Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Let’s talk about some solutions. Lash artists know that our biggest challenge is weather. It’s a battle that unless you live and work in an area with a stable climate, it’s going to be a constant barrage of ever-changing weather so strap in let’s talk about what you can do.
Humidity is going to be one of the biggest struggles. Ideally your adhesive needs a good humidity range of 50-65%. In some dryer climates or in some really humid climates, hitting that perfect Goldilocks zone of humidity is going to be a struggle; especially in the winter. Lash adhesive cures with exposure to hydrogen. The easiest way to get that is through the ambient water molecules in the air. You know, that good ol’ H2O. It sits naturally in our atmosphere, but many things can play a role into where you’ll sit humidity wise, each day.
-Invest into a hygrometer. They are inexpensive tools to measure the humidity of your workspace.
-Watching that humidity, you want to either invest in a good humidifier, a de-humidifier, or both depending on what kind of humidity fluctuations your workspace sees.
Temperature is something else you want to watch carefully. An ideal working temperature for glue is around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. This may mean that you need more than just a thermostat to manage your temperature levels in you lash setup. Either a space heater or small cooler should do.
Some hygrometers even have thermometers in them, to make monitoring your space super simple!
We may think that our environment while we’re working is all we have to control, but consider all the time that your adhesive is sitting around, waiting to be used. Just because the bottle is closed doesn’t mean that it doesn’t go through internal chemical changes. Think about storing your adhesive in an air-tight container in a dry place at around that 75 degree point. If you don’t want to invest in specific humidity controlling pellets, something as simple and inexpensive as plain dry rice can do the trick in a pinch!
Protect your work and your time by paying close attention to the changes in your environment!