As new technologies evolve so quickly that it seems like something that was cutting-edge just last week is no longer even relevant, the wave of innovation did not skip the beauty world. Every beauty treatment under the sun seems to have gotten some sort of high-tech revamp recently, and lash extensions are no exception!
In this article, we’ll take a look at the innovative technology of UV lashes. We’ll go into the details about what they actually are, how the technology behind them works, and how to do it right, so you can add UV lashes to your list of services ASAP!
What Are UV Lashes?
UV lashes refer to a specific technique of applying eyelash extensions.
The basics are all pretty much the same – you’ll map out the extensions, dip them into the adhesive, and place them on individual natural lashes. One key difference from traditional lashes is that the adhesive can’t dry on its own – it’ll require a UV light to set.
One huge benefit of this is that the lash extensions will be firmer due to instant curing from the UV light. On top of that, there’s much less mess involved since it takes very little adhesive for the lash to stick.
How Do UV Eyelashes Work?
The concept of a UV adhesive isn’t all that new – it’s been used so far to weld plastic and other harsher materials. In the beauty world, it has had its applications in creating nail sets – anyone who’s ever gotten their nails done will remember putting their hand into a UV lamp.
The technology is very similar here. This adhesive isn’t really an adhesive per se, it’s actually a polymer. This means that it will not cure until it’s exposed to UV light, so there’s no risk of premature curing.
The UV light wavelengths cause a photochemical reaction which then causes a change in the polymer’s chemical properties. This means that the polymers harden almost instantly, and the adhesive is set in no time.
Is a UV Lash System Safe?
So far, there have been absolutely no indications that UV lash glue is in any way harmful to the lash, the eye, or the skin. The same precautions you usually take to prevent the glue from wandering from its designated spot will do.
When it’s time to remove the lashes, there are specialized removers available that will make the process super simple. Those same products can be used in case a little bit of glue accidentally winds up curing on the client’s face.
Still, it’s best to avoid that scenario by making sure that the glue only goes where it’s supposed to, and checking if it has before turning on the lamp.
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How to Apply UV Lash Extensions
The process of applying UV lash extensions will look pretty much the same as your other lash appointments. The difference will be in a step that’s added – using the light.
So, after dipping an extension into your adhesive and placing it where you want to, just turn on your UV lamp for a few seconds. The duration will depend on the specific lamp you get, so make sure to carefully read the instructions from the box.
Keep in mind that the lamps you can currently find on the market are limited since this technology is very new. You can choose between a handheld device that resembles a flashlight and a standing lamp that will be aimed at your client’s face.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so this is up to personal preference. The handheld lamp gives you more control, but requires you to pause your work, while the standing one is more convenient, but also more expensive.
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UV Eyelash Extensions vs. Traditional Lashes
We’ve already discussed some key differences between traditional extensions and UV lash extensions. The process isn’t exactly the same (although it’s pretty similar), the strength of the adhesive is greater with UV tech, and there’s a lot less mess involved.
But, there are a few other benefits that your clients might find even more enticing!
For example, since the glue dries instantly, your clients don’t need to follow that rule about making sure their new lashes stay dry for the first couple of hours post-treatment. In fact, they can head on to a sauna directly after the lash appointment if they so choose.
There’s also a reduced risk of allergic reactions since there are no fumes involved with curing UV polymers. Learn why lash extension allergies happen and how to prevent them here.
The damage to their natural lashes will also be minimized, since UV lashes are much more durable, as we’ve already discussed above.
Finally, one more thing that will benefit both you and your clients is that lash appointments are now significantly shorter – the UV glue dries almost instantly!
How Much Should I Charge for UV Eyelashes?
As we said, this method for doing lash extensions is still pretty new, so there’s not yet a set price range that you need to adhere to.
All in all, it’s up to you to decide.
Take into account the price of the lamp and other equipment you’ll need (and the fact that it’s a one-time purchase) and the price of the glue, which is much more expensive than regular lash glue.
Another thing to consider is the exclusivity of this service. If you become an early adopter of this new technology, you’ll most likely be among the first (and only) ones in your area doing UV lashes. This allows you to crank up the price a bit.
Still, we advise you to offer it for a special price at first so that you can create some buzz around the trend and the new service you’re offering!
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So, Should You Add UV Lashes to Your List of Services?
UV lashes are an innovative technique that a majority of your clients (especially those who love getting their nails done) will appreciate due to its effectiveness and long-lasting results. Plus, you don’t have to turn down any more clients with sensitive skin or allergies!
That being said, make sure you do your research, get the right equipment, and put enough time into practice to truly be able to deliver amazing results. Good luck!
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