Keeping those Tweezers for Life!
A quick thank you to Dr. Laura for the title inspiration!
Yeah, yeah, you hear it all the time. “You need better tweezers.” You hear it all the time because it’s true! Sometimes. It really depends on what you’re using those tweezers for, how you’re caring for them and how they work for you.
I find tweezers to be the most personal tool in lashing. What works best for me might be your worst enemy at the table. Yes! Ask for opinions!
But don’t let your confidence get knocked because something that 30 people rave about doesn’t work for You!
I adore skinny boot style tweezers for volume pickup. Sinful Lashes© Ginger is my gal for every volume set. Every lash artist I’ve gone to swears by their curved tweezers, though. I am not ashamed to admit that I can’t use a curved tweezer well to save my soul. Maybe it’s my short, stubby fingers? I dunno. I just know that we don’t get along.
That’s okay! I found what works best for me.
For isolation, I LOVE tiny tips and I can’t work without my Sinful Lashes© Rita! I can get right in tight against the lash line and keep those little babies out of the way with these, in a way that I can’t with other styles. That’s what works for Me and it took testing out dozens of tweezers to find my favorites.
I’m personally not a fan of tweezers from Amazon, AliExpress and the like.
Far too often, they are not as advertised. They do not grip well and are of low quality metals that rust if a nanomister gets too close. I am a firm believer in hand tested tweezers over random still in the manufacturer packaging tweezers.
If you have a lash supply vendor in your town that has a retail shop, go ask if you can try out their tweezers. Many now offer a testing station with various diameter and curl strips to “try before you buy”.
When buying online, read descriptions and find out if they test tweezers before shipping. If it doesn’t say so, message or email and ASK if they do, before purchasing.
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Order a couple styles to test out yourself. Just keep in mind that every tweezer has a learning curve and you will need to work with it for a little bit to get a feel for it.
Don’t give up on a tweezer if you try it once and don’t get it right off the bat. It’s a new friend, ya gotta learn how to interact with them!
Now take great care of those babies!
The last thing I do when finishing a set is dab some adhesive remover on the tips of my tweezers.
While I’m checking out a client and starting my cleanup, my tweezers are getting any adhesive residue dissolved so they’re all ready for a good scrub and disinfectant bath.
If you aren’t removing that residue, your tweezers can’t function properly. Get rid of it while you’re busy with other things. Another great option is an acetone dip.
Keep those tweezers clean! Bacteria from that last client does not just wipe away.
Proper disinfection protocols are mandatory, not only for the health of your clients but also the health of your tweezers!
If your tweezers have a coating on them, bacteria can breed in the tiniest crack or peel. If a tweezer is scratched or has a pock mark, those spots must be scrubbed and disinfected properly.
Don’t let tweezers soak too long, especially coated tweezers. This is a quick way to acquire bubbles, cracks or simply rusty tweezers.
Whether it is Acetone or disinfectants, excess soaking can often corrode paints and metals.
Acetone just takes a few minutes to soften adhesive residue enough to wipe away cleanly.
Read the directions of the disinfection solutions you’re using. Mix it properly if it’s a concentrate. Rinse, if directied, and dry your tweezers thoroughly before storing them properly.
Please don’t put wet tweezers into a closed box or case. Not only does the rust issue come right back into play, any contaminants like bacteria present in the case, can quickly multiply with the addition of moisture.
Use those tip covers. They can go right into the disinfectant with your tweezers and they should. Even gentle jostling in a drawer can damage the fine tips of a good tweezer. Protect those points!
I do love a good nail file fix, in a pinch. My preference is a glass file made for natural nails, because it’s softer than most emery boards and it can be disinfected after each use. In the middle of a set and you touch your pickup tweezer to wet adhesive?
A quick, gentle swipe of the file can clean up your tweezer fast without remover or acetone vapors to disturb your clients. That rust I mentioned earlier? A gentle filing can clean that up too, though you will need to replace that tweezer eventually.
Flat Jewelry pliers are a great addition to your maintenance kit, too. They’re smooth on the inside and can come in handy if you bend a tip.
While you can’t always save a dropped friend, there are times when a simple squeeze can solve all of your issues.
Pliers can also help when a brand new or Amazon impulse buy isn’t grabbing just right.
Best to test out any adjustment trying on an old tweezer until you get the hang of how to make these tiny adjustments, but hey, you might find an old friend has become a favorite again through your experiments! I have!
Backups can be lifesavers
Tweezers can make or break your speed and precision.
Finding that favorite set is a big deal! When you find your true tweezer love, I strongly recommend snagging a backup or 3 immediately!
Vendors change manufacturers, lines are discontinued, companies close their doors. I’ve suffered each of these heartbreaks over the years. I don’t want you to suffer, too, if I can save you from it!
Try a new friend out for a week. If you love it and it becomes your go-to, go grab a couple extra! Especially those fine tipped isolation tweezers that can be so easily damaged.
What’s your favorite tweezer saving tip? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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