One of the biggest challenges lash artists face is humidity! You may think that you have mastered the artistry of lashing, and a winter storm hits the next day, throwing off your progress to lash perfection. We get it. It’s hard work!
WHICH BORBY ADHESIVE IS BEST FOR DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS?
We have found that 45-65% humidity is optimal for all adhesives. This range means that some adhesives will work best around 45% humidity, while others work best closer to 65% humidity. Luckily, Borboleta Beauty also has a range of adhesives that work best within that humidity range. Our most recent adhesive, Number 5 works best for climates with high humidities. The Volume and Ultimate adhesives thrive in the middle of that range. The Maximum adhesive, used for our most sensitive clients, works best in climates with limited humidity.
Although these adhesives have been tested and categorized by humidity, there are many other varying factors that could affect the performance of your adhesives. There are optimal conditions for adhesives to receive the best results for your clients, these include keeping your adhesive fresh, working in ideal temperatures, and many others.
TRICKS TO HANDLE HUMIDITY
In general, adhesives become less effective in high humidities without proper care of the adhesive. So how do you best take care of your adhesive in humid climates? Many clients find success in storing their adhesive in a small sealed container (like tupperware) filled with rice to help maintain a more stable humidity. Rice helps absorb moisture from the air so the adhesive isn’t affected as much by the moisture. The rice should be changed out periodically to ensure the best results. Remember to keep your adhesive fresh and only use it for the suggested time period. The older the adhesive, the more polymerization has taken place within the bottle, making for a bad consistency and worse retention, so it’s best to keep your adhesive fresh in any climate.
Ideally, lashes should be applied at 69-71 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help the adhesive cure at a proper rate and maintain a good consistency. If you work in a salon where blow dryers are functioning all day or the sun is shining through the windows this ideal temperature may have to be adjusted to best suit your environment.
Lash adhesives experience a type of climate shock when they are transported and used in a lot of different environments. If you are traveling to a new city with a drastically different climate than yours, it’s best to take a brand new adhesive with you that you don’t open until you arrive. This will prevent the adhesive from being shocked and best showcase your artistry.
FOCUS ON ARTISTRY
Lash artists are called artists for a reason! Each must fine tune their skill-set and knowledge to fit their environment. It takes time. This is where artistry matters. Anyone can apply lashes, but only artists can master all environments and properly adjust to their surroundings. It takes creativity. It takes time. It takes education. With these tips, I hope you will be able to properly purchase the correct adhesive for your environment and fine tune your skills to master lashes in your climate. I would love to hear your insights about what you have done to make your adhesive work best for you.