The hardest aspect of lashing is retention, especially in the humid North Carolina summers.
Lash Retention is how long the extension stays applied to the natural lash. The goal is for the extension to STAY on the natural lash until the natural lash sheds per the growth cycle, and to shed off while still attached to the natural lash.
Unfortunately this is where MOST lash technicians fall short. I personally know several lash artist who have been in the industry for many years, yet still only have a 2-3 week retention rate (which is a major red flag of ignorance in regards to understanding how to achieve high retention). While this will be some clients 'normal', 2-3 weeks is not aligned with the natural growth cycle for MOST people.
Most of my clients go 4, 5, 6 -and some even 8 weeks between fills! Master Level Retention is a mixture of application, adhesive, and how to adjust according to the weather. I personally mastered this years ago and am happy to pass on all of my secrets during training.
Please scroll through the six clients below to view 6 examples of high-retention all from July 2021:
This client spent a week at the beach, had daily pool visits, all combined with summer humidity (5 weeks later).
This client cried daily for the weeks to follow her fill-in. Combined sweat, pool, tears, and summer humidity & this is what they looked like one month later.
This client cried daily for the weeks to follow her fill-in... even with combined sweat, pool, tears, and summer humidity this is how many were left one month later.
This client had normal wear on her lashes for three weeks in the hot NC summer humidity and they retained 70%.
7 Weeks of Normal Summer Wear
After a trip to Florida AND a trip to Cancun, plus the summer humidity, this is what was left after 7 very rough weeks on her lashes.