3 amazing eyelash adhesive tips for lash artists" or "3 best eyelash adhesive tips
Retention is such an important topic and so many of our artists have questions about it. I think it is so complicated because it has to do with the weather and that is just one thing that is rarely consistent. No matter what country, altitude or climate you live in… not every day is the same. Unfortunately that affects the way our adhesive works.
Let’s start with how to store adhesive. We need to make sure that it is kept in the most consistent environment possible. For instance; if you have an air conditioner on all day and then it is turned off at night- that room changes temperature by 20° and that will affect how your adhesive can work. I personally need to make sure that I keep my glue off of the windowsill near my eyelash bed because the sun beats in and can affect mess with the chemical make up of my glue. To resolve this issue, try to keep your glue at a consistent temperature out of direct light and away from moisture. We do not recommend storing open glue in the fridge because that causes condensation and water build-up inside of adhesive or cause it to polymerize before you can use it. In fact the only time you can store adhesive and a fridge is for up to six months before you open it but then it must be adapted to the room temperature for at least 10 hours before you do.
We recommend that your room environment is between 30-60% humidity and between 68 to 72°F. These are the conditions in which our fast-drying glues work the best. There really isn’t any getting around this. If your room is too dry get a humidifier. If it is still too dry get another one. Lol (but seriously.) if it is too humid get a dehumidifier if it is too cold you need a heater, if it’s too hot use an air conditioner. These are the tricks of the trade. I know it is not rocket science but this will help you become a better lash artist when the environment is working for you and not against you.
When troubleshooting adhesives, your working environment that you can control is the most important factor. After that the ones you can’t are; if you are still having issues sometimes it has to do with the chemicals in the air. That is most prevalent when you share a space with hair stylists. If there are chemicals and hairsprays in the air that will affect how your glue can bond and cure. If you can block yourself off from the hair area in your shop that will do you a lot of good. If you don’t have a door even hang a curtain and just try to keep your air as pure as possible.
Remember that were shaking and re-administering our glue every 20 minutes or so. This is important because when you are working with fast drying glues they will… dry fast.
In closing one of the most important topics to discuss when it comes to adhesive is it’s shelf life once it is opened. After the main ingredient in any glue (cyanoacrylate) is exposed to oxygen it can only be effective for 4 weeks. The reason for that is because there is a naturally occurring gas (formaldehyde) that happens when those two chemicals are mixed and the main ingredient can only be effective if it has been exposed to that gas for less than four weeks. When we are telling you to replace your glue every month that is not the industry giant trying to take your money; it’s science.
Glue can be moody af. I know you know this. I hope this helps guys.