Lash-Ed Issue 3 October 2018 - Page 37

Too low in relative humidity will slow everything down and your adhesives will take longer to cure which can also lead to sensitisation

Too low in relative humidity will slow everything down and your adhesives will take longer to cure which can also lead to sensitisation as the vapours are looking for moisture and are naturally attracted to the moisture around the eyes and nose.

Here’s a controversial one for you…

no such thing as a lash adhesive that works in a wide range of humidities!

There is no such thing as a lash adhesive that works in a wide range of humidities! Don’t fall for any marketing that suggests otherwise!

Basically, you are more likely to have reaction like symptoms in low humidity. To increase humidity you can either get a humidifer or even boil a kettle. Anything that adds moisture to the air will help.

If humidity is too high it can cause shock polymerisation of the adhesive. This ‘shock’ polymerisation can lead to a shrinking process of the adhesive layer and weaker bonds. basically, poor retention. To lower humidity you can either use a dehumidifer, air conditioning or increase ventilation in your room.

The ideal RH for life, in general, is 40-60%. Any higher or lower means better conditions for bacteria and nasty stuff to grow. This goes the same for lashing and your own comfort.

Adhesive

Adhesive is the reason for poor retention eight times out of ten. And out of those eight times, all eight are usually down to user error and nothing to do with the adhesive itself.

If you can get your environmental conditions correct, then your adhesive will work as normal. If anything is off, your adhesive will work differently. So your 2 options are to either

1. change your technique or

2. change your environmental conditions

The latter is my preference. Oh and the golden rule;

Shake your adhesive

The other potential issue to consider is how you store your adhesive in the colder temperatures. As explained, lash adhesive is very fussy and loves to be in 20-24°c heat and 40-60% RH. This also goes for when you store it.

Before an adhesive is opened, it can actually be stored in a fridge

Before an adhesive is opened, it can actually be stored in a fridge. It's worth noting that it must be brought up to room temperature before using though. Once it is opened, you need to keep your adhesive somewhere between those stated conditions. Avoid leaving it in your car over night, in a conservatory or in direct sunlight. Store your adhesive in an air tight container, away from sunlight and at room temperature.

And that's it! It's as straightforward as that!

If you want to sail through the Autumn and Winter seasons with little to no retention issues then you must do the following 3 things:

1. Control your environment

2. Store your adhesive correctly

3. Educate your client

Before I finish, I'd like to give a special shout out to @alwaysbonitabeauty (Instagram) for the topic recommendation. I asked for some help on my Instagram page and she came up with the idea.

Thank you!

If you found this interesting or want some help with your lash business. find me on Instagram.

I'd be happy to give some advice

and guidance - @LashBase_Jamie

Thanks for reading and I'll see you in Issue 4.

Jamie Butler

LASHBASE

Chief Marketing Officer

www.lashbase.co.uk

Tel: 02392 251425

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