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Top Tips for Lashing in the Summer

It is definitely starting to get warmer now, as summer is under way. While this is amazing news for our social lives, its not so great for us lash artists. Summer in England means that the conditions of our room will fluctuate constantly – and these changes can be the difference between flawless application and substandard work. We all know the trials and tribulations of getting our glue to work properly in higher temperatures and humidity.

So how do we combat these issues to keep creating beautiful sets all summer long?

Getting the right humidity

First things first, we highly recommend getting yourself a hydrometer. This is a very helpful little device used like a thermometer, but measures the level of humidity instead. This will help you to keep track of the humidity and temperature of your room, so that you will notice any changes right away.

Your adhesive will have an optimum humidity, usually between 40-60%. If this changes throughout the day, your glue will consequently cure quicker or slower than what you’re used to. This can have a huge effect on your retention. 

If your humidity is too low, you can increase it by getting a humidifier – and adding a drop of essential oil to it can be a nice little touch to scent your room. You could add some droplets of water next to your glue dots too to give it some added moisture – just make sure the water doesn’t get into or too close to your glue, as this will cure it instantly! You could also use our Pink PH balancing sticks in sections as you work, as this will ensure the lashes retain their moisture throughout the set. It is also helpful to know that in the summer, the humidity outdoors is usually pretty high, so if you have a window that opens, you can open that to let some moisture in.

 

If your humidity is too high, you can get a dehumidifier which will strip the moisture from the air. The only drawback with this is that they can be quite loud, so sometimes isn’t the best option if you are trying to give a professional and luxurious treatment. So, if you are finding your glue is drying a lot quicker than usual, it could be worth swapping to a slower drying glue for the summer months. If you are used to using a glue that takes around 0.5-1 second to dry… try using a slower drying glue that takes around 1-2 seconds to dry, as the humidity will speed this up to what you are used to. Our Pink Lustre adhesive has a 1-2 second drying time, so why not give that a try.

Getting the right temperature

So, we now know how important optimum humidity is, but most adhesives will also have an optimum temperature too, usually around 18-24 degrees. Make sure you check with your manufacturer's guidelines so you know exactly how to store your glue.

If your room is too cold, it will usually mean that your humidity will drop and cause your glue to take even longer to cure. Try warming up your room by turning up the temperature, or using a portable heater if you don’t have central heating. This will help speed up your adhesive’s curing time, resulting in much better retention.

If your room is too hot, this usually means that your humidity will rise and cause your adhesive to cure much quicker than usual. You can open a window to try and get the temperature down, but sometimes this does no favours for your humidity levels! If your room has lots of windows, try keeping them covered from direct sunlight to keep the room cooler. Alternatively you could look at getting an air-conditioning unit for the room… they work an absolute treat if you’re prepared to pay a bit of money for one. Or you could try using a slower curing glue to help combat the faster drying speed.

Storing your adhesive

The way you store your glue will also massively impact its performance. You must store your glue in the way your manufacturer has outlined, usually in a cool, dark place. Just make sure you don’t leave it in a hot room overnight. We recommend getting yourself an airtight glue storage tank, and keep it out of any direct sunlight.

We have often heard of many lash techs that work in a cabin or a conservatory, where the temperature fluctuates a lot, who will bring their glue into their house at night to ensure its stored correctly. So if you find yourself in a similar situation, then this could be a good tip to consider.





Shaking your adhesive

Finally, make sure you give your adhesive a good shake. When a glue sits for a while, all of the components of the glue separate. For the glue to work in the way it is designed to, all of these components need to be combined. So, shaking the glue extremely well is vital. We recommend shaking a brand-new glue for 30-60 seconds initially. Then each time you use it for 20-30 seconds. Now we all know how much of a strain this can have on our poor arms….so we strongly recommend getting yourself a glue shaker. These are a life and time saver, believe us.

 Hopefully these top tips will make this summer a much more enjoyable experience for all of you lovely lash techs.