Wednesday Wink – 8 Tips for Better Lash Retention

Wednesday Wink - Lash Retention

After attending a lash conference in March, the question came up – time and time again – about retention. What are the causes of poor lash retention?

There were some very educated and talented lash professionals talking on the subject. Each speaker had their own ideas to contribute. I have to say, it was great to be there and acquire so much knowledge! In this post, I am going to share some tips that I learned, and have found useful since. I hope you will too. 🙂

1. Humidity

The lash glue performs ideally in a humidity range of 40-60%. Get a hydrometer to keep your lash room humidity under control. This tool is a must, and inexpensive to purchase. For more information, check out this article for tips on maintaining the perfect eyelash humidity in your work space.

2. Dehumidifier

If your room is too moist, you will need to use a dehumidifier to keep your work environment moisture controlled.

3. Temperature

72-77 degrees F is where you want to be at! Make sure your temperature is in the correct range so your glue stays consistent.

4. Glue

Make sure to shake your glue thoroughly. If your glue sits for too long, the compounds can separate. You must shake for about 30-60 seconds to remix everything properly.

5. Clean Lashes

The natural lashes need to be squeaky clean. Removal of natural oils and debris is a must for proper adhesion. A primer can really help with this step. Glad Lash’s Prime and Wink is designed to prepare and prime the lashes for eyelash extension, and can be used on both natural lashes and existing eyelash extension bonds.

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6. Other Chemicals

There are other chemicals in the environment that can affect your retention – ammonia being one of them. If you are working around hair color and/ or bleach, this can make your glue crystalize in several minutes. It can also affect the glue that is applied to the lashes. It will cause the drying to accelerate too quickly.

7. After Care

Please send your clients home with the correct information on how to care for their lashes. This is a simple step to educate our clients – for maximum retention results. They will be thankful to you for it! For more information, check out this after care guide for eyelash extensions.

8. Keep Lashes Clean Between Refills

We have been taught in the past that avoiding water after a lash application is a must. We were told that exposure to water too soon can mess with the lash retention. Well move over.. There is some new and amazing information I’m going to share with you… Water will not affect retention! I will give you more info about this in a future blog.

If you have any tips to up the lash retention game, then please share away in the comments section below. We love hearing about what works for you!

Maryann Matykowski

Maryann has an accomplished, 30+ year background in the beauty industry. As a cosmetologist she opened her first salon in ’83. Maryann has specialized as an educator since 2006, and is now Master Trainer/Training and Education Coordinator here at Glad Lash Academy. Maryann knows what it takes to create successful salon businesses and is here to share her experience with you.

Disclaimer! Opinions expressed on the Glad Lash Blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Glad Lash Inc. Content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. You should always seek professional advice before making decisions that could affect your business or clients.

10 thoughts on “Wednesday Wink – 8 Tips for Better Lash Retention”

  1. Hop vu says:

    Hi my name is hop vu . I’m a stylist. I’m still new in this field. I want to open my own studio , but I don’t know how to get the customer I mean beside doing good job . Whatever should I do
    Thank you in advance

    1. GladLash says:

      Hello Hop Vu,
      There are so many things you can do to help build your business. Social media is great! Make sure you have a website that showcases your work and post frequently on Face Book, Instagram and don’t forget to have your business cards with you always!
      Look for my next Wednesday Wink where I go into detail on how to advertise for free!! Good Luck! I’m sure you will have more business than you can handle.

  2. MONICA says:

    What about clients that are fitness competitors and are often sweating and in the sauna? I have so many clients that love the lash extensions but feel like it’s a waste of time because they are always working out, sweating and sometimes have to be in extreme heat situations for training.

    1. GladLash says:

      Hi Monica,
      Fitness competitors have unique challenges. I have found that if you wash the lashes after your fill, you have better retention. Reference my Wednesday Wink about lash washing. However, your fitness clients may need to come in more frequently. They can have beautiful lashes but it will require more dedication to caring for them at home.
      I can totally feel your pain on the heat issue. I’m in Arizona and we are coming up on 119 degrees. Getting in and out of hot cars and just plain heat wreaks havoc with the adhesive. Again my clients will need to come in more frequently for touch ups during this period. Communicate with your clients that it is just temporary.

  3. Bobby Saint says:

    I like that you mentioned shaking the glue for about a minute before applying it. This should help ensure that the compounds are bonded appropriately. I don’t get to notice if my wife does this on a regular basis, but I would definitely remind her about it. Thanks.

  4. Ana says:

    Very informative tips. Just to add up to your list. Brush your lashes when it is needed. Over brushing can result in faster fallout due to pulling and tugging.

  5. Angelique says:

    Hi. I lash inside a hair salon where chemicals and dyes are used often. It’s my only option at the moment. Can you suggest some ways I can solve retention problems that I may be having. Should I purchase an air purifier??

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Angelique,

      I can tell you from personal experience that the ammonia from the hair color and lighter can mess with the glue. An air purifier may help. If you continue to have issues, you may need to find a room or area away from the hair stylist.
      Let us know how you resolved your issue!

  6. Renee Lakeman says:

    Hello! I use the wash & wink, rinse before fills. Your tip for better retention says use after fill, but how soon after filling should wash & wink +rinse be done?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Renee,

      We now recommend that you wait a full 5 minutes after you complete your set or fill before you “wash” the lashes. We want to give the glue some time to surface set before we add anything to the lashes. Too soon and you create Blooming, which can leave a white film on the glue. I hope this answered your question.

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