at to book a mentor call, and let’s chat!

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