All About That Addy
Everything you need to know about London Brows & Lashes Adhesives
One of the most common questions Kim and her team get at London Brows & Lashes has to do with their adhesives - how to store it to, which addy to use on clients and everything in between. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about London Brows adhesives.
London Brows & Lashes has five different adhesives to choose from and are conveniently labeled with a user-friendly black, grey or white cap.
The Black cap adhesives are made specifically for low humidity environments and come in both black and clear formula. On the flip-side, the grey cap adhesives are designed for high humidity. They also come in black or clear. And, their newest addition to the Addy family is the sensitive adhesive that is labeled with a white cap.
LB clear adhesive is probably the most popular among lash artists and has garnered a cult following for its amazing retention and low irritation for clients. While it has a little bit of a learning curve, once you get the hang of it you’ll never use anything else!
LB offer both a high and low humidity option. The black cap (low humidity) favors between 18-40% humidity while the grey cap (high humidity) works best between 40-70%.
Clear Addy Tips – Since there is no carbon in the formula, you only need to shake about 10 seconds before use. The addition of carbon is what interferes with retention which is why the clear Addy excels above and beyond other adhesives.
This Addy works well for those that get irritated easily or have oily skin and lashes.
The black adhesive is a basic that every lash artist has. It also comes in low and high humidity versions.
The black cap (low humidity) is a fast drying product that relishes in a humidity between 28-53%. The grey cap (high humidity) works best at between 50-70%.
The sensitive adhesive is the newest offering by London Brows & Lashes. Like the clear adhesive, it also has no carbon which will reduce irritation significantly for clients. The big difference between the two Addys is that the sensitive version has an even lower cyanoacrylate composition. While it does not have the same retention qualities of the other adhesives, it is a great alternative to those with low tolerance.
Choosing an Adhesive
Because working conditions are always changing, the best tip we give our clients is to utilize a hygrometer, a tool that measures humidity. We keep both a black cap or grey cap bottle while we’re working and keep a close eye on the humidity reading. As the humidity changes, so does the Addy we choose.
How do I store my London Brows & Lashes adhesive?
Keep in a cool, dark area. Do no expose to a heater or steamer in working area. If you’re not going to be using it immediately, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months safely or in the freezer for up to one year.
It does NOT have to be refrigerated between uses.
How long does it last after opening?
On average, about two months from the time of opening. If it’s opened all day long and used on many clients, we suggest changing it out every month for maximum retention.
How long do you shake the adhesive before using?
Because of the carbon in the black adhesive, it must be shaken for about 20 seconds. The clear Addy, only 10 seconds.
What application method to use with London Brows & Lashes adhesive?
London Brows and Lashes recommend glue rings should be used with their Addy as it dries so quick. No glue dots or jade stone. I personally, use it with my addy well tray with no issues. It is recommended that you dispense a fresh drop every 20-25 mins or as soon as consistency starts to change - whichever comes first.
Does the Addy need burping?
No, it does not need to be burped. Just make sure to clean the infuser well with a swift swipe, using either tin foil or even a cosmetic sponge. (I always keep one of these on hand especially for this)
Does the adhesive need to be cured with a nano mister?
You can either use a blow dryer or a nano mister - bare in mind that the nano mister does a better job to prevent any lingering vapors from around the client’s eyes. Use it for about just a few seconds placed about 20cm above the head.
How long before getting lashes wet?
Advise clients to wait a full 24 hours before getting lashes wet if allowed to cure naturally. However, on that note, lash artists have discovered recently that washing the lashes immediately after application can really benefit those who are particularly sensitive. I haven't tried this yet.
Is it normal to see little clear/white marks on the lashes when using the clear adhesive?
This is a sign that you have used too much glue. Try a little less next time and you shouldn't experience this problem.
Why are lashes falling off while brushing after application?
A few things to consider to troubleshoot the problem….
- Are their natural lash attached? Is the client having a lash shed? If so, this is probably your client having a lash shed and is common during certain times of the lash cycle.
- How long does it take you to get to natural lash? Our Addy dries in 1-2 seconds so the adhesive could be dry before you have placed it. In this case, try aiming to produce a bead or two of the Addy to the extensions to help slow the curing process down.
- Are you changing glue at least every 30 minutes or when you notice the consistency start changing, which ever comes sooner?
- Have the lashes been prepped correctly?We suggest using Fresh Start lash shampoo to properly cleanse lashes before application.
- Do you know the humidity of your environment and have the right adhesive for the job?
- Are you storing it correctly? When not in use, it's recommended that your store your adhesive bottle in a sealed jar of dry rice to help absorb any lingering moisture in the air from spoiling your bottle.