Sarah Vaughan is a Newtown mom of two and owner of Sarah Vaughan – Lash Technician. Sarah is passionate about all things health and beauty related, having worked nearly 20 years in the beauty industry. She holds certifications in lash extensions, waxing, manicures & pedicures, reflexology, massage, and more. Sarah earned her BA in Natural Health & Nutrition and is a Certified Personal Trainer. She’s been generous enough to offer a 25% off code for readers during the month of October. Visit here to book your session.
Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Newtown?
I am originally from Alberta, Canada. I moved to the US in 2011. I lived in Minnesota and Maryland before moving to Newtown in 2017 and becoming a US citizen in 2018.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
I have 2 children. Hayden (boy) is 21 and left home last summer (2019). He’s currently living and working in Vancouver, BC. Vivien (girl) is 14 and in 10th grade at NHS.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
Hmmm… I once had a pet snake. A Boa named Hairy.
Favorite things to do with your family?
Travel. We normally spend a month every summer back home in Canada and take 1 or 2 international trips every year. Unfortunately, COVID messed up our plans this year.
Favorite spot in Newtown?
I don’t know that I can narrow it down to one spot. I love how many great restaurants Newtown has for such a small town. Also, my backyard. It’s my sanctuary.
Self-care now is more important than ever with nearly everyone being stretched thin during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is your go-to for self-care?
I work out daily. It’s a great mood booster. My faith is also especially important to me and has helped me so much through this crazy year.
Can you tell us a little bit about what lead you to start Sarah Vaughan – Lash Technician? And what services are you currently offering?
Well… I worked as an esthetician and personal trainer until my son entered middle school. Due to some challenges at school, we chose to homeschool him. I stopped working and stayed home with him until he graduated in 2017. Shortly after, my husband’s job brought us to Newtown. As I mentioned earlier, my son left home a little over a year ago and my daughter is in 10th grade, so my Mom duties have diminished greatly this last year. I decided it was time to find something for me to fill my time and get back into the work force.
Currently I offer lash extensions, lifts and tints, brow lamination, shaping and tints, and waxing services. I may offer other services in the future.
Let’s talk about Lash Extensions (such a great thing to have if you’re constantly on Zoom calls!)…What is the process like? What is the benefit to having a lash technician apply them?
The process is fairly simple. Before your appointment I will send you a couple of forms to fill out. These just help me to understand your lifestyle and any health issues that may affect or contraindicate the lash extension application. Once you arrive for your appointment, we will go over the options as far as the sort of look you want to achieve. Then, I will have you lay back on the treatment table and cleanse your eye area to remove any residue or oils that would prevent the lashes from adhering properly. It is best to arrive at your appointment with a makeup-free face to maximize your lashing time. Gel pads will be applied to your undereye area to hold down your bottom lashes to ensure that they don’t become “glued” to your extensions. I may also apply medical tape to your eyelids as needed to lift your lids and prevent eye twitching during the application. I then use tweezers to isolate the individual eyelashes and graft the extensions. Depending on the type of extensions you choose this process can take anywhere from 1-3 hrs. (more volume=more time). During this process it is important that you relax, lie as still as possible, and do not talk (this causes the eyes to move and makes application very difficult). I will play relaxing music for you as I complete the application. When I am finished, I will mist and fan dry your lashes to make sure that the adhesive has cured, check to make sure that there are no bottom lashes stuck to the top lashes, remove the tape and gel pads, and have you open your eyes. At this point if anything feels uncomfortable or irritated, I will make the necessary adjustments to ensure that you are happy with your results.
Having a licensed technician apply and remove your lash extensions is very important. If the extensions are improperly applied or removed you may end up with lashes being pulled out or broken off, loss of your natural lashes, irritation, infections, and even permanent damage to your eye (if product or adhesive gets in your eye). Therefore, I strongly advise clients not to use drugstore lash extension products or attempt to use professional products on themselves (strip and magnetic lashes are different because they use temporary adhesives).
You have a comprehensive section of your website dedicated to outlining your COVID-19 protocols. Can you give us a quick summary of what you’re doing to ensure the safety of your clients?
Of course! This is so important. My #1 priority is the health and safety of my clients. Now, more than ever, I am being careful and vigilant in keeping not only myself and my family safe and healthy, but also my clients. If there is ever any question that I cannot provide a clean and safe environment for my clients, I will cancel without hesitation. Pretty eyelashes aren’t worth anyone’s life. I am trained, licensed, and insured in my profession and health and safety protocols. I am following all federal and state guidelines. This is my business and my career, and I take it very seriously.
My treatment room, implements and tools, as well as all touch points in my home, are thoroughly and meticulously disinfected at the beginning and end of each day as well as between every client.
When you book with me, you will be required to fill out and submit a COVID-19 Liability and Release Waiver before arriving at your appointment. If you have not completed that form before your arrival, I will not allow you to enter. Upon arriving, I ask that you wait in your car and text me to alert me of your arrival. When my previous client has left and I have completed my sanitization process, I will text you and allow you to enter. Your temperature will be scanned and your hands will be sanitized. I require everyone who enters my home to wear a mask at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you at a cost of $2. I ask that you leave all personal items in your vehicle and bring only your phone and your method of payment with you. No outside food or drink will be permitted and absolutely no companions (including children) will be allowed to enter. No exceptions. For more details you can visit the COVID-19 link in the main menu of my website.
I love how you are donating a portion of your profits from now until the end of the year to the FAITH Food Pantry. [The F.A.I.T.H Food Pantry is run out of St. Rose Parish but supports the food needs for Newtown residents who need assistance. COVID-19 has meant less collection spaces for the pantry, more in need, etc]. Can you tell us a little more about what you have planned?
Yes! My family and I are very blessed, but there are so many that have not been as fortunate this year. I believe with all my heart that my greatest purpose in life is to use my blessings to bless others. At this point in my life I have the means and the resources to ensure that my family never misses a meal, but it hasn’t always been that way. I know what it’s like to not know where your next meal is coming from. So, if I see a need and I can help to fill it, then it’s my duty. And, if I can get others to join me, then that’s even better.
So, from now until December 31, 2020, I will be donating 5% of my profits to the F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry of Newtown. I have also provided a link on the home page of my website for others to donate as well. I strongly encourage everyone to visit the pantry’s website www.newtownfoodpantry.org where they can find a list of the most needed items or, if they prefer, they can make a cash donation. This has been a hard year for everyone, especially those in financial need. Let’s make the end of the year just a little easier if we can.