The ULTIMATE CHECKLIST is for anyone thinking about doing a training course in the beauty industry. There are some amazing trainers in the beauty industry. My Ultimate Checklist is a great tool to help you find the right trainer for you! (and no, it doesn’t have to be me!)Continue reading →
Anyone can pick up a lash extension and graft it onto someone’s lashes, it’s quite an easy thing to do. The tough part of our job is actually changing how people look. The lash styling in our skill set really takes eyelash extensions to the next level.Continue reading →
Do you promise yourself that next week will be different? You say to yourself “that’s it! My diet starts next Monday”. But come Wednesday all the good intentions go and you write the whole week off. I’ll show you how to stop putting things off and do more of what you want to do!Continue reading →
“What do I need for my home salon setup? Where does everyone go to get amazing and affordable décor and accessories? How do I know it will look great together?”. You don’t need a big budget or your own interior designer, especially not when you have stores like IKEA!Continue reading →
EndureLash Organic Eye makeup removal cloths allow you to safely remove your eyeshadow and eyeliner without hesitation; wiping layers of makeup off instantly. EndureLash Organic Eyelash drying cloths give lash extension consumers a way to dry their eyes without shedding lashes. These hypoallergenic cloths are gentle on sensitive skin around the eyes, and are organic, eco-friendly skin care products you can pop in the wash!Continue reading →
So you’ve been through lots of training and worked in the industry for years. You know your stuff – and then you hear about national accreditation for your area of expertise. What does it mean? Do you need it? Does it matter? We break it down for you!Continue reading →
Are eyelash extension artists at risk of high levels of cyanoacrylate exposure in their day to day work? No one REALLY knew. So we did a study to find out! We commissioned highly reputable GCG to test cyanoacrylate exposure in a home salon setup and a commercial salon setup so we could understand the factors affecting lash artists and how to ensure safe work practices to minimise chemical exposure risks to lash artists.Continue reading →
Louise Tierney, Founder of Lash Inc. and Kelly Storer, Director at Enchanted SPA officially launched Lash Inc Journal Australasia in May 2017. The venue was the amazing Super Yacht Conference in London and we are beyond excited! As Australasian Editor for Lash Inc Journal, Kelly Storer will continue her mission; to promote the amazing talent and efforts of the Australian and New Zealand Lash Industry.
Lash Inc. is an international lashes, beauty and business journal at the forefront of our industry. Ultimately it gives Lash Artists across the globe a way to keep up to date with industry standards, events, research and so much more! Now the magazine you love will come with an insert dedicated to news, events, suppliers and artists in Australia and New Zealand.
With the amazing growth in contributions and readership, the time has come for our very own Lash Inc Journal Australasia edition from August 2017!!
We welcome any suggestions for YOUR magazine. To be involved, send your ideas to Kelly@enchantedspa.com.au Subject: Lash Inc.
To pre-order a print copy of the very First edition of Lash Inc Journal Australasia, buy here: Lash Inc. Magazine Pre-Order
You see it all over the forums. Someone will post a beautiful set of eyelash extensions showing amazing ‘four week retention’. The first question everyone asks is “what eyelash extension adhesive are you using?” We think that if we just find the right adhesive, our bonding and retention will be perfect too. It’s a never ending quest for adhesive happily ever after!
But here’s the thing. If you don’t have the right application process, speed and environmental conditions for your adhesive, it’s never going to be perfect.
The truth is, while there are still some questionable products in the global marketplace, most eyelash extension adhesives sold by reputable suppliers are really good quality. A lot of popular adhesives come from the same manufacturer, and in some cases the only difference is the label! Consequently, if an adhesive works brilliantly for one person and not you, often the cause is factors you can control – true story. (Unless your client is not looking after her lovely lash extensions properly – but that’s a totally different story!)
You have two options when it comes to choosing an eyelash extension adhesive. You can:
- buy a few different eyelash extension adhesives with different drying times and temperature and humidity ranges. If your environment isn’t stable, you will still have an adhesive that works for the conditions right at that moment. OR,
- choose an adhesive that works for your application process and speed, then regulate your environment to suit or make adjustments as needed when conditions aren’t ideal.
You also need to ask yourself some basic questions, like:
- What kind of drying time do I need? Is a 1-2 second adhesive too fast for you or is it just right? Do I need a bit more time to get the extension on? Maybe you need a 3-4 second adhesive.
- How good is the ventilation in my work area? Is there a window and door that can be opened? If you have Air conditioning, where is the vent positioned in relation to your beauty bed? Do you have a fan or air purifier? Can you move things around to improve your ventilation?
- What is my temperature and humidity like? Are you able to control it? Do you have a humidifier or dehumidifier if needed? If not, can you get one?
Did you know?
The longer your eyelash extension adhesive takes to cure, the more likely monomer vapours are to appear. Vapours are more irritating in dry air (under 50% humidity).
You can adjust your conditions or even your application process in many different ways to make your adhesive work for you. However, to consistently get the best performance, you need to REALLY understand how eyelash extension adhesives work.
TLDR Checklist for best Eyelash Extension Adhesive bonding, retention and minimum vapour/irritation
If you understand the factors that can affect performance of your eyelash extension adhesive, it WILL make all the difference. When an adhesive works best in 60-70% humidity, if yours is 45% with no temperature or process adjustment to compensate – of course there is going to be a problem.
Let’s be really honest, most of the time the reason your adhesive turns into an evil queen who likes to taunt you is because you haven’t treated her right.
We’ve put together a quick checklist for you! Here are our Top 7 factors to give you the best bonding, retention and minimum vapour or irritation – no matter what eyelash extension adhesive product you choose:
- Make sure surfaces to be bonded (aka natural lashes) are cleansed, rinsed and dried before application begins
- Check the humidity and temperature of your working area (environment) are within the ranges recommended for your product by your supplier.
- Ensure your working area (environment) is well-ventilated.
- Confirm your adhesive product is ‘fresh’. Make sure adhesive dispensed from the bottle is not stringy or gloopy or developed a skin.
- Ensure the adhesive layer when bonding extensions is as thin as possible.
- Bond Extensions tightly and securely, working from zone to zone, eye to eye at a speed appropriate to your adhesive drying time.
- Gently cleanse lashes and eye area, then rinse and dry at the end of treatment to remove any residue.
Would you like to understand why? Check out our handy Understanding your Adhesive for Eyelash Extension Technicians PDF Guide. We go through eyelash extension adhesive fundamentals, as well as our Top 7 factors step by step. We explain why these factors are important and offer tips and advice straight from our Classic Eyelash Extensions training.
Did you know?
Alkalines also speed up Cyanoacrylate adhesive curing. Products such as permanent colours, perming lotions and straightening cremes are alkaline based. As a result, lash technicians working in a hairdressing salon sometimes have problems with adhesive bonding and retention (aside from the more obvious temperature and humidity spikes that can occur with lots of blow drying in close proximity!).
You can address this issue with good ventilation.
We are so excited that Issue 13 of Lash Inc. Journal has been dedicated as the ‘Enchanted Edition’. It started as an offer to cover a photoshoot from our 2016 Enchanted Experience, a world first event combining Mega Volume training and Creative design with the awe-inspiring duo, Eva Zacharias and Hilaree Brand. The results from our ‘Mega Babes’ work were so stunning they made the front and back cover plus full coverage of the two day event! Within a week of release, Lash Inc. announced our Issue was the most read and best cover according to online stats. Congratulations to everyone involved! Want to see what all the fuss is about? You can read the magazine for free online here!