Posted by Megan Hatch

On Storing Your Glue

On Storing Your Glue

 

Adhesives should be replaced at least every 6 weeks after opening the container.  If your memory is anything like mine, make sure you date the adhesive when you open it - 6 weeks goes by much faster than you’d think).  In order to get the most out of your adhesive during that time period there are some things you can and should do as lash artists.  

ON CLEANLINESS: Keep the adhesive top clean throughout the application process using a disposable makeup sponge - this will prevent any clogging from occurring.  DO NOT use natural fibers for this (such as q-tips); they will get stuck and will produce heat or even a fire.

ON TEMPERATURE: Store it at room temperature (68-72 degrees Fahrenheit).  This helps with the consistency of the adhesive.

ON SUNLIGHT: Direct sunlight can raise the temperature which will change the composition of the adhesive.  It can also change the chemical compounds in the adhesive and make it so they don’t work the way they should.  (Fun fact: This is also true of perfumes! So store your perfumes far away from those sunny rays!)

ON HUMIDITY:  Remember when you dropped your phone in the pool last year? Tragic, but the first thing you do is dry it off and put it in rice! The rice absorbs moisture, so it draws the moisture away from the phone and helps dry the phone.  When the adhesive is exposed to water it solidifies (the reason for using a nano mister), but you don’t want the adhesive to be exposed to water while in the bottle.  If you live in a really humid climate, it’s a good idea to store the adhesive in a tupperware container of rice.  Change out the rice about once a month to keep it fresh.  

Let me know how your adhesive holds up with these tips.  And as always leave any questions below!

xoxo,

Megan



 

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  • Hi there!
    Curious on ordering glue in bulk! I’m in Texas and with the hot summer approaching I don’t want glue to turn while traveling through the mail. Is it okay to store Adhesive in the freezer as long as they have not been opened?

    Thank you!

    Ryan Christine Moore on
  • Hi Amy,

    Allergies can arise and get worse over time. It is highly likely that she has an allergy to cyanoacrylate (the active ingredient in all lash adhesives). If she just notices the stinging in the shower or when she is getting her lashes wet it could be that they weren’t fully cured. Try using the least amount of adhesive possible. Let me know what ends up happening. I love to follow everyone’s lash stories.

    xo,
    Megan

    Megan - Borby Chemist on
  • Hi Ronnie,

    I haven’t studied the affect of medications on the adhesives much. Do you know what medications they are taking specifically? Is it that they are losing a lot of lashes. Some medications can change the lash cycle, causing them to lose lashes more often. This can make it hard to keep up. Let me know what information you have and I can look into it more.

    xo,
    Megan

    Megan - Borby Chemist on
  • Are you aware of any medications that can make retention hard? I have 2 clients that are on blood pressure medication and retention is nearly impossible

    Ronnie on
  • Hi, my client has been coming to me for 2 months and just recently she told me her eyes had been stinging like crazy at random times, I’ve used the same products on her from the beginning. What is the cause of that? she doesn’t wear contacts and she’s almost sure its the glue. Thanks!

    Amy on

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