Q. How do I get the lash extensions to stay on as long as possible?
Early on in my career, I had horrible retention which resulted in me spending more time on touch ups than what was needed. I lost some Clients because the lashes weren't lasting as long as they'd hoped and it left me feeling defeated and like I should give up. As artists, we take great pride in our work. We never want to have underwhelming results or unhappy Clients.
When it comes to making lashes last as long as possible, know that it is a shared responsibility between you and your Client.
Here are my top 5 tips that you can use to make sure you’re doing your part:
ALWAYS START WITH A CLEAN SURFACE
I can’t stress this enough. I don’t rely on my Client to clean their lashes prior to applying eyelashes. Even if they have washed their face at the spa, I still take steps to prepare their lashes for lash extension application. This applies to touch ups or a full set. Usually it’s a simple step that takes less than a minute to perform however it yields great results. When the lashes are squeaky clean, the lash you place will bond directly to the natural lashes without a barrier of dirt, oil or makeup. I use a simple dust on formula and I rinse well using saline. If the lashes are covered in makeup or debris, I use a foaming cleanser instead which breaks down the debris faster.
With any Dela Antoinette's adhesives, you won’t have to shimmy, paint or swipe lashes after you dip the lash into the adhesive. They are all designed so that you can dip the base into the adhesive and simply place and press the lash extension where you want it. You don’t have to coat the lash in adhesive either. A millimeter or so of the extension dipped in the adhesive is sufficient. Whether you’re applying to the top, underside, or either side of the lash, make sure the lash extension is firmly attached.
REFRESH YOUR ADHESIVE
Depending on your humidity and temperature, I suggest replacing your drop of adhesive every 20-30 minutes to ensure it’s always fresh. Dela Antoinette's adhesives should always have thin, water-like viscosity. Even if you don’t have a device to gauge your humidity levels and temperatures, you can still tell when it’s time to replace the drop. If it gets stringy and gummy, it’s time to replace your drop. This also applies to your adhesive fresh out of the bottle. If it comes out thick or stringy, it’s time to replace the bottle. Although the shelf life is 3-5 months once opened, I use smaller bottles of adhesives (3-5ml) and replace them every month to ensure it's always fresh. And always remember to shake up the adhesive for a minute prior to using to ensure the contents in the bottle are blended properly.
USE A NANOMISTER
A nanomister is a great tool to have. Nanomisters turn distilled water into a fine mist which when used lightly after applying lash extensions, it will help to cure your adhesive. When you use a nanomister, the Client no longer has that 24 hour period where they should avoid getting their lashes wet. An added benefit to using nanomisters is that your Client is less likely to experience irritation from the fumes as they would following the 24 hour wait rule.
EDUCATE YOUR CLIENT ON AFTERCARE
Telling your Client is not enough. Send them home with aftercare products such as cleanser, a mascara wand and instructions on how to use them. I like to even follow up with an email copy of aftercare instructions just in case something happens to the physical copy I give them.