Whether you are a client or a Professional Lash Artist, we should all be educated on what’s being used on Eyelash Extensions. It can be very daunting to many, when you see ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. But, here’s a little eyelash extension glue 101 to help educate those curious minds.
If lash extensions had a best-friend, it would be Cyanoacrylate!
What is Cyanoacrylate (also known as CA) ? This is the main ingredient and the bonding agent in all glues. Without this, it would be impossible for those pretty little lash extensions to stick onto the natural lash. But the friendship between the glue and the extensions is short term (like some of our past relationships…hahaha) because the shelf life if not used & unopened, is about one year from manufacture, and once its been opened, its only good for about a month. As it ages, this ingredient polymerizes, which becomes thicker and cures slower.
The temperature and humidity level in the room are imperative because it’s what helps the glue set. Cyanoacrylate is moisture sensitive. Too little or too much humidity can cause the extensions to not stick and the glue to expire sooner. Keeping glues in airtight containers and/or putting a needle in the opening of your glue, will help keep the moisture out and preserve the shelf life.
Why do clients allergies is definitely a hot topic. As stated on Wikipedia, “The fumes from CA are a vaporized form of the cyanoacrylate monomer that irritate sensitive membranes in the eyes, nose, and throat. They are immediately polymerized by the moisture in the membranes and become inert. These risks can be minimized by using CA in well ventilated areas. About 5% of the population can become sensitized to CA fumes after repeated exposure,” . So using nano misters, nebulizers, or just having the right amount of moisture in the air will make fumes chemically inactive. But unfortunately, there is that low percentage of some clients are just too sensitive and will just have to opt for other lash enhancers.
Rest assured, here at Eyeland Lash, we change our glues every 30 days and each room is equipped with a hygrometer to ensure the temperature and humidity levels are within the operating environment of the glue.
Akua Eyelash Extension Glue
Details of our AKUA GLUE:
Dry Time: 1-2 seconds
Used for both Classic and Volume Lashes
For Experienced Lash Artist Only
Retention: 4-6 weeks
Ideal Temperature: 69-72 degrees Fahrenheit
Relative Humidity: 45%-60%