What to look for in an eyelash extension adhesive
Hey there lash bosses! So, you want to find an eyelash extension adhesive that works for you. We get it. Like all things lashes, there are a ton of adhesive options on the market, so how are you supposed to know which to spend your hard-earned money on? Lucky for you, we’re your BFFs and we got your back!
The most important thing to look for when shopping for adhesive is a brand or brands with a range of options. There are so many reasons why having a range of different adhesives is important and I’m about to lay it all out for you, along with some handy-dandy links that will take you straight to products.
Things to keep an eye out for when shopping for eyelash extension adhesive
Fume-free eyelash extension adhesive
Adhesives create fumes when you open the bottle and it reacts with oxygen. This can irritate your client’s eyes and no one wants that! Irritation is not only painful and uncomfortable, but it can cause the client’s eyes to water which will compromise the retention of their lash extensions. We always want the best possible experience and retention for our clients, so try to find an adhesive that is fume-free.
The Lash Professional Adhesives are all fume-free.
Sensitive eyelash extension adhesive
A lot of clients have sensitive eyes, and some even build up an intolerance for lash glues. Usually, sensitive glues have a slower dry-time, because clients are allergic to the bonding agent which makes glue dry quickly. So, the slower the dry-time, the less bonding agent in the adhesive. If this sounds like your client, be sure to have a sensitive option on hand. We tend to get calls from clients trying to buy sensitive glue to bring to their lash artists, so take that initiative to invest in adhesive so your client doesn’t have to!
Clear eyelash extension adhesive
Another great adhesive to have in your toolbox is clear adhesive. Some clients have a sensitivity or allergy to the carbon black ingredient in black glues, so sensitive adhesive with this ingredient isn’t right for them. However, you can get around this by tossing out the carbon black ingredient all together and investing in a clear glue. Most clear glues have the same dry time as a pro glue, which is .5 seconds to 1 second.
Eyelash extension adhesive dry-time
Last but not least, a good brand is one that caters to a lash artist’s skill level as well as a client’s needs. The quicker drying glues will be for more advanced lash artists, while the glues with a longer dry-time are for those who are less experienced. However, a good lash artist can adapt to any glue necessary. For example, different glues are better for different humidity levels (the product description will almost always detail this for you), so if you’re a lash artist going between Arizona and Florida, you should be versed in glues with different dry-times. However, you can’t jump into the deep end right away, so start with a glue with a slower dry-time if you’re new to lashes.
That’s all for now!
P.S. Check out this bomb YouTube video all about adhesives!