We were taught to avoid getting our newly fixed eyelash extensions wet for at least 24 hours after the application. Yes we were, but are you still doing it?

If you are still among those waiting those hours before getting your eyelash extensions wet then I am afraid you are far behind. It is now an established fact that what we were taught is longer relevant and is actually not good for the eyelash extensions.

Let me explain further;

Adhesive is used interchangeably with glue but really, they are not the same thing. While they are both binding agents, adhesives, unlike glue, are known to cure well with moisture. There ought to be no stress on the client’s eyes, things like tightness and heaviness ought not to be there and this is why adhesive are used for eyelash extensions, and not glue.

The main constituent of adhesive used for binding eyelash extensions to natural eyelash fibers is called cyanoacrylate. This compound has many types like ethyl, methyl, butyl, octyl, etc. Cyanoacrylate adhesives are made for the purpose of binding different materials and different surfaces. The ones made for the purpose of binding eyelash extensions are called lash adhesives, made from methyl-2 cyanoacrylate. They are safe for the hairs of the eyelashes but not good for the skin.

What’s humidity got to do with it?

Well, it has a LOT to do with adhesives.

Because these eyelash adhesives have the quality of curing (turning to solid from liquid) when they are met with dampness, you should make sure that your beauty salon or lash salon, where you work, is humid enough to aid the nature of the eyelash adhesive.

Know this;

Your required work environment humidity might vary depending on the kind of eyelash adhesive you are using for your business. For example, you may need to keep humidity around 50% to 60% for a particular adhesive and need 40% to 70% for another type of adhesive. Just find out the perfect humidity for your choice and make sure you put that knowledge into action.

Have it in mind that if the humidity is too high, you risk making the adhesive solidify too quickly and this is not good for the eyelash extension, if it too how, you should know the adhesive will solidify much slowly than normal which is not good too. So ensure you know what you are doing and do it properly.

Do not ever tell your clients to wait after twenty four hours before getting their eyelashes wet again, make sure you do it yourself immediately after getting their eyelashes done. If there is any delay, let it be not more than two minutes, during that time you can clear your table.  When you want to wash, use a small amount of lash cleanser and a brush to gently clean and rinse off with saline water. After that, pat dry with a very clean towel and your client is good to go.

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