| Sasha Ryan
There are many variables which affect the bonding and retention of eyelash extensions. While many retention issues come down to poor aftercare, as a stylist you can encourage the longevity of your work by following these tips:
It is far more affective to control the temperature and humidity in your lash space than it is to change your adhesive and speed for a variable environment. Monitor temp and humidity with a hygrometer and adjust where necessary with humidifiers/dehumidifiers.
Once you have control over your environment, ensure you are using an adhesive that operates well in those conditions. Most adhesives work well in 40-60% humidity, however if your climate is very dry, you may require a low-humidity adhesive. Viscosity is also important, thicker adhesives intended for classic will wick or clog up your volume fans.
Lashes need to be squeaky clean in order allow the best bond. Even if the lashes look clean, oil and products may coat the lash, forming a barrier. Wash thoroughly with a lash cleanser and rinse well of any residue.
If you notice your client has particularly oily skin or hair - or if they have experienced retention issues in the past - we recommend priming prior to lash application. Priming will remove any residual oils and help with retention. We recommend using saline to prime (not contact lens solution).
The first bond is the best bond. By loading your extension with too much adhesive, you will end up "swiping" off the excess or "painting" the natural lash before application. Both of these methods use up your best bond. The video below demonstrates how little adhesive is required when using our AFFIX Expert adhesive and QUANTUM Lashes.
Once you've loaded your lash, place it directly to the natural lash, hold for a couple of seconds, and move on.
You will achieve the largest bond area by applying our QUANTUM Lashes under the natural lash, with the natural lash threading through the fork of the fan. This will also prevent the bases getting caught when your client brushes through them.
If your humidity is high, or if you are using a particularly fast adhesive, you'll have to work fast. In the time it takes to dip then place the lash, the adhesive may have already begun to cure which will affect retention.
Once you've got your environment, preparation and application down, the only challenge is encouraging your client to look after their new investment! We recommend retailing a lash cleanser for daily use and providing clear aftercare instructions.