Korea Certification – KC Mark is an international registered mark by the Korean Government to regulate product standards in order to look after the health and safety of its 50 million citizens… In order to achieve KC status for a product, the manufacturer must adhere to strict standards, tests, and regular factory inspections by government authorised inspectors.
For an eyelash extension adhesive to qualify for the KC mark, it must also be very low in fume and have minimum impact on the users’ health and safety, and must pass tests and guidelines set by Korea Chemicals Management Association (KCMA).
Daejin Chemicals, the maker of the popular range of Sky Glues, have a couple of Sky glue formulas that are KC approved. Their Sky Type CD and Lady Black are KC approved, and this is one of the reasons why these two are the preferred adhesives by South Korean lash professionals. These 2 glues are also the best sellers in South Korea because this market (lashtechs and their clients) demands and prioritises health over other factors. Type S, S+, D, D+, TD are NOT KC approved.
UPDATE Jan 2018: Lash glues are no longer subject for KC approvals. As a result, Daejin no longer includes the KC logo on their labels. However, they are still manufacturing the Sky CD and Lady Black in the exact same way that got them approved for KC prior to the change in regulations.
Exposure to any kind of chemicals is never good for your health/lungs and you should try to minimise exposure at every chance. As a lash professional, you’re working less than a foot away from the fume source, inhaling a mix of chemical fumes that are often odourless. This can’t be good for you considering you are exposing yourself to it for hours at a time on a daily basis. It’s the fume that causes eyes, nose and throat irritations and reactions.
You can minimise/reduce the onset/developing a glue sensitivity, both for yourself and your clients, by always using low fume adhesives that are KC approved like the Lady Black or Sky CD, in a well-ventilated room (keep door/window ajar), and wearing an activated carbon filter mask… Basically, minimise your exposure to chemical fumes.
Look after your own health, don’t buy into the “ultra fast and ultra long retention is the best” thinking…
You don’t need a 1 sec glue with 7+ weeks retention! Have you seen what an eyelash extension looks like even at 5 weeks, let alone 7 weeks? It’s not pretty and usually needs to be removed by the 4-5 weeks mark anyway.
2-4 sec with 4-5 weeks adhesives are more than sufficient and better for you and your clients.
What’s the difference between a 1-2 sec compared to a 2-4 sec glue?
- About 5 mins per eye (with 60 applied extensions)
- Significantly higher fume/sensitivity
- Little to no room for errors
- Not as good for your and your customers’ health
If your average classic full set time is 90mins, the extra time required with a 2-4 sec is insignificant, but the benefits are plenty.
This is why our ‘Sky Type CD‘ and ‘Lady Black‘ adhesives are the best and most popular adhesives in their class inside South Korea. As far as we know, we’re the only supplier outside of Korea with both of these “better for your health” adhesives.
UPDATE: Lash glues are no longer subject for KC approvals. As a result, Daejin no longer includes the KC logo on their labels. However, they are still manufacturing the Sky CD and Lady Black in the exact same way that got them approved for KC prior to the change in regulations.