Finding the right adhesive can be the most long, painstaking exercise ever! There are so many things to consider when trying to find the “one”! We are always on the lookout for “something better” than what we are already using but sometimes, we can be a bit too quick to blame our tools rather than perhaps tweaking the way we use what we already have. At least 50% of us move onto something faster before we are ready, and again are too quick to blame it for not working properly when actually, we are simply not experienced enough to use it!
Is there the “perfect” adhesive out there? Unfortunately there is never going to be that perfect ONE adhesive out there that works for everyone. What works for one person might not necessarily work for someone else and, thank god too otherwise all of our awesome lash suppliers would be out of business!
Ok so when we first start out in the Lash World we are always shown a slower adhesive to work with, for obvious reasons! God forbid we were to start out with a 1-2 sec drying time glue – what with having to juggle isolating the lash, getting the right angle, somehow going around the clients’ nose without suffocating them by blocking their air ways (!!), making sure we put the lash on straight and that we haven’t glued their eyes together, using a fast glue that, as soon as you place…it stays…will not start you off of on the right foot in the lash world. I remember the first set I did in my training and I just thought…OH MY GOD – what have a let myself in for! I didn’t think I would ever get it! Of course, we all have to start somewhere and, sometimes these things just happen – it is all a part of the learning process!
Once we have a good few sets under our belt, we start to get the feel of the adhesive, the lashes etc etc and want to move onto something quicker. This is of course a natural progression. But what do you look for? Do we want a thick or thin consistency? Do we want a 1-2 sec curing time, or a 2-3 sec curing time..?? Even at this point I don’t think we would have known that things like temperature and humidity can play such a major part on how your adhesive works in your environment.
This is where we go ahead and purchase every adhesive that has been recommended by our fellow lash techs…(or was that just me…?!) Unfortunately IT IS going to be a bit of trial and error before we find the one we are most comfortable with using. The thing is, most adhesives out there are made from more or less the same ingredients, it’s just in a much higher or lower percentage or concentration for each. The things you need to think about are:
We all know that prep plays a very important part when lashing a client. If the lashes aren’t clean and clear of oil/makeup and dirt before we start applying, retention can be very poor and, lashes will have trouble grabbing onto the NLs which can result in them slipping/falling off as soon as they have been placed! #frustrating
Some of the products that can be used for prep include: