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#9 Unlocking Better Retention: The pH Factor in Lash Extensions

When it comes to lash extensions, we often emphasise the significance of humidity and temperature for optimal adhesive performance. However, there's a lesser-known secret ingredient that can revolutionise your lash game: pH levels of the eye and skin areas. This often-overlooked factor might just be the key to addressing those persistent retention issues you've been facing. At Lashes by RK, we're shedding light on the science behind pH and how it's a game-changer for the lash industry.

Understanding pH and its Role:

In the quest for perfect lashes, pH levels of the eye, lash, and skin area matter just as much as temperature and humidity. The term pH stands for "Percent Hydrogen," representing the percentage or quantity of hydrogen atoms within a substance. Ranging from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline), with 7 as neutral, pH plays a pivotal role in lash adhesive performance.

The pH-Lash Adhesive Connection:

Lash adhesive interacts with the pH level of the surrounding skin and eye area, including natural lashes. When the environment is too acidic, the cured glue tends to shrink, leading to rapid lash fallout and low retention. On the other hand, excessive alkalinity results in uneven curing and a similar drop in retention rates. The sweet spot for pH hovers around 7 or neutral, where adhesive responds optimally.

Challenges and Solutions:

Unfortunately, the skin's natural pH leans toward acidity, typically resting at around 5.5 on the pH scale. As lash technicians, we require a pH closer to 7 for the adhesive to bond perfectly. The question then arises: how can we balance the pH and achieve that ideal environment for enhanced retention?

The Path to Balance:

1. Thorough Cleansing:

A crucial step in every lash extension procedure is thorough cleansing. Our Lashes by RK Foaming Cleanser is specifically designed to manipulate the pH level around the eye and lash area. Cleansing isn't just a step; it's a proactive measure to ensure an ideal pH environment for adhesive bonding.

2. Apply the Primer:

Our specially formulated primer is a game-changer. It's designed to help you achieve the exact pH level you need for optimal retention - a neutral 7. To use, simply apply our primer using a micro stick or applicator swab after cleansing the natural lashes. The result? A lash environment that's primed for adhesive perfection.

Experience the Difference:

As you dive into the world of lash extensions, remember that pH is your secret ally. Balancing the pH level around the eye and lash area through cleansing and our specialised primer is a strategy that can transform your retention rates. At Lashes by RK, we're committed to empowering lash technicians with insights that elevate their craft. Embrace the pH factor and witness the retention revolution. Say goodbye to those adhesive woes and hello to lashes that last.
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