Most people know you need the right humidity and temperature for glue to work but there is a third thing!
pH Levels of the Eye & Skin Areas
New scientific research has shown that the pH level of the area you are working in (eye, lash and skin area) is as important than the humidity and temperature level of your environment.
It is currently one of the most undiscussed reasons for low retention and ‘glue problems’ and it is Locks Lash’s belief that handling the pH level around the eye and skin area, will dramatically improve our industry.
WHAT IS pH?
pH stands for ‘Percent Hydrogen’ which means the percentage or quantity of hydrogen atoms (smallest particles) within a substance. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe and you’ll find it in most things, like the sun, water, soap etc.
It is measured on a scale from 0 to 14. 0 being most acidic and 14 being most alkaline, and with 7 at neutral.
WHAT DOES pH HAVE TO DO WITH LASHES?
Lash adhesive reacts to the pH level around the skin and eye area including on the natural lashes.
If the area is too acidic, due to a chemical reaction, cured glue will shrink, which means the lashes will fall off rapidly and you’ll end up with a low retention rate.
If the area is too alkaline the glue will cure unevenly and you’ll also get a low retention rate.
Hence the ideal range is close to 7 or neutral.
Unfortunately (for us, not for life and livingness) the skin on the human body and the natural oils it produces are natively acidic and typically sit around 5.5 on the pH scale.
As lash technicians, we need it to be closer to 7 to react perfectly with our lash adhesive to get the best retention.
HOW TO BALANCE THE pH
So how do we manipulate the skin and lash area and get it into more of a natural zone?
- Cleansing is essential for every set and for every refill.
Locks Lash Foaming Cleanser is specifically designed to manipulate the pH level around the eye & lash area.
- Rinse the whole eye and lash area with saline water or fresh distilled water.
- Finally to get the exact pH level needed (neutral 7) apply the Locks Lash Unicorn Tears with a micro stick or applicator swab to the natural lashes.