5 Ways to Improve Your Lash Retention

Imagine this: a new client arrives at your lash appointment thrilled about their dramatic new set. But a few weeks later, they return disheartened, with significant lash shedding. This scenario is all too common in the world of lash artistry, and it highlights a crucial factor: retention. Studies consistently reveal a clear connection - unhappy clients with poor lash retention are far less likely to return. This translates to a significant impact for both lash artists and wholesalers within the industry. 

Pre-Treatment: Prepping for Perfect Lashes

Client Education

The foundation for exceptional lash retention begins well before the application process. Educating clients on the importance of proper pretreatment is crucial. Briefly discuss the importance of arriving with clean, makeup-free lashes, often requiring them to avoid mascara for at least 24 hours before their appointment.

Deep Cleanse for Optimal Adhesion

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A thorough lash cleanse using a gentle, oil-free lash shampoo is paramount for optimal adhesion. Here's where wholesalers can play a vital role. Recommend high-quality lash shampoos that effectively remove dirt, debris, and any residual makeup, ensuring a clean surface for the extensions to adhere to. These cleansers are specifically formulated to be gentle on the delicate eye area without compromising effectiveness.

Oil-Free is Key

The importance of oil-free products cannot be overstated. Emphasize to clients the need to avoid oil-based cleansers, makeup removers, and skincare products around the eyes. Oil can break down the adhesive bond, leading to premature shedding of extensions. Wholesalers can offer recommendations for gentle, oil-free skincare products suitable for use around the eyes.

Lash Primer

While not always necessary, lash primer can offer potential benefits for improved retention. Briefly discuss the potential advantages of primers with clients, allowing them to decide if this additional step is right for them.

Application Techniques for Maximum Retention

Fresh is Best: High-Quality Adhesives and Inventory Management

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Artists prioritize using high-quality fresh adhesive for optimal performance. Expired or improperly stored adhesive can significantly impact retention. Wholesalers can advise artists on proper inventory management to ensure a consistent supply of fresh adhesive. Here's how:

  • Rotate Stock: Maintain a first-in, first-out system for adhesives.
  • Mind the Dates: Pay close attention to expiration dates and avoid purchasing excessive quantities that might expire before use.
  • Storage Matters: Adhesive should be stored in a cool, dark environment (ideally, a refrigerator) to maximize shelf life and performance. Avoid exposure to heat and light, which can degrade the adhesive.

The Art of Application: Precision is Pivotal

The art of application lies in meticulous technique. Here are some key application considerations for maximizing retention:

  • Glue Amount: Strive for precise control of the adhesive amount, ensuring neither too much nor too little is used. Applying too much adhesive can lead to clumping and discomfort, while too little can compromise the bond.
  • Isolation: Isolating natural lashes for individual extension attachment is essential for optimal bonding. This meticulous process ensures each extension adheres to a single natural lash, preventing clumping and preserving the health of natural lashes.
  • Placement Precision: Proper extension placement with the base flush against the natural lash is crucial for creating a strong and lasting connection. Avoidance of gaps between the extension base and the natural lash minimizes the risk of lifting or premature shedding.

Curing Considerations: Allowing Time for Optimal Bonding

Finally, allowing sufficient curing time for the adhesive before allowing client interaction is crucial for a successful application. Following the manufacturer's recommended curing time ensures the adhesive sets properly, creating a strong bond that holds the extensions securely in place.

Product Recommendations: Highlighting Retention-Focused Adhesives

Wholesalers can showcase high-quality lash adhesives with exceptional retention properties, empowering artists to deliver long-lasting results. By providing information on adhesive features and benefits, such as drying time, flexibility, and fume levels, wholesalers can help artists make informed choices that enhance client satisfaction.

Aftercare is Crucial for Long-Lasting Lashes

Client Education
Providing detailed aftercare instructions to clients is paramount for maximizing lash retention. Wholesalers can offer lash artists resources and materials to educate clients effectively. Here are some aftercare tips you can share:

Aftercare Essentials: Tips for Long-Lasting Lashes

  • Avoiding Water Contact: Advise clients to avoid water contact for a specific timeframe (typically 24-48 hours) to allow the adhesive to fully cure.
  • Hands Off: Stress the importance of avoiding rubbing or picking at the lashes. This can loosen the extensions and lead to premature shedding.
  • Lash Hygiene: Recommend daily lash cleansing with a lash-safe cleanser (mention product recommendations for wholesalers). These cleansers are formulated to gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup buildup without compromising the lash bond.
  • Oil-Free Zone: Advise clients to avoid oil-based products around the eyes (makeup, skincare). Oil can break down the adhesive bond.
  • Spoolie Love: Recommend gentle brushing with a spoolie to maintain lash shape and prevent tangles.
  • Sleeping Beauty (Optional): Briefly mention avoiding sleeping on your face as it can contribute to premature lash loss.
  • By following these aftercare tips, clients can significantly extend the lifespan of their lash extensions.

Invest in Retention, Invest in Success

Long-lasting lashes are the cornerstone of happy clients and a thriving lash business. Wholesalers, this is your moment! Highlighting the quality and retention-focused features of your lash products empowers artists to deliver exceptional results. By prioritizing these techniques alongside premium products, you'll build a loyal clientele obsessed with beautiful, long-lasting lashes. Remember, retention is the key to a lash retention powerhouse!

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