Getting The Most Out of Your Lash Glue: Maximise Your Lash Retention
The Importance of Selecting the Right Lash Glue
First things first, your choice of lash glue is paramount. It is not a one-size-fits-all situation, and it’s important that you pick a glue based on your skill level, needs, and conditions. If you need some help choosing the best lash extension glue for you,use our Lash Glue Quiz. However, even the perfect eyelash extension glue can sometimes present challenges. It's essential to discern whether the issue lies with the glue or another factor and to understand how to address it effectively.
The Pitfall of Overstocking Lash Glue
One of the most frequent errors in the lash extension industry is the over-purchasing of lash glue. The allure of a good deal is hard to resist, but it's crucial to consider the number of clients serviced in a month and the fact that lash glues have a limited shelf life and lifespan once opened. The best practice is to replace your lash glue every three to four weeks. This approach helps in planning your purchases more accurately, ensuring you only buy what you can use within a four-month period. Keeping more than two unopened bottles in stock is not recommended, as this can lead to wastage and reduced effectiveness of the glue. Have a read of this blog for a detailed breakdown ofhow to stock up without overstocking!
Understanding the Shelf Life of Eyelash Extension Glues
The shelf life of unopened eyelash glue is typically six months, as indicated by the date of production printed on the bottom of our bottles or their packaging. Once opened, the glue remains effective for up to two months in its perfect conditions. However, for optimal lash retention, it's advisable to change your glue every four weeks. To help remember when to replace your glue, mark the opening date on the bottle using a piece of lash tape.
Managing the Conditions of Your Lash Room
In the diverse Australian climate, managing the temperature and humidity of your lash room is critical for optimal glue performance. The consistency of your lash room's environment can make a significant difference in the quality of your lash extensions. Each eyelash extension glue has its optimal conditions, as stated on our website and on the packaging. Using a Digital Hygrometer to monitor these conditions is a wise practice to make sure you remain within the required temperature and humidity levels. During the warmer months, it's important to be aware of how air conditioning and open windows can alter the room's humidity, affecting the drying time of your lash glue.
Here are a few tips to help increase the humidity in your lash room if needs be:
- Place a damp towel over a radiator, although this may not be ideal in summer.
- Invest in a humidifier that's appropriate for the size of your lash room.
- Use a microfibre brush to add small droplets of water to under-eye patches.
- Apply primer in sections during the lash application process to keep the lashes moist.
Effective Dispensing and Usage of Lash Glue
For best results, refresh your glue drop every 15-20 minutes during lash application. Before each dispensing, give your eyelash glue a thorough shake to ensure all ingredients are well mixed. A glue shaker can be a valuable tool in this process, reducing the time needed for manual shaking and ensuring a more consistent mix.
Here are our top tips for keeping your lash glue nozzles clean to prevent clogging and ensure smooth dispensing:
- Always remove the lid when shaking your lash glue. Cover the end of the nozzle with a biodegradable glue nozzle wipe during this process.
- Wipe away any excess glue that may emerge after shaking, especially if you're shaking the glue manually.
- Dispense the glue by tipping the bottle and allowing gravity to assist, which minimizes air intake.
- After dispensing, tap the bottle on your lash trolley to encourage any trapped air to escape, then wipe the nozzle before replacing the lid.
Proper Storage of Lash Extension Glue
Correct storage of lash glue is crucial for maintaining its effectiveness and can make or break your lash extension retention! Always store the glue upright in a cool, dry place, away from heat and direct sunlight. We always recommend using an Airtight Glue Container where possible to ensure no moisture makes its way into the bottle, helping with preservation. For unopened glue, we recommend storing it in a refrigerator in order to keep it fresh but ensure it is brought to room temperature at least three hours before use. But we must reiterate: never store opened glue in a fridge. This can cause condensation inside the glue bottle, ruin its consistency, and even cause the glue to dry up inside the bottle.
Finding the Perfect Lash Glue for Your Needs
These tips can be the deciding factor in whether your clients' lashes last weeks or shed prematurely! They may seem simple, but they can make all the difference. If you're still uncertain about which glue to choose, our comprehensive glue chart can guide you. You can also purchase our lash glue samples so you can see if the adhesive works for you before investing in a full-size bottle! For more personalised advice, feel free to reach out to us by clicking the chat icon below and chatting with a member of our customer service team.