Lash glue is one of the most important products in a lash artist’s kit. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are at lashing or how premium the eyelash extensions are, if your glue is not up to standard then the extensions will not bond well to the natural lashes. This leads to poor retention and unhappy clients.
There are many different elements to making sure your glue performs well. It’s incredibly important to select the right glue for your level as a lash technician and your room conditions to begin with. You must also look after and store your glue correctly so that it remains in tip top condition for as long as possible.
On top of which, you must understand lash adhesive chemistry, educate your clients on how to look after their lash extensions and of course, know how to correctly attach lash extensions! If you have not received the most up to date lash training, consider brushing up your skills with our online advanced lash training course.
We’ll share with you all of our best lash glue tips and advice so that you can ensure excellent lash retention for your clients every time.
1. Choose the right glue for your lashing speed
If you are a beginner, you’ll need to select a slower drying lash adhesive. Choose one that dries too fast, and your glue will have begun to dry before you have even applied the extension to the natural lash. This leads to a weak bond and poor retention. Experienced lash artists need a faster drying glue; a slow drying glue will slow you down and can lead to ‘stickies’.
2. Choose the right glue for your room conditions
You’ll need to also consider the humidity and temperature levels of your room and select a glue designed to deliver the drying speed you want in those conditions. For example, a slow-drying lash glue can become fast drying if humidity increases above 60%.
3. Modify your room conditions if you need to
Many factors can affect the humidity and temperature of a room. It can vary depending on the time of day, time of the year etc. Usually humidity levels are higher at the end of the day than in the morning! Use a hygrometer to keep an eye on the humidity level where you are working. If there is a substantial change you can use a humidifier or a dehumidifier to increase or decrease the humidity to the desired level, or switch glues.
4. Vary the amount you pick up
If the humidity fluctuates, you can adjust the amount of adhesive you use, picking up a little more product when the room gets more humid in order to slow down the drying time back down.
5. Replace your lash glue drop frequently
Replace the glue drop every 15 - 20 minutes or whenever it becomes tacky. The higher the humidity the more frequently you’ll have to change it. How quickly the drop becomes tacky will also vary depending on the surface you place it on, as more absorbent surfaces will dry it up more quickly.
6. Store and care for glue correctly
Once opened, store in a cool, dry room - never in the fridge. Avoid contact with air where possible by storing in an air-tight container, and never squeezing the bottle. Shake well for a full minute with a glue pin before each use. Your adhesive will need replacing every month if you are a busy lash artist.
7. Try Instant Cure
If you have tried all other advice and are still struggling with poor lash retention try using our ingenious product, Instant Cure. It improves retention by up to 30% and also helps to minimise allergies and sensitivities by reducing exposure to fumes.
8. Educate your client on aftercare
Once you’ve played your part as a lash artist and done everything you can to make your glue perform its best, it’s over to your client! It’s your job to educate them on how to take good care of their lashes to prolong the retention period. If you need a reminder, read our top ten aftercare tips for clients.
Best eyelash extension glues for low humidity
Lash glues take longer to dry in low humidity, which can slow you down and also lead to longer exposure to adhesive fumes. Here are our recommended adhesives if you're working in these conditions:
If your room is consistently low humidity, choose Fame eyelash extension glue. Developed specifically for lower humidity/dry climates, it’s super popular with UK lash artists working during winter when the heating is on! If your room is quite warm and dry, Fame will dry in 0.5-1 seconds, making it a great choice for experienced lash artists who don’t want to be waiting around for their glue to dry.
If you’re working in fluctuating humidity, try our new revolutionary new Pulse lash glue. It works quickly in any humidity - whether low and high. This lash adhesive not only saves you the need to purchase multiple adhesives to suit different humidities - but saves you from having to replace your glue drop so frequently, too. This means you can style more clients with the amount of one bottle.