The most important thing you can do to make sure your glue dries at the optimum speed, is to make sure your room is at the right temperature. Your glue needs to dry at the right temperature and speed for that particular glue without forcing and interfering with the chemistry, and in turn, the bonding power. We have a number of glues for different applications and levels of experience. You only want to be using a super fast drying glue if you are experienced enough.
In the quest for speed, the latest thing on the market designed to help us apply lashes more quickly are atomisers. These dry the glue super fast, and are being hailed as a lashpreneur’s new best friend… but are they?
There are three main things we want from lash glue: no fumes, fast drying and long lasting. It’s actually really hard to get all three from one glue, and scientists are constantly working to try and improve the quality of the glues we use. There is constant innovation and improvement in this area.
The way a lash glue works, is that it bonds using the humidity in the air, on the surface of the lash, and on the surface of the client’s lash. The higher the humidity at the point of application, the faster the product will cure. Producers of atomisers have looked at this in a very simplified way, and thought right, all we need to do then, is increase the humidity! Which is of course right – if you increase the humidity, the glue will cure faster.
The optimum humidity level for good, reliable bonding is 50-60%. If your humidity level is too low, the glue will take longer to set. Too high, and it creates a “shock” curing, where the glue dries really fast. The part where it dries fast is where we all think “oh great, I’ll get one of those!” but actually, the shock curing produces a shrinkage of the adhesive layer. This reduces the bond strength by up to 30% The glue will also become brittle, and can break your client’s natural lashes.
Another important point to bear in mind is the actual logistics of using a gadget that contains water. Any water left standing around – even only overnight – provides a great place for bacteria to grow and multiply. Since I started doing this research, I’ve actually stopped using the humidifier in my office, as it made me feel a bit queasy to think of it! I’m not for a minute suggesting people don’t keep their equipment clean – but with the best will in the world, bacteria will still be hanging about in the water. When we use an atomiser to speed the drying process of glue, the water bonds with the invisible vapour from the glue. This means essentially we are spraying bacteria onto the client’s face, and they are breathing in water, glue vapour and bacteria.
We must be careful what we do in the name of getting more lashes onto our clients, faster. Your client might leave with a great set of lashes done super quickly, but if she’s back in a few days with lashes falling off or her own lashes being snapped off, she’s not going to be too happy – and you will use up any time you saved and more besides, trying to resolve the issue. Have faith and confidence in the fact you are providing a top quality product; you don’t need the latest gadget to improve what was already a great service for your clients.