Whether you are a new eyelash specialist or an experienced one, it’s always important to be aware of a few factors to ensure that you are optimizing your tools, specifically your adhesives. When the result isn’t what we expected, we may have been wondering – was it your technique? The temperature? Or, the adhesive itself?
If you’ve ever experienced this, you aren’t alone! Chances are, there was a multitude of factors that played into your failed adhesive. We asked our experts, so you don’t have to – here are some tips to watch for to enhance your favourite adhesives:
You may live in a temperate area where it’s always hot, no matter the time of day, or you may live in frigid temperatures – either way, your eyelash extension business has to adjust to the heat of the area you live in because temperature has a massive role in how your adhesives will act during the application process. Generally speaking, adhesives do not like heat. They risk becoming gummy and stringy, making it challenging to apply to the lash extensions. Hence, it is vital to keep the temperature of your workspace in check. Make sure that your temperature is below 23℃ for the most optimal results. If you need to invest in an air conditioner for this to happen, consider it as a part of your business costs. The regulation of the temperature of your workspace will ensure that you won’t have to put in extra work or have a challenging time with the tools you have on hand.
How you Store
If you haven’t noticed this already, then consider this as a heads up, but your adhesives have a shelf-life too! And, how you store your adhesives can determine the length of time your adhesives last. Most adhesives are recommended to be kept in a dry room with moderate temperatures. Our experts suggest that the best method to achieve this is to put your adhesives in a bin or container and fill it with moisture-removing silica or dried rice. Pack your adhesives loosely in the materials within, ensuring that the lid is airtight.
If you happen to order in bulk, our experts suggest that you freeze your adhesives if they are all unopened. Make sure that it’s in a clean airtight container before storing it within your freezer, and date it so that you know how old the adhesives are. Most adhesives can be kept in the freezer for up to 12 months without deteriorating.
Another significant factor that plays into how your adhesives will work is dependent on the humidity of your workspace. Humidity can completely ruin certain adhesives, whether it’s too low or too high. Invest in a hygrometer to measure the humidity of your workspace and ensure that you are using the adhesive that is corresponding to the humidity of your studio or salon. All adhesives come with specifications as to which thickness it works best in, so always be on alert of your conditions. If humidity is too high, it’s best to utilize your air conditioner or dehumidifier to draw moisture out of the room. Or, choose a more flexible adhesive that has an optimum RH range of 45-55%.
A seasoned eyelash tech will have an advantage over an inexperienced one. But that takes practice – so fear not! The speed of which your lash artist applies the lash extensions can determine how much adhesive to use during a session. The more advanced adhesives require a practiced hand, so it’s essential to start with adhesives with more dry time than 1 second. Research the different types of adhesives you can get and keep practicing!
Lastly, your willingness to prepare appropriately can ensure a successful lash extension application procedure. Your adhesives are best optimized if you prep your adhesives by shaking it. Shake for at least 3-5 minutes before use, and take your time to shake it out. You will notice a drastic change in your results!