Choosing the right lash extension adhesive can be a challenging task, especially for those who have just started in the world of lash extensions. With so many options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you.
It’s crucial to use a high-quality adhesive that is specifically designed for lash extensions. Remember, when it comes to lash extension adhesives, quality is key. Invest in a high-quality adhesive that is safe, gentle, and long-lasting to ensure your clients' satisfaction and safety.
In this week’s blog post, we’ll teach you all you need to know about lash glue and the factors to consider when choosing the right one for you! Feeling a little overwhelmed looking for one? We’ve got you!!
Cyanoacrylate - the main ingredient
Cyanoacrylate is the main ingredient used in many adhesives on the market and is known for its strong and reliable bond. The curing process of cyanoacrylate glue is facilitated by the presence of moisture, which triggers a chemical reaction that causes the glue to solidify and bond to the surfaces it is applied to.
Note that it is important to conduct a patch test to identify any potential allergies before applying the adhesive to the eyes. A small percentage of people can be allergic to the ingredient itself. This simple step can help prevent any adverse reactions and ensure a safe and positive experience for all clients.
Symptoms such as redness, irritation, and swelling will tell if they’re allergic or not. In this case, the most you can do is offer a free removal for them and advise them to seek a medical professional.
Black vs. Clear glue
Most lash adhesives are black. They typically contain carbon black, a black pigment, which can add more fumes to the adhesive. However, if you're working with clients who have sensitive eyes, clear adhesives may be the way to go.
Unlike black adhesives, clear adhesives do not contain carbon black. This makes them ideal for clients who are more sensitive to fumes. Additionally, clear adhesives are perfect if you're working with colored lashes and want the color to fully show. So, next time you're selecting an adhesive for your clients, consider the sensitivity of their eyes and whether or not you want the color of their lashes to be fully visible.
At elan beaute, we have so many adhesives for you! From black, to clear, to blue and pink, and fruity scented! We’ve got them all! Our favorite clear adhesive to use is our Icy Babe. Our Sweet Babe comes out pink but dries clear. We’ve recently released some fruit scented adhesives such as our Tarty Babe (pineapple), Wild Babe (strawberry), Bright Babe (blueberry) and Silly Babe (banana). Smells so yummy and they have the best retention!!!
Temperature & Humidity
One important factor to consider when selecting your adhesive is the temperature and humidity of your lash environment. Adhesives work best within a specific temperature and humidity range, and it's important to match the requirements of your adhesive with the environment you will be working in. It’s important to keep a hygrometer in your lash room so you can constantly monitor the levels.
If your lash room is too hot or too cold, or if the humidity is too high or too low, it can affect the performance of your adhesive and lead to poor lash retention or other issues.
To ensure the best results, it's important to monitor the temperature and humidity of your lash environment and adjust as needed to meet the requirements of your adhesive.
If you find that the humidity levels are too low, you may need to invest in a humidifier to add more moisture to the air. This will help prevent the adhesive from drying out too quickly, which can lead to poor lash retention. On the other hand, if the humidity levels are too high, you may need to purchase a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air. This will help prevent the adhesive from taking too long to dry, which can also lead to poor lash retention.
You need to consider the drying time of each adhesive and if it matches your speed level. If the adhesive dries too fast, your glue will cure before it’s placed on the natural lash, leading to poor retention. On the other hand, if the adhesive takes too long to dry, you may have stickies which can be uncomfortable for your client and lead to bad lash health.
If you are a beginner, you may want to choose an adhesive with a slightly slower drying speed to give you more time to work with the extensions such as our Cool Babe with 1-2 seconds or our Chill Babe with 2-3 seconds.. However, if you are an experienced lash artist, you may prefer an adhesive with a faster drying speed to speed up the application process such as our Stormi Babe with 0.1 seconds or Breezy Babe with 0.3 seconds. A popular one that is just right for most artists is our Hot Babe with 0.5-1 seconds.
How do I store my lash adhesive?
To keep the adhesive fresh, it's important to store it in a cool and dark place in an airtight container. This will prevent the adhesive from drying out and ensure that it remains effective for as long as possible.
It's also important to note that lash extension adhesive should be changed out every four weeks. Over time, the adhesive can lose its effectiveness and may not hold the extensions as securely as it should. This can lead to premature loss of the lash extensions, which can be frustrating and costly to replace. By staying on top of your adhesive maintenance, you can keep your lash extensions looking beautiful and full for as long as possible.