There is so much information available on the Internet between blogs, forums, and personal websites. We live in a world of information overload. With all this information it can be difficult to know where to spend your time and what you can trust. At Borboleta, we pride ourselves as industry leaders in both products and education.
Here are a few key guidelines to help you know if information is trustworthy:
There are many lash artists around the world. They all have great experience with application, but they maybe don’t know much about the chemistry of the adhesive. Or at least, they aren’t the experts on the topic. I am by no means an expert on all things lashes, but I graduated in chemistry from a private university and spent time teaching chemistry post graduation. I have invested much of my time studying chemical reactions and even worked in an organic synthesis lab (cyanoacrylate is an organic compound that I have studied).
As I mentioned, the lash industry is a relatively new industry. Just like there are innovations in medicine as more information and studies are completed, there will be more information and innovations as time passes in the lash world. For example - the nano mister was invented to help cure the adhesive well after the lash industry was founded. Consider when a blog post or article was written. If it has been a couple of years, it’s best to find another source.
If a blog or website provides sources, make sure that you check the validity of their sources. They should be credible sources like books and scholarly articles, not another blog post. It’s also important to check a couple of different websites or encyclopedia articles to verify what the article says.
This one is a little subjective, because the way a site looks is mostly a matter of opinion, but if it doesn’t look professional or polished, it should be a red flag.
It’s okay for a blog post or website to be more casual in its writing style, but multiple spelling and grammatical errors are never okay. Credible sources take the time to go through editing and fact checking.
If you don’t know, find someone that does. I am always happy to answer questions (firstname.lastname@example.org), but go to someone that has a solid science background/degree and have them help you understand and analyze a post.
Of course, not every reliable article will contain all of these guidelines, which can make it even more confusing, but these guidelines are a good starting point. Borboleta’s educators do their best to educate their lash artists on cyanoacrylate and other chemical processes.
If you do find articles that aren’t correct, remember to be kind. We want to build an industry of educated artists and clients. Most people mean well, but you are responsible for your own knowledge. I hope these guidelines can help you know who and what blog posts or articles you can trust. Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to hear your feedback.