Before availing any kind of service, it’s always essential to do your research first. In this case, with lash extensions, it’s important to be aware of the components being used on your lashes before you consent to put them on you. It’s vital in order to avoid any unwanted risks and consequences from occurring (such as allergies, eye infections, and poor retention.)
Lash adhesive plays a huge role in the lash extension industry. It is often overlooked by clients which causes a lot of confusion and misconceptions about it in the beauty community. Like how having “formaldehyde” as a common ingredient in lash glue has caused panic and a lot of negative reactions. But we are about to debunk these misconceptions and thoroughly explain what exactly is inside your lash artist’s lash adhesive.
Yes, we know, it’s a hard word to pronounce. Cyanoacrylate, pronounced as SIGH-ANNO-ACK-RIL-ATE, is a base chemical used in the majority of lash extension adhesives available in the market today. But this common base chemical was initially discovered by accident in 1951!
Thanks to that accident, lash adhesives are able to exist. Cyanoacrylate (CA) does not dry, it cures in the presence of moisture. As CA is exposed to moisture, the molecules start to vibrate within the lash glue which then causes the formation of polymer chains. It’s getting a little technical now but basically these polymer chains form a very strong bond that is difficult to break once it’s “cured.” This is the science behind why your lash extensions are able to last for several weeks without breaking.
Despite the fact that CA has existed for several decades already, there are still a lot of misconceptions about it.
This word causes a lot of concern and negative reactions among both clients and artists, after all, this chemical compound is commonly associated with building materials, not beauty. Formaldehyde is used in the production of all CA, but this shouldn’t be a cause for worry as it naturally dissipates and is pretty much not traceable in the final product. It’s just a natural byproduct of the curing process and is later released as a gas.
Although it is not really deemed that dangerous, it is still a chemical. It’s important for your lash artist to be equipped with the proper protective gear such as a Lace Carbon Fiber Mask when applying the adhesive on you.
Is “CA” medical grade?
All CA were produced under very strict conditions as the manufacturing process is very delicate. Medical grade is also a term that has been loosely thrown around as there are no formal regulations that make a certain product or ingredient “medical-grade.” So the next time that you see a product advertise itself as “medical-grade,” it’s probably safe but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will not cause any reactions or allergies.
Different types of Lash Adhesive available:
Did you know that there are actually several types of lash adhesive available in the market? Each of these types has a different specialty. We will discuss them one by one.
- Clear adhesive – Although this type of adhesive still has cyanoacrylate as a base, they don’t have that signature carbon black finish. Some people may be sensitive to carbon which is why doing a patch test beforehand is vital. Luckily, most salons and lash studios offer both regular black adhesive and clear adhesive in case you’re allergic to carbon.
- Sensitive adhesive – Some clients may experience extreme allergic reactions with regular lash adhesive. This is why it is vital to do your research and check if you have any unusual reactions before pushing through with the procedure. Sensitive adhesive contains minimal amounts of CA which can help avoid chemical burn irritation for people who have dry or sensitive eyes.
- Latex-free adhesive – Although most adhesive that contains CA don’t have latex, there are few lash adhesives out there that contain latex. Latex is commonly used to increase the flexibility of the adhesive and to make it oil-proof.