Adhesive Top Tips

Managing your environment

If you don’t control your lash environment, you can risk your results. Don’t chance it.  Follow our advice to get the most out of your adhesive every time.

For maximum confidence, use a hygrometer to accurately monitor humidity and temperature and overcome any issues that might affect your results.

Depending on what your hygrometer tells you, a humidifier or de-humidifier can help to maintain the humidity of your working environment. Heaters, fans and air conditioning units can also help you to control the temperature.

Other simpler ways of affecting the humidity of your environment include; leaving a bowl of water in the room or boiling a kettle.

Opening a window on a damp day can help increase humidity, equally if your room is humid and it’s a warm dry day this may help to reduce the humidity.

Monitoring humidity and temperature is key    

For most lash artists, sudden issues with usually reliable adhesives, can be due to the environment they’re working in, or where the adhesive has been stored.

Lash adhesives are sensitive to temperature and humidity.  Before starting a treatment, always check room temperature. The optimal temperature for curing our adhesives is between 20 and 24°C.

Having the correct humidity is critical too, so always check humidity during treatment. 55% is optimum for lash application but keeping it within the range of 50 to 65% is acceptable.

If humidity is too high shock polymerization (drying/curing too quickly) can take place, causing weaker bonds.  Signs of shock polymerisation is white forming on the adhesive, also known as blooming. The adhesive becomes brittle and the risk of lash extensions falling off increases.

Adhesive usage:

Shake well before use.  Remove the lid and place a tissue on the top, holding it in place with your finger then shake.

Always use a thin layer of adhesive. The thinner the layer, then the faster polymerisation will take place and the stronger the bond.  If too much adhesive is used, the outer layer cures but the inside doesn’t.

Keep it fresh.  Ensure adhesive is replenished regularly during lash application.

Remember to clean the nozzle before replacing the lid, using a paper towel with a little Adhesive Remover Gel.  Keeping the nozzle clean will help to ensure the plastic ‘pin’ in the cap will seal the bottle, helping to prevent moisture getting in.

We don’t recommend the use of cotton wool to clean your adhesive bottle as adhesive reacts with natural fibres.

Once finished, replace lid firmly and store upright in a cool dark environment.  If you wish to improve the storage of your adhesives, place them with something moisture-absorbing like rice or silica, or inside a cardboard box.

Top Tips:

Before and during the treatment, make sure there is ventilation, using a small fan if needed. When you complete the treatment, before the client opens their eyes, sit the client up and then a few seconds later, ask them to open their eyes slowly.  This gives time for the adhesive to cure and the fumes to disperse.  The longer an adhesive takes to dry, the less fumes they have. Unopened bottles can be stored in the fridge.  Remember to allow several hours to let the adhesive reach room temperature before opening and using.  This avoids the risk of condensation forming. This also applies if you have taken your adhesive bottle from a warmer environment, such as the boot of a hot car.  Always allow time for the adhesive to adjust to room temperature. Write the date you opened the bottle on the bottle itself.  This avoids the risk of using the product beyond the recommended time (three months after opening)