Retention Series: Adhesive Trouble?

As a lash artist, you know that the adhesive you use is a crucial factor in the longevity of your clients’ lash extensions. Understanding how adhesive works and affects retention is key to providing a high-quality service that your clients will love. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the details of adhesive and its impact on retention.

1. Cure Time

First and foremost, it’s important to note that adhesive has a specific cure time. This means it takes a certain amount of time for the adhesive to dry fully and create a bond with the natural lash. If you’re not giving the adhesive enough time to cure, it can lead to premature shedding of the extensions. On the other hand, if the adhesive is given too much time to cure, it can become brittle and cause the extensions to fall out more quickly. Please consider how long it takes to place a lash on your dominant side vs. your non-dominate sides. You may notice one eye having worse retention than the other. It may be because your adhesive is drying before you attach the lash on your non-dominant side. If you notice this problem, you may need to switch to a slower-drying adhesive.

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2. Skill Level

Another factor to consider is your skill level. Don’t choose an adhesive with a fast cure time as a beginner. You will want time to place the lash and adjust if needed before the adhesive cures. When just starting opt. for a slow-drying adhesive. For the advanced artist, using an adhesive that cures in 1-2 seconds is advised; for the beginner artist, look for a 3-5 second dry time.

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3. Climate

The climate also plays a significant role in how adhesive affects retention. If the climate is too humid, the adhesive can become brittle and cause the extensions to fall out. On the other hand, if the climate is too dry, the adhesive may take longer to dry and fully cure, leading to premature shedding. Therefore, maintaining a consistent temperature and humidity level in your lash room is important to ensure the adhesive works optimally.

Final Thoughts:

In conclusion, the adhesive you use plays a crucial role in the retention of your clients’ lash extensions. Therefore, it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, consider the climate and temperature, and choose an adhesive suitable for your client’s needs and your skill level. By understanding how adhesive works and affects retention, you can provide a high-quality service that will keep your clients coming back for more.

XOXO Bella Lash!

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