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Comparison between “FIXATION” and “INTERVENTION”

Are the adhesives the same consistency?

  • They are a little bit different in consistency.
  • The “FIXATION” is the tiniest bit thicker.

What is the drying time?

  • One to two seconds.
  • Note drying times can vary depending on the humidity and temperature in your room (see below for best humidity and temperatures)
  • When using the same amount of “FIXATION” or INTERVENTION, “FIXATION” is faster. (ONLY a split second faster)

WHEN USING MORE “FIXATION”

  • “FIXATION” slows down and allows you time to place fans and adjust them WHEN USING MORE of it.
  • Doesn’t cause stickies you can't separate.
  • When you are a newbie, it can be a struggle to use just the right amount of adhesive and newbies usually use more, rather than less, causing them a real problem with lashes sticking to each other. With “FIXATION” you can use more adhesive as this allows you more time to place your lash but not so much time that your lash keeps falling over because the glue takes too long to dry. Also if you do get stickies you can separate them much easier with “FIXATION”.
  • If you are a newbie or struggle with how much adhesive to use “FIXATION” is for you.
  • “FIXATION” grows with you. It allows you to use more adhesive in the beginning and as you get faster, you can use less of it to speed up your application. This is the beauty  of “FIXATION”

WHEN USING MORE “INTERVENTION”

  • This is not a good option with “INTERVENTION” as the stickies this can cause are a problem to separate without dislodging the extension.

WHAT IS THE BEST HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURE?

  • When working in a higher humidity level, be sure to use a little too much adhesive so there is plenty of wet adhesive by the time you get to the natural lash.
  • In higher humidity levels, the adhesive can form a skin by the time you get the extension to the natural lash, which becomes a problem for retention, however if you can place the extension about 2mm above where you want the extension on the natural lash, and then slide it into place, you will break through the skin and find a good bond.
  • Ideal heat is between 20-24 degrees, and ideal humidity will be between 30-55%, using the above guidelines..
  • I personally prefer “FIXATION” in Humidity’s below 39%, and “INTERVENTION” in Humidity’s 40% and above.

HOW DO THEY COMPARE FOR VOLUME?

“INTERVENTION”

You cannot vary the amount of “INTERVENTION” you use.

  • The extra adhesive can wick up the shaft of the lashes, and cause the fans to close.
  • The extra adhesive can also cause stickies that are hard to separate while leaving the extensions in place.

“FIXATION”

When dipping for volume, you can take a bit more of the “FIXATION”

  • This doesn’t seem to cause wicking.
  • This gives you a tiny bit more time to get the extensions to wrap around the natural lash without the complication of impossible stickies.
  • The “FIXATION” also allows time to reposition the individual lashes if you need to redirect them.
  • If you do get stickies, they seem to come apart much more easily with the “FIXATION”.
  • We recommend using the “FIXATION” for Volume lashing

Do you use the same amount of each?

  • Yes, you can definitely use the same amount of each, (which for those of you who have used it are aware you only need the tiniest amount of the “INTERVENTION”).
  • The “FIXATION” however, is more versatile because you can use more for a longer drying time without the risk of stickies.
  • If you do get stickies with the “FIXATION” they are easier to separate.

Retention?

  • I have used the “FIXATION” on clients I have had for a long time who usually have very few extensions left when they come in for their fills. They are now experiencing much  better retention.

Fumes?

  • While they are both low fume adhesives, the “FIXATION” seems to have even lower fumes to a lot of our clients.
  • I personally notice the fumes of the “FIXATION” more than I do of the “INTERVENTION”.
  • I used the “FIXATION” on one client who had to wear a charcoal mask whenever she had her lashes done with the “INTERVENTION”. I asked her if we could try doing her lashes with  no charcoal mask to see if the fumes of the “FIXATION” bothered her. It didn’t bother her at all and she slept through her appointment.
  • 98% of our clients are not bothered by any fumes “INTERVENTION” may have.

Which do our technicians prefer?

  • I personally enjoy working with the “FIXATION” better because I can get more of it when I dip, giving me that split second to get the extension from my glue to the natural lash. Most of you will not have this issue, but because of the magnification strength in my glasses, and the distance that I have my adhesive from the extensions I am applying “FIXATION” works better for me.
  • Our newest Stylist loves the “FIXATION” because it has allowed her freedom to learn how much adhesive she needs without adversely affecting her returns. Also stickies can be  an issue for new technicians and she finds they come apart much more easily with the “FIXATION”.
  • Our Senior Stylist can work with either of them and goes back and forth depending on the client and if she is doing volume or singles.

Can it also be frozen?

  • Absolutely! Same rules apply to the “FIXATION” as to the “INTERVENTION”.

Should I store it in the fridge?

  • Eyelash Addict never advises you to store the adhesive in the refrigerator.
  • Storing your adhesive in the refrigerator does not give you a longer shelf life.
  • You risk it not being at room temperature when you open it, and that can ruin your glue.

How long does it last once it is opened?

  • We have a six month expiry date on both of our adhesives that begins when you take it out of the freezer.

How long does it last in the deep freeze?

  • You can store both of our adhesives in the deep freeze for up to a year.

Is it affected by heat?

  • Both glues are cyanoacrylate based and are affected by heat.
  • Heat over time causes the adhesive to slowly lose its bonding power.
  • Heat causes your adhesive to almost go oily and it won’t stick to the lashes.
  • The higher the heat and the longer the exposure to that heat the faster your glue deteriorates.
  • We strongly advise you to order enough adhesive during your colder months to get you through your summer heat wave season. Should I carry both adhesives?
  • This will be a personal preference as both glues are amazing to work with when doing singles.
  • When doing Volume “FIXATION” is a must have.

Why CLEAR adhesive?

  • Some clients seem to be effected by the black color in the adhesive.
  • The Clear adhesive is the same as the black for retention etc., the only difference is it does not contain the black color
  • There can be a learning curve, when using the clear adhesive, as it is harder to see how much adhesive you have on the extension.
  • We do believe that one adhesive does not fit all clients or eyelash methods. This is one of the reasons we carry two different kinds of adhesive and also offer them in Clear. We wanted to have options to meet everyone’s needs.