We all know the basics of eyelash extensions and the rules that apply to lash retention. No water and lash baths for the first 24 hours. But did you know humid weather can actually change the glue’s performance and thus affect lash retention? As lash technicians, you may come across clients who have experienced lash extension fall out due to snow and rain. That is why, in today’s article let’s discuss how the cold season can affect lash retention and some helpful tips you can share with your clients!
One of the first signs of winter is the temperature drop. Apart from the beautiful snow, low temperatures outside can actually result in the lash glue drying more slowly if you do not set the recommended humidity and temperature levels in your lash room. Also, with colder weather, glues tend to become more gooey and thicker than usual. This change in consistency can affect both the pace of your work and lash retention. A great tip is to place the glue on soft fabric at least one hour before using it on a client.
Along with temperature, humidity plays a huge role in eyelash extension process. That’s why it is essential to keep your environments according to the levels that your supplier recommends. Low moisture makes glue particles hardening and drying way slower than intended, making your appointment much longer, which can be a trouble for both a lash tech and a client. We suggest using our glues with a humidity range of 50-70% for better performance and strong adhesion, which can be reached by using a humidifier.
With more snow and rain, the air outdoors experiences moisture, and therefore, excess humidity. These hyper-humid environments can lead to a process called shock polymerization, or simply ‘blooming’, when the lashes turn white. As we know cyanoacrylate needs moisture from the air to be properly cured, but when the glue dries too quickly, it makes the bond too stiff and fragile which will inevitably lead to premature shedding. A pro tip is to use dehumidifiers and keep the glue drop fresh by replacing it every 10-15 min.
Tips For Clients
Now that we know what happens to lash retention in the winter months, let’s take a look at some of the best tips you can share with your clients. Avoiding oil-based creams and makeup removers can help extensions last longer. Daily aftercare will also get rid of any unnecessary build-up that may lead to premature fall out. And lastly, remind your clients to regularly schedule lash appointments, as to not experience unpleasant gaps and lash line intervals.