Today I would like to tell you about the Eyelash Extensions Post Procedure. Not sure if you have seen the news go around all the lash forums lately but it’s a pretty hot topic right now. Jill Heijligers-Peloquin from Lash Fx was one of the first well know lash artists to use this method successfully.

Washing the lashes of a client right at the end of the eyelash extensions application.

Yes, you heard that right. The times where we need to tell our clients NOT to wet the eyelash extensions for at least 48 hours after the procedure are over. How so? Let me explain a little further:

Lash adhesive is made mainly from cyanoacrylate, a monomer that cures through the contact moisture. If you would like to know more about the behaviour of Eyelash Extensions adhesive then have a look at one of my latest blogs where I talk about adhesive and what we, as lash artists, can do to make Eyelash Extensions last longer.

So, today we know that adhesive cures with moisture. Science and research evolve and after attending webinars and researching about this topic I have been doing this successfully for the last few months. Telling our clients NOT to wet them doesn’t add up if you really think about it.

Doug Schoon is one of the most respected chemists in the Nail and Lash Industry and has been studying biochemistry for years. He says that washing the lashes right after the procedure has great benefits.

HOW SO ? 

Washing the client’s lashes gently with a tiny amount of lash cleanser and rinsing with sterile water ( or saline) may potentially reduce sensitivity or reactions that client’s may have experienced in the past. And I find the retention is also excellent.
As cyanoacrylate settles on and around the eyes, it leaves a residue. This is due to the monomer volatilising (vaporising).
Have you ever noticed the white, powdery residue around and next to your glue dot?
Frosting – Blooming – Chlorosis.  That’s what it’s called. And it’s a bi-product of the curing process of the adhesive.
If we don’t clean the lashes after, then that’s what’s on the lashes and around the eyes and can cause reactions.
Once cyanoacrylate comes in contact with moisture is will always leave a residue.

So how do we clean and rinse?
I never rinse right after the application. I wait for a good 3-4 minutes ( or longer if I can) and in this time I clean up my work area, get my lash strips ready for the next client and so on. Then I clean and rinse and dry.
If we rinse too fast after the application, some of the glue may still be wet or not quite cured. Humidity is what cures cyanoacrylate but if we cure too fast the glue with shock cure and cause an over-blooming effect (the glue cracks and turns white and brittle and won’t last for very long. It also doesn’t look very good)
By waiting for a few minutes after nebulising we can avoid the shock during and blooming effect.

I have been washing my clients lashes now for a few month and I have no issues with retention and my sensitive clients feel much less sensitive.

 

Does is take away allergies? Not in everyone… but perhaps in a few cases. I have heard of a few anyways. But is definitely reduces the chance of a reaction.

So don’t be scared and start washing the lashes after applying Eyelash Extensions. Your clients will thank you for it.

 

Julia Mann

International Eyelash Extensions Trainer, Lash Tribe

M: 0433063053
www.lashtribe.com.au
E: julia@lashtribe.com.au
Skype: juliamann81
Stay awesome and don’t forget to sparkle! xxx

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