Lash Adhesive: Some Tips for Temperature and Humidity
Let's face it, there are few things more aggravating than eyelash glue that is too watery, too tacky, or just doesn't seem to adhere to the lash properly when lashing. All lash artists dread receiving a call from a client a few days after completing a stunning complete set of lashes or lash fill, stating that while the client adored their lashes when they left the salon, they didn't hold up.
A variety of factors influence lash retention, some of which are beyond our control (client aftercare and maintenance). And some of them simply require minor tweaks on our part as lash artists to make a significant effect.
If the viscosity of your eyelash glue seems odd, if your client's lashes are losing faster than usual, or if the lashes aren't staying as well during application, it could be due to the way you store your adhesive or a recent change in the environment in which you are lashing.
Here are some tips for using our glue, as well as suggestions for monitoring and changing your lashing environment.
Your lashing environment should be between 68 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit. It's also a good idea to keep your adhesive at a moderately constant temperature of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend keeping your adhesive upright in a dark, out-of-the-way location, such as a dark cabinet or drawer, for optimal effects.
It's not a good idea to keep your adhesive in the fridge. This will cause any moisture within the container to condense, curing the adhesive prematurely!
When using our adhesive, the recommended humidity level is between 35 and 65 percent.
We recommend buying a hygrometer, which monitors humidity/moisture in your lash room, to keep track of the humidity level in your lash room.
If the humidity level is too high, open the windows or invest in a dehumidifier. By eliminating moisture from the air, the humidity in the space will be reduced.
If the humidity is too low, a humidifier may be required. This increases humidity by releasing water vapor into the air. When the heat is up or you're lashing in a dryer atmosphere, this is excellent.
Finally, before you open your glue, give it a good shake. For a new bottle, take 30 seconds, and for a recently used bottle, take 10 seconds. The first drop should be discarded, and the second should be applied to your stone. Remember to replace a glue drop as soon as it begins to thread or become tacky, or it will lose its effectiveness. Depending on your lashing situation, every 20-40 minutes is typical.
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