Know Your Glues !!!
Updated: Jul 11, 2018
Every Lash Artist has used multiple glues during the years of practice. A few only though understand the Lash Adhesive fundamentals and how much they affect an artists daily performance.
CYANOACRYLATE FACT SHEET
· Cyanoacrylate Adhesive/Acrylic Resin a high-quality product used to bond the lash extensions to the natural lash. It comes in different bonding strength types and different level of fumes/ sensitivity.
· It is made for professional use only.
· At all times Keep out of reach of children.
· Do not allow to contact skin or eyes.
· If eye contact occurs, rinse well with water and immediately call a doctor.
· Our adhesives do not “DRY,” but rather “CURE” into a perfect plastic by interaction with HYDROGEN (moisture, the “H” in H2O).
· While curing, a gaseous by-product (an acetic fume that can sting the eyes) is emitted, but once cured, it is 100% waterproof, inert plastic!
· Using a minimal amount of adhesive – a very thin film – applied to one surface will achieve the best results.
· Cyanoacrylate cures/polymerizes with atmospheric humidity and also surface moisture on the objects bonded. Therefore, the higher the humidity, the faster the cure/polymerization. Alkalinity (baseness – the opposite of acidity) also enables faster cure/adhesion.
· In contrast, in low- and in acidic – environments, the cure rate will be slower.
· In the workplace, CA has not been found to be toxic or carcinogenic.
· If sensitive to the vap
ors or odors of CA, wear a mask and safety glasses, and consider conscious, science-based efforts to eliminate chemical odors and vapors from the workspace using 3-Zone air cleaning & filtration.
Below are some Instructions taken from our PhiLashes Basic Foundation Training for the storage of the lash adhesive
· Do not refrigerate.
· The ideal temperature for storage is 18 degrees Celsius.
· Do not store large amounts of adhesive, rather order a new pack in time.
· Do not expose the adhesive to extreme temperature fluctuations; this affects its quality.
· Store container upright, in a cool place, without direct sunlight.
· Use a desiccant/silica pack to control humidity
· The best is to store your adhesive in a closable dark glass with rice inside. Rise will keep out the moisture.
· The reaction with moisture can cause a container of glue which has been opened and resealed to become unusable more quickly than if never opened. To minimize this reduction of its shelf life, cyanoacrylate, once opened, can be stored in an airtight container with a package of silica gel desiccant.
· If left unopened, and stored in a cool, dry location away from UV exposure, CA has a one-year shelf life. Once a bottle has been opened, its shelf life is reduced by 75% or more. It is reasonable to expect to have to replace opened CA every 1-3 months.