*ALWAYS HAVE YOUR MSDS SHEETS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR ADHESIVE AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS LISTED THERE*
If you have an incident involving a spill of lash adhesive, things can get serious pretty quickly! Occasionally, if we have a stuck tip and are applying too much pressure we could cause a blow out, or, who knows, maybe just a wacky day. Regardless, if a significant amount of glue hits you or your client’s skin, you have to know what action to take ASAP.
First things first. We all know now that our adhesives cure in moisture, and create heat when curing in large amounts. So if you have a spill on your skin, run to the sink and wet it to flash polymerize the adhesive and prevent a serious burn. Yes, cyanoacralate can burn you from the heat that is generated during curing of a large amount, and the burns can be significant.
What ever you do, do not grab for a paper towel or regular towel or anything else that will inevitably bond instantly with the adhesive and your skin. Some adhesives actually have warnings on the MSDS that say that contact with cotton or fabric could become flammable—it gets that hot!
If you do not have a sink handy, keep a bottle of saline solution near your station. This should be good practice anyway and a part of your set-up and safety kit.
If you have gotten a small amount of adhesive on your fingers, hands, or just a dab on a client’s skin, you have two options. If it is small, allow it to dry and simply pick it off or use a micro fiber brush and either acetone or adhesive remover. Be aware that the adhesive remover or acetone may be irritating as well and if used you should rinse the area afterwards well with clean water. You may also soak the area in warm soapy water or simply let the adhesive wear off naturally on its own. It happens to me a lot when working that I place my ring finger knuckle down in the adhesive by accident. Better yet, right after a fresh mani, I get it on my nails! Eh, the struggles of being an artist.
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