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  • Writer's pictureAnneMarie Lorenzini

Adhesive Wicking and Volume Fans

This isn’t your typical “look at my fan” post. Read on for more insight! 😁⠀ ⠀ In order to create a seamless, long-lasting attachment we must create fans that are beautiful from base to tip. There’s a reason perfect-line volume is so well-respected. The precision in creating fans that are flawless and consistent to each other is a high demanding technical skill. Not only are the fans beautiful, they are well attached with proper adhesive control.⠀ ⠀ This brings me back to this photo. Take notice of the adhesive wicking at the bottom half of the fan. Wicking is defined as the capillary action of a liquid flowing in narrow spaces without the assistance of gravity. This effect can be seen when dipping a paintbrush into paint. When it comes to eyelash extensions, it’s important to use proper coating techniques, in addition to quality lashes and fanning techniques, to eliminate excessive wicking.⠀ ⠀ Let’s assess what went wrong with this fan. Yes, we see the adhesive wicking is an issue, but is adhesive where we should fixate first? It should be addressed, but I would start by analyzing the fanning technique. In order to control your adhesive, you must have a quality fan. We can suspect the pickup of this fan was improper due to the way the lashes are overlapping in an uneven and twisting motion. By cleaning up the fanning/pickup technique- we will likely see an immediate improvement in adhesive coating.⠀ ⠀ Remember, when something “isn’t working” within your application it’s best to analyze your technique before blaming a product or assuming you need a “stronger” adhesive. Are you guilty of product blaming? Have you experienced this technique hiccup? If yes, what tips do you have for overcoming these challenges? ⠀ ⠀ Mentor calls and mentorship programs available. Email, DM, or visit my website for more info.

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