Do you ever see people on social media complaining about lash extensions not lasting long enough? It's a common problem that many of us encounter. However, it's important to realize that the issue isn't always with the glue we use. There may be a variety of factors that contribute to poor retention.
First, ask yourself if this is a one-time occurrence with one client or if multiple clients are having the same problem. If it's only one client, they may be at fault. But we'll explore this further in the blog. If it's multiple clients, it's possible that the issue is on your end.
There are several possible reasons why your lash extensions aren't staying in place. To determine the cause, ask yourself these questions:
How long have you had your glue, and has it been opened for a long time? It's essential to store your glue correctly and not leave it in a warm room all day, as this can affect retention. Additionally, if you use lash shampoo on your clients, make sure to rinse it off completely before continuing with the treatment.
Did your client comes in with makeup on their lashes? Make sure there is no residue left and that their natural lashes are clean. Proper preparation is critical for good retention.
In our experience, it's best to use primer only on clients with oily lashes and skin. If a client doesn't have oily skin, using primer can dry out their lashes and negatively impact retention.
Additionally, it's important to pay attention to the application process. Taking the time to ensure each extension is properly bonded is crucial. Poor isolation can lead to premature loss when washing and brushing the lashes, which is something we want to avoid.
It's important to step back and review all the steps in your preparation to ensure that you're being thorough. Check the humidity and temperature in your workspace and ask yourself a few questions: Has your heating been on all day? Is the temperature rising throughout the day? Did you leave your glue out overnight? While humidity and temperature are important, it's also crucial to recognize when your glue isn't performing well. Are you leaving the glue on the jade stone or well for too long?
We've all been in a situation where we're almost finished with a client but don't want to waste a new drop of glue, so we try to stretch out the current stringy glue dot just a little bit longer. Once you've taken your environment into consideration and can confidently say that everything is in order, then you can start thinking about the client.
To better understand your client's beauty routine, it's important to ask open-ended questions. Do they wear a lot of makeup, especially during the party season with all the glitter and face planting on pillows? Are their lashes dirty when they arrive for appointments? Does their skin tend to be oily? Do they wash their lashes daily? If you suspect a recent change in their routine, suggest applying face creams at least 30 minutes before bedtime to allow the moisturizer to soak into the skin and avoid transferring onto the lash line.
There are many reasons why your lash retention may be poor, but it's unlikely to be due to your lash glue. We hope this blog post has been informative and helpful in shedding light on the factors that could be affecting your lash retention.