Have you ever dealt with grumpy adhesive?
Check our 7 golden rules that will help you to tame the glue!
1. Make sure that the glue drop consistency is always liquidy. You have to change the drop every time you notice it becomes slightly viscous. In order to maintain the glue drop fresh longer, it is convenient to use a Silicone Flower Adhesive Palette, it prevents the glue from fast curing (see photo).
2. The amount of the glue on the eyelash extension should be just right: not too much but also not too little. If there is not enough glue it may affect the retention, as the adhesive will cure before placing the extension, although while working, it may seem like everything is ok. If there's too much glue, then this will provoke clumping and make your work look untidy.
3. After painting or dipping the eyelash extension in your adhesive, place it as quickly as possible. If you hesitate or get distracted –the glue may cure before placing, which creates a weak bond.
4. You can use an air humidifier and glue activator to accelerate the glue curing process. However, remember that if you have a fast-drying glue and the environments even enhance it (high temperature and humidity level in your lashing room) or you notice natural lash porosity, in this case then using nano-mister, humidifier or speed up curing solutions – it won't solve the problem, but just make it even worse. Eyelash extensions won't stick properly and as a result, fall off very quickly.
5. To make the glue dry slower, you can cool your room down to 70-72° F, use a larger amount of adhesive, or change your glue for a slower one (with drying time of 2-3 seconds).
6. Making sure you have appropriate working environment in the lashing room is very important, but the discrepancy does not make your work impossible. If the temperature or humidity rates of your lashing studio have suddenly changed (e.g. due to a heat wave or heavy rain), you can adapt to the conditions by trying different amounts of glue and choosing the right eyelash extension application technique for these conditions (dip and place/swiping).
7. While lashing, check if the eyelash extensions glued well to your client’s natural lashes (see the picture how to do it).
If during the test the lashes fall off, change the lashing technique or the amount of glue. If they keep well, you can count on long retention.