How Lash Artists Can Improve Dexterity
Dexterity is crucial for lash artists. People with poor hand-eye coordination don’t make good surgeons, and people without skillful hands don’t make the best lash artists. If your dexterity isn’t perfect, some basic exercises can help.
Dexterity is a general term used to describe a person’s ability to use his or her hands skillfully. It involves steady hands, flexibility, strength, and control. Dexterity varies from person to person, but it can be improved upon with these tricks.
Brushing Your Teeth With the Opposite Hand
Applying lashes is a two-handed job, so it requires dexterity in not only your dominant hand, but also in your weaker one. Brushing your teeth with the opposite hand is one way to improve the weaker hand. Most people have never tried this, so the activity forces our brains to figure out how to maneuver in unfamiliar ways. This exercise is also helpful for right-handed lash artists who find it hard to apply to the left eye, and vice versa.
There’s one more benefit: According to a study by Case Western Reserve University, even small changes in habits, such as brushing your teeth with the opposite hand, can improve your focus in completing tasks.
Celtic Knot Therapy
Celtic Knot Therapy has emerged as a movement unto itself. In addition to improving dexterity, the technique is thought to improve depth perception, which is crucial for lash artists, and to promote relaxation. The therapy has been used to treat ADD, anxiety, Autism and more.
Celtic Knot Therapy involves using your fingers to trace a Celtic design on a decorative plate. However, you can also use a design on a piece of paper, and it doesn’t have to be a Celtic knot, as long as the design is complex with twists and turns. Want to make the task even harder? Try tracing the lines while looking at the picture through a mirror. That trick is used by doctors and dentists use to improve their dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
The Pick-Up Game
Make this one into a contest with fellow lash artists or friends. Lay a large group of small items—say dimes, sequins, and buttons—on a table. You should each choose a target item and have a contest to see who can pick up the most in a minute. Repeat the exercise and your speed and hand eye coordination will improve over time.
As it turns out, video games can be good for our brains. Research from the American Psychological Association proved that certain types of video games not only improve dexterity, but they also increase a person’s ability to problem-solve. In fact, a study of laparoscopic surgeons found those who played video games were nearly 30 percent faster and made fewer errors.
Do Your Own Nails
Everyone loves a fresh mani/pedi at the salon, but painting your own nails (neatly) requires a lot of dexterity, particularly when it comes painting your dominant hand with the weaker one. Think about how quick and accurate your manicurist is—that’s due to practice.
Cross and Uncross Your Fingers
Try quickly crossing and then uncrossing each of your fingers on one hand. Cross your thumb and forefinger, then the forefinger and middle finger, and so on. This activity sounds easy, but it’s much harder than you think. Do one hand and then move to the other.
Sewing and Needlework
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can pick up knitting. But you don’t have to be Suzy Homemaker to benefit from sewing, and you don’t actually have to make anything. Take a piece of paper or cloth with an intricate design and sew along the lines with a needle and thread, staying as close to the lines as possible.
Have fun with theses games and exercises! Dexterity and hand-eye coordination will benefit you in many aspects of your life and defiantly give you an edge as a lash artist.